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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 to 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.

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

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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

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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.

5 tips for choosing tile for your shower remodel

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

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

1. Use small-sized tiles on the curves

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

2. Select the right mosaic tile

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

3. Install proper tile for the shower bench

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

4. Pick a slip-resistant tile for the floor

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

5. Select a good wall tile

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

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

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

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

Superior gives you cabinet storage options

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An efficient and easily accessible way to store spices.

We’ll be the ones to say it: cabinets have gotten a lot better looking in the past ten to fifteen years. Once seen in an almost purely utilitarian light, today’s kitchen and bathroom cabinets are the aesthetically pleasing centerpiece of your home. Available in almost every possible color and stain of wood, cabinets are enjoying a golden age.

While they may look good, don’t forget that cabinets have a functional purpose: storage and organization. It doesn’t matter how fantastic your cabinets are if your dishes are stacked up on your counters for a lack of space. Lucky for you and your kitchen, Superior Stone and Cabinet offers cabinet storage options that are not only great looking, but will convince your house guests that you’re an organizational genius.

For the cluttered

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Make it easy to access your pots and pans.

Are you in need of some kitchen organization help? We can’t do anything about your spouse’s lifetime collection of coffee mugs, but we can help you store them better. Our cabinet storage methods will make your life easier and your counters clearer.

  • Hidden trash cans: This system allows you to place trash cans within the cabinet structure, where they can slide out from hiding for easy access when you need them. If you’re tired of tripping over the trash can on your way to the sink, hidden trash cans might be a space-efficient option. This can also help you become a better recycler, by giving you a dedicated space for sorting bins.
  • An organized spice rack: Nothing’s worse than having to interrupt your cooking to search in the back of your cabinet for wherever you put the oregano. No one has thyme for that! (Sorry). An innovative spice option—including a vertical, slide-out orientation—could make all the difference.
  • Pull-out pot shelving: Despite our best intentions and efforts, most storage of pots and pans goes downhill, to the point where simply matching lids to their pots is a remarkable achievement. With a pull-out system from Superior, you can easily access and organize your pot and pan collection.

For the entertainer

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Efficient storage of wine bottles.

Do you like to have friends and family over for dinner and drinks? Don’t just have them marvel at the look of your cabinets—wow them with a whole range of expanded functions that take your kitchen from mere hangout spot to entertaining machine.

  • In-cabinet wine bottle rack: If you love a great glass of wine with company, an in-cabinet bottle rack makes for an amazing conversation piece. If you’re the type that likes to collect, this allows you to store bottles out-of-sight until you need them. Who knew that your cabinets could be so much fun?
  • Glass hanger: Your glasses with stems are probably taking up more room in your cabinet than they should. A simple glass hanger affixed to the outside bottom of your over-counter cabinets not only allows for you to efficiently store your glasses, but it looks classy and elegant.
  • Easy access to plates: How do you store your plates? One way to have easy access to dining plates for guests is to upgrade to a cabinet fixture that allows you to store plates vertically.

With Superior, you have cabinet storage options

If you’re ready to upgrade to new cabinets, stop by our 60,000 square foot showroom in Phoenix. We’ll sit down with you and provide you with a free estimate for all the cabinet storage options you’re looking for. Are you also looking for new countertops? We can help with that, too!

Ready to get started? Give Superior Stone and Cabinet a call, or stop by our location at 3717 East Broadway Road.

How to Find the Right Seller for Flooring in Phoenix, Arizona

How to Find the Right Seller for Flooring in Phoenix, ArizonaFlooringThere are many people offering flooring in Phoenix, Arizona. However, not all of them are worth trying due to many reasons including a lack of experience and poor customer support. There are several things that should be considered before making this decision because flooring is not something one can risk making a mistake on.

To help you in this regard given below are some important tips that will help you find the right seller for flooring in Phoenix, Arizona.

Know What You Want

Firstly, you need to be sure of what type of flooring in Phoenix, Arizona you want. It is very important to have a clear idea in mind so that one can start looking for a seller. There are many options including tiles, carpets and laminate flooring. It is important to finalize on one thing before beginning with the search.

Things that may impact your decision include the latest trend, your budget, requirements and the availability of space. You should start looking for a seller keeping these things in mind so that no time is wasted.

Set Standards

It is important to set standard as they help in measuring results. Once you get flooring in Phoenix, Arizona, you can use the set standards to measure the performance of the seller. This will help you decide if the job went well or if any changes are required.

However, you should not set your standards keeping only the view of other’s in mind. Quality of work that one receives depends on several things and not just the seller or provider.

Look for a Seller

Once you know what you want and what the value for it is, it is time to look for someone who matches the criteria. There are many ways of finding a seller; however, the main thing is to find the right kind of seller.

Your options include looking online or talking to your friends or relatives about it. Their recommendations might be of much help if they are in a position to share their experience. Additionally, it is important that you keep all the details including reliability, cost, etc. in mind to reach a final decision.

Compare and Select

Once you have made a pool of potential sellers it is time to select one that can perform the job in the most suitable manner. If required, you may talk to the companies to reach a solution. It is important that you choose a seller carefully and not just pick a number at random.

Things on which the selection is based include cost, duration required, liability issues, support, and warranty.

Get the Job Done

Once everything has been discussed, let the company do its job. You should keep a keen eye at the end result, which will have to be measured with the standards set to see if you have been able to achieve the flooring in Phoenix, Arizona that you desired.

If you notice any problem then do not waste time in contacting the seller to get the problem repaired.