Countertop Material/Finish

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What is your countertop made of or finish.

Wood Painted
0
No votes
Wood Poly
9
23%
Wood Epoxy
0
No votes
Laminate
21
53%
Aluminum
0
No votes
Stainless
0
No votes
Other
6
15%
vinyl tile
3
8%
ceramic tile
1
3%
 
Total votes : 40

Countertop Material/Finish

Postby RICHARD FURROW » Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:28 am

I thought it would be interesting to find out what the most popular countertop material is and what kind of finish (if needed) you used, and are you happy with it.

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Postby madjack » Mon Mar 23, 2009 1:45 am

I like Formica(or P-lam) for it's relative ease to work with and its stain/heat/scratch resistance...not to mention the choice of colors and even textures...ain't nothin' perfect but Formica comes close :thumbsup:
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Postby bobhenry » Mon Mar 23, 2009 5:29 am

I inlayed ceramic tile. It's a great place to land a hot pan if needed.
I was concerned about using a cook top over just wood and ol what's her name made this suggestion. I put the tile down with heavy duty construction adheasive and used white rubberized silicone caulk for the joints. 2 years and no problems at all.

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Postby Steve_Cox » Mon Mar 23, 2009 6:45 am

Teardrop was done in tile. Lots of positive comments by people that see it. Inexpensive, about $12 for the tile, compared to about $75 full sheet of laminate. Tile durability excellent, I put it down with construction adhesive and a flexible grout.
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Postby tinksdad » Mon Mar 23, 2009 7:56 am

I took the easy way out on Itty-Bitty and just used wood with poly; but then again my galley is so small by the time I set up the electric coffee pot and the electric skillet there's no room left to speak of. I just use an old folding TV tray for the cooktop, or whatever is convenient if I forget to pack it.

Next one will definitely have tile or formica. IMHO... looks better and more durable.
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Postby RICHARD FURROW » Mon Mar 23, 2009 8:24 am

Oops! Missed th boat on not putting tile down as an option, and it is one of the best options, too. The colors are endless and the patterns are up to the installer. I tried to go back and add that to the choices. Either you can't, or I could not figure out how to do it.
Can't go wrong with Formica either! I like the fact that it covers everything, very easy clean-up, light weight, etc. Can't go wrong with Formica.
Thanks for the input.

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Postby madjack » Mon Mar 23, 2009 9:45 am

Ricky, I added 'em for ya............................................... 8)
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Postby RICHARD FURROW » Mon Mar 23, 2009 1:06 pm

Thanks, madjack. Also thanks for all of your contributions you make to the forum. Your 2 cents worth is always worth more than 2 cents! When madjack writes, I read!

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Postby b.bodemer » Wed Apr 22, 2009 1:25 pm

love my tile...................

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Postby Jst83 » Wed Apr 22, 2009 5:17 pm

How much weight does a tile counter add? Enough to make a difference.
Cause I love the look and might have to go that route in my next one :twisted:
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Postby b.bodemer » Thu Apr 23, 2009 8:37 pm

Scott,
I think the tiles add more weight but the rest of my built was light enough so I just went for it.
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Postby halfdome, Danny » Thu Apr 23, 2009 9:26 pm

Plam is a natural for me since I'm a Cabinetmaker and work with it all the time. There are so many color and pattern & finish possibilities. I plam the galley side walls and bulkhead to to seal out any moisture and make a nice appearance that is easy to clean up. I've seen varnished plywood teardrop galley side walls get water damage and plam if properly applied and the corners caulked is almost water proof. :D Danny
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