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.

Affordable Kitchen Improvements

Affordable Kitchen ImprovementsTired or your old kitchen, but do not have the budget to remodel it? No problem, there are some kitchen updates which can improve the look of your existing kitchen without straining your budget. Sounds good? It is; you will not be spending much, but your kitchen will look stunning when done.

Instead of remodeling your kitchen completely, you can just change a few things. For instance, you can paint your walls or buy a new countertop, and then leave the rest as it is. There are many companies which also renovate kitchen cabinets in AZ.  Should you avail their services, they will manage the task quite well and charge reasonably.

Here is a detailed look at some affordable kitchen improvements.

Wall Paint

Wall paint can completely change the look of your kitchen and does not cost a lot of dollars, which makes it a really great choice. You can go for neutral colors or bright, vivid shades. Whichever color you opt for, make sure that your exiting design will complement with it.

A recent trend is to use neutral colors like light browns and light grays and accent them with beautiful shades of blue, green and orange.

Accent Shelving

Accent shelving is a popular redesigning concept these days. Some of the doors on your existing cabinets are removed, which creates an open shelf. You can use this for showing off your crystals dishes and other delicate kitchenware. If you want, you can paint the back of this shelf in a bright color or add lighting to it.

Talk to a company that designs kitchen cabinets in AZ, and they will guide you more about renovating your existing cabinets.

Cabinet Paint

At times, you can change your cabinet appearance with a coat of paint or some other finish touch. You can choose any paint, but we recommend a washable finish so that cleaning is easy.

Hardware

Get some new hardware for your kitchen. Simple accessories like a new handle or new knobs can change the look of your kitchen.

Lighting Fixtures

Want your kitchen to be brighter and warmer? Install a new lighting fixture. You can brighten up your corners with puck lights. These are often installed beneath the top of your kitchen cabinets. You can even go with rope lights for a trendier look. These will be installed at the base of your cabinets and will create a nice ambiance in your kitchen.

Faucets

A faucet is another simple way for updating your kitchen. Just make sure that you will easily be able to install it with your existing sink.

So did you like our ideas? Now you should act on them and we are sure, you will not be spending significant amounts.

Cleaning Granite Countertops

Cleaning Granite Countertops

Granite is a hard stone, which is produced naturally by volcanic magma. The stone is available in many colors, which give it a beautiful appearance. Plus granite is durable and can resist heat. This is why granite countertops are quite popular.

So are you interested in a granite countertop? There are many companies that offer granite countertops in AZ at affordable prices. But before choose this material for your countertop, you should consider its cleaning.

The Basic Cleaning Method

Granite countertops are durable, but you can preserve their life only when you keep them clean. A soft cloth can be used to remove dust from the surface. Do this on a daily basis. You should also wash your countertop with water once in a while, or at least wipe it off with a damp cloth.

If you want to use a cleaning agent, just use a mild solution with a neutral pH value. Avoid using abrasive cleaners and other hard chemicals because they will scratch the surface of your countertops. At times, granite countertops are stained with oil. You can remove these by making a homemade cleaning solution. Take flour, about half a cup in quantity and add about 5 tbsp of a baking soda in it. Now add some water and make the mixture consistence with yogurt or sour cream. Apply this paste over the stain, cover it with plastic and leave it for the night. You can wash your countertop the next day, and there will be no signs of the oil stains.

Seasonal Maintenance

Granite countertops have to be sealed n a regular basis. As a rule of the thumb, you should seal your countertop if water, which falls on the surface does not bead any more. Also examine your countertop and make sure there are no cracks, scratches or shifted seams. If you come across any damage, you will have to contact a company that sells, installs and repairs granite countertops in AZ.

Substances that Can Damage Your Granite Countertop

There are certain substances which can spoil the surface of your granite countertops. As such, you should keep all these away.

  • Soda and coffee make the surface of your countertop dull.
  • Granite can bear excessive heat, but while you are placing a hot pot or another cooking utensil on it, you should not slide them; this will cause the surface to scratch.
  • Ammonia, vinegar, citrus solutions and any other chemicals that are acidic should not be used for cleaning.
  • Avoid sitting on your countertops. As hard as granite may be, it is still can crack if excessive weight is applied at one point.

So do you want a granite countertop in your kitchen? Contact a company that offers this prodigy, and they will install one for you.

 

Are Granite Countertops Child Friendly?

Granite countertops and kids

Have you ever wondered if kids and granite countertops would be a good fit? When people think of granite countertops they think of luxury, elegance, and style. They don’t however think of granite countertops as being kid friendly, easily cleaned, and difficult to destroy. Some families feel that granite countertops in a home with children just don’t mix. Well that is not the case. Here are some top reasons why you SHOULD have granite countertops in a house with children.

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Durability

Granite is a natural stone that is extremely strong. Where other countertops scratch or dent easily, granite stays solid and can handle being treated a little tougher than other materials. Which is excellent with children as they are not known for being extremely careful with household items.

Stains don’t soak in

This stone is also very stain resistant. If your granite is properly sealed by a professional, stains from sauce, juice, markers or whatever else it might come in contact with, will easily be removed without permanent damage to the stone. And anyone who has kids knows that cleaning up spills or accidental artwork without a stain is always a success!

Heat is no problem

Granite countertops will also resist heat. Hot cookware in kitchens or hair appliances in bathrooms when in direct contact with granite, will leave your countertops unharmed.  Hopefully, unless you have teenagers, your children won’t be handling hot pots and pans too often, but being able to set hot cookware right on the countertop while little ones are at your feet hungry for dinner, is a valued convenience!

Keeps bacteria out

Kids encounter enough germs and bacteria, countertops should be a safe zone. Granite in general, does not absorb substances easily,  and when your granite countertops are properly sealed, the stone doesn’t allow for unwanted bacteria to soak into its pores at all, creating a safer and healthier home for your family.

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Granite is the way to go!

Granite adds so much beauty to a household and can brighten up an entire kitchen or bathroom, but it also is a phenomenal choice for a home with children. With its long lasting capabilities, and advantages over other materials, your granite countertops will remain in great condition, even after your children are grown.

 

Caring for Your New Cabinets

Since you know your cabinets are designed to fit into specific public areas and are built like fine furniture, we would like to share with you some of the things you can expect from your cabinets.

1.) Cabinet finishes (stain colors, clear coatings, glazing, and distressing) will vary from samples you may have seen on displays or in the Showroom. This is due to the inherent nature of hand-crafted wood and finely-applied finishes.  As you know, different woods and door styles will show stains differently and no two pieces of your hand made cabinets are alike, so expect your cabinets to reflect your unique taste in your one-of-a-kind home.

2.)  Care for your cabinets, and they will reward you with many years of beautiful service.  Just as you wouldn’t leave a glass of water on an unprotected wood surface like an end table, be mindful that standing water, household chemicals, or personal care products that fall onto your cabinets could damage the finish permanently. For an enduring finish, wipe up any residue immediately.

3.)  Children and fine furniture can coexist, but only when careful attention is paid to the appearance of your new cabinets.  Since the surface coating applied to the wood is designed to provide a pleasing appearance that compliments your home, it is not the ideal showcase for your youngsters’ creative talents. Crayons, markers, and other writing tools can permanently mar the finish.

4.)  Acrylic finger nails or nail extensions can cause damage if not careful.  Since the acrylic material is harder sometimes then the hardened finish of your cabinets, care must be taken when opening the drawers and doors with finger pulls only.  Some suggest the use of knobs and pulls to minimize the damage that they might cause.

5.)  Your cabinets must be climate controlled.  Your cabinets are designed to have a certain amount of moisture in them.  Usually, just living in your home will keep the cabinets at the desired temperature, and the moisture from washing dishes, showers, and running the washing machine puts enough moisture in the air to prevent damage.  But, if you are going to leave your house unoccupied for a long period of time, it is a good idea to keep your thermostat at 80 degrees or below, and set a few buckets of water throughout the house.  It is also a good idea to close curtains, to keep direct sunlight off the cabinets.

It is also a good idea not to clean your cabinets with any oil polishes like Pledge or Old English. Wood furniture is treated a little different the most cabinets during the finishing process and the cabinets will not absorb the oil like other furniture. So I recommend using a damp cloth for wiping down your cabinets and dusting them. If you have oil splatter from cooking use a small amount of Murphy’s Oil Soap mixed in with lots of water. Always try this in a hidden area first to check reaction to the finish.

Facts About Granite

Granite Countertops:

    • Come in over 3,000 colors each one with its own unique pattern and movement.
    • When properly sealed and maintained, are virtually scratch, stain and chip resistant.
    • Are great for making cookies, candies, bread dough and other foods that are best prepared on a cool surface
    • Are heat resistant. If you forget to grab a heat pad for that pan of lasagna, it won’t matter if you set it on your granite countertop.
    • Are a very hard surface. The only surface that is harder than granite is a diamond.
    • Add a minimum of 10% to the re-sale value to your home.

Of course, like anything else, there are some disadvantages to having granite countertops installed.

They:

    •  Are expensive due to the labor for its removal from the quarry, the work involved in cutting it and the work necessary for installation
    •  Will dull your knives if you use it as a cutting board
    •  Should be installed by a qualified professional-it is not a do it yourself project
    •  Need to have the sealant re-applied a least once a year to prevent staining or fading.

Even with the disadvantages, granite countertops are making strides in kitchen, bath and patios. They are a beautiful way to add style and personality to your home. So, take your time and select the granite countertops that will make your living space all you want it to be.

Measuring for Granite and Cabinets

If you decide to measure your kitchen or bathroom for new cabinets or granite here are some tips to help you out.

Cabinets

Always draw your room from a top view to get an accurate view of the room. Make sure to measure all walls from one end to another. Write down measurements as close as possible at least to the 1/2″. In the drawing be sure to indicate locations of your appliances and sink. Also measure these locations to ensure they are put in the correct spot in the new design. If you are keeping your existing appliances measure their height, depth and width. If you are getting new appliances then bring model numbers or specifications. Don’t forget to measure all window and door locations. This includes the width of windows and distances from both sides to the walls. It is also a good idea to measure the height of the window from the floor as well. Finally always measure your ceiling height from the floor to ensure the uppers and crown you select will work. If you have all of this information when you show up at the cabinet shop it will go much smoother for you.

Granite

Measuring for granite is not as hard as measuring for cabinets but still requires accurate measuring. When you measure granite always do a top view drawing as well. Measure all areas that you are wanting the granite to go. Mark all areas on the layout that require a bull nose end by using a “O” symbol on the line. Draw a parallel line along the back edge of all the areas that you would like a back splash. If you are thinking of doing a full back splash then you must measure the distance between the counter top and the bottom of the upper cabinets. It is also important to look at your overhangs if you have a sitting area. When using most granite tops 10″ is the maximum overhang you can have without having additional top support. If you have a wall behind your island or peninsula be sure to measure the thickness of the wall. If you have any questions call your granite company for instructions. When in doubt measure it.

Our Slabs are Prefabricated

At Superior Stone and Cabinet we can offer customers rock bottom pricing for a very high quality product. Our slabs are prefabricated, which means the bullnose is already installed and they are already cut to standard counter top depths. We also carry multiple different island sizes. Most other granite manufactures have very expensive water jet machines that cost lots of money and require huge facilities to run. This overhead will in turn be passed on to you (the customer). Superior Stone can save you this money because we fabricate your granite at the jobsite. This will also eliminate the need for you to live without counter tops for weeks while other companies fabricate. Our installers are highly skilled and have years of experience.