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Your complete guide to quartz countertops

Quartz countertops are incredibly popular. As many homeowners gear up to remodel their kitchens this year, more and more of them are opting to install quartz instead of granite.

In this article, we’ll break down everything there is to know about quartz, from colors and durability to its cost and value.

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Quartz Countertop Colors

There are literally hundreds of quartz countertop colors out there, and the possibilities are nearly limitless. Unlike granite—which is cut from stone and, therefore, is limited to colors and veining found in nature—quartz is made from crushed stone, protective resin, and whatever else the manufacturer wants to add.

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For example, many quartz countertops feature decorative metal pieces inlaid into the countertop. There’s a lot more variety due to the manufacturing process.

Generally speaking, quartz styles run the gamut, from granite countertop look alikes—featuring natural colors and veining—to more stylish, engineered, and uniform countertops. From snowy whites to deep blacks, quartz comes in just about every color.

If you’re looking for exotic colors such as cherry red or coral, you’re probably going to be interested in quartz over granite or marble.

Related Article: Here’s How To Find The Right Color For Your Kitchen Remodel

Quartz Countertop Prices

The cost of quartz countertops can range widely, depending on the stone, the manufacturer, the style, and—of course—the retailer. According to data from HomeAdvisor, homeowners pay, on average, about $125 per-square-foot for quartz. For a 100 square-foot kitchen, that means new quartz countertops will cost somewhere between $3,000 and $7,000.

It’s important to remember that the “average” cost includes many high-end quartz varieties. Many homeowners can find cheap quartz by shopping around, working with wholesalers, or selecting from overstocked or discontinued inventory. However, “cheap” should only be about the price: you don’t want to sacrifice quality, even if it means saving a few bucks.

If you’re shopping for new countertops here in Phoenix, your first step should be getting a free in-home estimate from us. As the Valley’s quartz wholesaler, we’re able to offer far lower prices on high-quality quartz than many other retailers here, who have to pay pricey middlemen.

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Quartz Countertop Pros & Cons

Quartz is an incredibly versatile and popular countertop material. However, like all stone countertops, it has both benefits and drawbacks. Here’s what you need to know about the pros and cons of quartz countertops:

Why buy quartz?

  • Quartz is incredibly durable. It stands up well to accidental cuts and scrapes, and doesn’t absorb moisture like granite does. It’s a long-lasting material that—when cared for—should last for decades.
  • Quartz looks incredible. As mentioned above, quartz comes in a wide variety of colors and styles. It’s no exaggeration to say that there’s a quartz countertop for every kitchen remodel. Since quartz is manufactured, you’re not limited to just the colors and varieties found in nature, as you are with granite slabs.
  • Quartz adds value. Due to its beauty and durability, quartz adds long-term value to your home. These countertops—as part of a kitchen remodel—are highly desirable. Whether you’re looking to add value or get your home ready for listing, you should strongly consider quartz.

What are the potential downsides of quartz?

  • It’s not heat-resistant. We’ll review more about this below, but quartz isn’t as heat-resistant as granite is. You can’t put hot pots or pans directly on the surface. This is a downside for those who are remodeling their kitchen for the purposes of turning their home into a rental property.
  • Cost. Quartz doesn’t necessarily cost more than granite, but there are some varieties of quartz that are far more expensive than entry-level granite slabs. In other words, there’s a greater range of prices with quartz than there is with granite.
  • Manufactured by design. This really isn’t a downside as much as it is a note. Quartz is manufactured from crushed stone that is then sealed in a resin. This is why quartz can look like just about anything. But, for some homeowners who prefer the look of a natural stone slab, quartz just isn’t the right fit for their kitchen.

Related Article: Your Guide To Granite, Marble, Quartz & Other Countertops

Quartz Countertop Maintenance

Quartz is relatively easy to maintain. Unlike granite, it doesn’t require annual resealing to keep out moisture or stains. Just use a clean dishrag and some mild soap to scrub the countertop clean.

As a general rule, stay away from chemical cleaning products—unless they are specifically advertised for use on quartz countertops, you don’t want to risk an adverse reaction between the chemical and the quartz’ resin.

Quartz Countertop Stain Resistance

While quartz is generally more stain-resistant than granite, you should still clean up spilled liquids as soon as possible. Prolonged exposure to spilled wine, cooking oil, grease, or other common sources of stains may lead to discoloration.

As with cleaning products, certain chemicals found naturally in food and drink can react poorly with the resin. If this is the case, you may need to use a professional-grade quartz cleaning product to remove the stain.

Quartz Countertop Heat Resistance

Due to their protective resin, these countertops cannot have hot items placed directly on their surface. Beyond regularly cleaning your countertops, part of keeping your quartz looking great involves avoiding heat damage.

Many guests—perhaps used to granite, which can handle the heat from pots or pans—may need to be reminded that quartz is not as heat-resistant. Put hot pads and trivets out to encourage your friends and family to treat your quartz gently.

Quartz Countertop Sun Resistance

One final note: quartz is not as UV-resistant as granite. If you’re building something outdoors—such as a built-in backyard barbecue—you’ll want to go with granite over quartz. Quartz should only be exposed to indirect sunlight, as daily sun exposure could cause fading or discoloration.

Where can I find quartz countertops near me?

Our recommendation? Start by looking at stone and cabinet wholesalers in your area. Here in Phoenix, we’re a quartz direct importer. Because they’re not reliant on expensive middlemen, wholesalers will have better prices and a better selection than many retail stores. Plus, many wholesalers—like us, for instance—also carry granite, cabinets, flooring, and everything else you need to complete a kitchen or bathroom remodel. This greatly simplifies your shopping experience!

If you live in an area without a wholesaler, start talking to local contractors. An experienced and reputable contractor will have a source for high-quality quartz and other materials. They may even be able to find you a deal by connecting you to overstocked or discontinued quartz, or adding you to a pre-existing bulk order for a larger customer.

Comparing quartz quotes

Don’t just take the lowest price without considering the following:

  • Quality: Is this high-quality stone? Who is the manufacturer and are they reputable?
  • Installation: Is the cost of installation included in my quote? Does that quote include demo and install, or just the latter?
  • Selection: Am I being quoted a low price for just one type of quartz? Does that limit my options?

Everything you need to know about quartz

If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, you should give quartz countertops some strong consideration. In the infographic below, we break down everything there is to know about quartz, from choosing your countertop edging to finding a great deal:
This infographic contains everything homeowners should know about quartz countertops.

How can I remodel my kitchen for less?

Many homeowners will think and talk about remodeling their kitchen for years before taking action. It’s not hard to see why they hesitate: kitchen renovations can be a costly and complex project. Understandably, homeowners have a lot of questions. Where do I start? Do I need to save ten thousand dollars, or twenty? Is there a way to remodel my kitchen for less?

In this article, we’ll attempt to demystify the cost of kitchen remodels by exploring several ways to lower the cost of your project without sacrificing quality. We’ll also review some ways to potentially fund your kitchen remodeling plans.

What is the average cost of a new kitchen?

According to data collected by HomeAdvisor, the average homeowner spends between $75 and $150 per-square-foot on their kitchen remodel. For a 100 square-foot kitchen, that means your total costs will land somewhere between $7,500 and $15,000.

However, many American kitchens are larger than 10×10—some of them, significantly!—which is why the average homeowner ends up spending a little over $25,000 on their kitchen remodeling project.

If you’re grimacing at that number, you’re not alone. Keep in mind that figure represents the average, which means it takes into account both high-cost luxury renovations and kitchen remodels involving significant floor plan changes. As we’ll review in this article, by finding the right deals on high-quality materials, you can keep your total costs down and maximize your return on investment (ROI).

Is it worth doing a kitchen renovation?

Generally speaking, yes! Kitchen remodels are the king of home remodeling projects for a reason. They have a relatively high ROI and add significant, long-term value to your property. Many kitchen remodels can actually end up ultimately paying for themselves in the property value they add.

If you’re thinking about either selling your home or turning it into a rental, a kitchen remodel is a must-have project. Many of the homes yours will be listed next to will have upgraded kitchens; if yours does not, you could be a significant competitive disadvantage. Ask just about any homebuyer (or realtor): kitchens are a major selling point. After all, for many families, it’s the central nexus of life in the home.

Of course, a kitchen remodel isn’t just a matter of calculating ROI and cold numbers. You deserve a kitchen you can enjoy. If your outdated kitchen is starting to take the joy out of cooking or baking, it might be time for a change—even if your remodel doesn’t net a 100% ROI.

What is the most expensive part of a kitchen remodel?

Most homeowners will spend approximately half of their total remodeling budget on new kitchen countertops and cabinets. It’s not hard to see why: high-quality countertops and cabinets are expensive, and their cost scales up with the overall size of your kitchen. A larger kitchen, for instance, doesn’t need two sinks, or two ovens. It does, however, need a lot more cabinets and countertops, which adds to your project’s total overhead.

Just how much you’ll end up paying for new countertops and cabinets is largely dependent on the square footage of your kitchen. However, the type of material matters, too. Marble, for instance, is very expensive—perhaps prohibitively so for most homeowners (it’s also a poor choice for kitchens for other reasons). Laminate or plastic countertops are very cheap, but won’t give your home quite the value boost you’re looking for.

The two most-popular countertop materials—granite and quartz—fall between these two extremes. Both are relatively expensive, but they also are durable, long-lasting, and add significant value to your remodel. In other words, they’re often well worth their higher upfront cost.


What should you look for in materials?

In this video, a construction expert talks about what she looked for when buying countertops and cabinets for her own home.


Where should I save money on my kitchen remodel?

To save money on your kitchen remodel, put the work into finding high-quality materials at wholesale, bulk-order, or direct importer prices. Most granite and quartz comes from the same mines around the world, so the final price you pay is often more a reflection of how many middlemen were involved in the process. Buy from companies that cut out those middlemen, and you’ll likely be able to shave a couple thousand dollars off the total price you’ll pay for materials.

Along those same lines, you may be able to score a great deal if you’re willing to compromise on color or style. Many remodeling contractors or stores will run specials on granite or quartz countertops they’ve overstocked, or cabinets left over from other projects. If you’re not picky—or you’re remodeling a property to either rent it out or flip it—you might be able to cut your costs further by going with what’s on sale.

Two areas where you don’t want to make compromises: the quality of the materials and installation. Trying to find shortcuts here is playing with fire: you’re liable to get burned.

How can I afford a kitchen remodel?

While it’s probably the best and easiest option, not every homeowner pays for a kitchen remodel out of their savings account. Here are some other ways homeowners can pay for remodeling projects:

  • Cash-Out Refinancing: With today’s lower mortgage rates, many homeowners are planning to refinance their home. When you do so, you can convert some of your home’s equity to cash to be used for home improvements—especially those that add long-term value.
  • Home Equity Loans: This type of loan is financed by the equity in your house, and can be used to complete value-boosting home improvement projects. Basically, the idea is that you’re borrowing from your equity to add further future equity to the property.
  • Home Improvement Loans: Many financial institutions, including your local banks and credit unions, offer loans specifically designed for home improvement projects. These loans have a higher interest rate than home equity loans, but are ideal for homeowners who don’t want to tap into their home’s equity or use it as loan collateral.

Always talk to your financial planner or advisor before you move forward with any of these options. After all, everyone’s financial situation is different.

Your countertops buyer’s guide: granite, quartz, butcher block, and more

Planning a kitchen or bathroom remodel? In addition to picking out new cabinets, lighting, appliances, and flooring, you have a crucial decision ahead of you: your new countertops. Finding the right countertop for your kitchen or bathroom is no easy task! There’s a lot to consider—cost, durability, and look—and you need to find a countertop that matches your larger plans for your kitchen. In this countertops buyer’s guide, we’ll walk you through your countertop options and what you need to think about ahead of selecting a particular material and style.

Here’s the thing: you don’t have to go it alone! By working with a design professional, you can get advice and guidance tailored to your individual project. Let’s dive further into our countertops buyer’s guide.

Call Superior to learn more about your kitchen backsplash options here in the Valley.

Set your budget

Before you kick off your kitchen or bathroom remodel, it’s a good idea to know much you’re willing to spend, and what your cut-off point is. While your total project budget is going to be mostly dependent on the size of your kitchen or bathroom, your material choices will also have an impact.

When looking at materials, take detailed notes on prices. Even subtle differences could really add up. A countertop that costs just a few more dollars per-square-foot could end up costing hundreds of dollars extra to install. If you can work backwards and know your budget in advance, it’ll help you narrow down your options and hone in on affordable—yet high-quality—materials.

Sizing your kitchen

If you don’t know what size of kitchen you have, now’s the time to find out. This will help you price out everything and get quotes for your project.

Our recommendation? Talk to a design professional and get a free in-home estimate for your remodeling project. As part of this process, they’ll take detailed measurements of your kitchen or bathroom for you. Plus, this quote can serve as your baseline for comparing the relative price of different countertops against one another.

Find the right material

Before you start thinking about colors and styles, try to settle on a type of countertop. Not only will this impact your choices, but it will also help frame your design decisions.

Here’s an overview of the most popular countertop materials, along with their pros and cons.

Granite Countertops

Beautiful and durable, granite has long been the material of choice for kitchen remodels. It’s not hard to see why: granite is naturally heat-resistant and stands up to accidental cuts and scrapes. In a busy kitchen, it endures, surviving years of wear-and-tear that might otherwise age a different type of countertop.

While not as stain-resistant as quartz, or available in quite as many colors, there are good reasons why granite remains the top choice for most homeowners.

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Quartz Countertops

These days, quartz is just about as popular as granite. Just like granite, it’s natural stone. The key difference is that quartz is manufactured and sealed in a protective resin. This both protects quartz from stains and damage and means that it’s available in far more colors, styles, and looks than granite slabs.

All-in-all, quartz is a strong contender and equal to granite in many respects—including the long-term value it will add to your home.

Related Article: Your Guide To Quartz Countertops

Butcher Block Countertops

It’s not hard to see why homeowners like butcher block so much. Wood, after all, is warm and inviting. It reminds people of the kitchens of yesteryear. Butcher block can be a stunning addition to any kitchen.

Compared to stone, however, it does have its downsides. As you can imagine, it doesn’t stand up to heat, stains, or cuts as well as quartz and granite countertops do. We typically recommend homeowners use butcher block as an accent piece in a kitchen that otherwise features more durable stone countertops.

Other Countertops

Here are a few other types of countertops worth discussing:

  • Stainless Steel: Like butcher block, stainless steel is better used as a stylish accent piece than an entire countertop. Steel is cold and uninviting—it often reminds people of a commercial kitchen. For all its heat- and stain-resistant properties, it also scratches relatively easily.
  • Marble: Another type of stone countertop, marble is pricier than granite or quartz, which often removes it as a contender for most large kitchen projects. It’s also less durable. If you really want the natural beauty of marble, consider using it as a bathroom vanity top, instead.
  • Laminate: While far cheaper than other types of countertops, many people are turned off by the idea of plastic countertops, which were a staple of 80s and 90s kitchens. If you opt for laminate or plastic, you may not end up adding as much value to your kitchen as you’d have liked to.

See your different countertop options

In this video, the How To Home team walks you through the pros and cons of several different countertop materials, including many of the ones reviewed above.


Select a style

Now that you’re this far into our countertops buyer’s guide, and more familiar with the many types of countertops out there, it’s time to start thinking about colors and styles. For many homeowners, this is easy enough: you probably already have a vision of your new kitchen in your head. However, if you’re open to ideas, here are some of the most popular kitchen styles found in U.S. homes:

Classic

This is probably the most common style of kitchen, simply because it marks a sort of “middle ground” between the two styles described below. Classic kitchens feature wood cabinets paired with granite or quartz countertops. While not as intentionally rustic as the farmhouse style, they also aren’t quite as cold and modern as, well, kitchens designed in the modern style.

Modern

True to its name, modern is contemporary and sleek. This type of kitchen features simplified design and colors—most commonly, black, white, or charcoal grey. Modern kitchens make abundant use of stainless steel: even if it’s not featured as a countertop or accent, it’s certainly used for sinks and appliances.

There’s a simplicity and modernity that makes modern kitchens really appealing to many homeowners.

Farmhouse

For some people, modern kitchens are just too sleek for them. They’re looking for something more warm, cozy, and inviting. They want their kitchen to remind them of the house they grew up in, or their grandparent’s home. This is why the farmhouse style is so popular right now. This down-to-earth style is evocative of country kitchens and lazy Saturday mornings.

Most farmhouse kitchens feature natural wood colors—conveyed through cabinets and a butcher block countertop accent—paired with a white ceramic sink and backsplash tile. One popular trend is to pair a white quartz or granite countertop with a butcher block kitchen island.

Work with an expert

Is this countertops buyer’s guide helping you figure out what you want your new kitchen or bathroom to look like? You’re in the perfect place to bring in a design or remodeling expert who can review your plans, provide you with constructive feedback, and—perhaps most importantly—start to help you price out your project by finding high-quality materials in your area.

If you’re looking to maximize the value boost you get out of your kitchen—or just spend less on your remodel—you’ll want to find high-quality countertops at wholesale or bulk-order prices. Talk to your contractor or designer about your options. A wholesale, direct importer in your area should have the right combination of selection and price needed to make your kitchen or bathroom dreams a reality.

Here’s how to find the right color for your kitchen remodel

Thinking about remodeling your kitchen? As anyone who has completed a kitchen remodel can tell you, there are a lot of decisions ahead of you. From picking out countertops to finding the right knobs and pulls for your cabinets, you’ll need to get all the details right if you want to build the kitchen of your dreams. This includes a critical one: color.

In this article, we’ll review how, in a kitchen, color is more than meets the eye. We’ll also go over how to best incorporate color into your remodel, and how you can start planning out your project.

Here’s how color impacts your kitchen

As it turns out, color isn’t just a personal preference, or something people choose because it “looks good.” There’s a whole psychology behind color and how color influences our mood and our feelings about any particular space. For years, interior designers have used color theory in their design of restaurants, office buildings, shopping malls, and more. But, it can also help you design a better kitchen. Here’s how different colors work in a kitchen.

Blue

As you’ve probably already guessed, blue is a calming color. Just like the ocean on a still day, it’s peaceful and serene. If your kitchen is your refuge from the storm of everyday life, blue is a good color choice. It’ll put you at ease and make you feel more comfortable and relaxed. After a stressful day, that’s what everyone wants.

Green

The color of life, we naturally associate green with plants and growth. Shades of green make a kitchen feel alive and vibrant. Paired with houseplants, green makes a kitchen feel connected to the outside world. Interestingly, multiple studies have shown that green also encourages us to eat healthier.

Red

Red is a color associated with passion and feeling. Deep reds can be reflective, while brighter reds can be energizing. Studies have shown that red also helps to stimulate appetite, which is why it’s such a good fit for kitchens. Just be careful not to overdo it: our brains are also programmed to interpret bright red as a sign of danger. Too much red can tip a kitchen from energizing to nerve-wracking.

Yellow

A bright color that brings energy into any kitchen. If your style of cooking, baking, and entertainment is a high-energy affair, you should consider incorporating yellows and golds into your kitchen remodel.

Other options

There are some colors that are less suited for use in the kitchen. Purple, for instance, is a more intense version of blue. It can make us feel relaxed, but also encourages us to sleep and rest—probably not the color you want greeting you when you go to make coffee in the morning. Black is commonly used in modern kitchens as part of a neutral color scheme. Just be careful not to overdo it, or you’ll find that it will absorb natural light and make your kitchen seem a lot darker than it should be otherwise.

How does color factor into design?

Want to bring color into your new kitchen? Here are all the points where color can potentially factor into your kitchen remodel.

Cabinets

Whether you’re refurbishing your existing kitchen cabinets, refacing them, or replacing them with new cabinets, you have the option of painting your cabinets and using them to bring a whole lot of color into your reimagined kitchen.

This does involve some risk. If you’re going to bring color into your kitchen through your new or refurbished cabinets, make sure you really like the look and think through what it will look like with your new countertops, floors, backsplash, and more. If you change your mind later, you’ll have to repaint or refinish the cabinets, which could require a fair amount of work.

This is why so many homeowners decide to go with neutral cabinet (and countertop) colors. You don’t want to wake up one morning and decide that your choice of yellow isn’t working for your kitchen.

Countertops

It’s much harder to incorporate color into your new countertops. Countertops, of course, can be colorful, but they’re not painted like cabinets or a tile backsplash. In most cases, you’ll want to pair a neutral countertop with your newly painted cabinets. For example, if you’ve opted to use a navy blue for your cabinets, go with a white or off-white quartz for your countertops.

Paint

If you want to bring color into your kitchen, you can always paint its walls. As you probably know already, there’s a nearly unlimited number of color options to choose from when it comes to wall paint.

One of the main benefits of adding color to your kitchen through wall paint is how easy it is to reverse course. If, six months down the road, you decide your color choice isn’t working out, you just need to repaint your walls. That’s much easier than replacing your backsplash, getting new appliances, or repainting cabinets. If not totally committed to the use of a particular color in your kitchen, incorporating that color through paint and pairing it with neutral cabinets, countertops, and appliances might be the best bet.

Backsplash

Many stylish kitchens use the tile backsplash to bring a “splash” of color into the kitchen, pairing a vibrant backsplash with neutral cabinets and countertops. Just like with wall paint, this gives you a degree of future flexibility: while not something you’ll want to do every year, replacing your backsplash is an easier and less-pricey way of “refreshing” your kitchen’s design.

When considering backsplash options, make sure you look at them alongside your countertops and cabinets. You’ll want to make sure the three elements all go together. This is one of the reasons why many homeowners leave the backsplash to the very end of the project: it’s easiest to nail down the countertops and cabinets and then find a backsplash that works with them.

Appliances

Most kitchen appliances today come in either white, black, or stainless steel. But, there are other options out there. Many retailers carry refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers, and more in other colors. A cherry red refrigerator might be the perfect addition to your home’s throwback kitchen.

Don’t just think in terms of major appliances. You can also introduce some color through countertop appliances, such as stand mixers, toasters, toaster ovens, microwaves, and blenders. All of these countertop appliances come in a wide assortment of colors, which means there’s bound to be a great fit for your remodel out there.

Accessories

Finally, don’t forget about the finishing touches. They can also bring color into your kitchen. Planning on hanging pendant lights over your kitchen island? Look into your color options. If you have white cabinets, you can bring some color and fun in through the knobs and pulls. Again, as with paint and the backsplash, the great thing about introducing color through accessories is that you can always switch them out later if you change your mind.

Work with a design professional

We’ve only scratched the surface of how you can incorporate color into your new kitchen. There are so many options out there. If you’re ready to move forward, we recommend you speak with an experienced kitchen remodeler or interior designer in your area.

A design professional can help you plan out your kitchen remodel from start-to-finish, while also helping guide you through design decisions and procuring materials. If you’re ready to get serious about your long-planned kitchen remodel, they’re the person who can help you.

Your guide to granite, marble, quartz, and other countertop materials

Kicking off a kitchen remodel? You have a lot of work—and decisions—ahead of you. You’ll need to pick out new cabinets, floors, appliances, and more. Yet, the most impactful decision, by far, will be your choice of new countertops. There are so many options, styles, and colors to choose from. For many homeowners, finding the right countertops for their kitchen remodel is one of the most challenging parts of the project.

In this article, we’ll guide you through your many countertop options and help you decide which material—granite, quartz, marble, stainless steel, or butcher block—is right for your kitchen. We’ll weigh the pros and cons of each, and make the case for how each might figure into your kitchen remodel.

Granite Countertops

When most people hear “stone countertops,” they instinctively think of granite. It’s the definitive material for most kitchen remodels (although, as we’ll discuss, quartz is a close second and preferred by many people!). Cut from natural stone and then sealed, granite countertops are incredibly durable and beautiful. They’re difficult to damage and, unsurprisingly, retain their value for many years because of this quality.

Granite countertops come in two types: slab and prefabricated. Both are natural stone. “Prefabricated” just means the stone has already been cut to a default size prior to arriving at the distributor. Because of this one-size-fits-all approach, it’s generally cheaper than granite slab, which has not yet been cut or fabricated to size. If you’re working on a highly custom kitchen remodel, you may need to buy granite slab so that your contractor can customize not only the size, but also the edging and other details.

If you love the look of natural stone, it’s hard to go wrong with granite. For reasons we’ll discuss below, it’s a better natural stone alternative to marble for kitchen remodeling projects.

Kitchen Designs

Advantages

  • Durable: Granite is a tough material that can stand up to accidental slashes, cuts, and impact.
  • Heat-Resistant: Granite is highly heat-resistant, which means you can put hot pans or trays on its surface without causing permanent damage.
  • Unique: No two pieces of granite are exactly the same, which means your kitchen’s granite slab will truly be one-of-a-kind.

Potential Drawbacks

  • Not Invulnerable: Just because it’s solid doesn’t mean granite countertops can’t be chipped or cracked. Also, granite absorbs liquid, which means it can stain easily if not protected by sealing.
  • Requires Maintenance: Your granite countertops will regularly need to be resealed to protect them from stains and other forms of damage.
  • Weight: Like other stone countertops, granite slabs are incredibly heavy. If your cabinets were not built to support their weight, they may need to either be replaced or reinforced prior to installation.

Read More: Our Complete Guide To Granite Countertops

Quartz Countertops

When stone countertops first came into vogue, granite was the obvious choice for many homeowners. However, in recent years, an alternative—quartz countertops—have really taken off. Unlike granite, which is cut from natural stone and then sealed, quartz is real stone that has been processed and sealed into a protective resin. As a result, quartz countertops can look like just about anything: they can take on patterns, colors, and looks just not found in natural stone.

Generally speaking, quartz and granite countertops are about even in terms of cost. If you’re comparing the cost of quartz and granite countertops, you’ll really need to look at the specific countertops in question: both occupy the same average price range.

Another place the two materials are just about even is their overall durability. Quartz trades the heat-resistance of granite for better moisture and leak resistance. They’re both very solid and stand up well to everyday use.

The final verdict? The choice between quartz and granite is less about specifics and more about your personal taste and what your kitchen remodel needs. If you’re looking for the strength and beauty of natural stone, granite is probably right for your kitchen. If you want a more modern design, quartz probably has something you’re looking for.

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Advantages

  • Variety: Quartz countertops are available in far more colors and design variations than granite or marble, which means they work with more kitchen styles.
  • Maintenance-Free: Unlike granite, quartz countertops come sealed in a permanent resin and do not need to be regularly resealed.
  • Durable: While not invulnerable, quartz stands up to everyday wear-and-tear and is stain-resistant.

Potential Drawbacks

  • Not Heat-Resistant: Unlike granite countertops, quartz countertops can be damaged or discolored by high heat. You’ll need to continue using hot pads and trivets when cooking or baking.
  • Manufactured: While granite and marble slabs convey the beauty of natural stone, quartz countertops have a manufactured, “finished” look. This appeals to some people, but make sure you’re comfortable with it before you buy.

Read More: Our Complete Guide To Quartz Countertops

Marble Countertops

If you want to add class, elegance, and luxury to your home, marble countertops are the right material. After all, there’s a reason marble was the medium of choice for Renaissance sculptors. It has a timeless beauty and radiance to it. By adding marble to your kitchen, you’re not just choosing a countertop. You’re making a statement.

However, there are some drawbacks that should make you reconsider your decision to put marble in your kitchen. Besides its high cost (discussed below), marble is also the least durable of the three stone countertop options discussed in this article. It just doesn’t stand up to everyday cooking and cleaning in a kitchen. For homeowners with their hearts set on adding marble to their home, we recommend using it for bathroom vanities and remodels, where there’s not as much pressure on homeowners to protect the stone.

If you’re comparing the cost of marble versus granite or the cost of marble versus quartz, you’ll find that, generally speaking, lower-end marble costs more per square foot than high-end granite or quartz. According to data from HGTV, the average cost of granite, per square foot, is $75. Meanwhile, the average cost of marble countertops starts at $100 / square foot and can actually be as much as $200 / square foot! In general, it’s more expensive to install and—the larger your kitchen—the more your costs will ballon if you opt for marble.

Advantages

  • Luxury: Marble is considered the material of choice for luxury condos and home builds. It’s beautiful, and the right marble countertop is a true showstopper in any kitchen.

Potential Drawbacks

  • Price: Per square-foot, marble is one of the most expensive countertop materials you can buy. It’s far more expensive than butcher block, and even pricier than quartz or granite. Get a quote before you fall in love with marble—it might not be right for your remodel’s budget.
  • Protection: Unlike granite and quartz, marble countertops are not scratch-resistant. You’ll need to use cutting boards and take special care to guard your countertops against accidental damage.
  • Stains: Marble absorbs liquid more readily than other stone countertops. This is potentially bad news in your kitchen, since it means you’ll need to be vigilant around spills and cutting boards.

Your other countertop options

So far, we’ve compared granite, quartz, and marble countertops. Here are two other options you should probably know about as well:

Stainless Steel

Most often seen in commercial kitchens, stainless steel is stain and heat-resistant and offers an incredibly modern look. However, what works in a professional kitchen might not feel right in your home: stainless steel can make a space feel cold and unwelcoming. Also, while steel countertops stand up well to both stains and heat, they can and will scratch. If you’re considering stainless steel—either as your main countertop or as an accent piece—make sure you like the worn “scratched-up” look before you finalize your purchase.

Butcher Block

In sharp contrast to stainless steel, butcher block feels warm and inviting. It’s a perfect fit in farmhouse-style kitchens that harken back to the kitchens of the 1920s and 1930s. However, butcher block also has significant limitations. Like all wood, it absorbs liquid and stains easily, can be damaged by knife cuts, and is not heat-resistant. If you want the look of butcher block, consider adding it as an accent piece where it won’t see heavy, everyday use.

We install commercial countertops and cabinets in Phoenix businesses

This is an exciting time for businesses here in Phoenix! The Valley feels alive with activity, as new restaurants, stores, buildings, and properties open, seemingly by the day. At Superior Stone & Cabinet, our team is prepared to meet the kitchen and bathroom remodeling needs of businesses here in the Phoenix metro area. Whether you’ve been in business for years or are opening soon, we want to help you find the right commercial countertops and cabinets for your space and the needs of your customers and employees.

In this article, we’ll review the benefits of upgrading to new counters and cabinets, and why you should call our team for a free on-site estimate here in the Valley.

New commercial countertops and cabinets installed in a break room setup.

Upgrade your employee break room with new commercial countertops and cabinets, installed by the team at Superior Stone & Cabinet.

Does your business need to make an upgrade?

Whether you manage a restaurant or an office building, every business has a need for high-quality commercial countertops and cabinets. In a restaurant setting, granite or quartz countertops are the perfect, durable material for customers to eat on or for your team to prepare food on. Every workplace with some type of kitchen for employees can benefit from new cabinets that allow people to store food and essentials. Whether used by your customers, employees, or both, an upgraded kitchen in your commercial space can be an upgrade in both form and function.

If your existing counters are chipped, cracked, or stained, your customers will notice and may make inferences about your business and its upkeep. In many industries—but, particularly in the restaurant business—presentation and first impressions matter. If your tables and counters are starting to look dingy, we recommend upgrading to new stone surfaces.

Why have Superior install your commercial countertops and cabinets?

Here are just a few of the qualities that we believe set our team apart from other commercial remodeling businesses here in the Phoenix metro:

Extensive selection

With our 60,000 square-foot showroom and warehouse here in Phoenix, Superior Stone & Cabinet has one of the most extensive collections of new commercial countertops and cabinets in the Valley. In other words, we have a diverse selection of colors, styles, and materials for you to choose from, but we also have the inventory depth to outfit your business, no matter what size of space or amount of materials you need.

Competitive pricing

We’re a direct importer of quartz and granite countertops, which means we are able to offer new kitchen upgrade materials at wholesale pricing. Plus, we’re one of the Valley’s few companies that specializes in both countertops and cabinets, which means less shopping around as a whole and only one installation team your business needs to coordinate their schedule with.

Quality installation

We’re experienced kitchen installers. Our team has successfully installed new countertops, cabinets, and floors in many Valley businesses, from restaurants and food service businesses to apartments. Our team is capable of fabricating granite on-site to ensure quick turnaround times, so the disruption to your business is kept to a minimum.

Free estimates

We offer free estimates on commercial projects. Give us a call today and have one of our experienced commercial project experts come out to your business. Or, stop by our office if you’d like to see our selection and warehouse for yourself. Either way, we look forward to talking to you about your business’ counter and cabinet needs!

Brighten up your new kitchen with under cabinet lighting

You’ve probably heard of kitchen pendant lights, overhead lighting, or chandelier lighting. These kitchen lighting options add personality to the room and bring a touch of color and style to any kitchen. For example, a modern farmhouse kitchen might feature exposed light bulbs with wood features for a down-to-earth aesthetic. In contrast, a more modern kitchen may have gold pendants or a sparkly chandelier as a visual focal point. Depending on your personal preference and your home’s style, your kitchen lighting can totally be a game-changer for the look of your space. It’s something you need to consider when remodeling your kitchen.

Under cabinet lighting can bring the best out of your kitchen remodel.

Effective under cabinet lighting can be a great way to show off your new cabinets, countertops, and backsplash.

Another type of lighting that homeowners sometimes overlook is under cabinet lighting. These are lights that are attached underneath your cabinets, providing ample light above your countertops. These lights add a subtle but strong effect in your kitchen, highlighting the countertops and surrounding appliances. Under cabinet lighting brings out the color and vibrancy of your new granite or quartz countertops and have the potential to be a great addition to any kitchen, no matter what decorating style you prefer.

Benefits of under cabinet lighting

Most kitchens still continue to use standard, overhead lighting, so a kitchen with under cabinet lighting will stand out compared to the rest. Plus, under cabinet lighting is simple to install and extra convenient, especially for those late-night refrigerator runs. Here are a few more benefits of choosing under cabinet lighting in your home:

  • More versatility in lighting options: You’ll have more options when it comes to brightening your kitchen. If it’s late at night, for example, you can easily turn on the under cabinet lighting for a softer, less harshly bright look.
  • Beautiful, subtle glow to your kitchen: Under cabinet lighting provides a soft glow in your kitchen, setting the mood for a more peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.
  • Better visuals when cooking or cleaning: This benefit is a no-brainer—you’ll be able to see your food and cooking more clearly with additional lights installed!
  • Energy- and cost-efficient: Instead of lighting up the entire kitchen each time you walk in the room, you can save energy by only using the under cabinet lights. Additionally, these lights are cheap and easy to install.
  • Eliminates dark shadows: Say goodbye to dark, hidden corners of your kitchen when you install under cabinet lights.
  • Higher interior value: When it comes time to sell your home, potential buyers will appreciate the look of under cabinet lights because it makes the kitchen feel a little more complete and highlights its best features, namely the new countertops, cabinets, and appliances.

You’ll notice the difference almost immediately. Under cabinet lights bring an extra layer of warmth and brightness to any kitchen, no matter how large or small. You don’t need to have an unlimited budget for these lights, either. They’re affordable and add a simple touch of elegance to your home! When you’re chopping up vegetables at the counter, you’ll be thankful you have a little extra lighting to see clearly.

Other lighting features your kitchen needs

While you’re exploring under cabinet lighting options, check out these additional kitchen lighting features that can spruce up any kitchen space:

  • Vent hood lighting
  • Wall-mounted lighting or sconces
  • Metallic or textured lights
  • Lighting over the sink
  • Mix-and-match lighting pendants
  • Bold-colored lighting

Your lighting options are almost endless! You can find additional lighting inspiration in popular home magazines or from your favorite home decor accounts or bloggers. The beauty of kitchen lighting is that there’s no right or wrong answer—whatever look you love can work great in your kitchen, provided you have the space to make it work.

If you want to make a bold statement with your kitchen lighting, try gold pendant lights over the island or a pair of big, industrial hood lights. If you want a more subtle, traditional look, go with recessed lighting. For more creativity, install cabinet lights and island lighting, so your whole kitchen can glow with a modern feel! Remember, your lighting choices can change the entire look and perception of your kitchen.

Get started on your kitchen remodel today

If you’ve been putting off your kitchen remodel, now is the time to get started. Don’t wait another few months for your to-do list to pile up. Call the experts at Superior Stone & Cabinet in Phoenix, Arizona.

We have a team of professional design consultants who can help take your vision and bring it to life. We have affordable options and creative ideas for lighting, countertops, cabinets, and more! Visit our website or call us today to schedule a free estimate from our design experts.

Improve your home with these incredible kitchen features

When you’re cooking, cleaning, and entertaining in your kitchen, that room of your home can see more wear-and-tear than the rest of your home put together. If you have limited cabinet space or an awkward kitchen layout, you could find yourself struggling to make full use of your kitchen on a daily basis. Why work around these kitchen stumbling blocks when you can improve your home with new kitchen features that make this your favorite room in the house.

Even simple kitchen add-ons can greatly change your kitchen situation. Contrary to popular belief, these additions don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. With a professional design and installation company like Superior Stone & Cabinet, you can work within your budget to find features that fit your home best. For a free estimate, call us today.

Floating shelves are one of the most popular kitchen features we install.

One of the most popular kitchen features requested by today’s homeowners, floating shelves can be a great way to display decor and dishes alike in your kitchen.

Cabinet add-ons and improvements

Upgrading your cabinets and drawers with a new color and finish is a great move to make in any kitchen, but did you know you can also include other cabinet features when you replace your cabinets, such as lift-up cabinets, soft-close cabinets, and corner drawers? You can customize your cabinets to best suit your personal needs. For example, if you want easy access to your spices, you can add a vertical spice drawer with multiple levels that fits nicely between your oven and your other cabinets. That’s a kitchen feature that will directly lead to some great cooking!

Choosing the best countertop for your home

Any kitchen renovation should include some type of countertop improvement. When it comes to countertop materials, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the amount of options available. Do you go with butcher block, quartz, or granite? What color of countertop or look will pair best with your cabinets?

Depending on your cooking habits, personal preferences, and maintenance capabilities, you’ll be able to narrow down your wide number of options to a countertop that you love. Superior Stone & Cabinet has hundreds of countertop options to choose from, and we’re with you every step of the way! We have expert consultants who can provide advice and tips on picking the right material for your remodel.

Hidden kitchen features

When you work with a professional company like Superior Stone & Cabinet here in Phoenix, you even have options for hidden kitchen features that will greatly improve your life. For example, you can add a cutting board drawer that easily pops in and out of place when you need it for quick cutting. There are no-spill protectors you can add underneath your sink for easy wiping and fast cleanup. If you like the look of glass cabinet fronts, those can be added as well! There are almost endless options for your kitchen, and it all starts with your design dream or vision.

Here are just a few hidden kitchen features that can greatly improve your home:

  • Floating shelves: A floating shelf is not part of an enclosed cabinet and doesn’t feature a swing-open door. These shelves are mostly decorative, but they also offer creative space solutions for homeowners wanting to display their best kitchen items. If you are working with a smaller kitchen, floating shelves are a good choice to make the space appear larger and less cramped.
  • Soft-close and lift-up cabinets: These cabinet features add variety to your space. With soft-close doors, you can avoid the loud banging that accompanies many cabinets. Lift-up cabinets are usually attached to the countertop on the lowest level and provide more room to store bread, butter, or produce on your counter without it being in sight of all your guests.
  • Pull-out cabinets with lazy Susans: Have you ever been on your hands-and-knees, searching for a pan that’s hidden in the deep caverns of a corner cabinet? With a new pull-out cabinet and lazy Susan, you’ll be able to reach those pots and pans without hassle. The definitive spinning feature of a built-in lazy Susan makes it easy to find and store kitchen items.
  • Vertical drawers: Like the spice rack drawer we mentioned, vertical drawers add a nice visual element to your space. They’re also highly functional—you can use vertical drawers for easy-to-reach items like spices or utensils.
  • Plate drawers: These larger drawers are often located on the kitchen island or near the oven. They are long, deep drawers suited to fit your plates, instead of having to stack heavy plates on high shelves. These drawers often feature wooden pegs to separate and organize fine china or plates. A drawer for your plates make it easier for storage and entertainment.

See the selection that Superior has to offer

With so many choices and design options, place your dream kitchen in the hands of the experts at Superior Stone & Cabinet. We offer wholesale prices and have a 60,000 sq/ft warehouse for you to explore! Think outside the box, and your kitchen could become a new oasis for you to enjoy. Contact us for a free estimate, or come visit our showroom to speak with one of our designers.