At Superior Stone & Cabinet, we’re known for our granite countertops. We sell and install both slab and prefabricated granite, and we have one of the largest selections of high-quality granite in the Valley. If you’re looking for new granite countertops for your home or business, Superior is the place to go. Or, call us to schedule a free in-home estimate. We’d love to work with you on your kitchen or bathroom remodeling vision.

Here’s how you can keep your granite looking brand-new

Your kitchen remodel is finally finished, and it’s everything you ever dreamed it could be. Your new granite countertops, cabinets, backsplash, and appliances all look perfect. There are some homeowners who will tell you that your kitchen will never look better than it does today. However, that’s not quite accurate. With the right care and attention, you can keep your granite looking new and your kitchen looking great for many years to come, helping it to retain both its beauty and value.

Granite countertops are durable, but not invulnerable. They’ll only stand up to regular wear-and-tear with the right precautions and forward-thinking upkeep. In this article, we’ll review some of the best practices for keeping your granite in great shape, as well as what you need to do to maintain it.


“Prefabricated” or “Slab” granite?

What’s the difference?

Ever wondered what these labels mean, or which type of granite is better? Be sure to check out this new blog post for a full breakdown.


Protect your granite

Here are a few general precautions you can take to protect the look and functionality of your granite. Make sure your family members and guests know about these rules, too. There’s nothing more horrifying than watching your uncle start chopping up lemons on your granite countertops.

To keep your granite looking great for years to come, you should take some precautions.

To keep your granite looking great for years to come, you should take some precautions.

Watch the heat!

Granite is known for being extremely durable. This includes its famous heat-resistance. However, just because it handles heat better than other types of countertops—like quartz, which is infamously not heat-resistant, doesn’t mean that it’s a good idea to routinely test its durability. While placing a hot pan directly on the surface of the granite won’t leave instant burn marks, it may cause scratching on the surface.

After all, the trivets and hot pads are right there. You might as well use them.

No pressure

Tell your guests and your kid’s friends that this isn’t an 80s sitcom: there’s no need for them to be sitting on the countertop edge. While granite is incredibly strong and durable, it’s edges are most vulnerable to damage from weight and pressure. Keep heavy objects off of the countertop surface. That includes you, trying to reach something in one of your taller cabinets or change out a lightbulb up above. Just get a stepladder and leave your countertops out of it.

Keep your cutting boards

In addition to its heat resistance, most homeowners know that granite countertops stand up to knife cuts pretty well. It’s certainly an option if you’re in a hurry to chop up those green onions for the party dip. However, as a general practice, don’t use your granite as a full-time substitute for a cutting board. Here’s why:

  • Raw meat: If you stop and think about it, cutting and preparing meat on the countertop is pretty gross. Even worse, bacteria from the meat can get into the natural pores of the stone, making it harder to disinfect them after you’re done.
  • Acidity: Anything with acidity can potentially damage or stain granite countertops. This means cutting limes, lemons, and grapefruits right on the countertop is a no-go.
  • Knife damage: Using your knives on stone countertops can actually dull them rather quickly. If you’ve invested a good amount into high-quality knives, you’re better off using a board.

Use the right cleaning tools

To avoid unnecessary scratching from abrasive and harsh materials, make sure to use soft and clean cloths and sponges when cleaning up spills or doing your daily cleaning. For reasons that are probably obvious, never use steel wool to clean your granite.

It takes all of a few seconds to pull out a cutting board, and they’re generally easier to wash than the entire countertop surface before-and-after food prep. Our recommendation? Don’t cut right on your counters.

Clean your granite

It is extremely important that you give your granite countertops some attention each and every day. Daily cleaning is the best way to keep bacteria, stains, and spills from penetrating the seal and seeping into the natural pores of the stone.

The safest and most effective way to clean your granite is with water and a few drops of dish soap. You can mix these into a spray bottle, then spray directly onto your countertops. Wipe with a clean cloth, rinse with clean water, then dry with a separate cloth.

By taking the time to clean your countertops daily, you will prevent them from getting foggy and grimy with stains. Instead, you will be helping them keep that gorgeous glow for many, many days ahead.

Check out this quick video for more on how to properly clean your granite:

Maintain your granite

If you want to keep your granite looking new, you should set aside the time every so often to deep clean your countertops. There are several store bought cleaning products specifically designed for granite countertops. You won’t want to use these everyday, but they’re great for “freshening up” your countertops in advance of guests coming over. These cleaning products are also great for stain removal, in the event that you’ve spilled wine or something else that has discolored the granite. If you’re looking for more tips on stain removal, check out this DIY-friendly guide.

Your granite countertops will need to occasionally be resealed to keep their protective layer intact. The reapplication process depends on what the original seal was made of, so be sure to check with your countertop installer before proceeding. Water or solvent-based sealants that contain fluorocarbon aliphatic resin are going to be pricey, but may only need to be applied once or twice in the lifespan of your kitchen (think: every 10-15 years!). Lower-cost sealants may need to be reapplied every six months or so. It’s not a major chore, but it’s something worth remembering and thinking about ahead of time.

Resealing is essential. The weaker the seal, the more likely it is for stain-causing liquids to absorb into the stone instead of being repelled by the waterproofing seal layer.

We can help you keep your granite looking new

At Superior Stone & Cabinet, we know just about everything there is to know about granite, including how to best care for it and maintain it after installation. If you have any questions about your new granite countertops—or you’re thinking about upgrading to granite for your kitchen, just give us a call. We install granite countertops here in the Phoenix area.

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, especially a home with standard dimensions.

By default, most prefabricated granite pieces have bullnose edging. This typically isn’t an issue for many homeowners: bullnose edging features gentle curves that work in just about any kitchen style. They’re less rigid than the right angles of eased edges, but safer for children, since corners are softer.

Cost

Prefabricated granite is often less expensive than granite slabs. Since prefabricated granite is manufactured and fabricated in bulk, there’s no need for you or the distributor to have it fabricated and cut. What you lose in options and customization you win back, ultimately, in your project’s bottom-line. Prefabricated granite can be as much as 45% less expensive than granite slab.

Prefabricated granite is an especially great fit in settings where return-on-investment is the driving concern, such as commercial kitchens, office buildings, or investment properties. These places need quality countertops, but don’t need the customization a homeowner might. This makes prefabricated pieces an outstanding fit.

Quality

As mentioned above, our prefabricated granite is still granite. The quality is the same as that found in granite slab: it just comes down to whether or not the stone has already been cut and fabricated. Unfortunately, this hasn’t stopped a stigma from forming around prefabricated granite. It’s why we recently took the time to dispel 6 of the most common prefabricated granite myths.


See our installation process!

Jennifer explains how the Superior Stone & Cabinet team handled her entire countertop and cabinet installation process, from start-to-finish.


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.

Cost

Granite slabs do cost more than prefabricated granite. In essence, you’re paying for an entire slab of stone. This comes with several benefits—including customization, as we’ve already noted—but it will increase the cost.

Quality

One advantage of buying a granite slab is that it comes to you as one continuous piece. This means the natural veining and colors are consistent all the way through. This doesn’t mean it won’t be cut and it won’t have seams: there’s no getting around that. But, it does mean that seams will be slightly less noticeable. For homeowners designing their dream kitchen, where every detail matters, this may be an important consideration.

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 the countertop has bullnose edging, they may be able to guess that it is prefabricated, but—otherwise—all bets are off. If anything, granite quality is determined by the cost and origin of the granite—not the manufacturing style. This is why it’s important to work with a reputable, local installer.

Trying to decide between granite slab versus prefabricated granite? Superior Stone & Cabinet has the Valley's largest selection of granite countertops.

Trying to decide between granite slab versus prefabricated granite? Superior Stone & Cabinet has the Valley’s largest selection of granite countertops.

If the price of granite offered by a contractor is too good to be true, it probably is: some less-than-reputable contractors sell faux granite countertops, made from granite and resin. They try to undercut the price of both prefabricated and slab granite with this less durable, less beautiful product. Before you buy, always ask about the origin of the stone, and get multiple quotes so that you have a good idea what you should be expecting to pay for granite.

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.

Debunking common myths about prefabricated granite

In general, places that offer the more expensive custom slabs of granite will tell you that prefabricated granite is worthless and you’d be better off putting cardboard in as a countertop. This just isn’t the case, and they’re downplaying some of the benefits of prefabricated granite to (understandably) help them make the sale of more expensive custom granite slabs. In fact, there’s a great deal of misinformation out there about prefabricated granite. In this article, we’ll review the common myths about prefabricated granite, and which ones do not stand up to further scrutiny.

At Superior Stone & Cabinet, we install both prefabriated granite and granite slabs here in the Valley. To get an estimate and see our selection for yourself, visit our showroom or give us a call today.

The 6 most pervasive granite countertop myths

prefabricated granite countertopMyth #1: You won’t actually save money by going with prefabricated countertops

Custom cuts of granite slab can be extremely pricey, limiting their use to only the most extensive and expensive kitchen remodels. If you’ve been pushing your budget and you’re looking to cut costs, prefabricated granite is a great alternative to custom granite countertops. You’re slashing the per-square-foot cost without significant loss of quality or look. In fact, prefab slabs can be up to 45 percent less expensive!

If you’re just starting your kitchen remodel and you’re looking for ways to keep your costs down, check out this infographic we created. It contains a full breakdown of what the average homeowner spends on each aspect of their remodel.

Myth #2: You’ll notice the difference right away

Most experts agree that—once installed in your home—only a seasoned countertop professional can spot the difference between a prefabricated countertop and a custom slab. In fact, some custom granite dealers contradict themselves by saying that the differences are highly noticeable, but then noting that scams exist where customers are unknowingly tricked into buying a prefabricated countertop instead of a custom one. To the average eye, including yours, prefabricated granite looks similar to custom granite.

Myth #3: Prefabricated countertops don’t increase your home’s value

Many realtors agree that adding new prefabricated granite countertops to the kitchen is one of the few things you can do for less than $5000 to increase the value of your home and help you attract buyers. Remember: there isn’t a noticeable difference between pre-fabricated countertops and those cut from a custom slab of granite, so from a curb appeal standpoint, prefabricated counters might be perfect for your home.

Myth #4: Prefabricated countertops limit your color selection to just a few options

This is partially true: after all, a custom slab of granite can, quite literally, come in any color, depending on where it’s from. However, that doesn’t mean that prefabricated countertops don’t provide customers with options. Here at Superior Stone and Cabinet, we have nearly 30 different colors and styles of prefabricated countertops available. That’s not quite the limitation that many custom granite retailers make it out to be.

Myth #5: Prefabricated granite is easier to damage and needs care

All granite, whether prefabricated or custom, needs regular care and upkeep. All granite can be damaged, stained, or scratched. And both kinds of granite can be sealed for added protection. From a functionality standpoint, prefabricated granite operates in a similar fashion to custom slabs.

Myth #6: Prefabricated granite is always shoddy and poorly installed

Not always! Here at Superior Stone and Cabinet, we offer quality granite and installation from professionals. We’re not a fly-by-night company that will rush the job.

Have granite questions? We have answers.

If you’re interested in learning more about prefabricated countertops, give us a call at (602) 437-0088 or stop by our conveniently located Phoenix, Arizona showroom.

We install commercial countertops and cabinets in Phoenix businesses

This is an exciting time for businesses here in Phoenix! The Valley feels alive with activity, as new restaurants, stores, buildings, and properties open, seemingly by the day. At Superior Stone & Cabinet, our team is prepared to meet the kitchen and bathroom remodeling needs of businesses here in the Phoenix metro area. Whether you’ve been in business for years or are opening soon, we want to help you find the right commercial countertops and cabinets for your space and the needs of your customers and employees.

In this article, we’ll review the benefits of upgrading to new counters and cabinets, and why you should call our team for a free on-site estimate here in the Valley.

New commercial countertops and cabinets installed in a break room setup.

Upgrade your employee break room with new commercial countertops and cabinets, installed by the team at Superior Stone & Cabinet.

Does your business need to make an upgrade?

Whether you manage a restaurant or an office building, every business has a need for high-quality commercial countertops and cabinets. In a restaurant setting, granite or quartz countertops are the perfect, durable material for customers to eat on or for your team to prepare food on. Every workplace with some type of kitchen for employees can benefit from new cabinets that allow people to store food and essentials. Whether used by your customers, employees, or both, an upgraded kitchen in your commercial space can be an upgrade in both form and function.

If your existing counters are chipped, cracked, or stained, your customers will notice and may make inferences about your business and its upkeep. In many industries—but, particularly in the restaurant business—presentation and first impressions matter. If your tables and counters are starting to look dingy, we recommend upgrading to new stone surfaces.

Why have Superior install your commercial countertops and cabinets?

Here are just a few of the qualities that we believe set our team apart from other commercial remodeling businesses here in the Phoenix metro:

Extensive selection

With our 60,000 square-foot showroom and warehouse here in Phoenix, Superior Stone & Cabinet has one of the most extensive collections of new commercial countertops and cabinets in the Valley. In other words, we have a diverse selection of colors, styles, and materials for you to choose from, but we also have the inventory depth to outfit your business, no matter what size of space or amount of materials you need.

Competitive pricing

We’re a direct importer of quartz and granite countertops, which means we are able to offer new kitchen upgrade materials at wholesale pricing. Plus, we’re one of the Valley’s few companies that specializes in both countertops and cabinets, which means less shopping around as a whole and only one installation team your business needs to coordinate their schedule with.

Quality installation

We’re experienced kitchen installers. Our team has successfully installed new countertops, cabinets, and floors in many Valley businesses, from restaurants and food service businesses to apartments. Our team is capable of fabricating granite on-site to ensure quick turnaround times, so the disruption to your business is kept to a minimum.

Free estimates

We offer free estimates on commercial projects. Give us a call today and have one of our experienced commercial project experts come out to your business. Or, stop by our office if you’d like to see our selection and warehouse for yourself. Either way, we look forward to talking to you about your business’ counter and cabinet needs!

Brighten up your new kitchen with under cabinet lighting

You’ve probably heard of kitchen pendant lights, overhead lighting, or chandelier lighting. These kitchen lighting options add personality to the room and bring a touch of color and style to any kitchen. For example, a modern farmhouse kitchen might feature exposed light bulbs with wood features for a down-to-earth aesthetic. In contrast, a more modern kitchen may have gold pendants or a sparkly chandelier as a visual focal point. Depending on your personal preference and your home’s style, your kitchen lighting can totally be a game-changer for the look of your space. It’s something you need to consider when remodeling your kitchen.

Under cabinet lighting can bring the best out of your kitchen remodel.

Effective under cabinet lighting can be a great way to show off your new cabinets, countertops, and backsplash.

Another type of lighting that homeowners sometimes overlook is under cabinet lighting. These are lights that are attached underneath your cabinets, providing ample light above your countertops. These lights add a subtle but strong effect in your kitchen, highlighting the countertops and surrounding appliances. Under cabinet lighting brings out the color and vibrancy of your new granite or quartz countertops and have the potential to be a great addition to any kitchen, no matter what decorating style you prefer.

Benefits of under cabinet lighting

Most kitchens still continue to use standard, overhead lighting, so a kitchen with under cabinet lighting will stand out compared to the rest. Plus, under cabinet lighting is simple to install and extra convenient, especially for those late-night refrigerator runs. Here are a few more benefits of choosing under cabinet lighting in your home:

  • More versatility in lighting options: You’ll have more options when it comes to brightening your kitchen. If it’s late at night, for example, you can easily turn on the under cabinet lighting for a softer, less harshly bright look.
  • Beautiful, subtle glow to your kitchen: Under cabinet lighting provides a soft glow in your kitchen, setting the mood for a more peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.
  • Better visuals when cooking or cleaning: This benefit is a no-brainer—you’ll be able to see your food and cooking more clearly with additional lights installed!
  • Energy- and cost-efficient: Instead of lighting up the entire kitchen each time you walk in the room, you can save energy by only using the under cabinet lights. Additionally, these lights are cheap and easy to install.
  • Eliminates dark shadows: Say goodbye to dark, hidden corners of your kitchen when you install under cabinet lights.
  • Higher interior value: When it comes time to sell your home, potential buyers will appreciate the look of under cabinet lights because it makes the kitchen feel a little more complete and highlights its best features, namely the new countertops, cabinets, and appliances.

You’ll notice the difference almost immediately. Under cabinet lights bring an extra layer of warmth and brightness to any kitchen, no matter how large or small. You don’t need to have an unlimited budget for these lights, either. They’re affordable and add a simple touch of elegance to your home! When you’re chopping up vegetables at the counter, you’ll be thankful you have a little extra lighting to see clearly.

Other lighting features your kitchen needs

While you’re exploring under cabinet lighting options, check out these additional kitchen lighting features that can spruce up any kitchen space:

  • Vent hood lighting
  • Wall-mounted lighting or sconces
  • Metallic or textured lights
  • Lighting over the sink
  • Mix-and-match lighting pendants
  • Bold-colored lighting

Your lighting options are almost endless! You can find additional lighting inspiration in popular home magazines or from your favorite home decor accounts or bloggers. The beauty of kitchen lighting is that there’s no right or wrong answer—whatever look you love can work great in your kitchen, provided you have the space to make it work.

If you want to make a bold statement with your kitchen lighting, try gold pendant lights over the island or a pair of big, industrial hood lights. If you want a more subtle, traditional look, go with recessed lighting. For more creativity, install cabinet lights and island lighting, so your whole kitchen can glow with a modern feel! Remember, your lighting choices can change the entire look and perception of your kitchen.

Get started on your kitchen remodel today

If you’ve been putting off your kitchen remodel, now is the time to get started. Don’t wait another few months for your to-do list to pile up. Call the experts at Superior Stone & Cabinet in Phoenix, Arizona.

We have a team of professional design consultants who can help take your vision and bring it to life. We have affordable options and creative ideas for lighting, countertops, cabinets, and more! Visit our website or call us today to schedule a free estimate from our design experts.

Improve your home with these incredible kitchen features

When you’re cooking, cleaning, and entertaining in your kitchen, that room of your home can see more wear-and-tear than the rest of your home put together. If you have limited cabinet space or an awkward kitchen layout, you could find yourself struggling to make full use of your kitchen on a daily basis. Why work around these kitchen stumbling blocks when you can improve your home with new kitchen features that make this your favorite room in the house.

Even simple kitchen add-ons can greatly change your kitchen situation. Contrary to popular belief, these additions don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. With a professional design and installation company like Superior Stone & Cabinet, you can work within your budget to find features that fit your home best. For a free estimate, call us today.

Floating shelves are one of the most popular kitchen features we install.

One of the most popular kitchen features requested by today’s homeowners, floating shelves can be a great way to display decor and dishes alike in your kitchen.

Cabinet add-ons and improvements

Upgrading your cabinets and drawers with a new color and finish is a great move to make in any kitchen, but did you know you can also include other cabinet features when you replace your cabinets, such as lift-up cabinets, soft-close cabinets, and corner drawers? You can customize your cabinets to best suit your personal needs. For example, if you want easy access to your spices, you can add a vertical spice drawer with multiple levels that fits nicely between your oven and your other cabinets. That’s a kitchen feature that will directly lead to some great cooking!

Choosing the best countertop for your home

Any kitchen renovation should include some type of countertop improvement. When it comes to countertop materials, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the amount of options available. Do you go with butcher block, quartz, or granite? What color of countertop or look will pair best with your cabinets?

Depending on your cooking habits, personal preferences, and maintenance capabilities, you’ll be able to narrow down your wide number of options to a countertop that you love. Superior Stone & Cabinet has hundreds of countertop options to choose from, and we’re with you every step of the way! We have expert consultants who can provide advice and tips on picking the right material for your remodel.

Hidden kitchen features

When you work with a professional company like Superior Stone & Cabinet here in Phoenix, you even have options for hidden kitchen features that will greatly improve your life. For example, you can add a cutting board drawer that easily pops in and out of place when you need it for quick cutting. There are no-spill protectors you can add underneath your sink for easy wiping and fast cleanup. If you like the look of glass cabinet fronts, those can be added as well! There are almost endless options for your kitchen, and it all starts with your design dream or vision.

Here are just a few hidden kitchen features that can greatly improve your home:

  • Floating shelves: A floating shelf is not part of an enclosed cabinet and doesn’t feature a swing-open door. These shelves are mostly decorative, but they also offer creative space solutions for homeowners wanting to display their best kitchen items. If you are working with a smaller kitchen, floating shelves are a good choice to make the space appear larger and less cramped.
  • Soft-close and lift-up cabinets: These cabinet features add variety to your space. With soft-close doors, you can avoid the loud banging that accompanies many cabinets. Lift-up cabinets are usually attached to the countertop on the lowest level and provide more room to store bread, butter, or produce on your counter without it being in sight of all your guests.
  • Pull-out cabinets with lazy Susans: Have you ever been on your hands-and-knees, searching for a pan that’s hidden in the deep caverns of a corner cabinet? With a new pull-out cabinet and lazy Susan, you’ll be able to reach those pots and pans without hassle. The definitive spinning feature of a built-in lazy Susan makes it easy to find and store kitchen items.
  • Vertical drawers: Like the spice rack drawer we mentioned, vertical drawers add a nice visual element to your space. They’re also highly functional—you can use vertical drawers for easy-to-reach items like spices or utensils.
  • Plate drawers: These larger drawers are often located on the kitchen island or near the oven. They are long, deep drawers suited to fit your plates, instead of having to stack heavy plates on high shelves. These drawers often feature wooden pegs to separate and organize fine china or plates. A drawer for your plates make it easier for storage and entertainment.

See the selection that Superior has to offer

With so many choices and design options, place your dream kitchen in the hands of the experts at Superior Stone & Cabinet. We offer wholesale prices and have a 60,000 sq/ft warehouse for you to explore! Think outside the box, and your kitchen could become a new oasis for you to enjoy. Contact us for a free estimate, or come visit our showroom to speak with one of our designers.

How to have a stress-free renovation in any room of your home

You spend a majority of your time in your home, whether you’re eating, sleeping, creating memories with family, or spending time with friends. Every so often, you may itch for a change or a new look. Whether you’ve got your eye on new countertops for your kitchen or you want to replace that bathroom vanity, a renovation of any kind can be a big commitment. You should be able to have a stress-free renovation that is simple, straightforward, and affordable. That’s where we come in.

A stress-free renovation starts with visiting our showroom to see our selection, including our backsplash options.

From the right tile to the backsplash that matches your countertops, Superior can help you have a stress-free renovation.

Superior Stone & Cabinet is your premier provider and installer of cabinets, counters, flooring, and more. We know the ins-and-outs of planning a stress-free renovation, from the initial blueprint stage to laying the final tile into place or installing the backsplash. A great bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen renovation takes time, planning, and scheduling. If you’re already feeling overwhelmed, call us and start with a free estimate from our team!

Tips and tricks for remarkable renovations

Do all the research you can before jumping into a major home project. Before you start swinging a sledgehammer, consider following these tips to ensure your renovation is a success:

  1. Plan ahead: You may have heard the popular construction saying, “Measure twice, cut once.” This means that the more thorough and careful your planning is, the smoother the actual project execution will be. At Superior Stone & Cabinet, our planning process involves meeting with one of our renovation experts to make your vision come to life. We use blueprints, digital renderings, and photographs to build your dream room before the real room is ever touched!
  2. Make a schedule: For the most part, a renovation project can’t be completed in one day. Remodeling takes time and effective scheduling. For example, if you have children at home or want to leave on vacation, you’ll need to keep that in mind when opening your home to professionals. If you want a brand-new kitchen, plan to eat out during some meals, since your kitchen will look like a construction zone for at least some period of time. By setting a realistic timetable, you can know when the project will start, how long each step will take, and when the renovation will be done! If you’re working with the team here at Superior, we’ll provide you with a precise timetable for our work ahead of the start of the project.
  3. Be patient: Knowing that most projects can’t be completed overnight, you can rest easy when you follow your schedule. Patience is the key to a great remodeling project. If you become impatient and rush the job, the final result may be less-than-ideal. Our team of installers and construction experts will respect your home and property and listen to your needs. By being patient in return and waiting for the end result, you can make the process that much smoother.

Mistakes to avoid

During your renovation, there are some potential mishaps you’ll want to avoid. Check out some of these mistakes that can be easily avoided:

  1. Not speaking up: If, during your renovation, you notice a paint color that doesn’t seem right, say something! It’s easier to make changes when an issue is noticed right away. If you wait until the very end of the project to say something, you’ll have to wait even longer for the new result. Open communication is the key to a successful renovation.
  2. Making snap decisions: With hundreds of countertop options and dozens of cabinet features to sort through, you don’t want to make any quick decisions that you’ll regret later. For example, if you rush through the design or planning phase and realize that you really wanted a spice drawer or a pull-out feature in your cabinet, you’ll wish you had picked that option earlier. You should make each renovation decision with care, taking into account your daily routine, preferences, and needs.
  3. Trying to do your own remodel: A DIY approach can initially sound attractive and affordable, but you could be making many mistakes along the way. Using incorrect tools or trying to paint your own cabinets can be tiresome, frustrating, and ineffective. Our professional team knows how to tackle your project and save you money along the way!

Your one-stop spot for counters, flooring, tile, and more

Whether you want a new standalone bathtub, a white quartz countertop, or new flooring for the bedroom, call the team at Superior Stone & Cabinet! We’ve been in this business for decades and we can point you and your home in the right direction. Our 60,000 sq/ft warehouse is full of options available to you today! We can make your next remodeling project easy, affordable, and even fun.

How to find the right quartz countertop colors for your remodel

If you’re planning on starting a kitchen remodel this year, you’ve probably already started thinking about countertops and cabinets. If you’ve already decided on the modern look of quartz countertops, the next step is finding the right countertop colors for your remodel. That’s where we can help! In this guide, we’ll walk you through some of the things to consider when looking for the right countertop for your newly remodeled kitchen.

Of course, if you’re trying to decide on a new countertop material, style, or color, there’s no substitute for speaking with one of our design experts. Visit our showroom to see our quartz selection in-person and speak with one of the members of our team. Or, call us to schedule an in-home estimate. The pros here at Superior Stone & Cabinet are ready to help.

This kitchen features matching cabinets and countertop colors for your remodel here in Phoenix.What to consider when looking for countertop colors for your remodel

Take a look at undertones

The best place to start looking for a new quartz color is your current or dream kitchen. What colors are your cabinets and walls? The undertone of your quartz should typically match or compliment the undertones of your entire kitchen setup.

For example, white cabinets could use either a white quartz countertop, or a contrasting grey or black quartz. White is an easy example, but follow the same strategy whether your cabinets are yellow, blue, wood or any other color or pattern.

If you’re installing new cabinets at the same time you’re getting new countertops, this is even easier! Talk to one of our design pros here at Superior Stone & Cabinet and we can suggest any number of aesthetically pleasing pairings of quartz and cabinet colors.

Remember your complimenting colors

Your kitchen isn’t monotone, so don’t choose a countertop to simply match the existing colors. Think about complimenting your current look and style with a complimenting color.

If your kitchen is missing a splash of color, look for a more bold quartz choice. Or tone down your vibrant walls and cabinets with a calm white or grey monotone countertop.

The perfect pattern

A patterned countertop can incredibly striking. For better or worse, the style of pattern on your countertop can set the tone for your entire kitchen. Particularly if you have large, open areas of countertop, consider the style of pattern that works best for your style.

Patterns are more complex than simple color options. Some patterns offer a fresh, natural look, while others are smooth and sublime.

If your kitchen already has a variety of textures and patterns, consider a muted quartz option. Or for a touch of personality, choose quartz that has speckles, swirls or other natural features for added visual interest.

Enjoy the stunning quality of quartz

Few countertop materials can match the elegance and natural durability of quartz. Whether replacing an outdated style or upgrading to your first quartz countertop, let Superior Stone & Cabinet assist you with your purchase. Contact us today to discover how you can get more out of your kitchen remodel with our wide array of quartz color and style choices. We have the countertop colors for your remodel.