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By Christopher in Houston, TX on 4/10/2006


I have been trying to convince my wife that Silestone/Avanza are better than granite. I know they both have pros and cons. Is granite still more expensive, on average, than the man-made stone products? What are some other factors (pro/con) I should be aware of? I've always heard that granite has to be resealed periodically and is more brittle. I've heard that chip or crack repairs are easier for the man-made products. Please advise... I don't want to lose THIS argument too!


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By Dale in Abilene, TX on 4/24/2006


Granite has a depth to it that manufactured products can never compare with. You are correct in that granite has to be resealed on a regular basis depending on use, generally two to three times a year.

I previously was a kitchen designer at Home Depot and sold both granite and Silestone. After explaining the pros and cons to a customer, most purchased Silestone. Silestone is by far the most maintenance-free countertop available. There is only one company that manufactures the equipment that produces Silestone and the other quartz products, and they are located in Spain. In making a purchasing decision I would go with the best price and warranty. By the way, granite has no warranty.
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By Sue in Princeton, TX on 5/29/2006


Christopher,

I also was torn between granite and a man-made countertop. My heart told me to get the granite, because it was beautiful, but my head said not to. We want our next house to be as maintenance-free as possible and the granite just didn't seem to meet that criteria. Then we found a Silestone by the name of  "Tea Leaf". It does not have the mirror-type depth of granite, but does have several different colors (subtle) in it. It seems that whatever color that you put it next to will pull out the more subtle tones. We will be using it as the countertop with a copper quartzite backsplash. The quartzite has lots of different colors, so they pull this out of the Silestone. I think it is gorgeous and to know that it is maintenance-free was the final note that made it a winner for me. Hope that this helps.

Sue


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By Lee in Schertz, TX on 2/1/2007


Christopher,

We have Avanza in our current house and plan on having Avanza in our future house. The reason is as you stated, it's more durable, does not need to be sealed, and is very heat and scratch resistant. One big difference is that with granite you will have a varying look because no slab will be exactly the same. With Avanza, however, it will be uniform throughout. Avanza and granite are within a couple of dollars of each other here in San Antonio per linear foot. I hope this helps. Good luck.

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