Granite is a natural stone, cut as slabs straight from large rocks to be used for countertops. It is very scratch and heat resistant. Granite is a porous material and has the potential to stain from many household items. Sealing is required periodically. It is not FDA or NSF certified for food preparation in restaurants. Each slab is unique and color may vary from piece to piece. Granite may have natural fissures which are potential weak points for weight and heat resistance. Seams are typically wider than quartz as it is necessary to bevel the edges that are to be seamed together. Typically, granite carries no warranty.


Solid surface is known for its seamless appearance and integral sinks. Countertop to sink transition is smooth so it will not trap any dirt or grime. Heat resistance is typically as good as or better than laminate, but not as good as granite or quartz. Solid surface is non-porous and therefore easy to keep clean. It is FDA and NSF certified for food preparation in restaurants. Edge options are virtually limitless, consumers can renew the surface of slight scrapes, and solutions can repair potential damage. Solid surface is susceptible to scratching, which shows up most on darker colors or higher gloss finishes. 100% acrylic products are more impact resistant and UV resistant than polyester-based products. Solid surface typically carries a limited 10 year transferable warranty.

A natural stone, quartz is made into a countertop by pressing high-grade clear and white quartz crystals into a slab, using acrylic resins to hold them together. Most quartz countertops are approximately 93% quartz and 7% resins and dye. Quartz can have a granite-like appearance however it is non-porous and therefore requires no sealing or maintenance. It is also FDA and NSF certified for food preparation in restaurants. Quartz is extremely scratch resistant and heat resistant. Seams are visible, but when fabricated on a CNCN and installed properly are approximately 1/32” wide. Seams can blend better than granite, being tighter and more consistent with color and pattern from piece to piece. Most quartz carries a 10 year limited warranty.

A very affordable product that gives you many options with hundreds of colors and patterns to choose from. This product carries a maximum of a 1 year warranty and is susceptible to scratching, staining, and heat damage. Seams are visible and laminate cannot be easily repaired.

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At Cambria, we pride ourselves on being the only family-owned, American-made producer of natural quartz surfaces. It’s a rare combination in today’s increasingly globalized marketplace. For our customers, it results in quality that can be felt from start to finish, in products and our customers' experience.
Dwyer operates an architectural-quality showroom in Farmington Hills, MI that showcases a wide product selection and provides design services to their customers’ clients. Dwyer Marble and Stone Supply is a privately held company, owned and operated by the Dwyer family, and has been successfully serving customers since 1995.
Viatera Quartz countertops are made from 93% natural quartz, combined with a man-made resin. The results are countertops that have the natural beauty of stone combined with the durability and easy maintenance of a man-made surface. 
Flowing, virtually seamless, organic shapes, bold effects of color and translucency — if it can be imagined, it can be created with DuPont™ Corian® solid surface. Corian® is available in a vast range of trendsetting patterns and tones, as well as your own custom-designed colors. 
Wilsonart HD line offers the look of granite at a fraction of the price. And, their solid surface acrylic countertops are as gorgeous as they are durable—offering the practical benefits of being heat-resistant and nonporous.
For generations, Formica has been a worldwide leader in laminate technology. Ask your Kitchen Shop designer how we can create a custom Formica countertop to fit your kitchen and your budget.

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