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Old 03-28-2008, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Mid South Central TX
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Question Granite Countertops- Costco or Home Depot?

Has anyone had granite countertops installed by Costco or Home Depot? Or can you recommend someone who is reasonable?

I know Costco uses Artistic Countertops locally, but I don't know who Home Depot uses.

Any tips from anyone who has had granite installed would be most appreciated as well!
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Old 03-29-2008, 01:48 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Sorry, but you are MUCH more knowledgeable about countertops than I am...I was not even aware Costco did countertops, so thanks for the tip!
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Old 03-29-2008, 06:55 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Has anyone had granite countertops installed by Costco or Home Depot? Or can you recommend someone who is reasonable?

I know Costco uses Artistic Countertops locally, but I don't know who Home Depot uses.

Any tips from anyone who has had granite installed would be most appreciated as well!
Big tip don't buy granite anything but it is a pain to look after
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Old 03-29-2008, 08:31 AM
 
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you can work directly through artistic countertops, thus cutting out the middle man. they installed my silestone counters 2 years ago, and we were very happy with them. they were timely and cost effective. they can be reached through their website. they have a nice showroom too.
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Old 03-30-2008, 12:15 AM
 
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Big tip don't buy granite anything but it is a pain to look after
Why is granite high maintenance? I would think that it would be easy to care for.
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Old 03-30-2008, 07:04 AM
 
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Why is granite high maintenance? I would think that it would be easy to care for.
They are! I've had granite and will be installing it in my current house asap. The only "care" they need is sealing 1 time a year. (and I know lots of people that never seal theirs and they look fine.) To seal, you spray it on and wipe it off. It's like cleaning w/ Windex. Very simple and done in less than 10 minutes.

I think Silestone and Quartz etc (while lovely, but still fake granite) have done a great job at advertising and convincing people that granite is high maintenance and it's not.
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Old 03-30-2008, 10:40 AM
 
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i don't think silestone tries to pass itself off as fake granite. it has a great look and many different color choices. compared to other products, granite is pretty high maintenence, with chipping always possible and anual sealing required. granite is also beginning to be considered pase by quite a few people, simply because everyone has it.
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Old 03-30-2008, 02:10 PM
 
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Silestone is really any cheaper than granite. The biggest problem with it to me was that they wont come make the template to build it until all of your cabinets are in place and then it takes 3 weeks for it to be manufactured. You have to live with no countertops during that time.
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Old 03-30-2008, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Mid South Central TX
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Yes, I was once very afraid of granite. However, after research, I found out that sealing is as easy as sealing grout. As for chipping, well, my laminate countertops do that now...My MIL has Silestone, and they are nice, but for us, they look too uniform.

I am still trying to get back in touch with the guy from Artistic...any recommendations on any other granite installers?
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Old 03-30-2008, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Earth
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I went with HD, because they offer stonemark granite - it is sealed and comes with the same 15 year warranty as quartz. You get the beauty of granite and the ease of maintenance of quartz/silestone. Visit the stonemark website for more info.
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