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#1 posted 02-05-2016 05:07 PM

Thanks for the input.

FYI, laminate is available up to 12 ft without a seam. The reason I don’t want to use an off-the-shelf BORG counter top is I don’t want a pattern, and while they do have a solid white, I don’t want a surface that will reflect that much light back up and create glare. As I mentioned before, I also want a straight front edge rather than the common rolled edges seen on the BORG tops, and in most kitchens.

I was a bit surprised at the relatively high cost of a custom top. Now this is installed pricing but it was $50/ft. Believe it or not it is $14/ft more to have the straight edge versus rolled. Now, this was one quote from the main counter top outfit in town. I have no doubt there are somewhat less expensive sources.

Originally I had planned on a maple top, but then saw some for about $900 and thought maybe I could get a laminate for about 1/3rd the price. After seeing that the laminate was about 2X what I thought and looking at more maple options, the price difference isn’t as big as I thought. I’ve found some 12 ft maple tops for under $700.

I’m not real price sensitive on this, but what at first looked like maybe I could get 3 laminate tops for the cost of 1 maple, I thought I’d go laminate and just replace it when it gets too beat up. But while laminate would still be cheaper, the difference isn’t that great and I’m leaning towards maple or more generally wood.

As far as water problems, it was also my thought that unless I leave standing water on it, that won’t be a problem. Also, the sink is not something I’ll necessarily use daily and not likely to get heavy use. Mostly occasionally cleaning a paint brush, that type of thing.

-- Clin

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