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Countertops: What are the different materials?

Quartz, granite, marble, Corian, laminate and more. The choices for countertops are overwhelming, but perhaps this quick guide explaining the differences will help you choose the right one for you.

Richmond Interiors has been in business and serving the area for over 35 years!

Owner Falyn Bauman, who has a degree in interior design and architecture, knows the importance of having the right products to both complement and protect your floor and furnishings.

Take countertops, for instance. You might think of them as a supporting player, only to be given an after-thought but, as a countertop provider, we know they are the very things that pull the whole room together.

Visit our showroom in Richmond, MI. Be sure to speak to one of our retailers to discuss your countertop needs. We also service the surrounding areas of Macomb and St. Clair County.

Is Corian stone?

No, this is a synthetic, non-porous solid surfacing material created by DuPont and composed of polymers and some minerals. These countertops have almost seamless joints, a big advantage if you want a marble look. It is strong, but avoid direct heat and sunlight, as well as sharp objects. It comes in a large assortment of colors.

Is engineered quartz real stone?

Yes. It's 95% stone with the addition of a small number of other minerals to make it non-porous durable, stain-resistant and easier to clean. That makes it a good choice for the kitchen since the countertop won’t harbor bacteria.

This is probably what you see on most countertops. The manufacturing process also gives you a greater number of edge treatments because, while the stone is held in place with screws, this can also use glue and epoxy.

There are many other materials, including concrete, marble and butcher block, but here are more common choices:

  • Laminate. This material consists of layers of plastic bonded together. Technology has made it evolve into a product of many colors, bold designs and special features including antimicrobial properties.
  • Granite. The countertops you see in 5-Star hotels, granite countertops are made from a combination of quartz, feldspar, and mica and they are as functional as they are gorgeous. They’re strong, won’t blister or melt, but they do need to be properly sealed.

Our goal is to help you transform your kitchen and/or bathroom into a beautiful design statement. The countertop brands offered by Richmond Interiors provide you with a wide selection of surfacing options, as well as the ability to mix and match various materials and brands.