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Worktop: Granite? Quartz? Max-Top?

Discussion in 'General DIY' started by Glyn1959, 5 Feb 2018.

  1. Glyn1959

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    Hi, anyone any experience of granite of quartz worktops?
    I am looking to upgrade my kitchen and would welcome your advice.
    Which is the most practical requiring the least maintenance.
    Basically I need to straight run approx 3000mm x 600mm with upstands and a single cut-out in each for sink and hob.
    I have had quotes of £2,200 to £2,700 depending on material/pattern.
    Anyone heard of Max-Top Quartz as a cheaper alternative? Would anyone recommend?
    Advice appreciated, thanks
     
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    Have granite , just needs a wipe over with maintaining seal every six months.
     
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    We have granite which was installed nearly 20 years ago (where does the time go?) it is as good now as the day it was fitted. In fact we are trying to work out how to refresh the units while retaining the worktops with as little fuss as possible.

    Granite every time.
     
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    How much do the slabs weigh? I occasionally like to move things around, and find it very convenient to lift away a piece of laminated chipboard and pull out the cabinet.

    I understand there's no chance of DIY cutting.
     
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    I was informed that the only way, really, is by grinding wheel. Even then, there would have to be a stable support to ensure they follow a straight path.
     
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    I think this is one area where I wouldn't DIY. Spend the money, get a professional kitchen design professionally built and it will last you forever (well, not forever, but you know what I mean).

    We spent a fortune on this kitchen, but averaged over its entire life, it is peanuts. It is as easy to work in now as it ever was and it still looks the biz. All we have replaced over the years is the white goods.

    We replaced the marble tops in the bathroom with granite a few years ago as well. The marble stained terribly, the granite is brilliant even in a hard water area it polishes up a treat.

    Here endeth the first lesson from the Granite Worktops Appreciation Society!
     
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    does anyone know the weight?
     
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    For anyone to give you an idea of weight, they would need some accurate sizes...

    So...
    The average density of granite is between 2.65 and 2.75 g/cm3 (165.4 - 171.7 lb/ft3).

    Let's say 2.7 g/cm3 as we don't know about your specific type of granite. Calculate the surface area, multiply by the depth to get the volume then multiply by the density to get the weight (actually the mass - but let's not go there today).

    HTH
     
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    lets say per m² at whatever is the usual thickness. 30mm is it?

    100x100x30x2.7 g

    in kg
    10x3x2.7

    81kg per m²

    Or if 600mm wide, 48.6kg per linear metre.

    So I could carry a 1 metre length upstairs, and lift it onto units, but 2 metres would be rather a lot.
     
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