Jean wrote:Vicki, I know you like things as natural as possible which is why I wonder if perhaps you could install wood or wood butcher block for your counters. You'd need to keep them well rubbed with oil (?linseed?) for water repellency.
saintintraining wrote:Rectified tile just basically means that they have been cooked in sheets and then cut after creating much more uniformity. Granite and porcelain are usually the only tiles rectified. I have seen granite counters laid as tiles and they are nice. My only concern, at least in my house, would be could they crack if something is dropped on them like a pan or dish because they are thinner like floor tile which can crack.
Robin, I think you will be happy with your granite install, it looks nice.
saintintraining wrote:Oops, I meant to put that about natural stone (granite, marble, slate) not being cooked!
As for radon, what's been concluded is that we don't know for sure. It depends on who you are asking. Studies done by granite competitors say we are all at risk. Other studies show there is unlikely a big risk. What most have found is that the vast majority give off miniscule or no radon and doesn't raise indoor levels. Of the counters that did test positive, they did have high levels. That leads me to believe that there are some areas where the radon levels are high and we should be avoiding these quarries. The EPA should conduct some studies I guess. This issue crossed my mind when trying to decide. If I had chosen granite, I would be testing it for radon first if they let me. By the way, you usually go to the granite yard to select your slab and then your counters are cut from that.
I thought I remember hearing that there can be lesser quality granites and that the big box stores sell those. I'd have to look that up again though to be sure.
Wish I had a definitive answer for you on this one.
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