At Superior Stone & Cabinet, we’re known for our granite countertops. We sell and install both slab and prefabricated granite, and we have one of the largest selections of high-quality granite in the Valley. If you’re looking for new granite countertops for your home or business, Superior is the place to go. Or, call us to schedule a free in-home estimate. We’d love to work with you on your kitchen or bathroom remodeling vision.

Explore the Pros and Cons of Top 3 Materials of Kitchen Countertops to Select the Right One

Whether you are remodeling your kitchen from scratch or giving it a face-lift, you can never underestimate the functionality magnificence of kitchen countertops. With a wide range of kitchen countertops  in Phoenix materials available in market such as high quality butcher block to less popular glass and terrazzo, it becomes difficult to choose one. However, this dilemma can be resolved by skimming through the pros and cons of each material.

1. Marble

Perhaps, you will never see any material as brilliant and glamorous as marble for your kitchen countertops in Phoenix. In terms of distinctive veining and luminescence, marble is an exquisite choice.

Pros – The elegance of marble is unparalleled to any other material. It can resist heat, and since it can stay perennially cool, it is a conventional choice for baking and pastry stations.

Cons – The obvious shortcoming of marble is that it highly susceptible to stains even with sealing. Also, it can scratch and chip. Only because of this reason, most homeowners do not install it throughout an entire kitchen. Usually, its use is restricted to one or two small areas.

Cost – It can cost you between $40 and $100 per square foot including installation.

2. Granite

Pros – Due to the beautiful mottling and a wealth of natural patterns and colors found in granite, each piece is one of a kind. The best feature about using it for your countertops is that it stands up well to heat, knife nicks, splashes, and other regular wear and tear.

Cons – Although, quite eye captivating, granite has its share of cons as well. Akin to most stones, granite should also be sealed to avoid stains from coming up. Also, due to the heaviness of graphite, you will need to install very strong and durable cabinets in order to support their weight.

Cost – It would cost you between $35 and $100 per square foot including installation.

3. Solid Surfacing

Mainly made out of polyester and acrylic, solid surfacing was first sold under the brand name Corian. The term Corian is mistakenly used as a standard term for it today.

Pros – Solid surfacing is absolutely nonporous which is why it is almost maintenance free. However, there is slight susceptibility to burns and scratches; these are very easy to work out. With sand surfacing, you will have extensive assortments of colors and patterns. Contrarily, since you are not looking out for natural material for your kitchen countertops in Phoenix, you can mix and match vibrant hues such as tomato red and turquoise. Furthermore, seamless installation also means that there will be no cracks to entrap debris and filth.

Cons – Solid surfacing can give deliberately artificial appearance and feel and at the same time cost you an arm and a leg such as a natural stone. Moreover, it will not resist sharp knives and hot pans as well as other likely items.

Cost – It will cost you between $35 and $100 per square foot including installation.

Granite Density

When choosing your granite remember that the darker the color the higher the density. Black colors are the hardest granite you can get. Some black colored granite have so much iron content that you can actually stick a magnet to them. Because of this, darker colored granite is less susceptible to staining. Lighter colors are more absorbent and require more sealing. However, granite is a natural stone and all colors must be sealed.

Why does the surface of granite have different textures

Granite stone is made up of lots of different types of stones. All stones have a different density. When granite is polished every stone polishes at a different rate. For this reason some stone will not be as shiny as others. This is part of the beauty of granite.

Why Should You Buy Granite?

Granite is one of the hardest surfaces on earth. It can only be scratched by a diamond or another piece of granite with a harder density. Granite is not damaged by heat and when sealed properly it will not stain. Bottom line is the stone is millions of years old and will last for millions of years more.

How do I improve my bathroom?

Bathroom Improvements

If you want to improve your bathroom there are many different avenues to take. Options like painting, new tile floor or shower surround, re-stain or new cabinets, new plumbing fixtures or towel bars, change your mirror to a framed mirror, install a new sink and counter top, or maybe just some accent pieces.

– Choose some tile. Not only choosing a great color but choosing a different install pattern or use different color inserts

– Changing the counter tops. This is a big step but will definitely will give you a bigger return on your investment if you go with a granite top

– Changing out the sink. A new fresh sink can add a remodeled look to a bathroom as long as your counter top is in good shape

– Updating the cabinet. If your cabinets are in good shape a good cleaning and refinishing may do. If you are changing the counter top though, sometimes new cabinets are less money.

– Choosing a new plumbing fixture. This is a great thing to update your bathroom if your fixtures are old and worn out. Giving the appearance of a full remodel.

– Changing to a framed mirror. Taking out a full mirror (builder grade) and installing a new framed mirror can really update your room. Just be careful removing the old one.

Granite Surface Texture

Granite has a crystalline, granular structure, with a range of colors and consisting mostly of quartz, feldspars and minerals. Due to the fact the granite was formed over millions of years it has plenty of strength, permanence, solidity, quality and hardness. This of course makes it a great choice for a counter top surface. Most granite used for countertops is polished to a high gloss finish, however most granites have certain natural characteristics such as ” pitting”, “fissures” or “dull spots”. To fully appreciate the beauty of the rock you must first understand the geology behind it.
Pits:
“Pitting” is normally due to the fact that granite is a natural product that has crystalline structure, sometimes resulting in small spaces between the varying mineral crystals. In some cases, certain tiny crystals may also be removed during the polishing process causing the pits to become more visible. Therefore this “pitting” cannot be avoided in all granite types. The good new however the pitting will not become worse with regular use or with the passage of time.
Fissures-Hairline cracks:
Like pitting, fissures/hairline cracks may also be noticeable in some granite colors. These are usually more visible in the larger quartz crystals. These surface fissures should not be confused with structural cracks that pearmeate the entire slab. Fissures are a natural result of the heating and cooling of the stone during its formation millions of years ago. Fissures will not grow or expand over time.
Dull Spots:
The composition of quartz, feldspars and other minerals will determine the final appearance of the polished granite surface. While the overall appearance will be that of a high gloss finish, some components within the granite may not accept the same level of polish as the rest of the crystals, which can result in “dull spots” or “water marks”. Often these spots are visible on the crystals which are present in some granite.

Some granites exhibit more pits, fissures and dull spots than others, and they may also be more or less visible depending on the lighting conditions present in a room. Pits, fissures and dull spots do not compromise the integrity of the granite in any way; they are natural characteristics and will not impair the function or durability of the material. They are an expression of nature.

Facts About Granite

Granite Countertops:

    • Come in over 3,000 colors each one with its own unique pattern and movement.
    • When properly sealed and maintained, are virtually scratch, stain and chip resistant.
    • Are great for making cookies, candies, bread dough and other foods that are best prepared on a cool surface
    • Are heat resistant. If you forget to grab a heat pad for that pan of lasagna, it won’t matter if you set it on your granite countertop.
    • Are a very hard surface. The only surface that is harder than granite is a diamond.
    • Add a minimum of 10% to the re-sale value to your home.

Of course, like anything else, there are some disadvantages to having granite countertops installed.

They:

    •  Are expensive due to the labor for its removal from the quarry, the work involved in cutting it and the work necessary for installation
    •  Will dull your knives if you use it as a cutting board
    •  Should be installed by a qualified professional-it is not a do it yourself project
    •  Need to have the sealant re-applied a least once a year to prevent staining or fading.

Even with the disadvantages, granite countertops are making strides in kitchen, bath and patios. They are a beautiful way to add style and personality to your home. So, take your time and select the granite countertops that will make your living space all you want it to be.

Measuring for Granite and Cabinets

If you decide to measure your kitchen or bathroom for new cabinets or granite here are some tips to help you out.

Cabinets

Always draw your room from a top view to get an accurate view of the room. Make sure to measure all walls from one end to another. Write down measurements as close as possible at least to the 1/2″. In the drawing be sure to indicate locations of your appliances and sink. Also measure these locations to ensure they are put in the correct spot in the new design. If you are keeping your existing appliances measure their height, depth and width. If you are getting new appliances then bring model numbers or specifications. Don’t forget to measure all window and door locations. This includes the width of windows and distances from both sides to the walls. It is also a good idea to measure the height of the window from the floor as well. Finally always measure your ceiling height from the floor to ensure the uppers and crown you select will work. If you have all of this information when you show up at the cabinet shop it will go much smoother for you.

Granite

Measuring for granite is not as hard as measuring for cabinets but still requires accurate measuring. When you measure granite always do a top view drawing as well. Measure all areas that you are wanting the granite to go. Mark all areas on the layout that require a bull nose end by using a “O” symbol on the line. Draw a parallel line along the back edge of all the areas that you would like a back splash. If you are thinking of doing a full back splash then you must measure the distance between the counter top and the bottom of the upper cabinets. It is also important to look at your overhangs if you have a sitting area. When using most granite tops 10″ is the maximum overhang you can have without having additional top support. If you have a wall behind your island or peninsula be sure to measure the thickness of the wall. If you have any questions call your granite company for instructions. When in doubt measure it.

Our Slabs are Prefabricated

At Superior Stone and Cabinet we can offer customers rock bottom pricing for a very high quality product. Our slabs are prefabricated, which means the bullnose is already installed and they are already cut to standard counter top depths. We also carry multiple different island sizes. Most other granite manufactures have very expensive water jet machines that cost lots of money and require huge facilities to run. This overhead will in turn be passed on to you (the customer). Superior Stone can save you this money because we fabricate your granite at the jobsite. This will also eliminate the need for you to live without counter tops for weeks while other companies fabricate. Our installers are highly skilled and have years of experience.

Remove Stains From Your Granite

Your granite will be sealed when it is installed. This does not mean your that your granite is stain proof, it just means that it is more stain resistant. Always clean up any spills immediately after they happen. It also highly advised to apply additional sealer one week after install and again 3 weeks after install. After that follow the directions of the sealer manufacture. If a stain does occur there are some ways to remove the stains. One poultice we tried that worked on most stains is as follows. (A poultice is another name for a paste like substance) Mix 1 cup of flour with two table spoons of dish soap. Then add water until the poultice turns into a paste. Once the poultice is fully mixed spread it over the stained area. After it is spread, apply wax paper over the spread and pat it down to the poultice (removing air). Finally, tape all the edges of the wax paper to keep the air out to prolong drying time. Leave the poultice covered for at least 10 hours then remove plastic. After it is removed scrape off the poultice then wipe clean with water and dish soap. Allow 24 to 48 hours for the water mark to dry out and repeat if necessary. As always apply this to a inconspicuous area first to make sure it will not damage your granite.