Yesterday, I had the pleasure of having a long conversation with my big brother about home improvements. You see, he and his wife bought a new/old house last year that needed quite a bit of TLC. One room in particular in need of attention was the kitchen. Because circumstances being what they are, big bro will be selling this house in then next 2 years, so he's been doing his improvements with an eye toward resale. When it came to replacing the old laminate countertop, bro had to install what everyone isgoing ga-ga about these days...namely, granite.
Both bro and SIL are very pleased with how the granite looks, but that's about it. Their #1 complaint? It's cold. Very cold. A hot plate of food doesn't stay hot long if you set it on their new countertop. Ditto for a cup of coffee. Bro doesn't even like to lean on it in the wintertime, and for we who can have 8 months of winter temperatures, that's not pleasant. Ultimately, in bro's words, he hates it. If he did it all over, he'd make sure to install some sort of heating element underneath it.
Enter big sister. A few years ago, she and BIL redid two of their bathrooms. They chose lovely granite tops for their new vanities. The one bath that gets the most use--the master--is showing water stains. Sis is not pleased.
Enter ME. Boo and I put in a black granite vanity top in one of our bathrooms a few years back. Yes, it's cold to the touch, but it's a bathroom vanity top. I'm not resting my forearms on it or eating a plate of pancakes off it. And although we have no stains, there IS the teeny tiniest little chip out of one of the top edges. (I have no idea how it happened.) We're still happy with our decision to install granite, but its seeming fragility does make me wonder about a big installation in a busy place like a kitchen.
Others out there are having the same issues to be sure. Add in the whole radiation issue and you just might have a surprising amount of people who wish they didn't have/hadn't installed granite in their homes. Another sticking point is the trend itself, which some say is on the downslide.
So what say you? Are you pleased as punch with your granite countertop or do you wish you wouldn't have jumped on the granite bandwagon? If the latter, what material do you wish you would have installed instead?