How to choose from the multiple kitchen countertop materials out there

Kitchen countertops are the most important part of any kitchen remodeling project. The right counters in the right kitchen can just shine. From granite and quartz to wood and stainless steel, there’s a lot of kitchen countertop materials out there. How do you know which one is right for your home?

Pictured: Granite countertops are one of the most popular and durable kitchen countertop materials out there.Well, you’re in the right place. In this blog post, we’ll discuss your multiple options for kitchen countertops, and why Superior Stone & Cabinet is the right choice for countertop installation in the Phoenix metro area.

Call our team today at (602) 437-0088 to schedule a free estimate!

Granite

To give your kitchen a high-end renovation, installing granite countertops is arguably the best way to go. Granite surfaces are made using granite stone that comes in various natural colors and inherent designs. If properly taken care of, these countertops can look great even after decades of use.

They are more heat resistant and less prone to minor knife nicks than other countertop materials.

To make them strain-resistant, however, you have to seal them frequently. Due to their heavy weight, you kitchen will need robust cabinet boxes to support them.

Here are some articles we’ve previously written about granite countertops:

Quartz

Distinctive features and durability are the mark of quartz countertops. Made from a mixture of quartz and resin, these countertops have a wide variety of color options.

The addition of the resin to the natural stone makes quartz countertops non-porous, which results in greater strain-resistance capabilities.

Quartz countertops are more flexible due to the addition of polymer in their preparation. More flexibility means these kitchen countertops will be less prone to scratches and chips.

However, the addition of polymers and resins makes quartz countertops less heat-resistant than steel or granite ones. You’ll need to use a hot pad for hot pans and pots to ensure that your quartz doesn’t get weird markings.

Here are some articles we’ve written about quartz countertops:

Other, less common countertop materials

In this section, we’ll cover some less common types of countertop materials, such as stainless steel, laminate, and wood.

A word of advice first: You also have to consider the resale value of your home. You don’t want to be the only house on the block with a weird countertop type when you go to sell.

Stainless steel countertops

Stainless steel can be used to cover your kitchen countertops if you like shiny surfaces. This works especially well if your house interior has a minimalistic style. Stainless steel can easily be cleaned by using tap water or occasionally vinegar for those hard-to-remove spots.

Don’t use strong chemicals like bleach and caustic soda because it can speed up the slow-rusting process of the steel.

Stainless steel can be difficult to maintain, and it rarely fits in every home. You’ll want to consult with a home designer to figure out if stainless steel is the right fit for your kitchen.

Laminate countertops

Lamination has been used to cover kitchen countertops for ages. It is one of the most budget-friendly countertop material options. Laminate countertops are experiencing a rise in their popularity because they are now available in designs that closely resemble wood, granite and stone.

However, a big caveat: laminate countertops have many strikes against them. First, they’re less durable than other countertop materials to cuts, stains, burns, and more. They also have low resale value added; some homebuyers may even be turned off by a kitchen with laminate countertops.

Wood countertops

Some people love the look of wood countertops, but here’s the thing: you’ll need to spend a lot of time defending and maintaining this countertop type. While we like the look, the material itself just struggles to keep up with everyday life in the kitchen, where wood’s porous, absorbing nature works against it. Learn more about wood countertops here.

Call Superior Stone & Cabinet to get a free estimate on new granite and quartz countertops

Superior Stone & Cabinet is one of the largest suppliers of granite and quartz countertops in the Phoenix metro area. We offer free estimates on new countertops. To get started, give us a call at (602) 437-0088 or visit our showroom to see our materials.

Countertops: A first-time buyer’s guide for granite and quartz

Selecting a new countertop for a bathroom or kitchen is no easy task. You must consider a lot of different factors such as cost, durability, and aesthetic appeal. You must also pick a countertop design that will work well with the overall home decor.

Your countertops buyer’s guide

Here, in this buyer’s guide for granite and quartz, we have assembled some tips that can help first time buyers to select the right countertop for the home.

buyer's guide for granite#1. Establish a budget

The foremost thing that you should do when buying a countertop is to set a budget. This may not be a pleasant part of buying a countertop, but it’s essential.

To figure out how much you’ll have to pay, schedule a free in-home estimate with us.

#2. Understand different types of countertops

Countertops are available in a wide variety of types. Here are the two most popular types of countertops:

  • Granite Countertops —Another great option for homes is countertops made of granite. The natural stone’s hardness and ruggedness makes it a particularly popular choice for kitchens. They are resistant to scratches and don’t get hot easily. The countertop is easy to care for and maintain. The only pitfall of the granite countertops is that they are heavy due to which they are difficult to install. As a result, you can expect to pay higher installation costs for granite countertops.
  • Quartz Countertops —Quartz countertops are rugged and easy to care for. They are available in a large variety of options. The countertops are less prone to staining as compared to marble and granite countertops. They also don’t require resealing similar to natural stone countertops.

#3. Consider mixing countertop materials

Every countertop material has its strength and weaknesses. Depending on your budget and the materials in play, you could consider mixing the materials in different rooms and spaces. For example, some kitchens use a less expensive material on the perimeter counters and reserve a showstopper, matching granite for the kitchen island.

You can also mix between rooms. Some people think quartz countertops are perfect for the kitchen, while granite looks great in the bathroom. You should speak with one of our specialists for more information and to set a design plan.

#4. Call Superior to schedule your free in-home estimate!

At Superior Stone & Cabinet, we offer free in-home estimates. Give us a call to schedule yours, and one of our design professionals will come to your home and provide you with personalized options. Think of this as your personal (and in-person) first-time buyer’s guide for granite and quartz!

This estimate will ensure that you have the perfect countertop installed in the home. For more information on kitchen and bathroom countertops, contact us at Superior Stone and Cabinet.

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.

Cost

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.

Appearance

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.

Ruggedness

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.

Deciding between granite and quartz? Call Superior for a free in-home estimate!

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.

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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.
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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.