Sunday, May 20, 2012

The "What Material to use for the Kitchen Counter Top" Conundrum. How to decide between Granite, Marble, Corian, Quartz, Acrylic etc.

A number of folks have been inquiring on what material works best for the kitchen slab. This decision has lately become more complicated due to the different variety available in the market and whether the newer materials available suit our desi style of cooking & handling.

To answer this question lets look at each of the materials available and the pros & Cons of each

1. Good Old Granite:

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By far the most popular choice, and not without reason. Granite is more or less scratch & stain proof. The only draw back with Granite is the limitation on the colours & shades available. If you are ok with the Henry Ford philosophy of "You can choose any colour as long as its black" then this is the best material for you. One would argue that granite does come in other colours, however my personal view is that the other colours in granite do not give as good a finish & look compared to black granite or the other materials (below). Approx price range 100 - 700 per square foot (some imported one do cost the sky)

2. Corian:

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The most hotly debated material. By the way - did you know that while Corian is generally used as a family name for all types of acrylic solid surfaces for countertops it is actually  brand name owned by Du Pont (Much like how we assume the name "Surf " to mean any kind of washing powder). Acrylic countertops in Bangalore are available from Dupont (Corian), Merino (Hanex) & LG (Himacs). The great thing about Acrylic solid surface is that it can be shaped as per one's requirement, hence giving a lot of flexibility to the designer. Also the finishes & edges are clean & slick. The only thing that goes against Acrylic surfaces is that they are prone to scratches & stains....these can however be removed by "rebuffing" the surface. Contrary to usual belief, Acrylic Surfaces are extremely resistant to heat (do not melt). To prove this to myself I actually brought a small piece of the material home and experimented with all kinds of things. The poor piece of Acrylic (this one is Hanex) you see in the picture below has hosted

Acrylic Counter top Material/ Corian - Under Test
1. A hot pressure cooker right out of the flame
2. A kadhai fuming with hot oil and
3. Knife cuts from daily vegetable chopping

Well, except for the scratches, it did hold up to tell its story.

The other good thing about Acrylic is that it comes in a range of colours including Shocking white (my favourite). On the price front Acrylic will set you off by over Rupees 800 per square foot, so u need to have a strong heart and a loving husband to go with it.

3. Marble:

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Italian Marble Counter top
Apart from the Rajasthani White (Makarana) Marble you have Italian marble widely available in Bangalore. It comes in a variety of very rich colours. The challenge in using Marble is that (1) You need to buy the whole sheet - so if you don't do your maths right then you may end up wasting quite a bit  (2) Marble is brittle - you need a very good workman to cut & lay the sheet and (3) Not all types of Marble are stain & scratch resistance, hence you need to choose carefully. However if  "Managed" well Marble can give a very distinct look. For the record...I myself have used Marble in my kitchen (see the pic) and contrary to the popular belief that Marble is not suited for Kitchen Counter tops I kind of am satisfied with it. What you need to know however is that it does require a bit of maintenance and kindly use - not as much as a " Fill it, shut it, forget it" (remember the old Hero Honda ad) type like granite. Price Point - Rupees 350 psft and above.


4. Quartz - Artificial Stone:

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Quartz Kitchen Counter Top
This is a fairly new addition to the family of materials for counter tops. I was frankly a little skeptical before using this when one of my customers insisted but its been around one year (see the pic) and so far the customer is not complaining. I really would not mind using this again. Quartz stands good in all aspects such as scratch & stain resistance, easy workmanship, slick finishes & availability in a range of colours. Price Point - Rs 500 psft and above



There are other options available like Laminate on wood etc however I do not feel that these stand up the exacting standards for Indian cooking and these are definitely NOT Indian MAID Proof  :)

That's it for now I guess, that one was quite a marathon ...have not typed sooo much in a long time and to those of you who have had the patience of reading till this very line...a big thank you & hope this helps you in your own Marathon of home making. As always would welcome any bouquets & brickbats

Signing off

Nandita Manwani

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Hence if you have a question then please post it at  https://thestudiobangalore.com/questions-and-answers/ 

106 comments:

  1. Thanks Nandita... I came across your blog and find it so useful... Thanks for all the info....

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  2. Nandita, a huge thanks to you for publishing this blog. Its been very useful to us through our renovation.
    I want to get a opaque white glass dining table and coffee table made for our new house. Can you tell me where I can find this kind of glass?

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    1. Thanks Suneeta, any glass shop would have this type of glass, there are multiple options for frosting (making it opaque) the glass which the vendor should be able to guide you on

      Regards

      NM

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  3. Hi Nandita,
    I have purchase a new flat in j.p.nagar 8th phase..& right now I am interested in only doing a modular kitchen can u suggest any natural stone dealer near by for the kitchen top.I am looking for granite..

    Thanks in advance..

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    1. You may want to check out the Marble Market on Bannerghatta Road.

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    2. can you please help me , where i can findout the Quartz material for my kitchen counter near to mahadevpura .. and what all color available ... what is the approximate cost per sqft.

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    3. I am not too acquainted with that side of town as I do most of my shopping from South Bangalore. I have seen some shops on Sarajapura Road but not sure of the variety they keep.

      Regards
      Nandita

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  4. I love ur work(in the pics)n ur blog, as u know all the readers r appreciating it..its a great help..
    Thanks alot for all information u have been sharing
    Take Care.. :)

    Shilpa:)

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  5. Hi Nandita ,
    I was wondering if it is always necessary to have an electrical point to operate the hob. Can't we do without the electrical hob and get a gas hob installed instead.

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    1. The electrical point is for the ignition system.
      Also read http://www.homedesignbangalore.com/2011/08/home-design-vaastu-shastra-episode-2.html

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  6. Hi Nandita,

    Am little confused about the order in which the kitchen countertop has to be done - should we get the countertop fixed with the support of some brick legs and then do the woodwork under-neath or have the woodwork done and then get the granite slab fixed.
    Have got different suggestions about this and not sure which is the correct one. It will help further if you can list the pros and cons of both.

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    1. The slab will rest on the bottom unit wooden boxes. No additional civil work/ support is needed
      Please also read

      http://www.homedesignbangalore.com/2010/06/so-what-is-modular-kitchen-and-some.html

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      http://www.homedesignbangalore.com/2011/08/home-design-vaastu-shastra-episode-2.html

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  7. Hi ,
    Could you tell me the brand which you bought in quartz. On internet i saw johnson company selling quartz & I have been trying to procure the material from them but presently stock is nt there for the white I want. Could you suggest other brands and the place from your bought in bangalore. Also anyone who has experience of cutting n laying quartz countertop plz reply asap, my kitchen wrk is going on. Rgds,

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    1. Try visiting the shops at Marble market on Bannerghatta road

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  8. in one of your prev post you mentioned Galleria on 100 ft rd for sanitaryware purchase.Did yo mean Sai Gallerium at Indiranagar-4 flr of tiles,sanitaryware & fittings?How competitive is their pricing.Plz inform soon as i plan to buy from them.

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    1. Yes that is correct. Cannot comment on the pricing as I have not been there in a long time

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  9. Hi Nandita,

    Probably I am the millionth here to applaud about this blog. Thanks for all your time.

    My builder has provisioned a cement slab to hold the weight of Granite counter top...Damn!!!. From your blogs I learnt that most of the Modular kitchen counter tops are supported by Marine ply or any other type ply instead of cement. Is there any con's in having this cement support? Should I have to remove the cement support to save on space and provision CARCASS?

    Can the modular kitchen still be designed to perfection avoiding dust and uninvited guests (Cockroaches....)possibly between ply and cement slab.?

    Also When I see the your kitchen works. I see the overhead cabinets are sitting on top of the tiles. Are they really sitting on top of the tiles? How did you manage the space between the tiles and the box itself?

    Your suggestions are much appreciated.

    Regards,
    Prabhu

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    1. Crevices & cockroaches can be managed with silicone & pest control however you will not get a 100% slick finish with the cement counter underneath...if you are the finicky kinds then remove the cement slab.
      In my kitchens the wall cabinets are not on top of the tiles, the tiling has been done so that it fits exactly within the space for the backsplash.

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  10. Hi Nandita,

    Can you please tell me some shops in bangalore where i can get corian top. I am thinking of having corian top dining table...though still thinking if it will be a good idea...as it can get scratch easily...

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    1. You can try at Rankas or Razzle on RV road

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    2. Hello
      Can you tell me where I can get butcher board for my island top?
      Tia

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    3. Depends on the size. Regular sizes are available at Homestop / Lifestyle/ @ Home in Bangalore. Non standard sizes, especially large ones will need to be fabricated.

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  11. HI Nadita,

    What is your suggestion about complete PVC based kitchen. Right from CARCASS to cabinets..etc. Is it durable, Heat resistant? Have you ever had a chance to work on such a project?

    I heard PVC based kitchens are half the cost of wood based kitchen. However I doubt the durability, heat resistance. Of course everything comes with its own price.:)

    Appreciate your response.

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    1. The PVC options that I have seen till date look quite cheap and dont give a finish that is up to the mark (except in the case of UPVC windows & frames). There may however be something new around UPVC for Kitchens & Interiors that I am not aware of.

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  12. Can u please help out the best distributor for quartz slabs.

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    1. Try the shops at marble market on Bannerghatta road - ask for quartz or artificial granite (sometimes they may not understand "quartz")

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  13. Nandita,

    Need your views on the following. My kitchen is 50 sqft including back splash and front moulding

    1. Acrylic solid surface (such as Corian, Hi Macs) - 700 psqft + 180 installation psft comes to about 48,000 including installation
    2. Granite - Comes at about Rs 200 psqft + installation charges - Expect this to come around 15k
    3. Artficial Granite - What's your views on this material? It looks decent with a better shades than granite.

    How would you rate this from a durability, stain and scratch standpoint?

    thanks,
    Hari

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    1. Artificial granite is fine to use. While it is not as stain proof as Granite but if used with a little love and care it wok out fine.

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    2. Nandita,

      Actually, I learnt after visiting the store that by Artificial Granite, they are referring to Quartz. I see from your earlier post that you were skeptical. What is your opinion after 2 years of writing this post.

      Also, here is what I learnt from the dealer

      1. Quartz is hard surface, second to diamond. Bottom line, I guess they were trying to say its strong and can hold up heat.
      2. Stain resistant and easy to clean. Has given me a sample piece to play around by applying turmeric powder, lime juice etc.. to observe the stain and clean.

      Since Corian (and other acrylic surfaces) are out of my budget, I am considering going for the Quartz - kindaa like it's look too. Thoughts?

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    3. Quartz, especially the light shades and the ones available in India/ Bangalore is likely to stain - one of the reasons is due of the light shades that most people prefer in quartz & the stain being more visible in the same (when one buys granite there is only the dark shades to choose from). Also in quartz the joints tend to accumulate dust and blacken out in the long run. At the same time if one is keen on a light colour countertop then despite the above issues it is a good enough surface to go with.

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  14. Hi Nandita,

    Came across this article during my search for a white kitchen counter top. Thanks very much for elaborating on the strengths of each, and also the price points. I am keen to go for a shocking white counter top, and would like your views on which of the above mentioned materials come in this color? I understand Corian does. Any other material?

    Also, you mentioned that artificial granite is prone to staining more than natural granite..I was told otherwise!

    Thanks and best regards,
    Ashwin

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    1. See the discussion just above - it has answers to the question you have raised
      Shocking white is only available in solid surfaces (Corian/ Hanex, LG)

      Regards
      NM

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  15. NM, superb research and detailing! Can't thank you enough. Am presently renovating our 30 year old house, and kitchen. Was searching for Corian since mine is going to be a white kitchen, when I bumped into your blog. OK, here is my problem. I am obsessed with the idea of doing my backyard in terracotta tiles, specifically in herringbone pattern ( courtesy all the time spent in looking at those lovely pics on houzz, bhg, apartmenttherapy etc etc). Its a large open space and am not too keen on making a garden since I know iam not going to maintain it. Firstly, do you think its a good idea? Will terracotta retain its quality ( like they sow in the pics)? Secondly, where on earth( rather Bangalore) will I find skilled labour for my precious herringbone pattern? personally would love white herringbone floor in the kitchen as well, but...???
    Waiting for your reply!
    Aparna

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    1. You cannot use Terracota itself for exterior flooring since it has high moisture absorption and accumulates dust due to its texture. However regular exterior grade floor tiles in terracota finish are available in the market. You may use these. Any good tile layer will be able to do the herringbone design - you may check with the place from where you buy the tiles.

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  16. Hello! Can u tell me where can I get Quartz counter tops( searching for light colors like cream, different shades if white) in and around sajapur road, Bangalore. You mentioned its price as 500persrft. Can u tell me its lowest range.....

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    1. You can try the Marble market at BG road. There used to be a shop called Hilltop that used to stock Quartz...there may also be others

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  17. Do you have experience with Caesarstone. Am reading a lot of negative reviews online despite claims of fit it and forget it.http://countertopinvestigator.com/caesarstone-countertops/

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    1. Ceaserstone is the same as "quartz" described in the article above

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  18. Hi Nandita,
    I am based in Delhi and want to go in for a modular kitchen. One dealer is giving me a combination of Hettich and Inox drawers and hinges with Faber/ Kaff appliances. The other is giving me Blum / Grass fittings with appliances from Bosch. Which is a better combination? Both will cost me around 5.5 lakhs
    How does Grass compare with Hettich fittings.?
    How do Bosch appliances( chimney, hob, dishwasher, oven and microwave compare with Faber/ kaff?

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    1. Both options are similar. The only thing you should check is the feedback on the after sales service of Bosch, Kaff/ Faber in your area and decide accordingly

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  19. Hi Nanditha,

    Thank you for detailed information. it is very useful for people me who has no knowledge in and around these items. Well, I am constructing an independent house, would like to check options for modular kitchen.

    Please help me the best make for kitchen tops, chimney and Hob. \
    I am very new and confused with various answers. after I saw your review I got confidence can some qualitative information from you.

    Thanks.
    Bala

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    1. Most of what you are looking for is already on this blog. Please go through the individual blog posts as well the comments under each of the individual posts.
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  20. Hi Nandita,

    Thanks for taking out time for writing such a informative article on countertops. I wanted your suggestion on acrylic solid surfaces for countertops, which is better DuPont vs LG? Also, is light color acrylic solid surface durable for countertop?

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    1. Both are the same, you can also try Hanex. You may choose based on whether the brand has your particular colour available. There is no difference in durability between light / dark colours

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  21. Can you let me know if its ok to go with kitchen baskets with blend of Aluminum and stainless steel rather than just SS Steel ones? If yes any idea which company will be better.. I am getting options like EuroStyle and Pearl in local market here

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    1. Aluminium & SS is fine. You can also consider using Tandem Boxes

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  22. Thanks Nandita for the insight on countertops. My apartment in Bangalore is just about to reach handover stage. As per our agreement the builder had mentioned Quartz counter with marble verticals . However they have provided Italian marble counter instead. Do you think I should insist on Quartz and not settled for Marble?
    Also, I am replacing the single bowl SS sink provided by the builder with double bowl with drain board. Any suggestions or pointers to choose the right one...

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    1. If you like to colour and the finish then Marble is fine. For the sink you may check ones from Franke, Futura or Hindware.

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  23. Great Article and very informative. It would be great if the readers can pay a visit to http://www.artigra.com .
    Our product is about 40-50% cheaper than Corian plus we have a full fledged setup in Bangalore.

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    1. Rahul, Since the readers of this blog may be interested hence am publishing your comment. Note that this is not an endorsement.

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  24. Hi Nandita,

    What do you suggest for kitchen sink. I am very inclined towards getting a quartz unlike the general norm of Stainless Steel. Please suggest and also suggest an affordable brand.

    Regards,
    Arpitha

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    1. Quartz sinks are available, however these are not very popular due to their hi costs. I would not recommend going for a cheap brand for these as stone sinks in general are prone to cracks.

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  25. Hi nandita,I was looking for kitchen coutertop in bangalore.We came across Nano Glass top which is glossy white.All Shop owners are confidently giving guarantee about this material.I am very confused as this is china made and it is new material.Plz let me know if you have any information regarding it?

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    1. Glass countertop is not recommended - it develops scratches as well is prone to crack in case of an accident. If you need a white countertop then suggest you try solid surfaces from Corian, LG Himacs or Hanex or go with Quartz.
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  26. Hi Nandita,

    We are looking for a material for kitchen counter-top which is 20-24 mm thick and is light shade(preferably plain) as our wood work is dark brown.

    What material to go for? Scratch resistance and hygiene(easy to maintain) is the key. Also please suggest some good dealer in Sarjapur Haralur Road area. Also a rough idea of cost would also to help. Any other key aspects to consider while making a choice?

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    1. The options are already in the post above. You may not get too many options above 19/20mm - nor is this much thickness needed.
      There are some Granite/ Marble dealers on Sarjapur road before Decathlon

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  27. Hi Nandita
    Nice writeup and thanks.Iam doing a kitchen for my wife and gen left the design to her.What would be the best kitchen counter top for a place like chennai

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    1. All the options in the post above are viable options for Chennai. If your kitchen is a heavy use one then it may be best to use Granite as it can take the most abuse.

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  28. Hi! Nandita, between granite, marble and Quartz as choices for kitchen counter tops, which would be having the most durability and longevity in you opinion? Thanks in advance for your useful tips...

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    1. If you are looking ONLY at durability and longevity then Granite

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  29. Hi, Nandita very informative blog , Iwould like to know about kitchen cabinate mica there are wide range available in market which one is good and also cost effective


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    1. Best to stick to the top brands - Merino, Century or Greenlam

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  30. Hello Miss Nandita, Greetings.
    Just like any other reader and researcher, I came across your blog.thank you for the detailed information. I also went through all the questions and answers to know if someone has posted a similar query like me.
    My question is about Nano Glass / Glass white as locally called by dealers. I did read you mentioned about not being nice for kitchen as its not scratch resistant.
    However can you elaborate more on its disadvantages? Because the dealers and lot of other articles are talking about it being similarl strong as granite, does not crack so easily unless a heavy stone falls on kitchen counter top,doesn't catch stains, tried turmeric myself for few minutes on a small piece. Also it is cheaper than corian and gives a very high gloss sleek look. Was surprised vendors promoting glass white more than corian even though they know they can make more money if I buy corian. Would you please help me before I take any decision as to why I shouldn't go for Nano Glass / Glass white. Thank you for your time and peacefully replying to all. Best Regards.

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    1. Though it is as hard as granite Nano Glass is brittle and cracks when hit with a sharp object - similar to glass. Also it develops scratches that cannot be removed by buffing (unlike Corian). People are using it for counter tops, mainly for the bathroom, however I do not recommend it

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  31. Hi NM,
    Great blog as always..
    just wanted to know what exactly is korean granite.is it same as Corian or a true granite?

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    1. Corian is a solid surface from DuPont. The same product is also available from Korean Manufacturers - LG & Hanex

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  32. Hi Nandita,
    Your blog is very very informative and is one stop blog for entire home design.
    I have a question, is it recommend to change granite top to quartz with regard to durability and maintenance. and even pricing.?
    My builder already placed granite in my kitchen, is there any shop in Bangalore (near electronic city or so) who will exchange the old granite with new granite/quartz?
    Thanks in advance.

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    1. The change over to Quartz is justified for ergonomic reasons and not for durability and maintenance since Granite fares better on the maintenance/ durability front.
      I dont know of anyone who wil lbe able to exchange, I guess you will need to trash the old granite slab or give it away to the roadside granite fabricators who may pay a small amount for it.

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  33. please suggest me which material is best for countertop. In the shop, they told me artificial granite is trend nowadays which is prepared by granite powder and is also good for durability, maintenance and also has many different colours in it. Is this artificial granite means quartz? Should I go for it? In granite, they told me that nowadays pure black granite does not come. You will get black granite but that will not be pure black. I am confused, should I go for white colored artificial granite which u mean is quartz?

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    1. Artificial granite is not Quartz, it is factory made artificial stone. It does come in different and nice colours. I have not used it still hence cannot comment but do plan to use in in my next project and will know soon. Black Granite is available - visit the granite/ marble market and you will get it. If you are looking for white and are able to maintain then solid surfaces (Hanex, LG or Corian) is an option that you can look at - this is different from artificial stone.

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  34. Please advise which quartz stone brand are you planning to use.
    Any idea on AGL brand?

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    1. All brands are similar in terms of quality, you may choose based on the colour and finish you like

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  35. hi Nandita,

    Please give feedback on quartz countertop and which company is better...Johnsons, AGL or Kalinga and this shop in bannergatta sells their own brand called Prima. Please help
    Thanks
    Rekha

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    1. Rekha,
      All are the similar in terms of quality. Please choose based on the colour and finish that appeals to you.
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  36. Hi Nandita,

    My designer will be using a 10 mm quartz kitchen counter top. I want to know if that thickness is the standard ptactice in the industry. If not, whats the ideal thickness to be used.

    Thanks,
    Mamata

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    1. Mamata,
      There are only a few colours that are available in 20 mm. Most of the regular colours come in 10 mm and that is fine to use

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  37. I am looking to install kitchen top using Neno wight. will its a good option for the kitchen ?

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    1. I am afraid I don't know what Neno wight is

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  38. Hello Nandita,

    Very informative and nice post for laymen people.

    Any review about Teflon slab for kitchen. Available in various colors also.

    Thanks,
    BHavesh

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    1. I have not come across Teflon Slabs. If you mean Acrylic Solid Surfaces (Hanex, Corian etc.) then these are fine to use.

      Regards
      Nandita

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  39. Thanks a lot .. I am presently trying to design my kitchen and your blog is such a good help .. Informative ..And you presented it well with the price comparison etc ..

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  40. Hi,
    Nandita
    Thank for fantastic blog.

    Please give your review on nano crystallized glass top for kitchen

    Regards

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    1. Hi, Glass top (nano crystallized or any other) is not recommended for the kitchen as it is brittle and tends to crack

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  41. hi thanks a lot for information, i got my kitchen done in last month with Corian top , but it has got crack near hob within a month i am very upset cause of this what do you think why it has cracked? my designer says he will put one more sheet on it, should i allow him to do it?
    what is thickness of Acrylic sheet used normally for kitchen?
    you say its heat resistant but i get smell of chemical when i keep hot pot on it
    and also please can you let me know running rate of it
    i would appreciate your answer thank you in advance

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    1. Corian or any other solid surface from a reputed manufacturer will not crack. Only physical damage (something heavy falling on it) or poor fabrication can result in a crack.

      I have tested Hanex (another brand of Solid Surface and equivalent to Corian) with a hot cooker as well as a frying pan right off the gas stove - it does not give any kind of smell.
      Corian would cost no less than Rs 600 psft for a 14mm sheet ++ fabrication.

      Putting another sheet on top is an option but you will have to see how that affects the look of the edge and the overall height of the Kitchen. Corian can actually be repaired quite easily and post rebuffing the crack would not even show. I would however recommend that you first check whether the product used is actually Corian.

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  42. Hi Nandita,

    Thanks for such an informative article. Do you know what the price of Quartz countertops is these days?

    Thanks in advance.
    Ashish

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    1. Quartz countertops in Bangalore would typically cost Rs.400 psft onwards depending on the type. The price can go upto Rs 1000/ 1200

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  43. Hi Nandita,

    Your blog is precise, simple yet conveys relevant technical info to laymen for their home design. Thanks a lot.

    We are designing our kitchen for a new flat. For the kitchen countertop we wish to go for Quartz which is Marble lookalike. Have been through some popular brands like Kalinga/Gravaa/AGL. Also had thoughts of Natural Marble - Indian/Italian never mind the costing. Your suggestions on any particular marble quality (like carara,etc) in lighter colors to look for. So as to be suitable for countertop. I have availability of good tile workmanship.

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    1. Thanks, If cost is not a constraint then I would recommend using quartz (it really is an artificial stone composite containing quartz). In Bangalore quartz is available from Kalinga Stone, Johnson and Hafele...there may be other brands as well
      If it is pure white you are looking for then Hanex or Corian solid surface is a good option as well.

      Rgds
      Nandita

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  44. Hello !I am new to this blog.Plan to renovate my kitchen .At present it is semi modular and the wood work rests under a 3.5 inch cement slab with a black graanite slab over it .It is an open u shaped kitchen approximately 10' X 8'.5".
    The vendors I hired tell me I have to break the concrete slab with the granite to get a new finish.
    However some who have just a granie slab and woodwork under the slab say that water seeps directly on to the woodwork at times.Don't know what to do kindly guide.Also under the slabs I have 3 pillars 2 facing each other to partition the area under sink and one at the end of the counter.

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  45. You will find your answers in the post below. Also go through the Comments/ Q&A below the post

    http://www.homedesignbangalore.com/2010/06/so-what-is-modular-kitchen-and-some.html

    Rgds
    Nandita

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  46. Hi Nandita,
    Fantastic article ! really appreciate the time you spend on replying and giving a very informative blog any layman can understand with technical details as well.

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  47. Hi Nandita!!/
    Thanks for the informative blog. I have a query ? how should the extended counter top be supported ? Do I need to get plywood underneath or brackets ,cobbles etc .? Please advise..

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    1. Depends on the span of the cantilever. In any case it will need support of a plywood below. If the span is over 2 feet then a pillar or a bracket will be needed.

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  48. Thanks Nandita for the informative blog!
    Could you please suggest some shops to buy granite for kitchen and at a reasonable rate? Also, do these shops cut and polish the granite slabs?

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    1. Please try the granite shops around the Marble Market on Bannerghatta road. Some of them do offer finishing services as well.

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  49. which brand of quartz Kalingastone, AGL, Johnson, hafele is better and economical too.

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  50. HI Nandita..the blog is quite informative. I have the strong heart and being a loving husband to my wife I have gone for the acrylic Kitchen counter top. But unfortunately there is a crack and needs some maintenance, rebuffing I guess. Could you please guide me with some good acrylic top service guys, if you are aware of any? thanks in advance thanks

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    1. Fabricators are linked with the dealers of the material. Hence please contact the dealer of the brand that you have used and he will be able to send you a fabricator

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  51. Hi Nandita,
    Thank you for the informative article.
    I am renovating my kitchen and looking at getting a quartz countertop. In Noida I am getting kalinga, Johnson and AGL. However, there is a huge price difference between them with Kalinga being the most expensive at Rs 500+ and AGL most economical at within 300/sf. Any idea why the huge price difference when they're all quite similar.
    I have got samples for kalinga and agl to test and so far neither have failed the turmeric, heat and oil test. So I am thoroughly confused.
    Please help.
    Regards.

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    1. Kalinga, AGL & Johnson are all standard and equivalent brands for Quartz counter tops. If you are getting your choice of colour in AGL and at a competitive rate then you should just go for it

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  52. Thank you so much Nandita.

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  53. Is quartz also called as super Nano Glass ?

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    1. No, nano glass is a 19mm glass sheet that comes in different colours. It is suited for Bathrooms and not for the Kitchen as nano glass is brittle and can crack on impact

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