If you’re in the middle of remodeling your kitchen or bath, you’ve probably come across the difficult decision of choosing the perfect countertops. There’s plenty of options with the abundance of laminate, wood and even resin selections.
Though these options seem like great ideas for a DIY home makeover, the upkeep can quickly become expensive. That’s why we not only suggest but specialize in quartz and granite countertops. Let’s dive into why granite and quartz countertops are a popular choice for homes all over the Phoenix area.
Granite is an ideal choice for natural stone countertops throughout Arizona homes. Granite counters work great for both kitchens and bathrooms due to the heat resistance and easy care. Granite slabs also consistently fit the current home remodeling trends like biophilic themes that encourage water friendly spaces.
Natural granite stone is a high-quality option that’s cost efficient in the long run since it’s easy to upkeep. There’s also a wide range of granite countertop colors that easily mesh with any décor. With the extraction process, it’s also easy to produce large slabs of this countertop material to create a seamless design.
One of the best reasons to use this material is you can clean granite countertops with basic dish soap and a sponge. This means you don’t have to buy extra cleaning supplies for this natural stone countertop material. By avoiding harsh solutions like vinegar and bleach you can keep your counters beautiful for years to come.
Your sophisticated granite countertops can even withstand the constant placement of hot plates and pans. We do advise that you reseal your countertops every 1-2 years, especially if you’re using harsh chemicals.
There are also several types of granite to choose from in different colorways. You’ll find many variations of black, white, gray and other unique colors.
Some of the beautiful classic and unique slabs we carry in our granite inventory include:
- Blue Pearl
- Black Galaxy
- Bianco Antico
- Breccia Sarda
- Crema Marfil
You can find many more granite or marble designs for your kitchen countertops in Phoenix, AZ from our wholesale inventory.
Many kitchen designers love to use quality quartz slabs for counters because they are both versatile and extremely durable. With a variety of custom designs quartz can easily match any home décor and style.
Man-made quartz slabs are made by binding grounded natural quartz with a strong resin. This process makes the slabs suitable for heavy use in kitchen areas and bathrooms alike. Also, Quartz countertops don’t stain easily due to the non-porous surface.
Another reason why so many Arizona homeowners choose quartz slabs for their home renovations is because of the variety of designs. There’s a much larger variety of quartz countertop colors that you won’t see in natural stone materials.
Some of the unique quartz slab colors and designs you’ll find at AZ Royal Granite include:
- Hana Sky
- Carrara Breeze
- Calacatta Gold
Clients love that these specific colors imitate the look of natural marble stone without the difficult upkeep. Much like granite, you can easily clean quartz countertops with a little dish soap, and they’re scratch resistant. They also prevent bacteria build up due to the nonporous surface and require even less maintenance since they don’t need to be sealed.
The only factor you might want to keep in mind is they’re less heat resistant. That means repeatedly placing hot plates and pans on quartz slabs can cause damage to the surface. You should also be advised not to use any harsh cleaners with high acidity like bleach or vinegar on quartz countertops.
Choosing granite or quartz for your countertops has a plethora of benefits. But in case you’re not sold on those materials yet, here’s some other potential countertop candidates. Though most are beautiful in design, many are made of softer, less durable materials that welcome scratches, stains, and water damage.
Though beautiful, and mostly durable, butcher block countertops require a little more maintenance compared to other countertop materials. The price per square foot is also wallet friendly, but you might end up paying that later in refinishing costs or oiling. They’re also susceptible to stains, cracks, and separation.
With that in mind, going with a wood look tile might be more sensible for your biophilic bathroom or kitchen surface that regularly encounters water.
Laminate countertops can be a popular choice due to their low cost and easy installation. However, it doesn’t increase your home’s value the way natural stone does, and you risk more long-term maintenance. With this countertop material you risk scratching, splitting, and scuffs.
Laminate materials also run the risk of water damage. Limiting seams can help prevent this issue, but laminate countertops still don’t have a water friendly design like most natural stone and quartz slabs.
Due to their nature, concrete countertops are easy to customize in both shape and color. The downside of this new trend is that concrete is susceptible to stains even after using sealants and wax. It also takes time to create these surfaces as they need to be both casted and cured before use.
Synthetic or “solid surface” counters can come in acrylic or polyester based designs. Though this type of counter does share the nonporous characteristic of quartz slabs, synthetic countertops aren’t very durable. They fall victim to scratches, dents, and heat making them less suitable for kitchen countertops.
Where to Find Slabs for Your Arizona Home
You can find gorgeous quartz and granite countertops for your home right here in Arizona! AZ Royal Granite has installed stylish countertops for both bathrooms and kitchens throughout Phoenix and Flagstaff. Check out our amazing portfolio of designs in our gallery.
Once you’re done looking through our work, browse our inventory online, choose a slab, then contact us at 602.405.5558 for a free quote! You can also stop by our beautiful showrooms in Phoenix and Flagstaff. Call to schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable designers today.