Countertops account for 10% of most kitchen remodeling budgets, but they only add significant value to your home when they’re made of durable, high-quality material. That’s why many homeowners opt for Formica®, quartz, or granite countertops during an upgrade. Each one offers unique advantages when freshening up the look of your kitchen, and their timeless appeal means your kitchen won’t look outdated anytime soon.

3 Popular Countertop Materials

1. Formica

Formica is a firm and durable laminate made from plastic that can be installed as countertops, cabinets, and other kitchen surfaces. While it’s not as long-lasting or natural as stone materials, it’s a more affordable option for many.

It also comes in numerous colors and designs and can mimic the appearance of granite or quartz. Formica countertops also resist heat and stains, and while they can be scratched, this can be avoided by using cutting boards when you prepare meals.

2. Granite

granite countertopsGranite countertops are made from natural stone, providing your home with a timeless and beautiful aesthetic. The stone is very durable and resistant to scratches, heat, and, stains, and it’s waterproof when properly sealed.

Granite countertops also rank high on the list of top 10 features prospective homeowners want. With more than 20 designs available, granite can also accommodate practically any color scheme you have in mind for your kitchen.

3. Quartz

Quartz countertops are considered an engineered stone surface, and they’re made in a factory, unlike natural stone materials. Quartz is available in many colors and designs, and it’s every bit as durable as granite. It resists stains and scratches and won’t chip or break easily. These low-maintenance options look classy and sophisticated, too.


Whether you decide on Formica, quartz, or granite countertops, you’ll find a wide selection of designs at Surplus Sales in Corbin, Paducah, and Elkton, KY. This family-owned business offers quality products at wholesale prices. Call their Corbin location at (606) 523-9730, their Elkton store at (270) 265-0270, or their Paducah store at (270) 443-4590 to ask about available products. Visit them online to view their selection.