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!

Getting your countertops installed by a professional matters

If you’ve recently decided to get new countertops, a vital part of the process is seeing to it that you opt for professional countertop installation as opposed to trying to take on the task yourself. At Superior Stone & Cabinet, we believe that one of the best things you can do for yourself and your counters is making sure the right people take care of the job.

To learn more about our services—or to get a free in-home estimate here in the Valley for new granite or quartz countertops—contact us!

Here are 5 reasons that getting your countertops installed by a professional matters

Materials

No matter if you opt for granite or quartz for your countertops’ material, it’s bound to look and perform better with expert installation. A company that specializes in professional quartz countertop installation (that’s us!) or professional granite counter installation (also us!) knows just how to handle the material during installation so it lasts as long as possible.

Heavy lifting

A professional granite counter install job can require some heavy lifting. Even if you have help with the task, there’s no need for you or anyone else to risk injury to improve the look and feel of your kitchen. You could seriously injure yourself, which requires a trip to the hospital and possibly time off work.

Tools

There could also be special tools or equipment that need to be used to complete installation. Experts know what those tools and equipment are and how to use them safely. You may be able to rent installation equipment and tools, but why waste the money and why risk getting the wrong pieces?

Additional services

In addition to new countertops, you might also need plumbing or electrical work done. Professionals likely either know how to do additional jobs for you, or know whom to contact. By doing the job yourself, you may not notice if anything else needs to be done, which could lead to issues later on.

Resale value

Your home’s resale value is something else to consider. A professional installation job is likely to increase the overall value of your residential property if you decide to put your home on the market in the future. On the other hand, a poor installation job might need to be redone, which can put a dent in your property’s value.

Call Superior Stone & Cabinet (or visit us!)

Start exploring your options for new granite and quartz countertops today by calling Superior Stone & Cabinet for a free in-home estimate here in Phoenix. Or, visit our conveniently located showroom and warehouse!

What are the latest trends in bathroom vanities?

The bathroom vanity is typically defined as the sink and storage structure around it. Generally, the vanity hides the plumbing to keep your bathroom looking neat and tidy. If you’re remodeling your bathroom, look for these bathroom vanity trends to maintain a modern look in your home.

Vanity trends

Bathroom vanity styles tend to have clean lines and simple surfaces, which make them easy to clean and keep looking crisp. Many people may have a contemporary bathroom, even if the rest of the home is traditional.

  • Wood vanities are on trend. Choose a mid to light tone to keep the bathroom looking clean and fresh.
  • Quartz countertops mimic marble, but aren’t porous, making them durable and stain-resistant. They’re quite popular in bathrooms.
  • Shade of gray, with black and white accents keep the bathroom looking airy and natural. You can add splashes of color with accessories that can change with the seasons to keep your bathroom updated any time of year.
  • Minimalist color palettes in gray and charcoal tiles are on trend rather than intricate tile patterns.

Mirror trends for bathroom vanities

Pictured: We have a wide selection of bathroom vanities at Superior Stone & Cabinet.

Large, wall-to-wall mirrors or oval mirrors are out, as are naked mirrors (unframed). What’s on trend in a vanity setup are custom, framed mirrors designed to coordinated with your bathroom’s style. Slim mirrors above the sink are also a cool way to show off the wall covering while still giving each person space to look at their reflection while they’re getting ready. Floating mirrors or recessed mirrors are another design trend to check out.

Choosing the right vanity

The vanity that goes into your bathroom will depend on many factors. Small bathrooms may want a low-profile vanity that makes the room feel larger. Larger bathrooms can manage a larger cabinet to provide storage space.

Then, consider the use. Your master bathroom will need a vanity much different than one in a family-friendly bath. You should also think about how many sinks you want in the bathroom. Ideally, two sinks requires at least 60-inches of vanity space to provide elbow room for two people.

Find the perfect accents for your bathroom remodel at Superior Stone & Cabinet. Call our office at (602) 437-0088 or contact us online.

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 tso 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.

Here are 4 things to consider during a bathroom renovation project

For some, the bathroom is the place to shut out the world and relax. More and more, however, bathrooms are becoming places to be seen and enjoyed. That’s why homeowners are starting bathroom renovation projects.

In this blog post, we’ll run through some of the things you should consider when remodeling your bathroom, and how Superior Stone & Cabinet can help you find everything you need for your bathroom renovation project.

A bathroom renovation project can leave you with a bathroom that looks like this.

What to consider for your bathroom renovation project

If you are thinking of starting a makeover of your bathroom, here are four things that will help you to ensure that you get the most value out of the bathroom renovation project:

1. Consider the resale value

Obviously, all local and state building codes need to be followed. You’ll want to hire an experienced remodeling company with the tools, experience, and certification to do the job right; the resale value of your home could depend on it!

In terms of resale value, remember that no one loves homes that are “unicorns.” You may love hot pink walls and a countertop embedded with seashells, but if you’re ever planning on re-selling your home, you may want to go with something a bit more mainstream.

Here are two ways to find out what styles are popular:

  • You can use local real estate websites to find pictures of neighboring homes that are for sale, and see what they’ve done to upgrade their bathroom. You may find inspiration from their bathroom renovation. Or, check picture-sharing sites like Pinterest.
  • Contact the team at Superior Stone & Cabinet, and we’ll provide you with ideas for popular cabinets, countertops, and floors used in our customer’s bathroom projects. Another great idea? Stop by our showroom to see and feel materials and get ideas. We have bathroom models set up for you to look at.

2. Avoid messing with the plumbing if you can

If you want to remain within your budget when tackling a bathroom remodeling project, avoid doing major re-plumbing or re-piping work, if possible. Moving the plumbing around is very expensive and can cost a lot of money. We’ve heard of many homeowners who underestimated the cost of plumbing renovation and had to settle for less expensive counters and cabinets. That’s not ideal.

To remain in budget, focus on ways you can improve your bathroom and make it something you’ll love—all while keeping the tub, shower, sink, and toilet all in the same place.

Of course, that’s not to say that you have to settle for those things, as is! New shower tile from Superior Stone & Cabinet can turn even the most outdated shower into the showpiece of your bathroom renovation.

3. Spruce up the bathroom to add value

Not many people know that there are a lot of simple things that can greatly enhance the look and elegance of the bathroom. Here are a few of the things that add the most value to a bathroom:

  • New countertops: Typically, bathroom counters—whether mounted on cabinets or a vanity—don’t have the same square footage as in the kitchen, which makes them an affordable part of your renovation project. Many homeowners opt to put granite in their bathroom for this reason.
  • Pendant lighting: Lighting is so important to transforming the drab bathroom of yesteryear into something truly impressive. It’s an inexpensive way to show off everything in your bathroom that you want to be seen.
  • Vanity cabinetry: Old, beat-up cabinets don’t belong in an updated bathroom. With hundreds of doors and storage options, Superior Stone & Cabinet can help you find the bathroom cabinets that are right for your project. See styles and color options here.

4. Consider adding a small window in the bathroom

Remember that whole thing about light? A small window in the bathroom can bring in natural light and be a game-changer in the bathroom. You should consider installing a frosted-glass panel that ensures privacy and also provides fresh air.

Make sure that there are stone jambs at the site of the installation that makes the area watertight. In addition, you should ensure that the window sill is sloped away for proper drainage.

Start your bathroom renovation project at Superior Stone & Cabinet

Want more advice and tips for your bathroom project? Or, do you want to see your countertop and cabinet options? Stop by our showroom in Phoenix, Arizona, or give us a call to schedule a free in-home measurement and consultation.

5 tips for choosing tile for your shower remodel

choosing tile for your shower remodelChoosing tile for your shower remodel is no easy task. You might be researching about the tile since you decided to remodel the shower area. Maybe you already have the best tile for the shower remodel you’re looking to start. However, you should not make hasty decisions when it comes to remodeling of the shower.

Many factors should be considered to select the best tile for the shower area. Often the design of the bathroom will dictate the type of tile you choose for the bathroom. Here we have listed some valuable tips that can help you in choosing tile for your shower remodel.

1. Use small-sized tiles on the curves

Smaller tiles look best on the curves. They handle curves better than larger tiles. The angle of the arcs and curves in the shower area can be highlighted using small size tiles. You should install the tiles on the shower bench and other curved areas.

2. Select the right mosaic tile

You should carefully select the mosaic tile for the shower area. Consider selecting a tile that provides at the minimum 95 percent contact from the wall to the tile. Don’t rely on glue on the tile sheet for contact.

3. Install proper tile for the shower bench

A tile slab with radius edge or bullnose will be much comfortable for the shower bench. The tile will feel nicer to sit on and will feel great on the back of the legs. Using a tile with a rough edge can feel hard on the legs.

4. Pick a slip-resistant tile for the floor

For the floor of the shower area, you should select a slip-resistant tile. Stone and porcelain tiles are the best for the shower floor. Avoid glazed ceramic tiles in this spot, as they tend to be slippery. Also, remember that non-vitreous tiles are not suitable for the shower floor. Only impervious or vitreous tiles should be used in the shower area, as they are relatively more waterproof.

5. Select a good wall tile

You should consider adding a second tile on the shower area wall. Any type of tile will look good on the wall. However, the most common tiles include porcelain and ceramic tiles.

You can select either small or large sized tile for the shower area. Small-size tiles are a safer option for the shower area since they are easy to install and do not leave moisture behind the tiles. Furthermore, you should consider natural stone tiles that are resistant to staining and easy to clean. Unlike floor tiles, the benefit of slip-resistant tile does not apply to tiles installed in the walls.

Choosing tile for your shower remodel? Call Superior Stone & Cabinet today!

The above tips can prove helpful in selecting the right tile for a shower remodel project. If you are still not sure which is the best tile for the shower area, you can contact Superior Stone and Cabinet. We have a range of different tiles and can provide helpful advice in choosing the best tile that suits your preference and budget.

Important Tips to Spice Up your Bathroom Shower Area

The bathroom shower area is not just a place to get clean. It’s also a place that people come to relax and unwind after a hard day of work. For most people, the shower area provides the gentle urge to wake up and start the new day with new vigor and freshness.Important Tips to Spice Up your Bathroom Shower Area

The shower area in the bathroom acts as a place of sanctuary and relaxation. It warrants special attention during remodeling or constructing a home. In this post, we will discuss some of the essential tips that can prove invaluable during your bathroom renovation project.

Consider the following for your bathroom shower remodel

For a modern-style bathroom shower area, you should consider going with a square sheer fixed shower head complemented with a cross head shower valve. Also, you must consider installing a glass sliding door in case you don’t have one, as it can gives the shower area class and elegance.

The type of door that you should purchase for the bathroom shower remodel depends on the design of the shower, the size, and how far out you want the shower door to open. Make sure to properly measure the height and the top and bottom width when installing a glass door in the shower area.

Sliding doors generally take the least amount of space and are ideal for openings that are 60-inch or more. Round, curved doors are perfect for corner standalone shower areas. The pivot or swing-open doors are also ideal for corner shower areas.

Also, you must consider installing wall panels in the bathroom shower area as they add great appeal to the bathroom. You can select a range of wall panels for the shower place that comes in different design and quality.  You can choose from a number of options such as wood grain, marble, mosaic wall panels. The panels come in different size and color options that you can select as per you exact requirements.

Luxury shower enclosures

In case the bathroom shower area is large, you can buy ‘luxury shower’ enclosures that add a grand appeal to the shower area. The enclosures are available in difference size and options. They are designed with curved pivot doors and elegant aluminum frames. Some of the luxury shower enclosures also come with value-added bells-and-whistles, such as music players, steam units, massage jets, and even video screens and mood lighting.

Today, you have a wide variety of options when it comes to remodeling of a shower area. Before beginning with the bathroom shower remodeling project, you should have a budget in mind. You budget will guide you in making the right choices when it comes to remodeling the bathroom shower.

For more expert bathroom advice and tips, contact the bathroom shower remodel experts at Superior. We offer free in-home estimates to help homeowners design their dream bathroom shower.

4 Things to Consider when Planning a Bathroom Remodel

Are you thinking about giving a makeover to your bathroom? If so, congratulations! Remodeling of the bathroom generally offers the second highest return on investment after a kitchen renovation. The dollars spent on a bathroom remodeling project will increase the property value apart from adding a touch of style and class to the overall interior décor of the house.4 Things to Consider when Planning a Bathroom Remodel

The bathroom remodeling process can be both exciting and stressful at the same time. No matter what budget that you set for the bathroom makeover, your goal should be to ensure maximum aesthetic appeal and comfort. Preparation is the key for a perfect bathroom remodeling task.

Here are 4 things that you should keep in mind when planning a bathroom remodel project.

Bathroom Cabinets

Consider making room for large cabinets for your new bathroom. The large cabinets made of water-resistant material will not only add an extra appeal to the bathroom but also provide ample space for storing different items. They are available in different sizes, types, designs, and construction materials that you can choose according to your preferences and budget.

Luxury Bathroom Accessories

You can add a touch of elegance and class to your bathroom by installing luxury bathroom accessories. Items such as scroll shelf, large vanity mirrors, metal lamps, a golden or silver color tissue box with matching dustbin, or flower pots can add a great visual appeal to the bathroom.

Glass Shower Door

Consider installing a glass door in the bathroom shower area. The shower doors come in different design and sizes that you can select according to your budget and preferences. You can select sliding shower doors or pivot doors. They not only add some privacy to the shower area, but also enhance the look of the bathroom.

Luxury Lighting

Luxury lighting can add a great style to the bathroom. An interior decoration expert can help you in selecting the best type of luxury lighting to brighten up your bathroom.

Start planning a bathroom remodel

The improvements above can be done on their own or during a complete renovation of the bathroom. However, the first thing you need to do before carrying out the renovation task is to determine the budget. The budget you set for the bathroom renovation task should guide you in selecting the right option for the bathroom.

In the end, a bathroom remodel when done right can add great value to the home. Whether you undertake a small or large bathroom remodel, it will make the home a much more enjoyable place to live. And it will also make the home easier to sell at a high price.

To find out more about bathroom remodeling, give Superior Stone & Cabinet a call. Our design experts are available for free, in-home estimates to help you with planning a bathroom remodel.

Here’s why you should remodel your bathroom with Superior

For many people, remodeling kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms, offices, and even patios and outdoor spaces comes before the bathroom remodel. After all, it’s hard to get excited about a bathroom, right? It’s a bathroom, after all. It’s not like you’ll spend your whole afternoon in there, or hold a party with chip dip served on the vanity. It’s just not a glamorous place to upgrade.

We’d argue that you should give your bathroom a second thought. In this blog post, Superior will lay out the case for you to remodel your bathroom with us. You’ll give your ideas on remodeling another look—and let your design imagination loose.

If you’re ready to get started, get in contact with us.

remodel your bathroom

Superior can turn your outdated bathroom into the bathroom of your dreams.

You should remodel your bathroom

Let’s start with the master bathroom. This is usually not used by guests, but you use it on a daily basis. You shower there and get ready for the day there. That matters. If your bathroom is old and your shower is horribly outdated and your bathtub is uncomfortable, that matters. At one point or another, we’ve all had that shower that smells kind of funky and that you have to jiggle the handle just right to get the hot water going. It’s time to upgrade.

Even if you can’t picture yourself enjoying a remodeled bathroom, consider your home’s value if you were to sell it. Many buyers today are looking for master bathroom upgrades, especially for the shower and vanity. Bathrooms aren’t quite as important to homebuyers as kitchens (we also specialize in kitchen remodels), but a great bathroom can be the tipping point between “We’ll consider it” and “Let’s make an offer on this house.”

The same principals apply to the guest bathroom. You may not go all-out on the shower in this space, but a great guest bathroom remodel is something that guests to your house will be impressed by, while also boosting your home’s value.

Looking for even more ideas? Check out this article from Forbes on things to consider before you have Superior remodel your bathroom.

Why you should remodel your bathroom with Superior

Here are just a few of the reasons you should plan to remodel your bathroom with Superior Stone & Cabinet:

  • Cost: This is perhaps the most important thing homeowners and property managers alike take into consideration when weighing a bathroom remodel. As one of the largest wholesale suppliers of counters, cabinets, flooring, and bathroom accessories in Phoenix, Superior is able to offer very competitive prices. We directly import our materials from the source, cutting out the middleman to save you money.
  • Selection: You want options. We have them. Our 60,000 square foot warehouse has a mind-boggling amount of bathroom combinations. Best of all, since we carry all the materials you need to remodel your bathroom, Superior is your one-stop-shop. No driving from store to store and dealing with different sales people. We can add everything together and roll your bathroom remodel into one estimate.
  • Quality: Superior has all the materials you need to remodel your bathroom at great prices. But, they’re also high-quality countertops, cabinets, and more. When it comes time for install, our professional install team doesn’t cut any corners putting together your new bathroom. They take care of everything, and have the experience to do good work quickly. The result? We can often remodel your bathroom in little more than a week.

Ready to get started?

Best of all? Superior offers free in-home estimates. That’s right: one of our installers will come to your home to take measurements, give you honest advice, spark ideas, and provide you with a no-obligation estimate.

You can also stop by our showroom at 3479 E University Dr Phoenix, AZ 85034. No appointments are necessary—we’d love to meet with you! Want more information? Give us a call at (602) 437-0088 or contact us online.