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Your Complete Guide To The Most Popular Countertop Materials

From quartz and granite to solid surface and laminate, below you'll find all the information you need to select the perfect countertop material to complete your next kitchen or bath remodeling project.

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MKD offers a number of countertop materials in a wide variety of patterns, colors, and designs in order to fit an array of diverse styles and individual budgets. The materials offered consist of two natural-based materials, granite and quartz, and two manufactured materials, laminate and solid surface. We will provide a brief overview of each material, along with installation and maintenance details, to help you in your search for the perfect countertop material.

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Quartz

Quartz countertops are man-made engineered stone countertops produced with a combination of natural quartz and other fillers - resins, polymers, and pigments. Quartz material is one of the hardest surfaces on earth, which makes it a very durable surface material for countertops. As well as a lifetime of product longevity.

Granite

We love granite for its many colors and dimensional patterns. In fact, it’s the most dynamic natural countertop you can get. If you're searching for a truly unique and one-of-a-kind material that will stand out in your kitchen or bath, granite is the way to go. Along with beauty, granite is nearly as durable as quartz and with proper care and maintenance can withstand several generations of use.

Solid Surface Countertops

Another beautiful countertop material that's also budget-friendly, a solid surface countertop is guaranteed to deliver. Solid Surface countertops are ideal for creating custom designs and provide a truly stunning focal point to any space. The material selection offers virtually unlimited colors, patterns, and finishes, making it an excellent choice for homeowners who have a distinct vision for their home.

Laminate Countertops

If you’re looking for a stylish option that has the elegance of quartz, without the cost, laminate is the choice for you. For anyone on a tight budget, laminate is an extremely affordable upgrade that comes in a vast array of colors and patterns. As a man-made material, laminate can be crafted to appear similar to your favorite quartz, granite, or marble pattern, and when installed by our talented specialists, your laminate countertop will look beautiful for years.

Installation

Working with a qualified and experienced installer is an important part of the countertop buying process. You'll want to search for a company you can trust, and one that you can count on to follow up if they leave you with any questions. We recommend asking the right questions during your vetting process to find an installer near you that can help with your project.

Maintenance

When it comes to taking care of your countertops, every material needs proper care. Typically, any countertop can be cleaned with a mixture of warm water and mild soap, as long as you avoid any abrasive cleaners. For granite materials, you'll want to have your countertops sealed regularly, as well as for solid surface and laminate. However, quartz countertops don't require any sealing after installation.

Your Guide To The Most Popular Countertop Materials

Learning the basics of today's most popular countertop materials will help you in choosing the perfect option for your home. Based on your overall lifestyle needs and countertop usage, this guide offers the essential information you need to narrow down your options and make an informed decision. From granite and quartz to solid surface and laminate, it's our goal to ensure each buyer has the tools and resources to choose with confidence the perfect countertop material. Learn more about the best countertop material out there for you by downloading our material guide for future reference.

For even more assistance in choosing a countertop, check out Choosing The Right Countertop For Your Lifestyle to read more. Along with our guide on How To Measure Countertops for replacement!

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Michigan Kitchen Distributors (MKD) has been providing kitchen and bath solutions for over 70 years. At MKD, we serve both builders and dealers, as well as residential customers. We are proud to service Michigan, Northern Ohio, and Northern Indiana customers as one of the largest full-service countertop companies in the Midwest.

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