Phinney Lumber offers hundreds of countertop colors in granite, quartz,
solid surface, laminate, soapstone, and recycled glass surfaces.
Check out our countertop glossary (at the bottom of the page) to help you choose a counter type and click on the vendor icons for much, much more!
Granite & More
A glossary of counter top materials:
Varnished butcher block was very stain resistant and oil-finished wood was better at resisting heat, but stains which spread are challenging to remove so it is not the best choice for a sink area.
The real deal. Each stone slab is unique. Heat, cuts, and scratching don’t phase granite one bit, but corners and edges can chip; let a pro repair them. Polished and matte finishes resist most stains when properly sealed. Granite needs periodic resealing.
Inexpensive and stylish options with decorative edges abound in laminate countertop. Stains and heat don’t usually damage the laminates, but cutting directly on it can, and abrasives can mar the surface. Use a cutting board on this one.
Marble takes on a patina; some people like it but others see it as marred. Small nicks and scratches can be polished out, but marble chips easily and needs to be resealed periodically. On sealed marble most stains wiped away with water.
This mix of mineral, color, and resin is meant to mimic stone but is more durable and requires less maintenance, making it a good choice for a kitchen that gets a lot of use. Hot pots, serrated knives, abrasive pads, and most stains are no match for quartz.
Large shards create a bold look; finely ground glass looks subtle, and overall it has a funky modern collage-esque look. Recycled glass countertop is resistant to heat, cuts, and scratches.
It’s not as common as granite—and it’s stunning at first. It resists heat damage, and small scratches can be sanded finely, then coated with mineral oil. But it is a bit porous and it nicks, cuts, and scratches easily; and some tough stains won’t wash away.
Stain resistant, heat resistant, and antimicrobial properties make manufactured solid surface countertops a good choice. On the down side, solid surface can stain, scratch and scorch; but never fear – the surface is repairable (light sanding can buff out some blemishes) as well as affordable. Solid surface offers many colors and patterns to suit your décor.