Who are we?

Countertops 101

Countertops 101 was founded back in 2005 as resource for our the customers of our founder’s first company Exceeding Expectations in Phoenix, AZ. Our founder was dedicated to the idea that there is no perfect countertop material, but only what is perfect for each families unique lifestyle.

Countertops 101 specializes in wide array of countertop surfaces including granite, quartz and solid surface countertops.

Remember there is no “perfect” countertop material they all have strengths and weaknesses. It is critical that you find the surface that is “perfect” for your needs and lifestyle. Countertops 101 is here to “make life better” and help your family find your perfect countertop solution.

Natural Stone 40%
Quartz 35%
Solid Surface 25%

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What we can do for you?

Why Countertops 101

Material Selection

Countertop surfaces have come a long way since the 1980’s. There are now a myriad of options including natural stone, quartz, solid surface and more. Our team of countertop experts can help alleviate the stress in choosing the right surface for your family. They will walk you through the pro’s and con’s of each material and help you decide what is best for you.

Natural Stone

Natural stone is still the powerhouse in the countertop industry. There are thousands of designs available to meet just about any lifestyle and design need. That being said there is a wide variety of natural stones – each with their own set of peculiarities. Our team can help you find the perfect stone for your project.

Natural Quartz

Quartz is the fastest growing segment in the countertop industry with popular brands such as Cambria, Caesarstone and Silestone leading the charge. If you have not looked at natural quartz countertops lately, we encourage you to see the incredible new designs that are available. Quartz has come a long way in recent years and you might just find the perfect design for your project.

Solid Surface

Solid surface materials like Corian, Hi-Macs, Staron and Avonite have been and wll continue to be staples in the countertop industry thanks to their wide variety of designs, “seamless” installs, easy repairability, thermoformability and integral sinks. Depending on your needs solid surface may be the right material for your lifestyle.
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Natural Stone

Natural Stone

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Quartz & Solid Surface

Quartz & Solid Surface

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Solid Surface

Solid Surface

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Natural Stone

Natural Stone

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Natural Stone

Natural Stone

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Cambria Quartz

Cambria Quartz

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Meet the Talents

Meet the Team

Clark Thornton

Clark Thornton

Co-Founder & Technical Director
Clark Thorton is a designer who works remotely from Birmingham, AL. A graduate of Ole Miss, where he played quidditch.
Kathleen Fox

Kathleen Fox

Creative Director
Kathleen Fox is a designer who works remotely from Birmingham, AL. A graduate of Ole Miss, where she played quidditch.
Robert Murphy

Robert Murphy

Visual Designer
Robert Murphy is a designer who works remotely from Birmingham, AL. A graduate of Ole Miss, where he played quidditch.
Kristina Collins

Kristina Collins

Interactive Designer
Kristina Collins is a designer who works remotely from Birmingham, AL. A graduate of Ole Miss, where she played quidditch.

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Latest from the Journal

The Journal

Always Focus on the Bottleneck

Always Focus on the Bottleneck

Welcome to Part I of Countertops 101’s Best Practices Series In most shops, the perception is you are making money if the bridge saw, panel saw, or CNC are cutting up a new project. Consequently, we like to see as many jobs being cut as possible.  However, the real place money is made or lost…

Shop Signage

Shop Signage

Everywhere I go I am asked if there is any advice I have to increase business.  Here is one easy, simple and affordable tip that can help increase your revenue – A SIGN! You cannot imagine how many fabricators I used to visit each and every week. The most time consuming and frustrating thing I…

Acrylic vs. Polyester

Acrylic vs. Polyester

So which is the better solid surface material?  Acrylic or Polyester? This has been the subject of much debate for as long as I can remember.  It seems every fabricator has their own opinion on which material is best.  The reality is there is no right or wrong…. just what is best given the specific…

Countertop Surfaces – Strengths and Weaknesses

Countertop Surfaces – Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths and Weaknesses Solid Surface/Quartz/Natural Stone Solid Surface Strengths: Non porous – extremely sanitary and resistant to bacteria NSF 51 approved for use in food service areas Damage can be repaired and in most cases repair will not be noticeable Inconspicuous seams Surface can be refinished if it becomes scratched Thermoformable – 100% acrylic surfaces…

Vanity Positioning for ADA Compliance

Vanity Positioning for ADA Compliance

Over the last few days I have been getting lots of inquiries in regards to the positioning of bathroom vanities in regards to ADA compliance specifications. Here is a diagram showing the measurements to be in compliance. The Staron 3181 bowl will be in compliance when the front of the bowl is positioned 4″ back…

Make a Real Difference

In America, everyone wants to be a leader. I think, and would argue, everyone is already a leader by definition. In every interaction you are guiding or influencing in one way or another. This interaction will lead the mind of your peer to form an opinion or belief of some sort. It may be good,…

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