Countertops 101: A Breakdown of What’s What in Surfacing

Countertops 101: A Breakdown of What’s What in Surfacing

Countertops 101: A Breakdown of What’s What in Surfacing

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What is the right countertop material for your kitchen?

When designing your dream kitchen, or remodeling your current one, there is no shortage of tough decisions to make and with one decision impacting another, it can all seem quite overwhelming. Many find it easiest to first focus on countertops. Unfortunately, that raises even more questions! Specifically, what material and design do you want? What’s the right countertop material for your lifestyle?  Do you need an easy to maintain, stain resistant surface?  Or is style most important to you? For most people, the primary question comes down to which material is going to strike the best balance between beauty, style, and maintenance. 

Luckily, there’s a vast range of options available that address durability and maintenance, and all importantly, the style factor.  However, with many different options in practically any color, pattern or texture you could want, making the right choice can be tricky. And you might want to incorporate two materials into that space. 

Here’s a quick look at some of the top countertop materials available at Inspiration Design Center to help you choose the right options for your kitchen.



While it now has more competition than in the past, granite is still a top choice among homeowners.  Granite countertops offer both a high-end look and durability.  With granite being a natural material, it has variation in color and pattern which adds to its appeal. Granite is comparable in cost to manufactured quartz but does require more care and a regular sealing routine.




With quartz being a manmade product it is practically maintenance free and far tougher than natural marble or soapstone.  It has a pre-sealed, non-porous surface, making it stain, scratch, heat, and impact resistant.  It’s also available in a wide range of colors and patterns, giving perennial top choice granite a run for its money in recent years.


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At Inspiration Design Center, we are here to help you select the best Granite or Quartz surface for your home. Visit us today to create your dream kitchen or bath.