If you’re looking to start a home remodeling project here in the Valley, be sure to stop by our 60,000 sq/ft showroom. Superior has everything you need for your remodel: quartz and granite countertops, cabinets, flooring, and more. Plus, we offer professional installation and construction services. Want to get started? Call us for a free in-home estimate.

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.

We’re open for business and taking steps to keep you safe

The recent COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak has impacted almost every aspect of American life. In this article, we’ll review the precautions our team is taking to keep you safe. We’ll also go over how our new online design consultations work. Finally, we’ll discuss what COVID-19 is and how you can support other local businesses in our community during these hard times.

We’re taking precautions

We can all do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. Here are the precautions we’re taking to protect you, both in our showroom and in your home:

  • We’re checking in every day with our employees and contractors to ensure that they remain healthy and ready to work.
  • We have paid time-off policies in place, encouraging any sick employees to stay home.
    Our team is regularly cleaning and sanitizing our showroom.
  • We’ve undergone training on social distancing best practices.
  • We’re using technology to limit human-to-human contact throughout this outbreak. This includes giving our customers the option to shop and design from their own home.

Our doors remain open, and we are more than happy to meet with you here in our Phoenix showroom. Visit us today, or call us at (602) 437-0088 to schedule an online design consultation with one of our kitchen or bathroom remodeling experts.

Schedule an online design consultation

We now offer online design consultations. To start yours, contact us today.

Our business is taking a number of safety precautions during the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak here in the United States.

What is COVID-19?

As you’ve no doubt heard, COVID-19—also known as “novel coronavirus”—is a global pandemic that arrived in the United States several months ago, and has since started to spread throughout communities throughout the nation. COVID-19 is a virus that can be transmitted when someone breathes in air coughed or sneezed into by an infected person. It can also be picked up off of surfaces, such as checkout counters, money, and door handles.

Experts now believe that most cases (about 80%) of COVID-19 involve mild-to-moderate flu-like symptoms. For those with pre-existing conditions, the elderly, and others, symptoms can be much more severe and even require hospitalization. For some people, there are no symptoms. Many people infected are contagious, but do not start having symptoms for several days. Cumulatively, this all can lead to quick, unconstrained spread without human intervention. Social distancing is one of the main strategies for slowing the spread of the disease and “flattening the curve”—a phrase that means reducing the overall burden on our hospitals and medical personnel here in the Valley.

Some of the best ways to prevent COVID-19 spread in our community include:

  • Washing your hands with warm water and soap after touching surfaces outside your home. Regularly sanitize your phone, as well.
  • Stay home if you are starting to feel sick or have flu-like symptoms.
  • Stay informed by checking out the website for the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

Thank you for your support of local businesses

The COVID-19 outbreak is having a profound impact on local businesses of all sizes and types. Local businesses are the backbone of our community and its future economic vitality. If you’re able, we encourage you to support our local restaurants, retail stores, and other businesses during this critical period. Here are some ways you can do your part:

  • You can support local retail and storefronts by ordering your essentials online through them. Buying online from a local business keeps that money in our community and helps out your neighbors.
  • Ordering takeout or delivery from your favorite local restaurants is a great way to keep your spirits up and help these vital businesses stay afloat. If you’re not comfortable ordering food out at this time, consider buying a gift certificate you can use after the COVID-19 outbreak has abated.
  • Be patient and compassionate. Just like all of us, local businesses and their employees are facing an unprecedented situation. A simple “thank you” can go a long way to keeping everyone going.

We’ll get through this together, thanks to our first responders, our medical professionals, and everyone else on the front lines of this outbreak.

Finally, from our entire team at Superior Stone & Cabinet: thank you for your business through this challenging time. If you’ve decided now is a good time to remodel your home, call us—we’d love to talk to you and review your project through video chat.

What’s the best kitchen cabinet varnish for your home?

If you have kitchen cabinets in your home right now, they are being protected by varnish. Kitchen cabinet varnish is a specially formulated protective topcoat layer that protects cabinets from stains and wear-and-tear. When applied correctly by a professional to newly installed cabinets, bathroom and kitchen cabinet varnish can guard your cabinets for many years to come.

In this article, we’ll review how varnish works, the different types of varnishes out there, and why it makes sense to have a professional install your new bathroom and kitchen cabinets here in Phoenix, Arizona.

Are you currently in the process of planning a kitchen remodel? Check out our new infographic! It contains everything you need to know before starting a remodel.

What is a kitchen cabinet varnish?

Kitchen cabinet varnish is a protective, sealing layer that protects the cabinet surface from stains, nicks, heat damage, and other types of common kitchen wear-and-tear. All cabinets should have some type of varnish added to them to keep them looking great for the long haul. However, the type of varnish used greatly depends on the nature of the cabinet and its paint.

In a kitchen like this one, the kitchen cabinet varnish will help protect the cabinets against stains and the sunlight coming through the skylight.

In a kitchen like this one, the kitchen cabinet varnish will help protect the cabinets against stains and the sunlight coming through the skylight.

Different types of varnishes

Varnishes provide a protective coating to the kitchen cabinet. Many different types of varnishes can be applied on the kitchen cabinetry. All the different types of varnishes can be grouped into two types: oil-based and water-based.

Traditionally, varnishes were made of oil and resin. These varnishes create a hard and resistant surface once they have dried. Oil-based varnishes, on the other hand, are more durable than water-based varnishes. However, water-based varnishes dry more quickly after application. Also, they have a low odor level, which is important if applying inside the home.

Today, most manufacturers either apply polyurethane or catalyzed varnishes. Polyurethane varnishes can be used on both unfinished and painted surfaces. They can be either water- or oil-based.

Applying a varnish

Applying the varnish on the wood is, in effect, sealing it with plastic. The plastic is tough that creates an impenetrable barrier on the surface. They tend to create a glossier finish to the kitchen cabinet. The varnish makes the surface super resistant to water and chemicals. You can select satin, low-gloss, or high gloss finishes.

Catalyzed varnishes contain a catalyst that accelerates the drying process after application. The fast acting varnishes are harder, more durable, and boast of improved corrosion resistance. They are transparent and protect the wood from damage due to cleaners and household chemicals.

The kitchen cabinets on which catalyzed varnishes are applied retain the sheen and original paint color. It is more expensive than lacquer but also more elastic that provides remedy against expansion and contraction of the joints.

So, how do you decide what type of kitchen cabinet varnish is right for your home?

Start by giving the pros at Superior Stone & Cabinet a call. We offer free in-home estimates on new kitchen cabinets. We’ll help you pick out the right style and color for your cabinets.

Experts state that a person should consider different factors when selecting a varnish for the kitchen cabinet. There is no one type of varnish that is best for every cabinet. Some of the factors that you need to consider include the presence of excess moisture, exposure to airborne pollutants, presence of excess natural light, UV exposure, drying time, durability requirement, and finished appearance.

Painting kitchen cabinets and adding a varnish can be complicated. There are many steps, the process is time-consuming, and the margin for error is relatively small.

That’s what makes professional installation and an in-home estimate a good choice.

Call us at Superior Stone & Cabinet

If you’re still confused about which varnish is best for your kitchen cabinet, you should contact our professional team at Superior Stone and Cabinet.

We have a team of experts who can guide you in making the right decision regarding kitchen cabinet varnish. We can also help you in selecting a new kitchen cabinet that best source your budget and preferences.

Contact us today for a free in-home estimation for the installation of kitchen cabinets.

Drilling Your Own Cabinet Hardware (Knobs and Pulls)

Buying new cabinets is a great way to invest in your home, but the costs can really add up. One way to save on your cabinet installation is to purchase and install your own knobs or pulls. By drilling your own cabinet hardware, you’ll not only save, but be able to fully customize the look and visual appeal of your cabinets.

Start with new cabinets installed by Superior

Obviously, to start, you’ll need cabinets. That’s where we come in. Superior Stone & Cabinet is one of the largest suppliers of kitchen and bathroom cabinets in the Phoenix metro area. Learn more about our cabinets and see the styles and colors we have available.

What are knobs and pull handles, and why do they matter?

Pictured: Brown kitchen cabinets with dark metal hardware. In this article, we review steps for drilling your own cabinet hardware.In this article, we use the word “hardware” to describe the knobs and pull handles commonly found on the front of kitchen cabinets as a mechanism for opening the cabinet. Here’s an example of some cabinet hardware. Here are some of the reasons that you should consider adding hardware to your cabinets.

First, they extend the life of your cabinet finish by helping the wood avoid oils and chemicals from human contact.

Second, they’re a must when you have full overlay doors and drawer fronts.

Finally, they look fantastic and can take any kitchen from just so-so to truly outstanding. If you want your guests to stand and stare in awe of your new kitchen, customized or high-quality knobs and pull handles are the way to go.

Of course, you might also want to consider pairing your cabinet knobs and pull handles with other cabinet storage options.

Step #1: Examine your cabinets and pick the right hardware

When choosing your new hardware, make sure you examine your cabinet doors and drawer fronts. Start by measuring the width of the flat areas on your doors and drawer fronts.

Some kitchen layouts have some very small doors or drawer fronts that wide handles may not fit on. You need to pick your hardware—that is, the actual knob or pull handle—based on the width of the smallest door or drawer you have.

Also, pay attention to how flat the area is where the base of the knob or pull will sit. Some hardware have really wide bases that—depending on the detailing on your calendar—may not fit.

This cabinet unit has unique knobs, each different from one another.

Step #2: Make sure you have the right screws for the job

Finally, remember to check if the hardware you are going to buy has longer screws for the drawers. Most hardware only comes with smaller 1-inch screws for the doors. So, measure the thickness of the cabinet doors and drawer fronts—including the drawer box—to determine you are getting the right screws.

If the screws you have are too long or too short, you can find suitable replacements at any home improvement store.

Step #3: Figure out where you need to drill

The are two ways to figure out where you need to drill holes for installing the hardware:

  1. Measuring every door and drawer. As you might expect, this can take a while, especially if you live by a “measure twice, cut once” mentality (which you should, especially when you’re drilling your own cabinet hardware for the first time!)
  2. Using a jig from the hardware store as a template. This is much faster and easier, but you’ll need to decide which holes in the template to use for the specific hardware you’ve selected. When in doubt, ask the folks at the local hardware store.

If you decide to measure manually:

Measure the width of the side rail of the door—including the detail—and divide that in half to find the center. If you are unsure about your math, measure the opposite way after you mark it to double-check your accuracy.

You can do the same vertically. Of course, pull handles and knobs on the pull-out drawers should be in the exact center of the drawer. But, for the rest of your cabinets, you’ll have to decide the vertical placement of the hardware. The standard is 3″ up the upper doors and 3″ down on the base doors.

Step #4: Drilling the cabinet fronts

Make sure that you open the door during the drilling process to ensure that you don’t end up drilling the wrong side of the door and so you don’t drill into the frame of the cabinet behind the door.

Once you drill the first holes, then you can find out which holes in the template line up the best. You may have to drill your own hole in the template. For the rest of the doors, mark the holes on the door with a pencil using the template.

Do not drill through the template. After a couple holes the hole will get bigger in the template and will no longer be accurate.

The right cabinet pulls can complement your new cabinets and countertops. Here’s an example of an installation completed by our team at Superior Stone & Cabinet.

Step #5: Drilling the cabinet drawers

Drilling the cabinet drawers is a little more difficult than the doors, but it is doable for you, as a homeowner committed to drilling your own cabinet hardware.

First, measure the height of the drawer front and divide it in half. Put a pencil mark on the drawer front where the middle will be. Be sure that you do not press too hard with the pencil—you don’t want to put an indentation in the wood. This is an easy mistake to make when you’re drilling your own cabinet hardware for the first time.

After you find the vertical center, measure the width of the drawer front and divide that in half to mark the center of the front horizontally. If you are drilling a single hole for knobs, this is where you will drill.

If you are drill two holes for a pull handle, you need to measure equal distances left and right to ensure the pull will be center on the drawer front. You may also choose to put two pulls on wider drawers if desired. Usually when this is done, you try to measure equal distances from both sides. Once you drill your first holes, then you can line up the template.

Additional tips for drilling your own cabinet hardware

  • Always use a new, sharp drill bit and do not push hard when drilling your doors and drawer fronts. If you use a dull drill bit, or push while you drill, you’ll blow the back of the wood out and make it look unsightly behind the door or drawer.
  • Make sure to make any cabinet adjustments before drilling your drawers. If you don’t wait, the hardware will appear off level and will be harder to adjust later.
  • Always use a drill bit slightly larger than the screw you are using. If the screw does not go in freely, it will strip out and break off inside the drawer or door. A 3/16″ drill bit is recommended for the standard 8/32″ screws.
  • If you are uncertain about anything, ask someone. Cabinet doors and drawers can be expensive to replace, so if you’re drilling your own cabinet hardware, you’ll want to take the time to do things right.

Learn more about cabinets and see our selection by calling Superior Stone & Cabinet

Superior Stone & Cabinet is your source for quality cabinets and cabinet installation. Give us a call at (602) 437-0088, visit our Phoenix, Arizona showroom, or contact us online with your questions.

Here’s what to consider when choosing flooring for your home

No home remodel is complete without new floors. However, even in situations where homeowners have decided on everything else, choosing flooring can be a challenge. After all, you have to weigh the aesthetics against the material’s durability and price. Do you want tile or laminate, or carpet and stained concrete? In this article, we’ll provide you with a list of important factors to consider when selecting flooring and how you can go about finding the right flooring for your home.

At Superior Stone & Cabinet, we are proud to offer high-quality tile and laminate flooring at wholesale, direct importer prices. To see our wide flooring selection for yourself, we recommend you swing by our showroom here in Phoenix. Or, contact us to schedule a free in-home estimate so that one of our designers can meet with you and discuss what you’re envisioning for your floors.

What should you take into consideration when choosing flooring for your home?

Here are the four main factors that homeowners should think about when deciding on a type and style of flooring for their home:

Superior Stone & Cabinet has a wide selection of tile and laminate flooring. If you need help choosing flooring for your home, talk to our team.

Superior Stone & Cabinet has a wide selection of tile and laminate flooring. If you need help choosing flooring for your home, talk to our team.

Location

Not every type of flooring is a fit for every room of your home. While tile and laminate flooring are durable and versatile, they might not be great for a children’s room that would benefit from the softness of carpet. For obvious reasons, carpet is a no-go in bathrooms and kitchens. You need to take the planned use of the room into consideration when choosing flooring for that space.

Here’s something to consider, however: you can always utilize rugs on top of tile or laminate floors to soften the surface, reduce the amount of echo in your home, or just to make a living room cozier for time with the family. In this way, tile and laminate are a bit more versatile throughout the home than carpet.

Durability

Changing your flooring is a big investment, both in terms of time and money. As a homeowner, you want floors that will last and continue to look good for many years to come. Durability is an important factor in your flooring decision because the quality of your floors can influence both the value of your home and how much enjoyment you get out of the space every single day.

Tile is obviously one of the most durable forms of flooring, but be sure to also take a look at laminate. Vinyl and laminate flooring have come a long way from their roots. Today, they offer all the look of wood with superior durability to real wood floors. They are water-resistant, making them ideal for bathrooms and kitchens. Laminate floors resist scratching or damage from dropped objects. If your home has children, they’re as close to an “accident-proof” type of flooring as you can get.

Aesthetics & Style

Of course, on top of all this, you want something that looks good and fits your own style sensibilities. The good news is that tile and laminate floors come in a wide variety of colors and sizes. Tile is now available in everything from wood-style “planks” to traditional square tile. With laminate floors, you can choose almost any type of flooring you want, making it easy to match your already-installed kitchen cabinets, for instance.

If you’re thinking about remodeling your home and installing new flooring in the near future, our recommendation is that you stop by our conveniently located showroom here in Phoenix to start getting design ideas and to talk with our design team. We can help you find the right floors for your home.

Price

Floors can vary wildly in price. Stone floors are incredibly expensive. Tile and laminate floors generally start reasonable but can get pricey depending on where you shop and what flooring you’re looking at. Here are Superior Stone & Cabinet, we’re able to offer some of the best prices on flooring here in the Phoenix metro, thanks to our status as a direct importer and wholesaler.

Always ask about the price of tile or laminate before you fall in love with it: you don’t want to be set on a flooring option that’s out of your price range and budget.

Talk to a design professional

Choosing flooring can be difficult. Here’s how to make it easier: chat with a professional. If you talk to our team here at Superior Stone & Cabinet and tell us what you’re looking for envisioning, our team can help you find something in your price range and let you know what your options are. It’s as easy as that.

To schedule a free in-home estimate on new flooring, contact us today.

What are the latest bathroom trends you should know about?

Thinking about remodeling your bathroom or planning on starting from scratch in a new house? These both can be exciting tasks, yet overwhelming because of how many little decisions must be made regarding colors, styles, and the general layout. Where do you even start? Let’s begin with a basic overview of some popular and modernized trends being seen this year.

The 8 top trends in bathroom design

1. Neutral Color Palette

Unless you are decorating a themed child’s bathroom, neutral colors are always the safe way to go. Whites, grays, and blacks can look very modern, while shades of tan are also very appealing. Utilizing a neutral color palette when designing a bathroom is a classic choice.

Go a step further and consider adding a monochromatic element as well. You can do this by starting with a single base color hue and incorporate other elements in your bathroom that are just a couple tones, tints, or shades lighter/darker to complement the original shade. White fixtures, light grey walls, and dark grey sink faucets are just one example of how to incorporate monochromatic elements throughout your bathroom.

Floating vanities are one of the latest bathroom trends of 2019.

Floating vanities are one of the latest bathroom trends of 2019.

2. Exposed Shower Plumbing

This trend is exactly what it says. With clear shower glass becoming the new norm—especially in large master bathrooms—exposed shower plumbing has emerged as an alluring industrial look. It pairs best with the modernized color schemes discussed above, or a simple white, marble shower.

3. Marble as Art

Let Mother Nature be the artist. Marble is a timeless material that works well for bathroom vanities and countertops. It is as durable as it is beautiful. Marble is also a fantastic option because its versatility can lean traditional or modern depending on the color scheme and how it is integrated into the bathroom decor.

4. Side-mounted Faucets

It is no secret that people find enjoyment in going against the grain or defying the rules. This also applies to your bathroom remodel. One of these unspoken rules typically expected in all bathrooms is a forward-facing faucet. But lately, installing side-mounted faucets has become a fun trend that completely shatters traditional bathroom norms as we know them. Not to mention, they are a wonderful space saver in smaller-sized bathrooms.

5. Floating Vanities

Want an easy way to make your bathroom look chic? When embodied correctly and with a decent border material, a floating vanity can add a level of depth and seamlessness to any bathroom. These add a beautiful and airy feeling in your bathroom. Plus, they come in all shapes and sizes, which means you can find the perfect one that complements your bathroom’s unique style.

6. Floor-to-Ceiling Shower Glass Enclosure

Another common example of how people are modernizing their bathroom by straying away from tradition is by removing water dams in the shower. The most prevalent example of this is by a complete floor-to-ceiling shower glass enclosure. To make this work without a shower pan or sopping mess trailed throughout your entire bathroom floor, the shower floor must be properly sloped.

This is a very sleek way to broaden your shower space and effortlessly open up your entire bathroom. Traditionally, a bathroom can appear to be closed off by sectioning each area (e.g., toilet stall, shower pan), so a floor-to-ceiling shower glass enclosure is yet another option to consider.

7. Wall-mounted Sinks & Toilets

Another relatively new style for bathroom design are wall-mounted toilets and sinks. In fact, floating toilets are predicted to become the standard in new homes over the next decade. They are a perfect choice in bathrooms going for a modern look. Many of these toilets have additional technology that allows for wall-mounted flush controls.

This floating concept is an alternative way to make your bathroom appear larger and more open. Typically your under-sink cabinets that touch the floor can take up a lot of unwanted space. Therefore, the advantages of a floating sink goes beyond just how it looks, but also extends to the way it makes the entire bathroom appear more open.

8. Long, Skinny Tiles

To go along with a fresh bathroom layout, now it’s time to decorate your walls. The hot trends right now include statement walls, granite walls, and tiled walls. Many people expect to see tile walls in commercial spaces—such as hotels, restaurants, and businesses—but the trend is now making its way into residential bathrooms as well. The most popular wall tile are long, skinny tiles. This tile style is just an updated version of the classic subway tile often used all around the house.

Here are your next steps!

See an idea above that you like and want to incorporate into your bathroom remodel? We can help put your plans into action. Call Superior Stone & Cabinet today to tell us what you have in mind, or stop by our conveniently located Phoenix showroom. We would love to give you some additional insight and make your dreams a reality.

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!