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Countertop 101

When it comes to kitchen and bath design, countertops stand out. Whether you’re planning a full kitchen renovation or a bathroom redesign, countertops and vanity tops become major focal points. As such, you’ll want to carefully consider the surfacing materials you select.

The materials you choose will impact not only the look of the room, but your everyday experiences within the space. And chances are, these countertop areas will see a lot of use. So think about style and function. Finding the look you want within your budget—and that meets your practical needs—can be easier than you think.

3461 Black Fossilstone


Here are some “material details” from Formica Corporation designed to help you make informed decisions regarding your remodeling and decorating.

Looking beyond the surface


In addition to finding a look you love, you’ll want to consider each material’s inherent properties and how each will fare under the demands of everyday living. A little bit of information for comparison can be useful. Let’s take a closer look at surfacing options.

Some countertop surfacing materials include:


So how do these materials stack up against your own needs? Here are some pros and cons of four of the most popular countertop materials.

1. Granite






2. Quartz






3. Laminate

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2. Solid Surfacing

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With so many materials available, it can be tough to decide what’s best for you—and for your budget. A little information can go a long way in helping you achieve the look you want.


Rest assured, there’s a surface option for virtually every person across every budget level. Check our our countertop products now. And don't forget you can order free samples!


This content is for informational and educational purposes only. This information is not meant to be technical in nature and does not provide any warranties. Information about Formica® brand product warranties and technical data can be found at http://www.formica.com