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.

How To Keep Clean Quartz Countertops In Your Kitchen & Bathroom

Clean Quartz Countertops GuideIn this blog post, we’ll review some easy steps on how to clean quartz countertops. Along with quartz countertop maintenance, there’s a certain way to clean quartz countertops in your home.

Do you have quartz countertops?

As gorgeous as they look, quartz also requires cleanliness and maintenance to keep their shine and elegance for a long time.

Quartz countertops are extremely durable and tough materials, and are also scratch resistant, making it an even more appealing option to use as a countertop.

Quartz is also a non-porous surface, so you don’t have to worry about bacteria collecting beneath the surface, and it also won’t cause permanent stains. Here are some tips on how you can keep your quartz countertop clean and shiny.

Here’s what you’ll need to clean quartz countertops

Here is a list of things you may need to keep your quartz countertop clean and shiny.

  • Paper Towels
  • Two Soft Towels
  • Sponge
  • Warm and Soapy Water
  • Vinegar
  • A Spray Bottle Filled with Distilled Water
  • Window Cleaner

Cleaning tips for your quartz countertop

Since quartz is not a delicate or sensitive material, keeping it maintained and clean is not so difficult. It is also scratch resistant, which gives you the peace of mind of not having to worry about scratches or dents.

Nevertheless, maintenance is always essential. Here are some tips on how you can keep your quartz counter clean and shiny on a regular basis.

  • Clean Your Counter: With warm and soapy water, take a sponge and scrub the surface of your counter gently. Make sure you never use an abrasive or rough material to scrub because it may not leave scratches, but it can always leave behind streaking in the polish and residue, which looks dirty.If there are certain areas of the surface that are extremely dirty, you can add a few drops of vinegar to the area, and leave a wet cloth on top of it for a few minutes. This will loosen up the stubbornness and you can then scrub it off easily with warm water. Make sure you never use oil based products on a quartz counter because this will discolor and dull the shininess of your counter.
  • Rinse Your Quartz Counter: To rinse off your quartz countertop, you can use a spray bottle to spray the entire counter and get it all wet. Since the material is nonporous it will not absorb the water or any kind of residue left on it. Then take a sponge and scrub the surface and wipe it off with a clean and dry cloth. Check to make sure there are no streaks after it has dried off.
  • Spray Window Cleaner On Your Quartz Counter: Window cleaners are effective and powerful substances used for cleaning. You can use a window cleaner spray to get rid of any grease or oiliness on your countertop. Make sure you don’t use too much, because less is more in this case. Then wipe the surface down with a dry and soft cloth or a paper towel. This will leave you with a clean and shiny looking quartz counter.

Upgrade to a quartz countertop today!

If you are interested in buying a quartz or granite countertop, you can contact us at Superior Stone & Cabinet. We offer free in-home estimates on quartz and granite countertops in the Phoenix metro area. Contact us today!

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.

4 Quartz Countertop Maintenance Tips From Superior

Quartz Countertop MaintenanceIn this blog post, we’ll share 4 easy-to-remember tips for quartz countertop maintenance. Interested in quartz countertops? Learn more, or click here to see our color selection.

What are quartz countertops?

Quartz is one of the hardest materials on earth. That’s why countertops made of quartz are arguably the most durable option for the kitchen. They are also one of the most attractive natural stones that add to the beauty to the overall interior home décor.

Maintaining the quartz countertops is easy as well. Just wash the countertop with warm water and a soft cloth. With proper care and maintenance, the countertops can last for a long time without losing their shine and appeal.

Here are four great quartz countertop maintenance tips that you should follow when it comes to cleaning and taking care of the quartz countertops.

1. Avoid placing hot objects on the surface

Keep in mind that the quartz is not heat resistant like granite countertops. If you want to maintain the original look of the quartz countertop, you should avoid placing hot objects onto the surface. Placing the roasting pan or hot skillets directly on the surface can damage the countertop.

Thermal shocks can result in cracks to develop on the surface. That’s why it’s recommended that you use hot pads and trivets to prevent damage to the surface.

2. Avoid cleaning using strong chemicals

You must not expose quartz countertops to harsh chemicals, as they can damage the surface. Avoid using bleach, oven cleaners, or any other cleaning products containing pumice. Also, you should not use furniture polish, paint removers, silver cleaners, or oil soaps to clean the surface.

The chemicals inside these substances can wear off the shine of the quartz countertops making it appear inconsistent and dull.

3. Avoid using abrasive materials to clean

Using abrasive materials is also not recommended as they can damage the surface. Also, do not use knives directly on the surface of the quartz countertops, as they are not scratch resistant. You can damage the countertops when you use abrasive or sharp materials on the surface. This is a key quartz countertop maintenance tip.

Instead of sharp abrasive materials, you should use a soft cloth. Also, to avoid damage when cutting vegetables or fruits, it is recommended that you use a cutting board. Moreover, you should never use force or pressure on the countertop as it can crack and chip the stone.

4. Keep permanent markers away from countertops

You should keep permanent markers away from quartz countertops. The marks can disfigure the surface that is not easy to clean. If you see a permanent ink stain on the countertop, you should first use routine care to get rid of the substance.

In case the stain is not removed, you should moisten the cloth with a glue remover and then rub into the stone. Make sure to rinse the countertop thoroughly with warm water to clear the cleaner residue.

Learn more about quartz countertop maintenance from Superior Stone & Cabinet

Do you want to learn more about quartz countertops? You can contact Superior Stone and Cabinet with confidence. We have been serving Phoenix metro area with complete integrity and customer satisfaction for decades.

Why Install Quartz Countertops in the Kitchen?

Kitchen remodeling is one of the most common renovation projects in the United States. Generally, homeowners focus on the flooring, kitchen cabinets, and the countertops. When it comes to countertops, an increasing number of people these days are installing counters made of easy-to-maintain materials—including quartz. Why Install Quartz Countertops in the Kitchen?

Quartz countertops doesn’t just look good. They also offer many benefits as compared to other types of kitchen countertops. Here are some of the important things that you should consider if you are thinking of giving your kitchen a new look by having Superior install quartz countertops.

How are quartz countertops manufactured?

Quartz slabs are made in factories and consists of about 90 percent pure quartz. Similar to granite and marble, quartz is mined. However, they are easily ground down, making shipping much less costly. The quartz in powder form is mixed with pigments and polyester resins under intense pressure and heat.

The pigments give color to the quartz countertops while the resins make them non-porous and durable. In addition, various other materials may be added, such as material flecks or recycled glass to give special characteristics to the quartz countertops.

What are the benefits of choosing quartz?

Quartz countertops are available in a wide variety of design and patterns. They resemble the natural appearance of a stone such as granite and marble, but also provide an engineered look of laminate countertops.

The quartz slabs are relatively cheaper as compared to countertops made of natural stone. While they are more expensive than laminate, they are more rugged and durable, offering greater value on investment. Also, they are easy to install as the long thick slabs can be installed in one piece.

Another benefit of quartz countertops is that the resin used during the manufacturing process makes them non-porous. This makes them resistant to stains and odor-causing bacteria, mildew, and mold infestation. They do not need to be sealed from time to time while remodeling your kitchen.

In addition, being one of the hardest known minerals, quartz is highly durable and resistant to chips, dents, scratch marks, and heat.

What should you consider?

Having said that, you should keep in mind that quartz countertops can crack in case of sudden change in temperature. In order to avoid this outcome, you must always use a ‘hot pad’ or ‘trivet’ under hot utensils when placing them on the countertops made of quartz.

Call Superior to have us install quartz countertops in your kitchen

In conclusion, quartz countertops offer various benefits, as compared to natural stone and laminate countertops. The countertops made of quartz are rugged and durable that offers great value for money. That’s the reason they are increasingly becoming the preferred choice for kitchen remodeling projects. 

To learn more about our selection of quartz countertops and learn about our process to install quartz countertops in your kitchen, give Superior Stone & Cabinet a call and schedule your free, in-home estimate with one of our professional designers.

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.

Quartz countertops: Superior partners with LG Hausys

LG is a company best known for making great televisions, refrigerators, and other home appliances. Yet, another little-known side of their business is creating high-quality, beautiful quartz countertops through a subsidiary, LG Hausys. Known as Viatera quartz, there are 50 different colors and textures available to consumers as part of this collection.

Recently, Superior Stone & Cabinet has partnered with LG Hausys to bring our customers even more quartz countertop options. Backed by a 15-year limited warranty, LG countertops are some of the best in the industry, and really set the standard for quartz across the industry. In this blog post, we’ll discuss what quartz is, why we’ve partnered with LG, and how you can learn more about these countertops.

Quartz CountertopsWhat is quartz?

In our previous blog posts, we’ve talked a bit about quartz and the differences between quartz and granite countertops. Quartz countertops are manufactured out of crushed quartz stone and resin; these materials are crushed in a variety of ways that creates different options for the look of the countertop.

In contrast to the natural waves of prefabricated and slab granite, quartz countertops typically have a clean, uniform look to them. Plus, quartz requires less regular upkeep, comes already protected thanks to its manufactured status, and can be very durable while maintaining flexibility. Finally, it’s not porous, unlike granite slabs.

Disadvantages of quartz include the potential for UV light to cause damage or discoloration, as well as the fact that it doesn’t have the glamorous name recognition of “granite” and thus doesn’t increase your property value as much.

However, one of the biggest benefits of quartz countertops is the price point, which typically comes in under that of prefabricated or slab granite. If you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen and save money in the process, a quartz countertop from LG Hausys might be right for your home remodeling project. For more on quartz, check out this overview from This Old House.

Why work with LG Hausys?

Unlike many other countertop makers, LG Hausys manufactures its quartz countertops in Adairsville, Georgia. They’re a company with a tradition of excellence, and their quartz counters are built with pride and high quality standards.

Here’s the thing: carrying LG quartz countertops has allowed us to greatly expand our available stock of these kind of countertops, giving us a selection rivaling our prefabricated granite collection and that of other Phoenix wholesalers who deal in quartz. This means more choices for you. Even if you decide not to get a quartz countertop from Superior, isn’t it nice to know that you’ll be seeing everything we have to offer in our store, instead of having to visit several stores to get a feel for different countertop collections?

How can I learn more about quartz countertops?

The best place to get started is by scheduling a free, in-home estimate with us. This is a no-obligation service, but it allows one of our friendly and experienced installers to meet with you to talk about your remodeling plans, and take professional measurements of your kitchen or bathroom space. Even if you don’t end up buying from Superior, having those measurements will save you an important step in your remodel.

Next, come into our showroom to see our collection of LG Hausys quartz countertops. Armed with your space measurements, our team can help you determine exactly what each type of quartz (or granite, if you decide to go in that direction) will cost. From there, if you do decide to buy from us, our professional team can do your countertop installation. Quartz requires professional installers: unlike granite, it’s far too heavy to safely install yourself, and you’ll want an official company to do it.

Unsure about where to start on your quartz countertop project? Give us a call at (602) 437-0088, and our team will walk you through the steps.

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.