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Marble vs. Granite Countertops: Which is a Better Option?

Marble VS Granite CountertopsThe right kitchen countertop can make or break the look of your kitchen. The best way to give the ‘wow’ factor to your kitchen is to select the perfect countertop for the kitchen.

Today, most people are either going for marble or granite countertops. Both of these countertops look great and add a lot of class to the home. They also provide a solid return on the investment.

Marble and granite countertops have certain characteristics that you must know about before selecting one for the home. Here, we will discuss the main differences between the two so that you can decide for yourself which one is the better option for your home.

Marble Countertops

Marble countertops are available in different color options. They truly shine with the variety of tone and color options that you can select according to your taste and preferences. Marble countertops are also known for their glossy finish and shine.

However, when compared to granite countertops, marble countertops require more maintenance. They are also more prone to etch marks when vinegar or lemon juice is dropped on the countertop. This is not the case with granite countertops. While the etching can be somewhat made less visible by using commercial products, they do not completely remove the etch marks.

Granite Countertops

Granite countertops do not just look aesthetically appealing. They are also more solid compared to marble countertops. On the Mohs scale—which is a scale for measuring the hardness of a substance—granite countertops typically fall between 6 to 7 range. On the other hand, marble countertops generally fall in the 4 to 5 range. This means that granite countertops are more durable as compared to marble countertop and can easily withstand stains.

Similar to marble countertops, granite countertops come in a wide variety of colors. The diverse color option gives homeowners greater flexibility in selecting a countertop for the home. They give a timeless and classic look to a home and greatly increase the property value. The granite rock is generally made of feldspar and quartz which gives the stone a colorful appearance.

Here’s the bottom-line

Form the discussion above, it is clear that the granite countertops are generally a better option as compared to marble countertops. The granite countertops are known for their diverse color options and rugged strength. This makes them the perfect option when selecting a countertop for the home kitchen.

In the end, you must talk with a pro to know about the benefits of installing granite countertops. You can schedule a free, in-home estimate for the granite countertop by visiting Superior Stone & Cabinet website. We can work with you to pick and install the best granite countertop that perfectly complements the interior décor of your beautiful home.

Here’s why you should remodel your bathroom with Superior

For many people, remodeling kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms, offices, and even patios and outdoor spaces comes before the bathroom remodel. After all, it’s hard to get excited about a bathroom, right? It’s a bathroom, after all. It’s not like you’ll spend your whole afternoon in there, or hold a party with chip dip served on the vanity. It’s just not a glamorous place to upgrade.

We’d argue that you should give your bathroom a second thought. In this blog post, Superior will lay out the case for you to remodel your bathroom with us. You’ll give your ideas on remodeling another look—and let your design imagination loose.

If you’re ready to get started, get in contact with us.

remodel your bathroom

Superior can turn your outdated bathroom into the bathroom of your dreams.

You should remodel your bathroom

Let’s start with the master bathroom. This is usually not used by guests, but you use it on a daily basis. You shower there and get ready for the day there. That matters. If your bathroom is old and your shower is horribly outdated and your bathtub is uncomfortable, that matters. At one point or another, we’ve all had that shower that smells kind of funky and that you have to jiggle the handle just right to get the hot water going. It’s time to upgrade.

Even if you can’t picture yourself enjoying a remodeled bathroom, consider your home’s value if you were to sell it. Many buyers today are looking for master bathroom upgrades, especially for the shower and vanity. Bathrooms aren’t quite as important to homebuyers as kitchens (we also specialize in kitchen remodels), but a great bathroom can be the tipping point between “We’ll consider it” and “Let’s make an offer on this house.”

The same principals apply to the guest bathroom. You may not go all-out on the shower in this space, but a great guest bathroom remodel is something that guests to your house will be impressed by, while also boosting your home’s value.

Looking for even more ideas? Check out this article from Forbes on things to consider before you have Superior remodel your bathroom.

Why you should remodel your bathroom with Superior

Here are just a few of the reasons you should plan to remodel your bathroom with Superior Stone & Cabinet:

  • Cost: This is perhaps the most important thing homeowners and property managers alike take into consideration when weighing a bathroom remodel. As one of the largest wholesale suppliers of counters, cabinets, flooring, and bathroom accessories in Phoenix, Superior is able to offer very competitive prices. We directly import our materials from the source, cutting out the middleman to save you money.
  • Selection: You want options. We have them. Our 60,000 square foot warehouse has a mind-boggling amount of bathroom combinations. Best of all, since we carry all the materials you need to remodel your bathroom, Superior is your one-stop-shop. No driving from store to store and dealing with different sales people. We can add everything together and roll your bathroom remodel into one estimate.
  • Quality: Superior has all the materials you need to remodel your bathroom at great prices. But, they’re also high-quality countertops, cabinets, and more. When it comes time for install, our professional install team doesn’t cut any corners putting together your new bathroom. They take care of everything, and have the experience to do good work quickly. The result? We can often remodel your bathroom in little more than a week.

Ready to get started?

Best of all? Superior offers free in-home estimates. That’s right: one of our installers will come to your home to take measurements, give you honest advice, spark ideas, and provide you with a no-obligation estimate.

You can also stop by our showroom at 3479 E University Dr Phoenix, AZ 85034. No appointments are necessary—we’d love to meet with you! Want more information? Give us a call at (602) 437-0088 or contact us online.

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.