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Granite, quartz top countertop test
as seen on WRAL on July 26, 2011

Are you ready to ditch your dated kitchen and remodel it? One of the biggest expenses is the countertops, so you want to use a material that will both look great and hold up over time.

There are lots of different types to choose from. To help you narrow the choices, Consumer Reports tested 14 different countertop materials.

"We checked out popular surfaces like granite and quartz," said Chris Regan of Consumer Reports. “New to our tests we have recycled glass, bamboo and soapstone."

To see how well a countertop resists stains, testers applied 20 common substances, such as tomato sauce and grape juice, and then let them sit overnight.



Remodeling Mistakes Can Cost You Plenty
as seen on WRAL on July 26, 2011

Does your kitchen need a redo?

With the economy, many people are remodeling. Recently released numbers from building data company BuildFax show that in May remodeling activity was the highest on record.

The kitchen is the most popular room to renovate. With the average re-do costing $15,000, mistakes can be costly. And Consumer Reports experts say with kitchens, it’s easy to make mistakes, especially when it comes to storage space. Bob Markovich says his first piece of advice is don't skimp!

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