Selecting Kitchen Countertops

Selecting Kitchen Countertops: Orlando kitchen worktops need to be Functional, Tough and Beautiful enough to compliment the home.

Selecting Kitchen Countertops
Selecting Kitchen Countertops

In a working home, we expect a lot of our kitchens; our kitchens store the food that we eat, provide a working space for preparing meals and bring guests together for entertainment. We count on our kitchen countertops to hold up to wear and tear, withstand hot and cold items, and look amazing. When sitting down and selecting kitchen countertops, the goal is to find the best balance for your kitchen based off of your individual needs.

Kitchen Countertops that are Functional

  1. Quartz Countertop Material – Quartz provides the most functional countertop material as it is the most resistant to scratching and chipping. Quartz countertops are the most resistant to spills and stains due to its non-porous structure, and it does not need to be resealed every few years.
  2. Granite Countertop Material – Granite countertops have a very hardwearing durable surface that provides for a functional countertop surface. Granite countertops maintain their functionality  with proper care and maintenance. (Visit our post “How to Care for Granite Countertops“)
  3. Solid Surface Countertop Material – Solid surface material is highly durable but can be scratched.  Since solid surface materials are non-porous, they hold up very well to spills and stains compared to other materials. Solid surface material should not be cut on directly.
  4. Marble Countertop Material – Marble is a very dense, but soft material. The temperature of marble stays slightly cooler than the other materials listed, which makes it a great surface for food preparation with proper maintenance and care. (Visit our post on “How to Care for Marble Countertops“)

Kitchen Countertops that are Tough

  1. Granite Countertop Material- Granite countertops can withstand temperatures of up to 200°C (392°F), making them the best stone countertop material for placing hot pots and pans directly on.  Granite countertops can be cut directly on without scratching the surface.
  2. Solid Surface Countertop Material- Solid Surface countertops (specifically Corian brand)  can withstand 180°C (352°F) making them safe to place some hot pots and pans directly on. Solid surface material should not be cut on directly as the material will likely scratch.
  3. Quartz Countertop Material- Quartz materials can withstand temperatures of 160°C (320°F) making it okay to place some warm pots and pans directly on the surface without cracking. Quartz countertops are tough enough so that can be cut directly on without scratching the surface.
  4. Marble Countertop Material – We were not able to find an exact temperature at which marble will crack, but due to the soft composition of the material it is likely that hot materials.

Kitchen Countertops that are Beautiful

  1. Quartz Countertop Material – Quartz countertops come in a wide variety of colors, textures, and functionality. Since they are man-made, they can be replicated to match granite and marble stones, and even Concrete Countertops.
  2. Granite Countertop Material – Granite is a natural stone that comes in a wide variety of random colors and textures. Granite is supplied from around the world, granite materials from different regions can create different patterns, refraction and colors.
  3. Solid Surface Countertop Material – Solid surfaces material is a synthetic material made of acrylic that can be used to replicate quartz, granite, marble and more; however it usually does not have the same feel or finish as a natural or quartz countertop.
  4. Marble Countertop Material – Marble countertop material comes in very little selection of color, however the material is visually stunning and has a wide variety of natural patterns.


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How to Care for Marble Countertops

How to care for marble countertopsHow to Care for Marble Countertops and other Marble Maintenance!

Marble is a metamorphic rock, a form of limestone that has undergone long exposure to heat and pressure deep in the Earth interior core. Due to its style of creation, it carries a natural look and unique pattern of veins that contain a variety of minerals giving it a natural rich appearance. Marble is highly porous making it susceptible to acid based spills such as juices, soft drinks, oils, etc. staining the marble stone. Cleaning up spills immediately and accordingly will make the stone’s life and beauty last for a longer period of time. Avoid spills as much as possible. They can however be easily repaired and restored with processes such as honing and polishing. Proper maintenance is highly recommended.

Being classified from 1 through 4 in the MOH scale, Marble Countertops tend to scratch easier than granite. Avoid rubbing, dragging of any hard substances even small pebbles carried by paper bags may be able to damage the surface. The use of abrasive scouring cleaning powders will also tend to scratch the surface as well, they should also be avoided. Utilizing bleach, vinegar, and ammonia will damage the marble’s surface and fade its color given time and should be avoided. There are several specialized cleaning agents that are made specifically for proper marble care such as “Bullet Proof” and “Ravitalizer.” Direct food cutting against the surface is to be completely avoided. We recommend the usage of cutting boards. Moreover, marble is a high heat resistant stone, the use of heat pads, trivets and coasters is highly encouraged. Taking care of marble with these helpful tips, will certainly give your place of business or your home, a magnificent long lasting look through the years to come.

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How to Care for Granite Countertops Orlando How to care for Granite Countertops: How to care for granite countertops and other tips for maintenance. While Granite is more enduring than other countertops, it is not without fault, learn more about its maintenance now!


How to care for quartz countertops OrlandoHow to care for quartz countertops: How to care for quartz countertops and other tips for maintenance! Quartz is by far the most simple material we sell to maintain. With a little thought and preparation, your quartz countertops will maintain their look for many years!



Alternative to Concrete Countertops

Quartz may be the best alternative to Concrete Countertops

Alternative to Concrete Countertop
Caesarstone Concrete Countertop Material

Concrete countertops have become really trendy in the past few years, and it is easy to see why. It is a versatile material that can be used to create a multitude of shapes, and can be colored in many different ways. There are many problems with concrete countertops such as that they require a skilled concrete craftsman to make, they do not tend to be as smooth as other materials which makes for a messy cleanup and they could potentially go out of style. Concrete countertops also are prone to stains if there are any flaws in the sealant, acids from citrus and cleaners can destroy the seal on the material, and  they must be waxed serveral times a year in order to protect the finish.


Caesarstone Quartz Material as an Alternative to Concrete Countertops

Alternative to Concrete Countertops Bathroom Vanity
Concrete Color Countertop Made by Caesarstone

One of our quartz material suppliers “Caesarstone” offers an amazing quartz alternative to concrete countertops which is an engineered quartz that simulates the color and texture you get with a concrete countertop. Since quartz countertop materials are non-porous they will not stain, and there is no need to reseal or apply wax every few months. The material is non-porus, it is the ideal material for rolling dough on the kitchen countertop. There are several colors and textures of the quartz that resembles concrete countertops from dark gray to very light gray.


Looking for more information about Quartz Countertops? Visit the Quartz section of our website.

For more information about our quartz suppliers, check out our list of popular quartz countertop brands.


Orlando’s Top Rated Countertop Installer and Fabricator

We want to be Orlando’s Top Rated Countertop Installer and Fabricator!

ADP Surfaces wants to be Orlando’s top rated countertop installer and fabricator this year, but we need your help! We have 25 years worth of satisfied customers that we need to ask to write us a review on Google, Facebook, Yelp, and Angie’s List so that we can increase our ratings. If you have used ADP in the past and are highly satisfied with your purchase, we would love for you to share your experience with us. If you need additional help writing a review, please email our marketing coordinator at

How to write a Google Review:

Write a review

  1. Go to and sign in with your Google account. If you are a new user, click on “Create an Account” and follow the directions to set up an account.
  2. Search for the location, then click on the name of the business to go to its page. (our link is: )
  3. Click the Write a review button next to the cover photo.
  4. Rate different aspects of the place using the 1 to 5 star scale, and write any information that you think will be helpful in the text box.
  5. When you’re done, click Publish. Any reviews that you write will be public and attributed to your Google+ name.

Share your review

You can share any review that you’ve written with your circles.

  1. Visit our business page that you have reviewed.
  2. Click the share button at the bottom of the review.
  3. A share box will appear that allows you to add comments and choose circles or people to share with. Click +Add more people then select a circle or type the name of individual people you’d like to share your post with. If you’d like to remove a circle or person, click the X next to their name.
  4. When you’re ready to post, click Share.

How to Write a Facebook Review

  1. Visit our Facebook Page. Sign in to Facebook or create an account.
  2. Go about halfway down the page and click on the Stars. You will see a star rating under the Cover Image on the left hand side of the Page Timeline.
  3. Select the “Write A Review” Button. Select the “Write A Review” button on the right hand side of the Page.
  4. Write A Review.
  5. Press Submit.

How to Write a Yelp Review

  1. Visit our page on Yelp.
  2. Click on the red button that reads “Write a Review“.
  3. Roll over the stars rating to select between 1 and 5 stars.
  4. Write a review of your service.
  5. Click on the  Sign Up and Post button in the bottom right corner.

How to Write an Angie’s List Review

  1. Follow this link 
  2. Select the appropriate categories.
  3. Submit an overall rating.
  4. Provide all of the details about your countertop purchase
  5. Enter your contact information to help other Angie’s List members.
  6. Click Submit Report.


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Christmas Countertop Decoration Ideas

Our favorite Christmas Countertop Decoration Ideas for Your Home!

To celebrate Christmas this year, we have put together a few Pinterest boards of Christmas countertop decoration ideas for your home. Make sure to follow us on Pinterest for a combination of original photo boards, and things we have decided to pin to share with you! Since we operate around countertops, we hope these boards will give you plenty of ideas for decoration your kitchen or bathroom countertops!

Follow ADP Surfaces Inc’s board Christmas Bathroom Ideas on Pinterest.

Follow ADP Surfaces Inc’s board Christmas Kitchen Ideas on Pinterest.