Do you like your Viscont White granite counters?

Nan57September 23, 2013

Like so many others, I lust over Calcutta gold marble but budget simply won't allow that as an option :( We're looking at granites and of course, nothing is really close to the marble. The only thing I saw that I didn't hate was called Viscont White.

Does anyone out there have this in their kitchen? Are you happy with it? We chose brushed black pearl for the perimeter counters (white shaker cabs) and want the 'marble' look for the island (espresso shaker cabs).

Would love to see your pics, too. Anyone else with marble-envy please feel free to chime in ;)

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karin_mt

Hmm, nice! I really like that one. I understand the want for the marble look but most granites lack the softness and flow that makes marble so charming. But this one has the subtle movement and I like the way the dark mineral streaks are elongated - it gives it a softness. It might be my favorite white granite I've seen here.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2013 at 3:47PM
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ak0402

Beautiful. I love it. I googled other images of this granite, and they vary a lot, but all lovely.

I looked up this granite's "absorption rate". That tells you how easily it will stain and whether you need to seal it. So, "Viscon Granite" (which appears to be the correct name) has an absorption rate of .2% - .25%. Pretty good! To give you comparisons, granites that are prone to staining and needing re-sealing several times a year, such as Imperial White and Kashmir White, have absorption rates of .35% - .5%. Granites that do not even need to be sealed and are bullet-proof like your perimeter Black Pearl is .1% - .15%. Viscon granite may need to be sealed once year, and maybe not at all.

Just an aesthetic point: you mentioned using this granite and Black Pearl. Just be a little cautious with the combination. Depending on your kitchen size and layout, two granites may be too much going on. I don't know your kitchen; I am just giving a friendly heads up.

Here is a link that might be useful: List of Absorption Rates

This post was edited by akchicago on Mon, Sep 23, 13 at 18:13

    Bookmark   September 23, 2013 at 6:04PM
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Nan57

karin - thank you for your comments. I'm happy to have other (positive) opinions as my husband's eyes tend to glaze over with the finishing choices (he's a hands-on build-it kinda guy..I lose him on the details ;) What I liked about this particular white was that it didn't have a lot of browns or large speckles running through it as in others. They are all lovely, just not what I'm looking for.

akchicago - great link, thanks! That's another plus for choosing these 2 granites. I wonder if the brushed black pearl performs as well in this regard. I loved the feel of it and it did not seem to easily pick up fingerprint oils.

As for the combination of the two...I feel like the brushed BP has a solid enough look (no movement to make it busy) that is picked up in the dark streaks of the VW. Hope my gut is leading me in the right direction..

Also, do many people tend to combine finishes in the same room...ie brushed on perimeter/polished on island or vice versa? Is this common or a major faux pas? My instincts tell me 'no big deal' depends on your preference/usage etc. But the guys at the granite yard made it seem like a major issue! hmm

    Bookmark   September 23, 2013 at 8:09PM
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romy718

Very pretty stone. I can't give you any advice about how it will combine with your brushed black pearl but that is a beautiful slab.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2013 at 10:44PM
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ak0402

I would do both honed. Why are you doubting the stoneyard's opinion? It's what they do for a living.

Brushed is more shiny, and has a texture to it. Honed is quiet and less "hellooo, look at me". You already have streaks and movement in the beautiful Viscont granite. Don't have the two counters competing with each other. One needs to be the center stage and the other needs to be quieter. Note that the marble look that you admired in your OP typically is from honed marble, not polished. Or, if you really want the Black Pearl brushed, then have the Viscon honed.

Remember you will have to pick a backsplash that will go with both counters. If the brushed Black Pearl is shiny, and you do an island of polished Viscon granite, and the backsplash tile is shiny, that means you will have 3 shiny surfaces in your kitchen. What about light fixtures - potentially a 4th shiny surface?

There's a thread on the Kitchens Forum that has been quoted a lot about too many clowns in a kitchen, with "clowns" not meant to be derogatory, but more that they draw all the attention, and one is plenty, while having none would be lacking in spirit. I'll copy Florantha's articulate summary: "During my overlong thinking process regarding our kitchen addition, I developed a concept called 'how many clowns in a room?' What I mean here is how many strong presences can an interior decor tolerate. One clown is great entertainment, too many clowns and I go sit in another room; no clowns and I'm unsatisfied."

    Bookmark   September 24, 2013 at 12:16AM
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Nan57

romy- thanks for the thumbs up. This stone is growing on me every time I look at it :)

Thanks, ak. Points well taken. I am heading back to the yard this weekend to make the final decision regarding finish.

The reason I wasn't 'hearing' the fabricator was that he was strongly trying to steer me away from a honed or brushed finish altogether, mostly because of potential for stains. But from what I've read, the stain issue is manageable. I am willing to compromise a bit of maintenance for the beautiful look.

As far as too many clowns lol, I'm hoping that the solid look of the brushed BP will be subtle enough (the slab I saw did not appear shiny, rather leathery with a luster). Cabs will be white except for the island base which will be a dark espresso color..backsplash a plain white subway tile. My intention is to make the 'featured' clown in the room, my island top. Which is why I considered choosing the polished. Plus, that top will be getting most of the use..ie prep, eating, general use. Maybe I'm off track but I think it might work?

That said, can they take a polished slab and make it honed? Is there a big cost factor to do so?

    Bookmark   September 24, 2013 at 8:25AM
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pricklypearcactus

I don't have it or know anything about it, but I think it's gorgeous!

    Bookmark   September 24, 2013 at 10:59AM
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Brea421

I am currently renovating my kitchen and I too was absolutely in love with marble. I have never been a fan of granite. After looking into marble and granite, I decided I had to do granite. I searched and searched for a granite that I liked and I could not find anything. Finally, I went to a slab yard and stumbled upon this Viscont White slab. I absolutely fell in love. I do not have it on my counters yet but I am looking forward to seeing it installed within the next couple of weeks. I have gone with the Merillat portrait cabinets in cotton. Granite is so much cheaper and requires less maintenance than marble. I just wanted you to know that you are not the only marble lover looking into granite. I wish you luck in your search and hopefully I will be able to let you know how the granite is holding up soon.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2013 at 7:10PM
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ak0402

Brea421, that slab is gorgeous. I love in particular the chunky part through the center. Wow.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2013 at 7:42PM
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Brea421

Thank you, akchicago. That is my favorite part as well. I am hoping we can have that section on the small island that will be extended out but we will see. I hope to post pics once some progress gets made on the kitchen part of the reno.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2013 at 8:03PM
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Nan57

Wow! Brea421 I love that slab. Please post pics once you have it installed. And thanks for sharing your thoughts. Since I found the VW, I'm excited about moving forward with granite. Returning to the yard this weekend to choose and reserve a slab. We are about 4-6 weeks away from install

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 8:29AM
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pricklypearcactus

Wow, Brea, that is a stunning slab!

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 10:35AM
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Nan57

Returned to the yard and found a different slab but having the hardest time deciding between this one and the one in my original post (above). Love the movement in this one...I feel I would be happy with either. Opinions welcome!!!

    Bookmark   October 1, 2013 at 11:02AM
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Holly- Kay

Brea, I love your granite slab. It is awesome.

Nan, both of the slabs you like are beautiful but I think the second one is an absolute stunner. The beautiful flow gives it a softer look,IMO.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2013 at 2:06PM
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pricklypearcactus

Nan, both slabs are beautiful, but I absolutely love this second slab with the movement. I vote for slab #2! Stunning!

    Bookmark   October 1, 2013 at 3:34PM
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rpets

Slab number 2 gets my vote as well!

    Bookmark   October 1, 2013 at 4:17PM
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raee_gw

I would take #2 in a heartbeat! none of the viscount white slabs that I saw here looked remotely like that.

I am having a honed finish applied to a polished slab; prices quoted to do this varied a lot by fabricator, but for the two that I am debating it will add $5/sq.ft. I love the softness that honing brings to the stone. I saw a sample of honed river white (which is beautiful anyway) and the honing just made it glow.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2013 at 4:38PM
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Nan57

Thank you all! I was leaning towards #2 and you've confirmed my thoughts on it. I love this forum :)

Raee I really like the honed look as well. I will have to ask our fabricator what that would mean $$ wise.

Choosing these counter slabs was a big decision...so excited and relieved to be one step closer to our new kitchen. I would love to see photos from anyone else who has chosen a similar stone!

    Bookmark   October 1, 2013 at 4:54PM
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Michele222

We are having Viscount Granite installed at our house.

Our slabs are similar to the picture here with all of the movement in it. It is very reasonably priced as well.

My husband fell in love with it. like it very much as well.
We are leaving it polished.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 11:47AM
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Nan57

Hi Michele. I would love to see your slab or a photo of your tops once they are installed! Good luck!

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 9:51PM
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dlbk

Nan, you asked earlier in the thread about combining different finishes for your Black Pearl and white granite stone. I agree with akchicago & your fabricator - whatever surface you choose, treat both stones the same. Since you're using different color stones and there are different patterns in each, you don't want to add another dimension of 'different' with contrasting surface treatment.
Honed finishes require more care than polished, need sealing perhaps every 6 months, and darker colors will show stains more easily. (lots of info online about specific care) Our polished granite counters were factory sealed and after installation (about 4 years ago) we sealed with DuPont BulletProof and haven't had to seal since. We wipe clean with soapy water & done - love it! I was going to go with soapstone but my husband talked me out of it and so glad he did. The granite looks great and is so easy to take care of. Look forward to seeing photos of your completed project!

    Bookmark   October 9, 2013 at 7:46PM
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Nan57

The tops were installed yesterday. Very happy! At first I wondered if the white of the granite would blend with the creamier white of the cabinets, but then thought it may all come together once the white subway backsplash is installed...thoughts? (Our painter just gave me a quick coat of paint for now in case the splash wasn't done for Thanksgiving)

I especially love the brushed black pearl on the perimeters. It is soft on the eyes and to the touch.

After reading so many tales of woe regarding the fabricators, I have to say I breathed a huge sigh of relief as they did a spectacular job. Of course, I owe much to the kind community here at GW who shared their experiences...I was armed with all the right questions. :)

    Bookmark   October 29, 2013 at 11:23AM
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tea4all

Whoa, gorgeous!!

Thanks so much for posting your pics!

    Bookmark   October 29, 2013 at 12:00PM
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Gooster

that looks beautiful! That is a real alternative for people looking for a white and grey colored alternative to marbles. The closest slabs I've seen to these had maroon or green streaked in them. How is the porosity and other attributes?

    Bookmark   October 29, 2013 at 12:49PM
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Nan57

Thanks tea4all!

gooster.. the tops just came in yesterday so I don't have much experience with it yet. We went on the general information I read before we ordered. I knew I wouldn't be happy with the etching associated with marble so I am assuming the granite will hold up better in that regard.

I will say that my DH placed a beer bottle (well-deserved ;) on it last night and we noticed a slightly darker ring which very quickly evaporated. The ONLY question I forgot to ask was whether or not the slabs were sealed in any way so I have a call in to them.

Would anyone else with a white granite know about sealing and/or maintenance?

    Bookmark   October 29, 2013 at 1:38PM
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Michele222

Here are our Viscont White counters and backsplash.
We are very happy with this stone.

Michele222

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 11:59PM
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susanlynn2012

Michele222, I love the Viscont White Counters you used! Thank you for the idea as I will look into this counter also.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2014 at 2:55PM
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Szpila

Hi Nan - We just installed Viscon White granite in our kitchen as well, and we are noticing the same thing that you described above - that any standing water will stain the granite temporarily. Although today while cooking, something else got into the granite and it doesn't seem to be evaporating. Did you get yours sealed? Has that helped with discoloration?

Thanks!

    Bookmark   June 15, 2014 at 9:24PM
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Nan57

Hi Szpila, We did have ours sealed. Our top gets lots of heavy use and honestly, I haven't had any permanent staining issues, only the temporary darkening with water. Was yours sealed? There are lots of threads on methods to lift stains from granite that are very helpful.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 9:30AM
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dlbk

We also had darkening of the granite from spills after we used a cheaper sealer. We called our stone supplier and they recommended 'DuPont Bullet-Proof'. That stuff is amazing! It has been 5 years since we sealed our counters and no stain (even after juice from blueberries was left overnight), darkening from liquids, or anything permeates the seal - love it!
We have no connection w/DuPont - just very happy with this product after the first one failed us.

Here is a link that might be useful: DuPont Bullet-Proof

    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 12:53PM
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Szpila

Thanks for the responses! I'll try the DuPont and see if that helps with the darkening.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 2:34PM
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cappy1225

It's been a year since this blog was started, and I assume you have gotten your Viscont White. I just redid my kitchen and got VW, installed six weeks ago. Very sorry I chose it. Yes, it's gorgeous, BUT. I'm a family of One; I do not cook a lot; I'm fussy about my beautiful new kitchen. Like Kashmir White, it stains. I read how awful KW is. I even read that VW is from the same part of the world: Middle East. I didn't connect the dots, now I'm sorry. For anyone else reading this and thinking about VW, think again. Granite from South America and Europe are the best. IMO, and I've remodeled many kitchens.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2014 at 8:04AM
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susanlynn2012

Cappy1225, thank you for the warning. I am so sorry about your beautiful Viscont White granite counters staining. Thank you for the warning. Maybe you need a better sealer and need to seal twice a year?

    Bookmark   September 3, 2014 at 10:41AM
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Nan57

Yes, cappy1225, I'm also sorry to hear you are having problems with staining. As lynn2006 suggests, perhaps you need a better sealer. I have enjoyed these counters for almost a year now and have not had any problem with staining...they still look like the day they were installed.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2014 at 2:59PM
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nely1000

I have the same granite countertops and just like you I wanted marble but just couldn't deal with the idea of having it stain. I have Quartz on the island which is maintance free so for countertops I went with this gorgeous granite. I love it! It's so beautiful! Best decision ever.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2014 at 10:24PM
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Mike121

Well for me marble cannot be replaced by anything. The sheen that comes after its polishing is really outstanding. Moreover, they are for the lifetime as stains never stick to it and can be wiped easily.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2014 at 7:40AM
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Mark De Sevo

How much $ is it per sq foot?

    Bookmark   on Sunday at 2:32PM
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crl_

Coincidentally, I just got a price on viscount white. It was $19.xx a square foot. I'm in the Bay Area in northern CA.

    Bookmark   on Sunday at 6:40PM
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