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.

Granite slab versus prefabricated granite: which is better?

Granite is a popular and preferred material for countertops because of its durability and stone-like visual appeal. However, many homeowners are unsure whether to go with granite slab versus prefabricated granite. In this blog, we’ll review what makes these countertop types different, and what you need to know going into your project.

If you’re in the market for granite (or quartz!) countertops, be sure to check out our first-time buyer’s guide.

Prefabricated Granite

Prefabricated granite is still granite. It’s just been cut to standard sizes before being shipped to the distributor. They are suitable in situations where multiple pieces are required and all the pieces must be of the same size. Installing a prefabricated stone is much easier and faster as compared to a custom cut slab.

While they look and feel similar to custom granite slabs, they are available in a narrow range of sizes. They offer no customization options since they are prefabricated. Selecting a prefabricated stone is suitable when they can fit in the existing space.

As we discussed recently, prefabricated granite is certainly a great choice for office and commercial settings.

Custom Granite Slab

Custom granite slabs are custom-cut pieces made according to the requirements of the clients. They are more expensive to install than prefabricated pieces since they need to be cut down to the size needed. In most cases, custom granite slabs are perfect for non-standard kitchens that have unusual countertop needs and sizes.

Some homeowners choose customer granite slab versus prefabricated granite because they like having more customization options when it comes to edges, seals, and more.

Learn more about how granite countertops are cut and made.

Granite slab versus prefabricated granite: what’s the difference?

The main difference between the two is price. Since prefabricated granite is mass-produced with no customization, it’s generally less expensive than a custom granite slab. If you’re willing to have less customization options, you’ll be able to get a better deal with prefabricated granite.

Let’s get this out of the way: most homeowners, homebuyers, or anyone short of being a countertop expert cannot tell the difference between prefabricated granite and granite slab once each is installed. If anything, quality is determined by the cost and origin of the granite—not the manufacturing style.

So, which is better?

Truth be told, that depends on the buyer, the context, the budget, the home, and a number of other factors. Superior Stone & Cabinet carries and installs both prefabricated granite and granite slabs. We’ve seen customers happy with both types.

If you’re interested in granite counters, but you’re still deciding between granite slab versus prefabricated granite, start by giving our team a call to schedule a free in-home estimate here in the Phoenix metro. Or, come visit our showroom.

Our friendly team will help you find the countertops that are right for your home and budget.

Here are the best (and worst!) types of commercial office 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 HVAC system to the plumbing. However, putting “creature comforts” in your office isn’t hard to do. That’s why Superior installs various types of commercial office countertops.

In this blog, we’ll run through the best countertops for commercial offices and business spaces. From the needs of small businesses to larger enterprises, Superior Stone & Cabinet is your source for quality countertop installation here in the Phoenix metro area.

The top-tier class of commercial office countertops

Increasingly, employees in a commercial office setting have come to expect amenities that they’re used to seeing in their own home. This includes full kitchens where employees can prepare and eat food, as well as places where they can take breaks.

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

commercial office countertops

Granite just looks right in an office setting.

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 can take some abuse from knives and hot objects. If you’re outfitting a commercial space with countertops, this is an important feature, since you don’t want to be quickly replacing your newly installed countertops.

Granite is probably also not as expensive as you might think. Superior Stone & Cabinet 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

Splendor Grey Quartz

This is a sample of Splendor Grey quartz—one of our popular types of quartz countertops.

You’ve probably seen quartz countertops before without explicitly realizing that they’re quartz. In our opinion, there’s no better countertop for a trendy, modern office space. Many restaurants use quartz: it’s durable, relatively inexpensive, and clean-looking. It matches the desired decor of the 21st-century office space.

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 Superior Stone & Cabinet. 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 dodo 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.

Call Superior Stone & Cabinet to learn about our commercial office countertops selection

Still not sure what countertops are right for your office or commercial building? Give us a call at (602) 437-0088 or contact us online. We’re happy to answer your questions about countertops!

Best yet: stop by our conveniently located Phoenix showroom to see our selection in-person. There, we can meet with you and help you find the best countertops for your business.

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.

Countertops: A first-time buyer’s guide for granite and quartz

Selecting a new countertop for a bathroom or kitchen is no easy task. You must consider a lot of different factors such as cost, durability, and aesthetic appeal. You must also pick a countertop design that will work well with the overall home decor.

Your countertops buyer’s guide

Here, in this buyer’s guide for granite and quartz, we have assembled some tips that can help first time buyers to select the right countertop for the home.

buyer's guide for granite#1. Establish a budget

The foremost thing that you should do when buying a countertop is to set a budget. This may not be a pleasant part of buying a countertop, but it’s essential.

To figure out how much you’ll have to pay, schedule a free in-home estimate with us.

#2. Understand different types of countertops

Countertops are available in a wide variety of types. Here are the two most popular types of countertops:

  • Granite Countertops —Another great option for homes is countertops made of granite. The natural stone’s hardness and ruggedness makes it a particularly popular choice for kitchens. They are resistant to scratches and don’t get hot easily. The countertop is easy to care for and maintain. The only pitfall of the granite countertops is that they are heavy due to which they are difficult to install. As a result, you can expect to pay higher installation costs for granite countertops.
  • Quartz Countertops —Quartz countertops are rugged and easy to care for. They are available in a large variety of options. The countertops are less prone to staining as compared to marble and granite countertops. They also don’t require resealing similar to natural stone countertops.

#3. Consider mixing countertop materials

Every countertop material has its strength and weaknesses. Depending on your budget and the materials in play, you could consider mixing the materials in different rooms and spaces. For example, some kitchens use a less expensive material on the perimeter counters and reserve a showstopper, matching granite for the kitchen island.

You can also mix between rooms. Some people think quartz countertops are perfect for the kitchen, while granite looks great in the bathroom. You should speak with one of our specialists for more information and to set a design plan.

#4. Call Superior to schedule your free in-home estimate!

At Superior Stone & Cabinet, we offer free in-home estimates. Give us a call to schedule yours, and one of our design professionals will come to your home and provide you with personalized options. Think of this as your personal (and in-person) first-time buyer’s guide for granite and quartz!

This estimate will ensure that you have the perfect countertop installed in the home. For more information on kitchen and bathroom countertops, contact us at Superior Stone and Cabinet.

A Guide To Deciding Between Granite And Quartz

Deciding Between Granite and QuartzAre you trying to pick what kind of countertops you’ll put into your home? Deciding between granite and quartz can be tricky. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through a few things to consider, and also provide a comparison to a pricier option: marble.

Natural stone, but which kind?

Most people get confused when selecting a kitchen countertop due to the availability of different options in terms of material. When it comes to countertops for the kitchen, the best option is to go for natural stone as they look gorgeous and striking in appearance.

Of all the natural stone countertops, the most popular one for the kitchen include granite, marble, and quartz. All these natural stones have more similarities than differences. But, they have certain characteristics that makes one better than the other.

Here, we will take a close look at some of the features of the granite, marble, and quartz countertops so that you can make up your mind as to which of them offer the best value for you. Consider this your guide to deciding between granite and quartz.

Cost

The prices of all the three natural stone countertops are somewhat similar. Granite countertops generally cost anywhere in the range of $100 to $225 per square foot from most places. However, Superior carries granite countertops installed starting at $29.99 per square foot!

Marble countertops cost slightly higher anywhere from $125 to $250. Quartz countertops are generally the cheapest of the three natural stone countertops costing from $100 to $128 per square foot. Again, Superior offers superior prices on quartz countertops.

Appearance

When it comes to appearance, all the three natural stone countertops look gorgeous in the kitchen. However, granite and marble countertops have a slight edge. They are available in a number of variations in colors and hues. You can find the countertops in a variety of colors that range from medium to dark shades.

The patterns of the granite and marble countertops are also varied with veins running through them. For instance, one gray-pink slab might contain dark blue veins while the other may have rosy-red veins. As a result, you will have more choice when it comes to selecting a countertop to match with the interior décor of the house.

Quartz countertops are generally uniform in pattern and color. They don’t have random markings similar to granite or marble countertops. That being said, countertops made of quartz are easier to match up with the seams while granite and marble countertops show variation in their natural design so are difficult to match.

Ruggedness

Quartz countertops are generally more rugged and strong as compared to granite or marble countertops. They are non-porous as well that makes them resistant to stain, germ, and bacteria.

Granite and marble countertops, on the other hand, are non-porous. This means that they are more vulnerable to spills and stains. Also, these countertops require sealing at least once a year which is not the case with quartz countertops.

Deciding between granite and quartz? Call Superior for a free in-home estimate!

The above discussion about the three popular natural stone countertops will surely have made it easy for you to select the best one for your kitchen. Keep in mind that you must have the countertops installed by a professional contractor.

If you want more information about the best countertops for the kitchen, you can contact Superior Stone & Cabinet.

3 Important Things to Know Before Replacing Kitchen Countertops

Replacing Kitchen CountertopsThinking about replacing kitchen countertops in your home? In this blog post, we’ll walk you through three different things you need to know before getting started. Learn more about kitchen remodels from Superior Stone & Cabinet.

Is it time to start replacing kitchen countertops?

The type of countertop that you choose can greatly influence the aesthetic appeal of the kitchen. In addition, it will also determine how much you will be able to save in terms of repair and replacement cost in the long run. So, it is important to plan things carefully when it comes to replacing kitchen countertops.

Your kitchen renovation will remain incomplete without replacing the kitchen countertop. If you are thinking of remodeling the kitchen area, it is important that you select a countertop that meshes perfectly with the rest of the kitchen décor. Here are three important things that you should consider to freshen up the look of your kitchen by installing countertops.

1. Take precise measurements (or have us take them for you!)

Before you head to the store, it is important that you make a sketch that represents the placement of the kitchen countertop. Make sure that you mark off the sections of sink countertops, continuous countertops, and island countertops to be measured separately.

Sounds complicated, right? Don’t worry, we have an easier way of doing this. Superior offers free in-home measurements. Contact us and have one of our design pros come to your home!

2. Know about your options

When it comes to kitchen countertops, you have different options. Popular options include granite and quartz countertops. These natural stone materials look elegant and graceful that can add value and beauty to the kitchen renovation project.

Quartz countertops are generally the least costly option of the three. While these countertops can’t match the executive look and grace of marble and granite countertops, they nonetheless look appealing. If you want maximum cost savings, you should go for quartz countertops. However, if you want to give the most elegant and refined look, it is better to choose a granite countertop.

3. Know about stone quality and stone grades

Natural stone countertops come in different grades. They are generally rated from one to five depending on the defects present on the stone. For instance, grade 5 stone is flawless but costs more than lesser grade stones that may have certain design defects. However, the defects are not visible in most cases and you can gain a better return on investment by selecting a grade 3 or 2 stone countertop.

Have questions about replacing kitchen countertops? Contact us!

If you want to know more about installing kitchen countertops, you can contact Superior Stone and Cabinet. We have a team of dedicated staff serving Phoenix metro area who can guide you in selecting the best countertop for your kitchen renovation project.