Farmhouse Kitchen

Countertops 101

By Cabinets Direct USA  on  February 29, 2016

The kitchen is one of the most important places in a household – after all, it’s where we cook every meal. As anyone who’s ever prepared food knows, cooking is always followed by a mess…so you need to be sure that the countertops in your kitchen are able to meet every need, from food preparation to clean-up time. At Cabinets Direct USA, we want you to have your dream kitchen – and perfect countertop – at an affordable price. Before you go searching for the ideal model, though, it’s important to be informed of the differences among the countertops we sell at our store. Granite, quartz, laminate, and solid surfaces are all the provided countertop finishes available for your taste – but each one looks, feels, and serves a completely different purpose.

Types of Countertop Finishes


Granite countertops are a great investment, especially when you consider their affordable price. A big reason homeowners prefer granite countertops has to do with the fact that they never go down in value. In fact, this granite will actually add value to your home. The best part about granite? You don’t have to be worried about burning the surface, as it can withstand the heat of scorching pots and pans. This style works best for practically any kitchen, and never fails to provide an elegant and expensive feel. If you prefer to be on the more conservative side, another countertop option might be better for you.


Quartz countertops are a new trend currently sweeping the kitchen design world. Their durable surfaces are among their tremendous amount of perks. The best part about quartz countertops are their composition – since they are engineered stones, customers can practically choose any color they’d like. Unlike granite, there are no tiny pores, so oil and grease stains are not as likely. Quartz countertops tend to require less upkeep, unlike granite or marble. If you’re willing to splurge for excellence, these countertops might be right up your alley.


Laminate countertops are a great way to make your kitchen look classy, without a price tag that is going break the bank. One of the big reasons laminate is such a good choice has to do with its easy changeability. If you grow tired of your kitchen and like to constantly redesign and redecorate, it’s a great countertop choice for you – all thanks to its easy installation or removal. Laminate manufacturers also offer many different colors, patterns, and decorative edges, so you can always achieve the look you want.


Also known as Corian, solid surface countertops are extremely easy to clean. If you are looking for a kitchen setting where you can cook dinner and not worry about constantly maintaining the cleanliness of your countertops, you should consider getting a solid surface. Even better, solid surfaces can easily be repaired, as opposed to replacing the entire slab. Pick solid surface countertops if you want to be confident they can withstand a mess, if you’re looking for less maintenance and if you’d like a long-term investment that can always be fixed.

Schedule a Free Design Appointment 

Whatever you decide to choose at Cabinets Direct USA, we will have our trained professionals help you every step of the way. Visit our showroom to see our endless options for countertop colors and designs – and see how they will look in your kitchen today. Schedule a free design appointment when you’re ready to get the dream kitchen you have always been waiting for. We are open seven days a week for our customers, because we want to make sure we can help you any way and every day. See a gallery of our countertops here.