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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.

Here are 6 tips for caring for your laminate flooring

Laminate wood flooring not only looks attractive, but is durable as well. The flooring is easy to maintain and take care of. In this article, we’ll share some tips for keeping your laminate flooring in perfect shape for years to come. Be sure to call us at Superior Stone & Cabinet with any questions you have!

Laminate wood flooring

1. Use a microfiber mop to clean up

You should use a microfiber mop to clean your laminate wood flooring. This type of mop can easily glide across the floor and pick up pet hair without much difficulty.

The swiveled head of the microfiber mop makes it easy to clean large areas. They can easily go under chairs and tables. What’s more, the mop requires considerably less water to clean the floor.

This is good, since laminate flooring can easily bend if exposed to water. Learn more about how laminate wood flooring interacts with water.

2. Pick concentrated cleaners for your laminate wood flooring

When it comes to cleaning products for laminate flooring, you should only use concentrated cleaners. Avoid using cleaners that require you to add water to the floor, for the reasons listed above.

3. Avoid using vacuum cleaners that contain a beater bar

If you use a vacuum cleaner to clean your laminate flooring, you should avoid using one that contains a beater bar. Using the vacuum cleaner with a beater bar can damage your flooring.

Also, you should consider sweeping with a broom in the direction that the floor is laid. This will help in collecting the dust stuck in between the grooves.

4. Put down protective pads and floor mats

Another piece of important advice for the care of laminate wood flooring is placing protective pads under the furniture. Also, you should consider placing high-quality floor mats at exits and entrances. The mats can collect dust, oil, sand, asphalt, and grit that can damage the flooring.

It’s also recommended to place mats and rugs in high-traffic areas near kitchen sinks, vanities, and stoves. This will help you reduce the wear-and-tear on your floors.

5. Use ice to clean gum and wax

In order to clean chewing gum or candle wax from laminate flooring, you should harden the spot using ice. Be careful not to let the ice melt too much, which could introduce water to the surface. Next, you should use a plastic scraper to remove them from the floor. Make sure that you don’t scratch the surface when using the scraper. Finally, you should wipe the area clean with a damp cloth.

6. Here’s what to avoid using on your floors

Following the above tips will help keep your flooring looking great for years. Routine maintenance will help you avoid damage to your laminate flooring. When it comes to taking care of the flooring, you should avoid using oil, polish, wax, shine enhancers, detergents and varnish. Also, never use spray mops, power cleaners, or steam cleaners, as they can damage the flooring.

Learn more about laminate wood flooring by calling us!

If you want to know more about laminate flooring, you can contact Superior Stone and Cabinet.  We have a large selection of flooring that you can select according to your budget and preferences.

What’s the best kitchen cabinet varnish for your home?

Kitchen Cabinet Varnish optionsIn this article, we will discuss different types of varnishes, and how to select the best one for your home kitchen cabinet.

What is a varnish?

Varnish is a generic term that refers to topcoat finishes that provide durability as well as corrosion and heat resistance to a surface. An unfinished kitchen cabinet requires a varnish to be applied to the surface.

Different types of varnishes

Varnishes provide a protective coating to the kitchen cabinet. Many different types of varnishes can be applied on the kitchen cabinetry. All the different types of varnishes can be grouped into two types: oil-based and water-based.

Traditionally, varnishes were made of oil and resin. These varnishes create a hard and resistant surface once they have dried. Oil-based varnishes, on the other hand, are more durable than water-based varnishes. However, water-based varnishes dry more quickly after application. Also, they have a low odor level, which is important if applying inside the home.

Today, most manufacturers either apply polyurethane or catalyzed varnishes. Polyurethane varnishes can be used on both unfinished and painted surfaces. They can be either water- or oil-based.

Applying the varnish on the wood is in effect sealing it with plastic. The plastic is tough that creates an impenetrable barrier on the surface. They tend to create a glossier finish to the kitchen cabinet. The varnish makes the surface super resistant to water and chemicals. You can select satin, low-gloss, or high gloss finishes.

Catalyzed varnishes contain a catalyst that accelerates the drying process after application. The fast acting varnishes are harder, more durable, and boast of improved corrosion resistance. They are transparent and protect the wood from damage due to cleaners and household chemicals.

The kitchen cabinets on which catalyzed varnishes are applied retain the sheen and original paint color. It is more expensive than lacquer but also more elastic that provides remedy against expansion and contraction of the joints.

So, how do you decide what type of kitchen cabinet varnish is right for your home?

Start by giving the pros at Superior Stone & Cabinet a call. We offer free in-home estimates on new kitchen cabinets. We’ll help you pick out the right style and color for your cabinets.

Experts state that a person should consider different factors when selecting a varnish for the kitchen cabinet. There is no one type of varnish that is best for every cabinet. Some of the factors that you need to consider include the presence of excess moisture, exposure to air borne pollutants, presence of excess natural light, UV exposure, drying time, durability requirement, and finished appearance.

That’s what makes an in-home estimate a good choice.

Need kitchen cabinet varnish advice? Contact the pros at Superior Stone & Cabinet!

If you’re still confused about which varnish is best for your kitchen cabinet, you should contact our professional team at Superior Stone and Cabinet.

We have a team of experts who can guide you in making the right decision regarding kitchen cabinet varnish. We can also help you in selecting a new kitchen cabinet that best source your budget and preferences.

Contact us today for a free in-home estimation for the installation of kitchen cabinets.