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Here’s your complete kitchen remodeling guide

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There are few things more daunting to a homeowner than a kitchen remodeling projects. After all, there’s much to consider and many decisions to make. We’ve put together this kitchen remodeling guide to help assist you in planning your kitchen remodel, making key decisions, and finding the right materials and installation team for the right price.

Start by making a plan

Start by asking yourself the following questions:

  1. How well does your kitchen function now?
  2. How do you use your kitchen?
  3. How much storage do you need?
  4. What kitchen style works for you?
  5. What’s your budget?

Write down the answers on a piece of paper. You might find this helps clarify what you’re looking for going into a full kitchen remodel. Of course, you may have some difficultly with the fifth item. After all, how should you budget for such a project?

Put together your budget

How much should you spend? Well, that’s really up to the size and scope of the work involved. If you’re working on a small remodel with just a few upgrades, you might have the cash-on-hand to complete the project. However, if your project is far more ambitious, a small home-improvement loan from the bank might be in order.

Using the answers you wrote down above, consider what your “line” is. This line is how much you can afford to spend. You don’t want to exceed this, so you’ll want to stick to it as much as possible, and work backwards from there.

Do your research

Now that you’ve determined your budget, it’s time to dive into some research to know just how much you need to budget for this kind of project.

Here’s some things to ask about:

  • Warranties
  • Return Policies
  • Reviews

While you’re at it, you should also look at, or ask, how durable the products are. One cabinet or countertop might be slightly cheaper, but if it is less durable, you may end up spending more money down the road to repair or replace it.

Again, this depends on your needs. If you’re a property manager, some wear-and-tear on countertops and cabinets may be expected and therefore acceptable if it means you’re getting the expected return-on-investment out of the project. Homeowners, on the other hand, are less concerned with ROI and more concerned with things that last.

Your guide to cabinets

Cabinets are the center point of focus for your new kitchen. There are many different styles, colors, and options for your kitchen cabinets. It’s important to have done your research and know what your tastes are.

Consider your space when picking cabinets. Dark cabinets will make a small space feel smaller. Conversely, too much white in your space may make your kitchen feel sterile. Some color contrast can be appealing, but make sure your cabinets, flooring, backsplash, and countertops will complement each other.

Selecting cabinets for your space

Consider your space and what you can do with it.

  • How many cabinets will you need?
  • Do you plan to keep the same floorplan?
  • Do you need a new floorplan?
  • Do you need both upper and lower cabinets?

If you have some ideas on the answers to these questions in advance, that’s great for our team to know. If not, no worries: when we meet for your free in-home estimate, we can help you figure things out.

Once these issues have been resolved, it’s time to move onto some questions regarding aesthetics:

  • Quaker style vs. Modern
  • Wood vs Veneer
  • Glass doors or solid panels
  • Color vs stain
  • Finished vs unfinished

Having old cabinets removed

If you are replacing your cabinets with new ones, you’ll need to remove the old cabinets. This is a big project and will create a lot of mess. Here’s some things to consider if you’re removing your own cabinets:

  • Start with wearing the appropriate safety gear.
  • You may want to rent a roll-off dumpster for the project. Factor that cost into your overall budget.
  • Cabinets are generally screwed into the wall, the floor, the countertop, and to each other. You’ll need to locate all the screws and remove them before attempting to remove the cabinet. This will prevent damage to your floors and walls.
  • You may be able to preserve the cabinets enough to donate them as well.

Having new cabinets installed

For your new cabinets, you’re probably going to want a pro to help you. Have one of our installers install your new kitchen cabinets.

Choosing cabinet hardware

After installing new cabinets, you may be in the market for new hardware. When picking new hardware it’s important to consider the colors or your kitchen, your whole home, and the style of your cabinets.

Traditional cabinets may not look as appealing with modern hardware and vice versa. Also, keep in mind that a kitchen with chrome finishes will clash with brass hardware on the cabinets.

Likewise, a home with outdated or gold-colored door hardware may clash with a chrome kitchen. If you’re investing in a new style, you should consider updating the rest of your home (especially adjoining rooms!) to match your new kitchen.

Everything to know about countertops

Granite or quartz countertops are the statement piece of your kitchen. They tie the whole kitchen together in color and style.

Selecting your new countertops

As with new cabinets, don’t lose focus on the size of your kitchen—or your budget—when choosing countertops. An already-small kitchen may feel even tighter and more restraining with dark countertops installed. More kitchen, more problems, too: if you have a lot of counter space, it’s going to take up more of your kitchen remodeling budget.

Consider your family’s lifestyle and needs when choosing a countertop style. Certain countertops are stain-resistant, while others stain easily. Likewise, some countertops are more hygienic compared to others.

Kitchen flooring

Let’s be honest: flooring is an afterthought for some kitchen remodeling projects. For some, it’s essential. For others, they want to keep their current tile, or have already replaced the flooring. If you’re in the former camp, choosing flooring can be a challenge, no matter which category your project falls into.

The first step is deciding which flooring will work best for your space and your family. Hardwood floors are in style right now, but in families with children or in high-traffic kitchens, the hardwood may be quickly damaged. Also, watch that water-resistance: spilled drinks and water from the sink are big problems in the kitchen.

Who will be using your kitchen?

We know that hardwood floors throughout your home may be your dream, but that may not be very reasonable. Hardwood floors are especially susceptible to water damage, so putting hardwood floors in a kitchen is not the best idea for families with young children.

Families with older children or couples with no children may be better candidates for hardwood flooring in the kitchen. Bear in mind, water damage can happen to anyone.

High traffic kitchens may also be poor candidates for hardwood flooring. Families that spend a lot of time in their kitchen may want to consider a more durable choice.

Selecting the right flooring for your kitchen

After considering your family and your habits, it’s time to choose the right flooring. If hardwood flooring still sounds like an unbeatable option, you may consider a high-traffic and waterproof laminate alternative.

Moulding and trim

Depending on the age of your home, moulding, trim, and millwork may be things to think about. Moulding and trim add a finishing style that makes your home look more elegant and polished. Consider purchasing moulding or trim to make your kitchen feel finished.

Of course, this greatly depends on the style and age of your kitchen. Many of the homes here in Phoenix have simplified moulding and trim; you may not need a lot of work or investment in this area unless you own a historic home. (Even then, be sure to check with local ordinances and laws regarding what you can change about the interior of a historic property here in the Valley!)

Lighting

Lighting can turn a drab and dreary kitchen into something far more exciting and invigorating. Here’s how you can find the perfect lighting for your home and kitchen remodel project:

Picking your light fixtures

When choosing lighting for your home, consider the size and style of your kitchen and your home. Large light fixtures can make a small kitchen feel smaller, while a small light fixture can make a large kitchen seem dark.

Farm-style kitchens work with iron, bronze, and glass light fixtures. In contrast, modern kitchens make good use of combinations of chrome, steel, and glass.

Replacing your light fixtures as part of your remodel

After picking your new light fixtures, it’s time to install them. The first step is removing the old light fixtures. If you’re nervous about this, please don’t hesitate to hire a licensed electrician. However, if you’re forging ahead, ensure that all the electrical for the circuit is turned off. Remove the lightbulbs from the fixture and carefully remove everything.

Anything that requires major rewiring should really be done by a professional electrician, who will have the training and equipment needed to make the changes you’re seeking.

Adding some extras that go a long way

Some projects feel incomplete without the cherry-on-top to tie the kitchen design together. Let’s dive in:

Wallpaper

Wallpaper is making a big comeback in home design, and some Valley homes are now returning to the styles popularized in the 50s, 60s, and even 70s. Whether you’re adding or removing wallpaper, make sure that your plans fit in with what you’re doing for the rest of the home.

Backsplash

More modern than wallpaper, backsplashes are now popular in kitchens, where they can add a pop or color or style to a space. In fact, it’s the final decorative item to match your countertops and your cabinets. Of course, it’s not just for the eyes: a backsplash will prevent food and water from damaging your walls.

To choose the right backsplash, again consider the size, style, and color of your kitchen. A plain kitchen may look good with a brighter and more decorative backsplash, while a festive kitchen may become overwhelming with a busy backsplash. Also, a small kitchen may feel smaller with a dark or busy backsplash.

Consider also the style and color of your countertops, flooring, and cabinets. Take samples of your colors and materials when picking your backsplash to see how the colors, styles, and textures will look together.

Keep in mind, tile is not your only option for a backsplash. You may also consider glass, aluminum, or stone.

How to install a backsplash

When you have chosen the perfect backsplash for your new kitchen, it’s time to install the backsplash. Installation may vary based on the material you chose for your backsplash. Aluminum backsplashes may require only some glue and a few screws, while glass, stone, and tile require grout and tile cement.

You’ll need a level, tile spacers, and patience to complete this part of the process. You may also need a tile cutter to complete your backsplash depending on the style of backsplash you chose.

If installing a backsplash seems overwhelming, you may need to do more research or hire a contractor to complete this part of your kitchen remodel. The backsplash may take a few days to complete depending on the style of your kitchen and backsplash you chose.

It’s time to get started

As we mentioned at the start: a kitchen remodel is a big project. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, just take a pause. It’s time to call in the professionals.

Six signs you should replace your commercial kitchen counters

Functional countertops are a necessity in a commercial kitchen, but how do you know when you need to replace your commercial kitchen countertops? In this blog, we’ll review the six signs that you should have your old countertops replaced with new granite or quartz counters.

Running a business is a matter of balancing what you need with what you can afford. When it’s time to replace your commercial kitchen counters, you should make the call to (or visit!) Superior Stone & Cabinet. We can help you find counters that are in your business’ budget, yet meet your needs. See some of our recent commercial projects.

6 signs you should replace your commercial kitchen countertops

#1. Your laminate counters are a decade old or more

Laminate is only supposed to last about ten years or so. If your laminate counters are older than that, you should consider new granite or quartz counters when budgeting for commercial office kitchen upgrades.

#2. Your counters are chipped, cracked, or gouged

All commercial business countertops are subject to damage over time with normal wear-and-tear. Laminate countertops are susceptible to damage from knives or other sharp kitchen implements, as well as delamination over time, while granite countertops can be chipped or cracked by heavy impact.

#3. Your counters are out of style

While perfectly serviceable, laminate countertops went out of fashion about 15 years ago. Granite and quartz give your kitchen an elegant, timeless look that will last for decades.

#4. Your counters look dirty even when they’re not

You’re probably already aware of the value of first impressions, so this is particularly important when your counters are visible to customers, i.e., at front of store. Regardless of what it’s made of, a countertop that’s especially speckled could give the impression of being dirty even when you employ impeccable cleanliness standards.

#5. Your counters are stained or burned

While you may use the most diligent methods you can think of to remove a stain or a burn mark, if you cannot do so, you may need to replace your commercial kitchen counters. While they may not impede your work, these telltales also reflect badly on your business, giving an impression of carelessness or negligence.

#6. Your counters have water damage

When countertop laminate has been punctured by a sharp implement, water can get into the crack or crevice. The water can seep under the laminate and cause it to bubble.

Is it time to replace your commercial kitchen counters? Call Superior Stone & Cabinet!

At Superior Stone and Cabinet, we can help you determine when it’s time to replace your commercial kitchen countertops. For questions about our products and services, contact us today!

Invest your tax refund in your home with new counters, cabinets, and floors

It’s tax season, and this is the time of year where a vast majority of Americans receive a tax refund.

There are many things you can do with your refund. However, instead of buying a new car or taking a vacation, we’d argue that you should consider new counters, cabinets, or floors. In fact, making upgrades to your home is one of the most prudent things you can do with your refund.

Superior Stone & Cabinet is your source for granite, quartz, cabinets, and floors here in Phoenix. We offer free in-home estimates in the Valley, and we have everything, all in one place, at our 60,000 warehouse and showroom. To see our selection and meet with home remodeling experts, visit us today!

Pictured: If you're planning on getting a tax refund this season, consider reinvesting it in home upgrades.Spend your tax refund the right way

The biggest misconception about tax refunds are that they’re a form of “free money,” akin to a work bonus or gambling winnings. Not really: your refund is your money, being returned to you in a lump sum format. Unfortunately, this often leads people to make poor spending decisions with their refunds.

In reality, it’s best to be judicious with your use of your tax refund. Most experts advise paying down debt or spending it on things that keep their value. In this blog, we’ll be making the case for the latter option: by reinvesting your refund in your home, you’ll permanently boost its value, while also transforming it into something you can enjoy in the present.

Improve your home’s value

Most experts agree: your kitchens and bathrooms are the best places to invest in upgrades, as they’ll have the biggest impact on your home value and your home’s curb appeal. After all, you know this just from experience: when your friends and family come over, there’s a lot of time spent together in the kitchen.

By reinvesting your tax refund into your home in the form of kitchen remodeling and bathroom remodeling, you’ll be boosting your home’s value when you’re ready to sell.

This may be a seller’s market here in Phoenix, but buyers are more discerning than ever about what their future kitchens and bathrooms should look like. Having a modern, stylish kitchen or bathroom could make the difference between selling your home fast and at asking price, or not.

Create a more enjoyable space for you and your family

Of course, making upgrades to your home doesn’t have to be a completely utilitarian exercise. Even if you’re not planning on selling your home, you can still use your tax refund to transform your kitchen and bathrooms into spaces you’ll enjoy for decades to come.

No matter what your current kitchen or bathroom looks like, Superior can help. For example, our team recently transformed a Mesa home into a space the homeowner could enjoy for years to come. With new cabinets, counters, floors, and some other design upgrades, we created a modern, stylish, and usable space.

For a free estimate, call Superior Stone & Cabinet

Whether you’re interested in new floors, cabinets, or countertops, Superior Stone & Cabinet can help. We offer free estimates, and we can help you realize your remodeling dreams. Give us a call to schedule a free in-home estimate here in the Phoenix metro, or visit our conveniently located showroom.

How upgrading your kitchen and bathroom can improve your home value

Every decision a homeowner makes has to take two things into consideration: do I like this, and will the person who one day buys the house from me like this?

This is a strong deterrent against painting your walls seafoam green, but the opportunity to improve your home value is also a great reason to have Superior Stone & Cabinet upgrade your kitchen and bathroom.

In this blog, we’ll review the top things you can do as a homeowner to improve your home’s long-term value while simultaneously creating something you and your family will enjoy in the present.

Start in the kitchen

Most experts agree that the kitchen is the place to start when you’re looking to add value to your home. In hot seller’s markets—like the one here in Phoenix—the upgrade can easily pay for itself in a rise in your home’s value.

Why is the kitchen the best place to make changes?

It’s partially because kitchen design trends have changed so much since the early-to-mid 90s. Granite and quartz countertops have become popular, backsplash tile is in, cabinets have gone generally toward new colors and options, and linoleum is getting swapped out for tile or laminate.

What kind of upgrades should you make?

If nothing else, focus on counters and cabinets. These are the highly visible parts of your kitchen, and improvements here will instantly give your home more “pop” when it’s being shown off to prospective buyers.

You’ll have some decisions to make. What type of countertop? Should you add cabinet organization? Of course, the design and remodeling experts at Superior Stone & Cabinet can help. More on that in a second.

Have the funds for something bigger? You can consider opening up your kitchen, which is a popular trend at the moment and makes your home feel more roomy and welcoming.

Move on to the master bathroom

Most homes have “master” bathroom located off the main bedroom. Remodel this next. Prospective buyers will want a stunning master bathroom that they can use and admire on a daily basis.

Tackle that shower project

Superior Stone & Cabinet can help you create the perfect shower for your home. We have the right materials in our 60,000 SQ/FT warehouse and showroom for any shower design, including a wide variety of shower tile.

Creating a modern shower with upgraded faucets and fixtures can really pay off when you go to put your home on the market. This is something realtors and buyers are looking for in used homes.

Upgrade your bathroom counters and cabinets

Bathroom counters and cabinets can significantly increase the visual appeal of your bathroom, and the corresponding value of your home.

Keep up with the arms race

You may not think you need upgrades to improve your home value. After all, home prices are going up based on your location here in the Valley.

Here’s what you have to think about, though: even in a seller’s market, homeowners are in an arms race against their neighbors and people many blocks away. If your house is outdated compared to other houses in your price range, you’re going to be in a tough spot.

By investing in your home value today, you can ensure that—when you go to sell your home in the future—you’ll get the most out of it.

Call or visit Superior Stone for ideas, materials, and more

Superior Stone & Cabinet is your one-stop-shop for everything you need to remodel your kitchen or bathroom in Phoenix. If you’re thinking about upgrading your home—either for future sale or for your personal enjoyment—contact us or visit our conveniently located showroom.

Granite slab versus prefabricated granite: which is better?

Granite is a popular and preferred material for countertops because of its durability and stone-like visual appeal. However, many homeowners are unsure whether to go with granite slab versus prefabricated granite. In this blog, we’ll review what makes these countertop types different, and what you need to know going into your project.

If you’re in the market for granite (or quartz!) countertops, be sure to check out our first-time buyer’s guide.

Prefabricated Granite

Prefabricated granite is still granite. It’s just been cut to standard sizes before being shipped to the distributor. They are suitable in situations where multiple pieces are required and all the pieces must be of the same size. Installing a prefabricated stone is much easier and faster as compared to a custom cut slab.

While they look and feel similar to custom granite slabs, they are available in a narrow range of sizes. They offer no customization options since they are prefabricated. Selecting a prefabricated stone is suitable when they can fit in the existing space.

As we discussed recently, prefabricated granite is certainly a great choice for office and commercial settings.

Custom Granite Slab

Custom granite slabs are custom-cut pieces made according to the requirements of the clients. They are more expensive to install than prefabricated pieces since they need to be cut down to the size needed. In most cases, custom granite slabs are perfect for non-standard kitchens that have unusual countertop needs and sizes.

Some homeowners choose customer granite slab versus prefabricated granite because they like having more customization options when it comes to edges, seals, and more.

Learn more about how granite countertops are cut and made.

Granite slab versus prefabricated granite: what’s the difference?

The main difference between the two is price. Since prefabricated granite is mass-produced with no customization, it’s generally less expensive than a custom granite slab. If you’re willing to have less customization options, you’ll be able to get a better deal with prefabricated granite.

Let’s get this out of the way: most homeowners, homebuyers, or anyone short of being a countertop expert cannot tell the difference between prefabricated granite and granite slab once each is installed. If anything, quality is determined by the cost and origin of the granite—not the manufacturing style.

So, which is better?

Truth be told, that depends on the buyer, the context, the budget, the home, and a number of other factors. Superior Stone & Cabinet carries and installs both prefabricated granite and granite slabs. We’ve seen customers happy with both types.

If you’re interested in granite counters, but you’re still deciding between granite slab versus prefabricated granite, start by giving our team a call to schedule a free in-home estimate here in the Phoenix metro. Or, come visit our showroom.

Our friendly team will help you find the countertops that are right for your home and budget.

How to choose from the multiple kitchen countertop materials out there

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

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

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

Granite

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

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

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

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

Quartz

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

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

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

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

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

Other, less common countertop materials

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

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

Stainless steel countertops

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

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

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

Laminate countertops

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

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

Wood countertops

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

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

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

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

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

Your countertops buyer’s guide

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

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

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

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

#2. Understand different types of countertops

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

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

#3. Consider mixing countertop materials

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

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

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

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

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

A Guide To Deciding Between Granite And Quartz

Deciding Between Granite and QuartzAre you trying to pick what kind of countertops you’ll put into your home? Deciding between granite and quartz can be tricky. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through a few things to consider, and also provide a comparison to a pricier option: marble.

Natural stone, but which kind?

Most people get confused when selecting a kitchen countertop due to the availability of different options in terms of material. When it comes to countertops for the kitchen, the best option is to go for natural stone as they look gorgeous and striking in appearance.

Of all the natural stone countertops, the most popular one for the kitchen include granite, marble, and quartz. All these natural stones have more similarities than differences. But, they have certain characteristics that makes one better than the other.

Here, we will take a close look at some of the features of the granite, marble, and quartz countertops so that you can make up your mind as to which of them offer the best value for you. Consider this your guide to deciding between granite and quartz.

Cost

The prices of all the three natural stone countertops are somewhat similar. Granite countertops generally cost anywhere in the range of $100 to $225 per square foot from most places. However, Superior carries granite countertops installed starting at $29.99 per square foot!

Marble countertops cost slightly higher anywhere from $125 to $250. Quartz countertops are generally the cheapest of the three natural stone countertops costing from $100 to $128 per square foot. Again, Superior offers superior prices on quartz countertops.

Appearance

When it comes to appearance, all the three natural stone countertops look gorgeous in the kitchen. However, granite and marble countertops have a slight edge. They are available in a number of variations in colors and hues. You can find the countertops in a variety of colors that range from medium to dark shades.

The patterns of the granite and marble countertops are also varied with veins running through them. For instance, one gray-pink slab might contain dark blue veins while the other may have rosy-red veins. As a result, you will have more choice when it comes to selecting a countertop to match with the interior décor of the house.

Quartz countertops are generally uniform in pattern and color. They don’t have random markings similar to granite or marble countertops. That being said, countertops made of quartz are easier to match up with the seams while granite and marble countertops show variation in their natural design so are difficult to match.

Ruggedness

Quartz countertops are generally more rugged and strong as compared to granite or marble countertops. They are non-porous as well that makes them resistant to stain, germ, and bacteria.

Granite and marble countertops, on the other hand, are non-porous. This means that they are more vulnerable to spills and stains. Also, these countertops require sealing at least once a year which is not the case with quartz countertops.

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

The above discussion about the three popular natural stone countertops will surely have made it easy for you to select the best one for your kitchen. Keep in mind that you must have the countertops installed by a professional contractor.

If you want more information about the best countertops for the kitchen, you can contact Superior Stone & Cabinet.

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.