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Question DetailsAsked on 5/6/2011

Should I do granite or porcelain tile in my kitchen?

I'm considering either granite or a large (13 x 26) porcelain tile for my kitchen counters. The porcelain is only available through direct shipment from a company several hundred miles from me. The sample I ordered is great, but my hesitation is there's a 50% restocking fee if I return it (+ shipping cost). Oh, and this tile is not grouted but joined by a silicone seam sealer. Is that a problem? That's how they join granite pieces, right? If I go with granite instead, can my old cabinets support the weight? They look fine on the outside, but on the inside, they are particle board.

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    Are you referring to DalTile? <s> They shouldn't have anything like a 50% "restocking charge." That's absurd for a product when you have no way to know if it all matches, etc. And I bet they don't refund the shipping charges, which are going to be high for tile. I've never heard of porcelain tile joined with silicone, but I don't see why it couldn't be done. I just wonder if you could use standard grout if you wanted to.

    The only way to know if your cabinets would support the weight of granite would be to ask a granite installer. If you are considering installing granite, why not call one out for a free estimate? He'd tell you at that time if your cabinets are adequate.

    Answered 9 years ago by Commonsense


    No, it's not Dal Tile. It's a product made by a company in Witchita. They call it ironstone counters. I tried to stain the sample and it resisted everything I threw at it. But it makes me uneasy that I can't find anything on it on message boards or anywhere but their website. I guess I'll pass on it. It's probably great, but I'm just too skittish of another product that's an unknown in my area -- I got burned on the so-called never-paint-again liquid siding product. THAT was an expensive mistake!

    Re granite and my less-than-optimal base cabinets, thanks for the tip. I'll ask around. No shortage of granite places around here.

    Answered 9 years ago by commamomma


    "Re granite and my less-than-optimal base cabinets, thanks for the tip."

    Sure. Let the experts do the work for you <s>.

    I sure haven't heard of that surfacing material. And I'm with you in that if I couldn't find any other info on the product online I'd pass on it. If it was such a great product you'd think a lot of people would be talking about it.

    Have you seen the latest in formica? If you want something tough that will last, that's still a great choice.

    Answered 9 years ago by Commonsense

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