You’re a new homeowner, congratulations! As you take a look around your previously owned house, you may be wondering what material the stone countertops are. Sure, they look granite, but are they? What about the floors are? They have a wood look, but there are different materials made to look like hardwood these days. Knowing what materials are in your home is important to properly care for them. Here are some tricks to uncovering the truth.



You’ll know you have natural hardwood floor if the wood grains are random. Since hardwood is found in nature, the grain pattern will never repeat. Hardwood floors also damage a bit easier than manufactured options, so if there are dings throughout the flooring, it is probably hardwood.


Laminate flooring boards typically snap together and are made are recycled wood parts. This type of flooring typically won’t scratch or dent, so this could be a tell that it’s not hardwood. These boards are pretty thick as they are made up of 4 layers that are 3/8” thick. The print layer allows for a variety of textures that can include natural looking scratches as scrapes to give the appearance of hardwood. So, the “wood” look is actually coming from a printed image. Since this type of flooring is engineered, you may notice patterns repeating throughout boards. Although this can look very similar to hardwood, at close range, there may be a slightly glossy appearance.


Vinyl boards come in one layered sheets measuring 1/8” – 3/16” thick. The design layer consists of a photographic image that realistically mimics natural wood planks. This is topped off with a clear urethane wear layer that has been textured with 3D printing. Since vinyl is water-resistant, you could find this flooring in bathrooms, kitchens or other rooms with high moisture.


Tile is a little easier to spot. Tile will be set in place with grout between tiles. Tile flooring also tends to be cooler to the touch. This flooring is water-resistant, so you could find it in pretty much any room. Since this type is made of stone, there may be a more gritty appearance and feel than some of the other flooring types.



Quartz countertops are comprised of 95% natural ground quartz, and 5% polymer resins. Because of this, these countertops can be designed in many colors and designs and can be customized to fit your preferences. However, quartz countertops tend to be on the darker end of the color spectrum -


In granite countertops, you may notice slight natural variations in the hue of the stone. Since it’s 100% natural, it may come in many different colors and patterns due to how it’s formed. This stone is made from magma that cools, which creates a grainy stone. Looking closely at granite, you can see the different pieces of minerals that have formed together, and you’ll typically notice a speckled pattern.


Marble is formed when limestone undergoes very high heat and pressure to create a metamorphic rock. This type of countertop is a softer material and will often have a veiny look. These counters may be available in many colors that can also include white or pastel colors, but can also be dark or black as well.

Once you’ve figured out which materials have been used in your home, you’ll be able to better maintain them. If you’re ready for a change in these floor types, countertops or even cabinetry, call FloorQuest for a free estimate. We have products to match any style or current materials used!