A Guide To Deciding Between Granite And Quartz

Deciding Between Granite and QuartzAre you trying to pick what kind of countertops you’ll put into your home? Deciding between granite and quartz can be tricky. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through a few things to consider, and also provide a comparison to a pricier option: marble.

Natural stone, but which kind?

Most people get confused when selecting a kitchen countertop due to the availability of different options in terms of material. When it comes to countertops for the kitchen, the best option is to go for natural stone as they look gorgeous and striking in appearance.

Of all the natural stone countertops, the most popular one for the kitchen include granite, marble, and quartz. All these natural stones have more similarities than differences. But, they have certain characteristics that makes one better than the other.

Here, we will take a close look at some of the features of the granite, marble, and quartz countertops so that you can make up your mind as to which of them offer the best value for you. Consider this your guide to deciding between granite and quartz.


The prices of all the three natural stone countertops are somewhat similar. Granite countertops generally cost anywhere in the range of $100 to $225 per square foot from most places. However, Superior carries granite countertops installed starting at $29.99 per square foot!

Marble countertops cost slightly higher anywhere from $125 to $250. Quartz countertops are generally the cheapest of the three natural stone countertops costing from $100 to $128 per square foot. Again, Superior offers superior prices on quartz countertops.


When it comes to appearance, all the three natural stone countertops look gorgeous in the kitchen. However, granite and marble countertops have a slight edge. They are available in a number of variations in colors and hues. You can find the countertops in a variety of colors that range from medium to dark shades.

The patterns of the granite and marble countertops are also varied with veins running through them. For instance, one gray-pink slab might contain dark blue veins while the other may have rosy-red veins. As a result, you will have more choice when it comes to selecting a countertop to match with the interior décor of the house.

Quartz countertops are generally uniform in pattern and color. They don’t have random markings similar to granite or marble countertops. That being said, countertops made of quartz are easier to match up with the seams while granite and marble countertops show variation in their natural design so are difficult to match.


Quartz countertops are generally more rugged and strong as compared to granite or marble countertops. They are non-porous as well that makes them resistant to stain, germ, and bacteria.

Granite and marble countertops, on the other hand, are non-porous. This means that they are more vulnerable to spills and stains. Also, these countertops require sealing at least once a year which is not the case with quartz countertops.

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The above discussion about the three popular natural stone countertops will surely have made it easy for you to select the best one for your kitchen. Keep in mind that you must have the countertops installed by a professional contractor.

If you want more information about the best countertops for the kitchen, you can contact Superior Stone & Cabinet.

3 Important Things to Know Before Replacing Kitchen Countertops

Replacing Kitchen CountertopsThinking about replacing kitchen countertops in your home? In this blog post, we’ll walk you through three different things you need to know before getting started. Learn more about kitchen remodels from Superior Stone & Cabinet.

Is it time to start replacing kitchen countertops?

The type of countertop that you choose can greatly influence the aesthetic appeal of the kitchen. In addition, it will also determine how much you will be able to save in terms of repair and replacement cost in the long run. So, it is important to plan things carefully when it comes to replacing kitchen countertops.

Your kitchen renovation will remain incomplete without replacing the kitchen countertop. If you are thinking of remodeling the kitchen area, it is important that you select a countertop that meshes perfectly with the rest of the kitchen décor. Here are three important things that you should consider to freshen up the look of your kitchen by installing countertops.

1. Take precise measurements (or have us take them for you!)

Before you head to the store, it is important that you make a sketch that represents the placement of the kitchen countertop. Make sure that you mark off the sections of sink countertops, continuous countertops, and island countertops to be measured separately.

Sounds complicated, right? Don’t worry, we have an easier way of doing this. Superior offers free in-home measurements. Contact us and have one of our design pros come to your home!

2. Know about your options

When it comes to kitchen countertops, you have different options. Popular options include granite and quartz countertops. These natural stone materials look elegant and graceful that can add value and beauty to the kitchen renovation project.

Quartz countertops are generally the least costly option of the three. While these countertops can’t match the executive look and grace of marble and granite countertops, they nonetheless look appealing. If you want maximum cost savings, you should go for quartz countertops. However, if you want to give the most elegant and refined look, it is better to choose a granite countertop.

3. Know about stone quality and stone grades

Natural stone countertops come in different grades. They are generally rated from one to five depending on the defects present on the stone. For instance, grade 5 stone is flawless but costs more than lesser grade stones that may have certain design defects. However, the defects are not visible in most cases and you can gain a better return on investment by selecting a grade 3 or 2 stone countertop.

Have questions about replacing kitchen countertops? Contact us!

If you want to know more about installing kitchen countertops, you can contact Superior Stone and Cabinet. We have a team of dedicated staff serving Phoenix metro area who can guide you in selecting the best countertop for your kitchen renovation project.

Three reasons to buy quartz countertops for rental property

If you’re a property manager or you own a rental property, you know that tenant tastes have changed over the years. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to rent out a property with an outdated kitchen or bathroom, and you’ll have to either wait longer for a tenant (costing you money) or lower the rent price (costing you money). It’s time for an upgrade. In this blog post, we’ll discuss three reasons to consider buying quartz countertops for rental property in Phoenix.

Quartz Countertops For Rental PropertyThey are more durable than most granite

As a property manager or rental property owner, you know that tenants and residents can be rough on the interior of the apartment, condo, or house. It might not even be that the tenants are actively trying to damage things, but rather that things break, wear down, or get damaged over time, especially with a regular turnover in residents.

Granite slab countertops are a major investment. They’re perfect for your own home, but they can be a risky buy for rental properties: they require regular upkeep and protection, and they’re not stain resistant. Prefabricated granite is a sounder investment for rentals, as it costs less and is more protected against damage. But, this is an area where quartz really shines. Quartz is made out of quartz crystals covered in a resin mix. The quartz is hard and durable, while the resin adds stain resistance and protects it against scratches. And, unlike granite countertops, quartz doesn’t need regular upkeep.

The only area that quartz doesn’t perform as well as granite in durability is how much heat it can take. Granite countertops are famous for being able to have hot pans put directly on them. Doing this to a quartz countertop, however, could cause discoloration and even cracking. You’ll need to inform your residents that quartz countertops should be treated just like any non-granite countertop when it comes to heat: with a hot pad or trivet placed between the counter and hot pots or pans.

Here’s where all that durability really makes a difference: most quartz countertop manufacturers provide a much more extensive warranty for quartz than for granite. In fact, the manufacturers we work with at Superior offer a 15-year limited warranty. In a rental property, that’s a great value.

They are also less expensive than granite

Slab granite countertops are one of the most expensive options for counters. While owners of granite countertops will tell you that cost makes a big difference, that’s for their own home. For your rental properties, you’ll need a more economical option. Quartz is far less expensive than granite countertops, making it a perfect option for all 150 kitchens in the apartment complex you manage or the one kitchen in the rental property you own.

In an individual home, slab or prefabricated granite countertops can increase home value and the curb appeal of a house. That’s not to say that quartz countertops can’t raise your home’s value. Rather, it’s just that some homebuyers will be picky about the exact kind of countertops they’re getting in the sale.

However, in a rental property context, your renters may not even be able to tell the difference between quartz and granite, especially because there are many quartz designs that mimic the natural stone grain of granite. With quartz, you’re getting a durable, great-looking countertop that attracts tenants without breaking the bank.

Superior has large supplies of quartz

Superior Stone & Cabinet is one of Arizona’s premier countertop, flooring, and cabinet wholesalers, and we sell and install quartz countertops for rental property throughout the Phoenix metro area. As a wholesale direct importer of quartz straight from the manufacturer, we save money by not only cutting out the middleman, but by purchasing our quartz in bulk.

Thanks to our 60,000 square foot warehouse and showroom, we’re able to keep a large inventory of quartz countertops for rental property in stock. This means that we can fulfill large orders for apartment complexes and multiple properties, often without a reordering delay.

In addition, we have more than 90 colors and styles of quartz currently, so you’re sure to find something that’s a perfect fit for your rental property. Don’t forget: we also sell and install cabinets in rental property, as well as flooring.

Quartz countertops for rental property

If you’re ready to get started, either give us a call at (602) 437-0088 or stop by our showroom—no appointment necessary—at 3479 E University Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85034. You can also contact us online for your free, in-home estimate. Just let us know where your office or home is, and we’ll come and meet you to take measurements and give you more information about our quartz countertops for rental property.

We’ve moved to a new location

Have you seen a ton of moving trucks around lately? That may be because Superior Stone & Cabinet moved to our new location at 3479 E. University Drive last week. While our team will certainly miss our old warehouse, this new facility is much bigger, has more space for our showroom, and will allow us to carry a far wider selection of the countertops, cabinets, floors, and fixtures you trust Superior to provide.

Room to grow

Even as one of the largest wholesale suppliers of granite, quartz, flooring, and cabinetry in the Phoenix metro, we were beginning to feel a little cramped in our old place. Our new building is twice the size and contains space for a much larger and more detailed showroom. This is important: our customers need showrooms in order to envision how different flooring styles will look in their home, business, or office. Now, with more overall showroom space, you’ll be able to see a wider variety of our products.

New showroom

A floor model in our new showroom.

New products in the showroom

On the warehouse side, the extra space allows us to carry a larger inventory, including some new products. We’re now showing and installing quartz slab countertops, along with our original quartz countertops. In the near future, we’ll be bringing in granite slab countertops. Our new space allows us to take on more custom projects. One area of emphasis—in addition to our residential countertop, cabinetry, and flooring products—is on commercial and office products and setups. When you stop by our new location, you’ll find an entire section of our store dedicated to flooring and kitchens for modern workplaces.

Same quality, same low prices

We may have upgraded to a new space, but our approach to business has not changed. We still offer great counters, cabinets, floors, and wall tile at wholesale prices—our larger space means we can continue to directly import products in great quantity from the source instead of going through a middleman. Superior Stone and Cabinet remains your one-stop-shop for home and commercial improvement products.

Want to check out what we’ve been up to? Be sure to swing by our new convenient location at 3479 E. University Drive in Phoenix, AZ. We’re right off the I-10, just minutes from downtown Phoenix, Sky Harbor International Airport, and Arizona State University. Our showroom staff is ready to introduce you to our wide selection of counters, cabinets, and floors.

Debunking common myths about prefabricated granite

In general, places that offer the more expensive custom slabs of granite will tell you that prefabricated granite is worthless and you’d be better off putting cardboard in as a countertop. This just isn’t the case, and they’re downplaying some of the benefits of prefabricated granite to (understandably) help them make the sale of more expensive custom granite slabs.

In this post, Superior Stone and Cabinet reviews some of the common myths surrounding prefabricated granite.

prefabricated granite countertopMyth #1: You won’t actually save money by going with prefabricated countertops

Custom cuts of granite slab can be extremely pricey, limiting their use to only the most extensive and expensive kitchen remodels. If you’ve been pushing your budget and you’re looking to cut costs, prefabricated granite is a great alternative to custom granite countertops. You’re slashing the per-square-foot cost without significant loss of quality or look. In fact, prefab slabs can be up to 45 percent less expensive!

Myth #2: You’ll notice the difference right away

Most experts agree that—once installed in your home—only a seasoned countertop professional can spot the difference between a prefabricated countertop and a custom slab. In fact, some custom granite dealers contradict themselves by saying that the differences are highly noticeable, but then noting that scams exist where customers are unknowingly tricked into buying a prefabricated countertop instead of a custom one. To the average eye, including yours, prefabricated granite looks similar to custom granite.

Myth #3: Prefabricated countertops don’t increase your home’s value

Many realtors agree that adding new prefabricated granite countertops to the kitchen is one of the few things you can do for less than $5000 to increase the value of your home and help you attract buyers. Remember: there isn’t a noticeable difference between pre-fabricated countertops and those cut from a custom slab of granite, so from a curb appeal standpoint, prefabricated counters might be perfect for your home.

Myth #4: Prefabricated countertops limit your color selection to just a few options

This is partially true: after all, a custom slab of granite can, quite literally, come in any color, depending on where it’s from. However, that doesn’t mean that prefabricated countertops don’t provide customers with options. Here at Superior Stone and Cabinet, we have nearly 30 different colors and styles of prefabricated countertops available. That’s not quite the limitation that many custom granite retailers make it out to be.

Myth #5: Prefabricated granite is easier to damage and needs care

All granite, whether prefabricated or custom, needs regular care and upkeep. All granite can be damaged, stained, or scratched. And both kinds of granite can be sealed for added protection. From a functionality standpoint, prefabricated granite operates in a similar fashion to custom slabs.

Myth #6: Prefabricated granite is always shoddy and poorly installed

Not always! Here at Superior Stone and Cabinet, we offer quality granite and installation from professionals. We’re not a fly-by-night company that will rush the job.

If you’re interested in learning more about prefabricated countertops, give us a call at (602) 396-4789 or stop by our Phoenix, Arizona showroom.

Quartz or granite?

Whether you’re looking for a new home or upgrading your current one, most people look for granite countertops. After all, granite is a popular standard in modern remodeling for a reason: it has many advantages, including heat resistance, durability, and an aesthetic beauty. When people think of a “new” countertop, they almost always think of granite by default.

However, in this rush to embrace the (admittedly) wonderful granite look, many people overlook quartz countertops, which also have many advantages and can be less expensive.

What is quartz?

  • Granite is taken from the earth as a natural slab of rock. This means that your countertop comes as a single, continuous piece, but it also means that you’ll need to take steps to protect it, and it may have natural coloration. Granite countertops have beautiful and colorful “waves” within them.
  • Quartz countertops are comprised of a mixture of crushed quartz stone and resin. Since the quartz is crushed, there are more options when it comes to the look of the stone. It’s also already protected and is very durable. Typically, quartz countertops have a “clean,” uniform look to them.

A beautiful black quartz countertop. Note the uniform and consistent color and look.

What are some of the advantages of quartz countertops?

  • In most cases, quartz is less expensive than granite: Depending on where you look, granite can cost more than quartz.
  • It’s not porous: Unlike granite, which requires regular upkeep and refinishing, quartz usually only needs one finish—and that’s it.
  • It’s as strong as granite but is more flexible: This makes them easier to install—although almost everyone agrees that you should hire a professional to install your countertops, no matter what they’re made of.

What are some of the disadvantages of quartz?

  • Watch that UV light exposure: Over several years of being exposed to direct UV light from the sun, quartz countertops may begin to discolor. If your kitchen has parts of the countertop that are regularly exposed to sun and other parts that aren’t, that could be a source of trouble down the road.
  • It isn’t as popular: Even if you’re buying countertops that you want, you have to consider what will be easier to sell when you go to put your home on the market. As of right now, some buyers will automatically rule out homes that don’t have granite countertops.
  • It’s heavy: While it is more flexible than granite, quartz weighs more. Again, no matter what you choose, you’re going to need to go with a professional installer.

Which should I choose?


This granite countertop has its own unique style.

It really comes down to your budget and which look you prefer: the clean-cut aesthetic of quartz, or the natural beauty of granite. Either way, you can’t go wrong. If you’re having trouble making a decision, visit Superior Stone and Cabinet’s showroom in Phoenix.

Why buy from Superior?

Here are three reasons you should purchase your new quartz (or granite) countertop from Superior Stone and Cabinet.

  1. We have some of the best prices on countertops in the state. If you’re looking for a quality counter for a great rate, you’re in the right place.
  2. We only sell the best: When you shop at Superior, not only are you going to have access to an expansive collection of countertops, but you can rest assured that they’re all ready to live a long life in your home.
  3. Free in-home estimates: We’ll provide you with a free personalized quote that lets you know how much your new countertops will cost in advance.

If you’re having trouble making a decision, visit Superior Stone and Cabinet’s showroom in Phoenix. Our countertop specialists can show you a wide diversity of samples and even build you a 3D computer model of your future kitchen or bathroom.

You can get started by visiting our website, or give us a call at (602) 437-0088.

Are granite counters the best choice for your home?

If you are thinking about remodeling your home, you have probably considered the idea of adding granite counters in your kitchen and bathroom. However, since remodeling is a big long-term investment, you need to make sure that granite is the best solution for your needs.

When granite counters are the best choice

Based on the characteristics of granite, what follows are some tips to help you decide when it’s the best choice for your remodeling project.

You need a permanent, durable solution

Granite is a very hard stone with high durability. It’s hard to scratch it or cause any other damage to it unless you hit it with a sledgehammer. This is why granite counters are especially popular for kitchens. You can chop food on top of them without any worries.

These counters are also highly resistant to both extremely hot and cold temperatures. You can put hot pots and pans directly on granite counters, and they will not show any signs of damage. If you need to put frozen food on your kitchen counter, you can do that, too, without using any kind of dish. Being strong enough to endure through almost all cooking procedures, granite really is a great choice for your kitchen counters.

Granite counters can withstand years of “abuse” from cooking activities, as well as children and pets. Their resistance to burning, cracking, or discoloring makes them ideal for kitchen counter tops. The polished surface of granite counters is great for baking purposes, and it won’t wear away or grow dull with time.

Granite counters are great for your bathroom, too. They can resist hot and cold water, as well as moisture with ease. Moreover, granite is so resistant, that people often use it for their outdoor counters. Regardless of the weather conditions, you can be sure that you’ll have a gorgeous counter top to show to your family and friends.


The resistance and durability of this stone comes from its holocrystalline, i.e. the interlocking crystal structure. This means that the crystals which make up the stone grow into each other, instead of developing separately. This structure also gives the stone the grainy look which we all admire.

You want to add a touch of luxury to your home

Granite is an igneous rock that forms from the slow crystallization of magma below Earth’s surface. These natural processes vary with time and location, making each piece of the stone unique. Every piece of granite has its own unique patterns, veining, and colors. Therefore, buying granite counters for your kitchen or bathroom makes you the owner of one-of-a-kind pieces of natural art.

Despite its uniqueness, the granite mined from one location has some overall similarities. Therefore, it’s possible to purchase similar pieces that will give a coherent look to the counters in your home.  

Thanks to the deepness of the colors in this natural stone, it’s the first choice for people who want to add an aesthetic appeal to their home. When you add the durability of granite to its organic beauty, it’s no wonder that people love it. Granite counters are undoubtedly one of the most popular choices for both kitchens and bathrooms.

These counters add a special touch to the interior and can instantly give any home a fresh look. Once you put a granite counter, you don’t have to think about any other decorations for that room. The natural look, with its unique patterns, will always attract the attention of your guests, thanks to its timeless aura and appeal.

You want to spend a minimal amount of time in maintenance and cleaning

Granite counters don’t require too much effort to stay fresh and clean. You just need to protect them with a sealer as soon as you install them. Sealants are a great protective measure against stains and scratches, and they help in preserving the shiny look.


If you do the sealing by yourself, make sure that the counter top has been dry for at least six hours. Then, apply a spray or liquid sealer and let the granite absorb it for about 30 minutes. Afterwards, wipe the counters with a clean cloth and your counters are ready to use! You can also apply a second coat of sealant, but you should wait for at least 24 hours after applying the first one. To keep your granite counters shiny and new, reseal them every two years.

Sealed granite counters are extremely easy in terms of daily care. All you need is warm water and a soft towel to keep them perfectly clean. You can also use mild or gentle dish soap if you want. Just remember to avoid harsh or abrasive cleaners and sponges – acidic, ammonia, or bleach cleaners will dull and weaken the sealant.

Although granite counters are highly resistant, remember to gently wipe them after use – it only takes a few seconds. Keeping your granite clean, you will protect your family from bacteria. Because of their smooth surface, granite counters are considered the best bacteria-free solution for any home.    

You want to make an investment that can triple itself

Granite counters instantly increase the usability and cosmetic appeal of your home. All you need to do is pick the granite piece with the right coloring and patterns. Being a natural stone, granite usually comes in neutral colors. However, some pieces of granite can go much better with your kitchen or bathroom design than others.


You need to make a good choice since the investment should triple itself with time. Granite is hard and durable, and is not susceptible to scratches and other damage. This means that once you buy it, you don’t have to worry about it losing its value over time. It requires fewer repairs than other countertop options out there, thus saving you money in the long run.

What is more important, granite will increase the value of your home if you decide to sell it in the future. Potential buyers will be willing to pay more if your home comes with granite counters since they don’t depreciate in value. They can last a long time with the proper care, maintaining their polished surface and looking as good as new even a decade later.

How to find the best granite countertops AZ has to offer

The kitchen is the center of our home. It’s where the entire family gathers to start the new day with a cup of coffee and breakfast. The design of this family bonding area requires special attention and no kitchen is complete without its focal part – the countertop. A good kitchen countertop has to be durable, as well as heat/scratch/stain resistant. Therefore, it’s understandable that you only want the best granite countertops az has to offer for your kitchen.

People love being surrounded by beauty. So naturally, we tend to make many of our choices based on aesthetic appeal alone. Though you may be tempted to do the same when it comes to choosing your kitchen countertop, you’d be wise to think the matter through before deciding.

The natural granite stone is a widely used structural and ornamental material, due to its beauty, massiveness, density and hardness. In fact, the hardness of the natural granite stone is next to that of a diamond.

Granite countertops are the preferred choice of many homeowners due to their elegant look, resistance and durability. Here’s what you should consider when choosing the perfect granite countertop for your kitchen:

Choice of color

Granite comes in a number of different colors and shades – black, white, beige, gray, green and coral. The color and shade of each granite block is more or less unique.

Make sure the color you choose is compatible with your kitchen cabinets, walls, floor and appliances. For instance, dark kitchen furniture combined with black granite may feel too strong and uncomfortable. White or beige shades of granite would be a more aesthetically pleasing choice in this situation.

White granite makes your kitchen area bright and welcoming. Keep in mind that 100% white granite stones are not easily found. White granite is usually mottled with specks of gray, black, red or blue.

Black granite creates a modern, fashionable atmosphere when combined with lighter colors. Its shades range from almost completely black to black with specks of white, grey, blue and green.

While black and white granite can be used in a limited number of combinations, brown and beige granite fit into most kitchen styles. For a richer, softer and more romantic look of your kitchen area, you should consider red granite.

Make sure you choose the appropriate color for your granite countertops

If you live alone and like to keep things tidy in the kitchen, you can choose any color of granite you like. On the other hand, if you have children that are constantly making a mess in your kitchen with their sandwiches and ketchup spills, you should consider the darker shades of granite.

Light colored granite is the preferred choice for smaller kitchens as it makes them appear bigger. Dark granite, speckled with light streaks, is also an option.

You should also consider the amount of natural light in your kitchen when choosing the granite color.

Even the most exquisite granite surface will be unnoticeable if the lighting is poor.

As a rule, kitchens lacking natural light look better with lighter shades of granite, such as white or gold. Darker colors, like blue or black, should be reserved for kitchens receiving a fair amount of light.

In general, when deciding on the color, it’s best to choose the main color first and then check different shades of that color subset.

Surface finish

The color, look and maintenance of your granite countertop also depend on the surface finish. For example, polished granite looks darker and shinier. Honed granite appears softer and matte.

The terms polished and honed refer to two different types of surface finish applied to granite countertops. The surface of polished granite is smooth, shiny and reflective. It darkens the stone and enriches its colors.

As a rule, the firmer the granite, the harder it is to polish. Polished granite countertops are easier to maintain. Namely, polishing closes most of the pores in the stone’s surface structure. This enhances the moisture-repellent properties of the stone and protects against stains. As a result, polished granite is almost completely resistant to damage caused by weather and chemicals.

If you prefer really glossy finish, make sure to ask your manufacturer if the granite you like can be polished in that manner, as not all stones can be polished to a sufficient degree to achieve high shine.

Once polished, your granite countertop will remain shiny and smooth for a very long time.

Honed granite has a smooth, relatively non-reflective surface and a softer, matte appearance. It is the preferred choice for floors, stairs and other surfaces where polished granite could get slippery. It is widely used for kitchen countertops and tables, though the absence of polish may make it more prone to staining.

You can make your kitchen more beautiful with the best granite countertops AZ has to offer

You can also choose the type of edge finish you’d like for your granite countertop. If you have small children, consider fully rounded (bullnose) countertop edges. They are a lot safer than the standard sharp edges and will prevent cuts and scrapes if your little ones bump against the countertop.

Cost of granite countertops AZ has to offer

The price of your granite countertop depends on its color, finish, rarity and the place of origin.

The hardness and durability of granite stones make them an excellent material for construction of buildings and household elements. These characteristics, coupled with the rarity of certain colors and shades, as well as the special treatments applied to the stones, can drive the prices high.

If your finances are limited, you can choose granite tiles or granite overlays. Another alternative is to purchase the granite through a wholesale company. This will reduce the price as the stones are imported directly from the source.

If your mind is set on granite as a solution for your kitchen countertop, the first thing to do is measure the surface area of your kitchen counter – this way, you can also determine the price.

Thickness is another thing to consider when choosing granite countertops. Thicker blocks cost more, but their thickness allows them to span longer distances without the need of additional support.

Making your final choice

You can pick your favorites online or from a catalog, but make sure to check the stone in person before making the final decision. Photos can’t always convey the intricacy of the granite texture and the subtle shade differences. To avoid any unpleasant surprises, it’s best to visit a showroom or order some samples from the manufacturer.

How to Keep your Granite Looking Brand New

You finally got those granite countertops that you’ve been dreaming about! They are perfect and wonderful in every way, just like you imagined. But did you know that without the proper care and maintenance the quality of your countertops could greatly diminish over time leaving that lustrous look, faded and dingy. Regular maintenance and upkeep is going to be required with any countertop that you get, but if you have never had granite before, there are a few basic rules and best practices that you should follow to keep that shine that your granite has when it’s brand new!

How to Take Care of your Granite Countertops

Keeping your countertops looking brand new requires some knowledge on daily cleaning and good habits to start practicing from day 1. Even though granite is extremely durable, it’s important to remember that it is a natural stone and there are certain do’s and don’ts to know about to keep your granite in it’s best condition. Below you will find a list of best practices that you should start utilizing right away to make sure your granite remains as beautiful as it does today.


Daily Maintenance

It is extremely important that you give your granite countertops some attention each and every day. Daily cleaning is the best way to keep bacteria, stains, and spills from penetrating the seal and seeping into the pores of the stone. The safest and most effective way to clean your granite is with water and a few drops of dish soap. You can mix these into a spray bottle, then spray directly onto your countertops. Wipe with a clean cloth, rinse with clean water, then dry with a separate cloth.

By taking the time to clean your countertops daily, you will prevent them from getting foggy and grimy with stains. Instead, you will be helping them keep that gorgeous glow day after day.

What to Avoid

There are a few things to avoid if you have granite countertops. Some may seem quite obvious while others you will have to make a point to remember.

  • Exposure to hot pans: Granite is known for being extremely durable. This includes it’s resistance to heat. However, just because it handles heat better than other granite material, doesn’t mean that it’s a good idea to test it’s durability. While placing a hot pan directly on the surface of the granite wont leave instant burn marks, it may cause scratching on the surface.
  • Sitting & Standing: Sometimes it’s just comfortable to take a seat on your countertop especially while people are gathered in the kitchen. And to reach that item that is on top of your countertops, it may be tempting to step and stand directly on your granite. When it comes to sitting and standing on your granite countertop, it’s better to not. Pressure applied to granite could lead to cracking which is definitely not something you want to encounter!
  • Placing Items on Top: Items placed on tops of granite for decoration or functionality could cause small scratching in the surface. If the item remains in the same area the scratches could become visible tarnishing the surface of your granite. When placing items such as bowls, vases, canisters, etc. directly on the granite’s surface, it’s best to use a mat underneath to prevent scratching.
  • Cutting: Cutting directly on your granite countertops surface could cause damage to your countertop as well as your knives. Cutting meat in particular leaves your natural stone vulnerable to seeping up that bacteria into it’s pores.


Good Habits

Taking good care of your granite countertops really isn’t difficult at all. Before you know it the simple rules for caring for granite will become second nature to you. Here are a few good habits to start putting in place now. Make sure that your whole family know about these general rules of care and habits as well.

  • Keep it Clean: In addition to the daily soap and water cleaning, make sure that you quickly soak up spills and clean up grime before they have a chance to soak in especially if they are acidic or oily substances.
  • Use Cutting Boards: Like we mentioned before, using cutting boards will help to protect not only your countertops, but your knives as well. Use a cutting board like you would on any other surface.
  • Use Special Granite Cleaners: While using dish soap and water to clean your countertops daily will help to get rid of bacteria and stains, it may also leave your granite looking slightly foggy overtime. By using cleaners specifically designed for granite, you will get that shiny look that you desire!
  • Use Soft Cloths & Sponges: To avoid unnecessary scratching from abrasive and harsh materials, make sure to use soft and clean cloths and sponges when cleaning up spills or doing your daily cleaning.

Selecting the Best Granite Countertops

Deep Cleaning & Sealing

Even by following all of these tips and cleaning your granite daily, like anything else in your home, it’s important that your granite gets a deep cleaning every once in a while. Deep cleaning involves using products specifically formulated for granite to help remove stains, grease, and other filth from your granite.

Sealing is one of the best ways to protect your granite. During this process, a sealant is applied directly to the granite and allowed to absorb into the pores of the natural stone. The sealant that is applied to your granite should maintain its quality for many years protecting the natural stone from outside substances. However, if you notice that liquids are seeping into the granite instead of beading up, it may need to be re-sealed.

Professional Help

One of the best habits that you can start to maintain your granite countertops is to have professionals come to your home and inspect the granite for you. They will also do a deep cleaning of the granite and professionally seal it if necessary.

If you are looking to install new granite countertops in your home, contact us at Superior Stone and Cabinet. We will always help you understand the best ways to care for your granite to make sure it keeps it’s quality for as long as possible.


Benefits of Adding Granite Countertops to your Phoenix Home

Updating the countertops in your home is a fun and big decision! You will be making an investment in your home and it’s important to make the choice that will benefit you the most. Most people are attracted to the style of the countertop material without understanding the best features. Buying countertops based on style is like purchasing a car based on color. Before you buy, get to know all of the benefits and features of your new beautiful countertops. If you’re interested in Granite Countertops in particular, this list will help you get to know more about this material and the benefits of incorporating granite into your home.

The Top Benefits of Granite Countertops

Whether you are adding granite countertops to your kitchen or your bathroom, the benefits remain the same. There is a reason that this material is so popular among Phoenix households and it isn’t just for the “look.” Here are the top benefits of buying granite countertops in your home.


For being so pretty, granite sure is tough. It’s one of the most durable countertop materials you can have in your home. It can hold its own against many harmful activities and elements that it might encounter. For instance, it is extremely scratch resistant. If you knife accidentally runs off the cutting board while your chopping vegetables, no need to worry, your granite will not have incurred any harm. Granite is also heat resistant. Can’t find a place to put that hot pan from the stove? Placing the pan directly onto the granite, wont hurt it one bit.

Select a Suitable and Stylish Kitchen Countertop


One of the best things about purchasing granite countertops is that yours will truly be one-of-a-kind. Since granite is a natural stone, no to pieces are exactly the same. Granite also comes in many different styles and colors. This is gives you many different options and allows you to choose the granite that will work the best in your home.

Easy Upkeep

It doesn’t take a lot to keep your granite looking beautiful and durable throughout the years. For daily cleaning, soap and water is all that is really required. Be careful with cleaners, anything acidic could be damaging to your granite. So it’s always a safe bet to stick with soap, some warm water and a clean towel. For some added shine, you can also frequently use a stone polish specifically for granite that will make it sparkle. To keep your granite’s quality over the years, make sure that it is properly sealed once a year to keep its luster and durability.

Cleaning Granite Countertops


Granite countertops give your home a sort-of luxurious feel, but better than that  they actually add value! While granite countertops are an up front investment, it will put your mind and wallet at ease to know that these countertops will not depreciate overtime. They also add value to your home if you were to sell it. Also, knowing that they will hold up overtime, you won’t have to budget in costs for new countertops every 10 years.


Especially in a household with children, cleanliness is always an issue. You don’t want our hands and other items that touch your countertops to pick up the bacteria from last nights cooking prep. Granite is a very sanitary countertop that when sealed properly doesn’t soak up bacteria and germs into its pores. So you wont have to worry about the cooking “juices” getting into your countertops and staying there. A simple clean-up afterwards should do the trick.


The first thing that many people think of when they hear the words “granite countertops” is the price tag that goes along with it. Granite, while it does give your home a fantastically luxurious feel, it can be surprisingly affordable especially when you find the right granite distributor. There are many companies that offer prefabricated granite that will still fit your space beautifully, but you wont be having to pay for the extra granite that is cut away to the specifications. This is a great option for anyone who is looking for a fabulous granite countertops without the enormous price tag. And remember, it is adding value to your home in the long run!


Before you purchase any countertop, think about how you currently use the countertops in your kitchen and bathroom, and what do you want the most out of your new countertops. Granite is an awesome material for everyone in your home. It provides a cool a durable surface for the chef in the family, a clean and sanitary area for the family to be around whether in a kitchen or a bathroom, and a beautiful gathering area for entertaining in your kitchen for friends and family.



Purchasing the Perfect Granite in Phoenix, AZ.

Granite is one of those timeless stones that adds a classic touch and enhances the current beautiful touches you have made in your home such as flooring and cabinetry. Before you purchase a granite for  your home, consider the above points. Decide on what is really important to you and your family and what type of stone you have your heart set on. After all, this is your house and investment. You deserve to get something that you truly love.

At Superior Stone and Cabinet, we have thousands of granite options for you to choose from. We buy direct from the granite quarries allowing us to offer our granite at much more affordable prices to our customers. Our prefabricated granite, also provides some extra savings. Our warehouse is stocked full of beautiful options for your home. We also have design specialists that will work with you to help you decide on the type of granite that will look the best in your kitchen or bathroom.

After you have chosen which granite colors you like the bests, our specialists will even meet you at your home to give you a free estimate and discuss the quick process of installing your countertops as soon as possible.

We will definitely give you the affordability you are looking for and the excellent service that you deserve. Visit us at our Phoenix warehouse anytime!