The Best (and Worst!) Commercial Countertops

As a business owner or property manager, you know that commercial buildings have different needs from residential properties. That’s true for everything from the flooring to the plumbing to the roof. But do consider, putting modern comforts into your office space is not hard to do. That’s why Best Granite For Less offers various types of commercial office countertops.

Today, we will run through the best countertops for commercial offices and business spaces. From the needs of small businesses to larger enterprises, Best Granite For Less is your source for quality countertop installation here in the South Florida.

The top of choice for commercial office countertops

Increasingly, employees in a commercial office setting have come to expect amenities that they’re used to seeing in their own homes. This includes full kitchens where employees can prepare and eat food, as well as places where they can take breaks. This may also include a coffee bar café style setting. Also consider reception areas that customers will encounter. First impressions are lasting impressions!

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If you’re a property manager, here are the two types of commercial office countertops that can help your property attract the right type of business tenants:

Granite countertops

Many people think of granite as the “king of countertops.” It’s versatile and modern enough to be used in a variety of settings, and it looks just as great in an office setting as it does in the home. It’s striking and conveys cleanliness and upscale amenities.

Granite countertops are easy to care for and clean, and they are very durable and can take abuse from knives, kitchen appliances, and hot objects. If you’re constructing a commercial space with countertops, this is an important feature, since you don’t want to be replacing your countertops every time a tenant moves out.

Granite is not as expensive as you might think especially for a larger project we can offer a bulk discount. Best Granite For Less buys our Granite in bulk, straight from the quarry. By cutting out the middleman and processing large orders, we can save you serious money on new granite countertops for your commercial project.

Quartz countertops

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White Quartz Restaurant Bar

You’ve probably seen Quartz countertops before without explicitly realizing that they’re Quartz. This can be a great option for a countertop in a trendy, modern office space or restaurant bar. Many offices use quartz: it’s durable, relatively inexpensive, and clean-looking. It matches the desired decor of the 21st-century office space. Used in an interior installation it can provide a durable surface that lasts for years but is not recommended if used in an area that hot objects will be placed on the counters. See our post “10 Startling Fact About Granite VS Quartz

If you’re a property manager deciding between granite and quartz, think about the desired aesthetics of the prospective tenants you want to attract. Granite matches the feel of law firms and doctor’s offices. Quartz just feels right in the office of tech startups and small businesses. Ask your current tenants what they think!

Two countertop types’ commercial offices should probably avoid

Not all countertops are the right fit for commercial spaces and offices. Here are two that you should probably steer clear of when you’re shopping for new commercial office countertops:

Marble

Marble is classical and elegant. It’s beautiful and truly unlike any other type of countertop. However, it’s not as durable as Granite or Quartz when it comes to discoloration or stains.

In a residential setting, this might not matter as much: many homeowners place marble in bathrooms where it won’t see too much use. Obviously, your office kitchen gets a lot more foot traffic.

In addition, marble can get pricey at the volume needed in commercial settings. If you want the look of marble, talk to the team here at Best Granite For Less. We may be able to find you a granite countertop that resembles marble so that you can have the best of both worlds.

Plastic

Plastic is incredibly appealing because it’s often the most cost-effective means of adding countertops to a commercial office. However, it’s just not durable enough for this type of use.

Knife nicks, burns, stains, discoloration, cracking—in a residential setting, plastic can go the way of the dinosaurs fast. But, in a commercial setting where office kitchens see a ton of traffic and use, that plastic countertop is going to need to be replaced really quickly. It might be the cheap solution now but in the long run it will cost you more…

Call Best Granite For Less to learn about our commercial office countertops options. We can recommend the best solution for your unique installation keeping your budget and your tenants in mind.

Still not sure what countertops are right for your office or commercial building? Give us a call at (954) 420-3134 or contact us online using the form below. We’re happy to answer your questions about countertops!

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10 STARTLING FACTS ABOUT GRANITE VS QUARTZ YOU NEED TO KNOW NOW

We will be discussing man-made Quartz slab versus Granite in this article.

This post is in response to our previously released post “Granite Versus Quartzite” released on June 16th.


Many questions are coming up regarding Quartz countertop material and actual Quartzite stone. Quartz slab countertop is a manmade material manufactured using ground up aggregate of Quartz and bound together using resin. Quartzite stone is natural quarried slab just like Granite.

Do you have a burning desire for new countertops but can’t decide between granite and quartz?

It may seem like an impossible choice. After all, both come in a gorgeous selection of colors and patterns and both make an incredibly durable work surfaces. However, if you talk to the real experts, the fabricators, most will be quick to tell you granite is a better choice than quartz.

1. Granite is More Durable Than Quartz

While it’s true that both are durable, it depends on the kind of abuse you throw at the two materials.

Do you cook or bake in your kitchen or is it more of a gathering place?

Most of us do cook in our new kitchens and on a daily basis we are cutting, handling hot pots and pans, moving heavy mixing bowls, and using small appliances like stand mixers and crockpots. You need to compare how each material holds up to accidents and flat out abuse. Both countertop materials have pros and cons.

2. Quartz Will Literally Burn Under a Hot Pot

Granite is formed in intense heat and is naturally impervious to high temperatures. Hot pots and pans won’t damage the surface, though they may damage any sealant on them.

Hot Pot Burned Quartz Countertop

Quartz, on the other hand, isn’t nearly as heat resistant. Even Silestone, the best selling engineered stone manufacturer in the world tells you to NEVER place hot objects on their products.

This quote: “It is always recommended to use a hot pad or trivet when placing hot objects on the surface” comes directly from their website.

The resins used to give it flexibility and shape will warp and melt under high temperatures. Low quality brands have been known to discolor under crock pots and electric skillets, so if you want put hot pans directly on the counter, cross quartz off your list.

3. Quartz Scratches Easier Than Granite

The same resin that makes Quartz susceptible to damage from heat also makes it more likely to scratch.

While it’s not easily scratched under normal use, it’s definitely more likely than granite to see scratches from dropped pans or slipping knives.

Granite, the tough, rugged stone that it is, can handle you cutting vegetable directly on its’ surface. It’s so durable that it will actually dull your knives so invest in a good wood cutting board. Best Granite For Less provides granite cutting boards made from you remnant granite slab material for free.

4. Granite Chips Can Easily Be Repaired

Granite Chip Repair Example

Accidents happen–dishes fall out of cabinets, kids drop things on countertops, adults aren’t much better. I’m sure if you have a heavy handed man in the house you hear things happening in the kitchen that make you cringe. (That would be me…)

If you drop a heavy pot on Granite or whack a corner with a heavy ceramic bowl, it’s more likely to chip than quartz. The problem is that those chips are hard to repair, but granite is fairly easy to fix and you can probably DIY. If you need any repair help Best Granite For Less is here to lend a hand just give us a quick call and we can advise you on the situation 954-420-3134.

Smaller chips and dings are simple to fix now a days, they sell granite repair kits at nearly every big box home improvement store. You can use similar kits with quartz but the repairs are usually more noticeable and hard to polish out.

5. Granite is Easy to Maintain

If granite has a weakness, it’s the fact that it is susceptible to stains because of its composition. Because it’s a natural stone some varieties can be porous, and stains can be a real possibility unless you take 10 minutes out of your day to seal it once or twice a year.

Sealing Granite is easy to do once or twice a year

Because of the man-made resin that is used to glue quartz together it is non-porous, so it’s stain resistant (not stain proof) and super-low maintenance.

Before you assume that this makes quartz superior to granite, consider the very reason it’s non-porous. Remember how it’s made of a resin-stone mix? The same resin that makes it low maintenance also increases its risk of damage and discoloration from the heat of your pots and pans.

Maybe you think that the ratio of resin to natural stone is trivial? Consider this.

The manufacturers claim their slabs contain about 7% resin. What they don’t explain is that the ratio is by weight. The actual volume of resin makes up about 30% to 40% of the finished product. It’s almost appropriate to call them resin countertops instead of quartz.

Sure, sealing your Granite countertop a couple of times per year is work, but a melted countertop from forgetting to use a trivet under a hot pan is a nightmare.

6. Granite is Cheaper Then Quartz

This is probably the first thing most people consider when choosing their countertop.

The final cost of countertops will depend on several factors, but generally, granite countertops cost $40-50 per square foot including installation. Quartz ranges from $50-75 per square foot installed. This difference can really add up if you have a big kitchen. Also consider specially made colors need to be custom manufactured so the cost can be prohibitive form most design experts.

7. Granite is More Environmentally Friendly

At first glance, quartz may seem more environmentally friendly because it can be engineered and manufactured close to where it will be sold. The manufacturing plants also love to boast about how they use recycled materials as well as how they conserve water.

However, both have to be quarried from somewhere–sometimes in the US, but usually overseas–so they are both expending the same amount of energy and resources to get into your kitchen.

Beyond this, quartz requires extra energy and resources since the stone is crushed and non-organic resins are added to basically glue the crushed pieces of stone together.

Granite is literally formed by Mother Nature, cut out of the ground in big blocks, sawn into slabs, and then polished to a shiny surface. It doesn’t get more natural than that. Plus you can’t really replicate the beauty of natural stone with a manmade product.

8. Quartz Expels Less Radon

You may have heard that granite is dangerous to use in countertops because it emits radon gas. Radon is a colorless and odorless radioactive gas that is produced by the breakdown of decaying uranium.

Why do people think radon is in their countertop?

Because it has trace amounts of radioactive materials in it–but so does the soil your home sits on and many other naturally occurring objects like stone and sand in your homes foundation.

The fact is that there is such a minute amount of radioactive material that it poses no threat to people. Even if radon gas is released as the radioactive materials in the stone decay, the released gas mixes with the regular air and is diluted to such weak levels that it poses no threat to people.

Of course, that’s not to say that radon gas isn’t a real problem–it can be, especially if you have cracks in your home’s foundation and holes in your home’s structure that are near the ground. However, radon from granite? There’s just not enough gas expelled to become problematic.

9. Quartz Fades In Sunlight

Very few shades of granite will fade when left in direct sunlight for extended periods of time. This is why stone slabs are often stored outdoors in direct sunlight.

Quartz, however, fades noticeably in as little as a few weeks of direct sunlight, especially the darker colors. Do not place Quartz outdoors in direct UV sunlight or places with UV lighting. If you have a lot of direct sunlight in your kitchen, you should avoid it.

10. Granite Offers More Color Choices

Don’t be fooled by the 10 different options available at Home Depot and Lowes. Head to your local stone yard or even better come in to Best Granite For Less. We are open to the public (following social distancing guidelines) and will literally have hundreds of slabs for you to choose from.

To make matters worse, most stone yards keep very few slabs of quartz in stock. They tend to just have samples for customers to view and choose from. This is a flat out terrible way to pick a countertop because samples don’t necessarily give you a true idea of how the finished product will look.

For granite, you’ll find lots of full slabs to choose from and you can see exactly how your countertops will look because you choose the exact slab and not just a sample. You’ll be able to compare the intricate patterns and subtle color differences before you ever have your countertops designed. If you can’t find exactly what you want the professionals at Best Granite For Less will go the extra mile to find it for you and make sure you are 100% satisfied with your final selection.

Are quartz and granite the only options you’ll consider? We recommend Quartzite as a great alternative as it is a naturally occurring quarried stone with similar propertied to Granite. See our post Granite Versus Quartzite for more details.

Would you like to design an elegant kitchen that fits your budget?

We are here for you. We can discuss all of the possibilities with you, help you select the perfect materials from our extensive available inventory. Best Granite For Less, it’s our name and we stand by it.

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Outdoor Granite Kitchen Countertop Tips


Outdoor kitchens are a wonderful bonus to any home. Whether you like to entertain family or just enjoy spending time in the great outdoors, an outdoor kitchen not only extends your family’s living space, but it also adds value to your home. Cooking is both easier and healthier in an outdoor kitchen as well as smoke and other odors don’t linger.

When it comes to building an outdoor kitchen, some items are a given, for example a stainless steel barbecue grill, a stone fire pit, and teak patio furniture. Using items made from natural elements, like stone and wood, complement the patio feeling of an outdoor kitchen. These items are also earth-friendly, which is always a bonus.

Another item to consider in your outdoor kitchen is the countertop space. You need something that will provide enough area to prepare and serve meals while holding up to harsh weather and extreme temperatures. This is why granite countertops are the first choice for homeowners with outdoor kitchens. Granite is an eco-friendly material that is built to last.

Maintaining Your Outdoor Granite Countertops

Your new granite countertops installed by Best Granite For Less will look fabulous. But how do you keep them looking that way? Talk to us about using a sealer on your countertops. Sunshine and rain will naturally wash away stains from food, but if the surface is absorbent then you will want to apply some kind of sealer to prevent spills from things like wine or mustard from leaving behind a long-term mark.

Otherwise for general cleaning, you should be able to hose off your granite countertops and then use a non-abrasive detergent to remove surface dust and dirt that builds up from pollen, food spills, and other bits of general outdoor grime. A good way to slow down the buildup of gunk on your counters is to leave them covered when not in use if your outdoor kitchen is not covered by any kind of a roof or awning.

Sun, rain, hail, and natural debris (sticks and leaves) will take a toll on your countertops. Just like natural stone that wears down over time from exposure to the elements, granite countertops in an outdoor kitchen will wear down over time, as well. Keeping them covered and having them re-surfaced on an as-necessary basis will go a long way toward extending their longevity.

Not All Granite Counters Offer the Same Performance

Geologically speaking, there are so many types of stones that are commercially sold as “granite” that you want to do your homework before handing over your credit card or writing out a check. Ask your countertop installer if you can test a sample of the slab you like to make sure that it will not be too absorbent or, which is very rare, react to foods or liquids with acidic properties. Best Granite For Less can provide free samples for testing purposes.

Some granite countertops weather faster than others. This means that the shiny polish that makes the countertop look so attractive might wear away at varying lengths of time. This polishing is what brings out the intense colors within the natural granite. Contrary to popular belief the sealing only affects the absorbency, not the appearance.

As mentioned above, if this happens then there is typically no need to replace your entire countertop. There is still hope for your existing granite countertops in your outdoor kitchen or patio. Just arrange to us resurface it and then, depending on its level of absorbency, resealed by the professionals at Best Granite For Less. A lot of installers recommend leaving outdoor granite unsealed, especially if the stone is in a humid or damp environment and frequently exposed to moisture. Not sealing your countertops allows the stone to breathe and keeps moisture from becoming trapped within it.

Summer Heat and Outdoor Granite Countertops

Just because granite can hold up to extreme temperatures does not mean that it is a good idea to leave countertops in an outdoor kitchen exposed to the sun. By mid-afternoon on a hot summer day, the surface of your granite countertop will be hot to the touch. Use some kind of pergola, awning, umbrella, or some other form of shade that will cover as much as the countertop as possible. This makes it more comfortable for standing or sitting near the counter as well.

Lucky for our clients, we live in a location without snow or freezing weather in the winter. This allows us to maintain the quality of the outdoor kitchen and provided use all year long. Depending on your kitchen location (East or West facing) we can provide you with tips for low maintenance ways to prolong the life of your granite countertops.

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Getting The Edge On Granite

Its well know that granite remains one of the most popular premium surfaces selected for kitchen countertops. The natural stone offers durability and beauty, and because it’s natural, creates a one-of-a-kind look, you probably will spend hours of time picking the perfect slab. However, what many don’t realize is that choosing the right countertop edge can be just as important as the color or pattern in your granite countertop. This detail is not something that should be thought of last minute or even during the installation process since it is a feature you will see and feel and live with for years to come.

Whether your space is simple or elaborate, the edge you choose can fit in with your style like a missing puzzle piece or look completely out of place. There are many edging options available beyond the familiar Bullnose, so something besides the rounded edge may bring out your stone’s beauty even more and also function better for your lifestyle. Best Granite For Less can be a valuable asset from our years of experience, when selecting the right countertop edge. Here are some things to consider about countertop edges for your beautiful granite slab.

Consider Your Budget

With remodeling, it can be very easy to go over budget. To help keep you in your targeted range, you should factor in the edging price with the total cost of your granite. Different edge options have different prices, and it varies depending on the intricacy and complexity of the countertop edge. The more detail desired, the higher the cost. However, Best Granite For Less offers a few simple edges for free, so be sure to discuss this while choosing from the many granite colors we offer. Call us today for a free estimate 954-420-3134 and every countertop order receives a FREE Sink!

Countertop Edge Styles

Compliment Your Style

For some, it may be easy to quickly identify which profiles correlate with your style of kitchen cabinets. Straight or Quarter Beveled Edges are perfect for modern and contemporary cooking spaces because of their clean lines. More intricate edges like Cove Bullnose, Cove Ogee, or Cove DuPont will complement traditional or classic design styles. Or, you can go against the rules and choose a style that’s opposite of your overall kitchen style. For instance, a classic kitchen might include a Straight Edge profile instead of something more ornate.

Choose The Finish Wisely

One of the decisions you probably already made is the finish for your granite countertop. Whether you picked polished, brushed, honed, or leathered, the selected surface finish also affects the finished look of your Granite. The treatment and edge should complement the traditional to modern style you are planning. For instance, popular picks for contemporary spaces include dark granite in a leathered finish, so you probably would want something simpler like a Square Edge instead of the very formal and regal-looking DuPont Edge with its sharp, straight drop that moves into a curve similar to the Bullnose.

Countertop Thickness

Modern Island Edge Design

Most countertops are 3-cm thick, but there is a way to get a thicker look without needing a thicker slab and requiring a significantly higher price. A laminated edge goes through a process where the second layer of stone is cemented to the granite counter to appear 6-cm thick, and it opens up the possibilities for combining different edges and details. It is also another way to achieve a very modern, chunky look with a Laminated Flat Edge while saving money on your budget.

Functionality For Your Lifestyle

Your lifestyle needs are an important factor in the countertop buying process. Some granite countertop edges have sharp edges and corners, while others, including Quarter Round, Half Bullnose, and Full Bullnose have simple, rounded edges and corners. The latter may be better suited for families with small children since anything sharp can quickly become a safety issue. Another benefit of rounded profiles is that they tend to last longer. Kids around sharp edges may not be your only worry though. Before you make any decisions, check your kitchen area to make sure furniture, such as bar stools, for example, will not lean up against the counter since sharp edges might scratch them.

Also, certain edge profiles provide more than just serving their decorative purposes. They can be functional in terms of catching spills and directing how they will flow. Spills may slide right off a counter with straight lines and directly onto the floor. However, a Marine Edge is designed more for work surfaces, but its raised edge means spills have nowhere to go. Also, the Ogee Edge with its dramatic curve may also help keep liquids from overflowing. But, keep in mind that any edge with more intricate details will take more work come clean up time, and overall maintenance will increase since dirt and dust can collect in the complex edge profiles.

Thinking Outside The Box

The Waterfall Edge is a popular kitchen countertop edge that goes beyond the work surface. The countertop falls over the top onto one or both sides and is commonly used with thick countertop slabs. But, unlike the expected pattern of quartz, granite will probably show more seams since the stone is unique in pattern and will be more difficult to match the pieces. Although, at Best Granite For Less we have a full line of Quartzite to choose from as well and can be edged accordingly.

Edge treatments can also extend beyond the countertop with the backsplash. The standard 4-inch backsplash can also get a makeover with the addition of a detailed edge that will tie everything together.

Mix and Match

If you find yourself falling for more than one countertop edge, then try mixing and matching your favorites instead of fretting about your decision. This works especially well with kitchens with center islands. Another cost saving option we offer at Best Granite For Less. Often, you can feature a more decorative or dramatic edge on the kitchen island and add a simpler edge to the surrounding counters (saves money) to help bring balance to the design and keep the focus on the center showcase.

Remember that choosing your countertop edge is as important as which granite slabs you pick to give your kitchen the update it needs. You can stick with the same style or break the rules and feature something different. But, be sure to keep important factors like budget, lifestyle, and maintenance in mind, and you will decide on the countertop edge that suits your needs and design aesthetic best.


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Quartzite versus Granite

Granite and quartzite have very similar performance statistics. Quartzite is generally harder and denser and the pattern is more like marble which is appealing to many homeowners. Supply and demand has driven the price of quartzite up, so expect to pay a little more and have fewer color options than with granite. Don’t confuse quartzite with manufactured Quartz Surfacing.

Quartzite is NOT manufactured Quartz.

Quartz and quartzite are two popular choices for countertops, but they are not the same material. They offer differences in looks, durability, care and price that you should know about before making your selection. Quartz countertops are often called engineered countertops because they are fabricated from natural silicon dioxide and synthetic materials. Loose quartz makes up about 93 percent of the material. It is blended with a binder and pigment and formed into countertops.

Hardness and Durability: Quartzite is harder than granite, so it is quite durable. It withstands heat very well. Quartz is hard too, but not quite as hard as quartzite. The resin used in manufacturing quartz countertops is a plastic, so it is prone to melting in heat above 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

Where quartz has an advantage over quartzite is that it is less prone to denting and chipping because it is more flexible. Both countertop materials can be scratched by sharp objects, and a cutting board should be used.



QUARTZITE SLABS & COUNTERTOPS

Quartzite is a very hard metamorphic rock that originated as sandstone. Through a process of high heating and pressurization sandstone is transformed into Quartzite, an extremely strong and durable natural stone. When heated, individual quartz pieces recrystallize giving it a beautiful and decorative sparkling pattern. Quartzite is ideal for any countertop surface due to its strength and long-lasting composition. Consider quartzite countertops for its strength, beauty, and overall durability.


QUARTZITE COUNTERTOP DESIGNERS CHOICE

Designers are gushing over quartzite, and we aren’t the least surprised. Quartzite is heat resistant, doesn’t scratch or etch like some surfaces can, and being a natural product each slab offers exquisite one-of-a-kind looks to give your countertop a personal signature. In an impressive array of colors, and veining that runs soft and subtle to bold and beautiful, one of Mother Earth’s richest treasures. We are not just Granite at Best Granite for Less, we provide the highest quality Quartzite countertop materials available. Contact us today and get a free estimate for your next remodel or new construction.


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