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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.

See 2018 cabinet hardware trends and styles at Superior Stone & Cabinet

Striking a balance between trending and timeless is hard. Luckily, when it comes to selecting cabinet hardware—including knobs and pulls—for your kitchen, Superior Stone & Cabinet is here to help. In this blog, we’ll review the latest cabinet hardware trends.

The Best For Kitchen Cabinets

This kitchen with wood cabinets has gone with darker pulls and knobs.

Trending styles

If you’re currently remodeling your home and looking to pick new cabinet knobs and pulls, it might not be a bad idea to review some of the latest styles to see if there’s one that speaks to you or really fits your home.

Satin brass

While classic silver pulls have been predominant for years, more and more homeowners are opting to match their cabinets, counters, and backsplashes to something timeless: that coppery, darker brass and bronze.

Satin brass pulls not only look great, but can impart a particular style to your kitchen. In particular, bronze and brass evoke the style of the 1950’s kitchen—a style that is coming back into, well, style.

Brushed bronze

These cabinet and drawer pulls are trending, and are a popular combination with stainless style appliances and fixtures. These warm metallic fixtures will match the rest of your kitchen.

Another place where bronze looks great? As pulls on white kitchen cabinets. This is a stunning design that will have your guests talking and bring warmth and color to your kitchen.

Get crazy and unique

Some homeowners looking to make their kitchen their own are using antique, mismatched knobs. These create a one-of-a-kind kitchen with an eclectic flair.

However, think twice before going down this road: if you ever want to sell your home in the future, you may need to replace those knobs and pulls beforehand, as they may not speak to every buyer.

Classic for a reason

If you’re not sold on brass and bronze, don’t panic! There are classic styles that are still in style—and probably won’t go out of it for a long time.

Brushed nickel is a good example of a choice for knobs and pulls that matches almost every kitchen and has a timeless feel to it. Plus, it matches the stainless steel appliances that are now ubiquitous in many homes now.

Make your cabinets something special

When you work with Superior Stone & Cabinet, we won’t just install your cabinets. We’ll help you plan out your dream kitchen upgrade, from knobs and pulls to cabinet storage options. Come visit our 60,000 showroom and warehouse here in Phoenix, or contact us to schedule an in-home estimate in the Valley.

How upgrading your kitchen and bathroom can improve your home value

Every decision a homeowner makes has to take two things into consideration: do I like this, and will the person who one day buys the house from me like this?

This is a strong deterrent against painting your walls seafoam green, but the opportunity to improve your home value is also a great reason to have Superior Stone & Cabinet upgrade your kitchen and bathroom.

In this blog, we’ll review the top things you can do as a homeowner to improve your home’s long-term value while simultaneously creating something you and your family will enjoy in the present.

Start in the kitchen

Most experts agree that the kitchen is the place to start when you’re looking to add value to your home. In hot seller’s markets—like the one here in Phoenix—the upgrade can easily pay for itself in a rise in your home’s value.

Why is the kitchen the best place to make changes?

It’s partially because kitchen design trends have changed so much since the early-to-mid 90s. Granite and quartz countertops have become popular, backsplash tile is in, cabinets have gone generally toward new colors and options, and linoleum is getting swapped out for tile or laminate.

What kind of upgrades should you make?

If nothing else, focus on counters and cabinets. These are the highly visible parts of your kitchen, and improvements here will instantly give your home more “pop” when it’s being shown off to prospective buyers.

You’ll have some decisions to make. What type of countertop? Should you add cabinet organization? Of course, the design and remodeling experts at Superior Stone & Cabinet can help. More on that in a second.

Have the funds for something bigger? You can consider opening up your kitchen, which is a popular trend at the moment and makes your home feel more roomy and welcoming.

Move on to the master bathroom

Most homes have “master” bathroom located off the main bedroom. Remodel this next. Prospective buyers will want a stunning master bathroom that they can use and admire on a daily basis.

Tackle that shower project

Superior Stone & Cabinet can help you create the perfect shower for your home. We have the right materials in our 60,000 SQ/FT warehouse and showroom for any shower design, including a wide variety of shower tile.

Creating a modern shower with upgraded faucets and fixtures can really pay off when you go to put your home on the market. This is something realtors and buyers are looking for in used homes.

Upgrade your bathroom counters and cabinets

Bathroom counters and cabinets can significantly increase the visual appeal of your bathroom, and the corresponding value of your home.

Keep up with the arms race

You may not think you need upgrades to improve your home value. After all, home prices are going up based on your location here in the Valley.

Here’s what you have to think about, though: even in a seller’s market, homeowners are in an arms race against their neighbors and people many blocks away. If your house is outdated compared to other houses in your price range, you’re going to be in a tough spot.

By investing in your home value today, you can ensure that—when you go to sell your home in the future—you’ll get the most out of it.

Call or visit Superior Stone for ideas, materials, and more

Superior Stone & Cabinet is your one-stop-shop for everything you need to remodel your kitchen or bathroom in Phoenix. If you’re thinking about upgrading your home—either for future sale or for your personal enjoyment—contact us or visit our conveniently located showroom.

Granite slab versus prefabricated granite: which is better?

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

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

Prefabricated Granite

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

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

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

Custom Granite Slab

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

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

Learn more about how granite countertops are cut and made.

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

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

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

So, which is better?

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

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

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

Here are 4 things to consider during a bathroom renovation project

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

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

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

What to consider for your bathroom renovation project

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

1. Consider the resale value

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

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

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

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

2. Avoid messing with the plumbing if you can

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

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

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

3. Spruce up the bathroom to add value

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

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

4. Consider adding a small window in the bathroom

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

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

Start your bathroom renovation project at Superior Stone & Cabinet

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

5 tips for choosing tile for your shower remodel

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

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

1. Use small-sized tiles on the curves

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

2. Select the right mosaic tile

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

3. Install proper tile for the shower bench

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

4. Pick a slip-resistant tile for the floor

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

5. Select a good wall tile

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

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

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

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

Custom Cabinet Design Ideas For Your Home Remodel

Custom Cabinet Design IdeasRemodeling your home? Superior Stone & Cabinet offers several cabinet options, including custom cabinet choices. In this blog post, we’ll share some of our favorite design ideas.

Why should you upgrade to custom cabinets?

Cabinets are at the heart of any home kitchen, and garners special attention. New cabinets can change an outdated kitchen into a modern one that captures approving glances of others.

Nowadays, cabinets come in a variety of design and color options that you can select according to you taste and preferences.

You can spice up your kitchen with decorative cabinets that boasts attractive colors and finishes. Whether you prefer a traditional look or fancy something modern, the following design ideas can prove invaluable in your new kitchen remodeling project.

1. Select cabinets with an unique style of wood

Wood cabinets impart a natural look to the interior home décor. Of all the different wood styles, maple cabinets are particularly attractive since they have an illustrious shine.

When selecting wood style cabinets, you should keep in mind that the lighter cabinets tend to conceal dirt better as compared to dark cabinets.

2. Creative custom design ideas

An attractive custom cabinet design idea is to surround the refrigerator with cabinets that easily blends in without drawing too much attention. Also, you can install vent hoods that blend perfectly with the cabinets.

In addition, you can leave counter space on either side of the oven with enough space for cooking utilities used for basic preparations such as baking sheets and others. See some of our completed cabinet projects for ideas.

3. Install a cabinet in your dining room

You can have custom design cabinets in the dining room to store dishes, placemats, and other items required for serving the food. Also, you can have granite or natural stone top that can double as a buffet for serving at parties.

You don’t need to custom design the countertops as the stores have a large number of prefabricated counters that can be used for the purpose.

4. Yellow color to brighten a dark room

Yellow color cabinets brighten a dark room. This is particularly a good color option if the kitchen area is small with no natural light. Splashing yellow color on walls, floors, and cabinets can fake natural light inside the house.

Remember to select a glossy finish cabinet as it will reflect the most light and look the best in a dark room.

5. Vintage blue color for a cheery look

Blue color can make a bold statement about the kitchen being a cheery place. You can achieve a vintage blue shade by applying blackened umber glaze to the cabinets and then painting it with a turquoise glaze.

Stippling, buffing, and scrapping the cabinet can give it a timeless look that will always remain in style.

Call Superior Stone & Cabinet for custom cabinet ideas and a free in-home estimate

If you want to know more options about kitchen cabinets, you can contact Superior Stone and Cabinet. We have a large number of cabinet door styles and color options that you can choose to perfectly complement your kitchen and dining area. We also have multiple storage options.

You can contact us to receive a no-obligation, free in-home estimate for the kitchen cabinet remodeling task.

Here’s why you should remodel your bathroom with Superior

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

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

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

remodel your bathroom

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

You should remodel your bathroom

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

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

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

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

Why you should remodel your bathroom with Superior

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

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

Ready to get started?

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

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

Reasons to choose Superior for your next tile flooring project

A new tile floor is one of the best ways to cap off a kitchen or bathroom remodel, and has a positive, lasting impact on the value of your home and its interior aesthetic appeal. However, there are many different types of tile that come in a wide variety of colors, materials, and cuts. If you’re shopping around for tile flooring for your home or office renovation project, make a stop to Superior Stone and Cabinet. We not only have a wide and diverse selection, but we also offer wholesale prices, a free in-home estimate, and a convenient location in the heart of Phoenix.

Our tile flooring selection

Our massive new showroom is only dwarfed by the size of our warehouse, which means that our selection of tile is as varied and as deep as any retailer in the Phoenix metro area. We carry the following types of tile:

  • Ceramic
  • Porcelain
  • Travertine
  • Marble
  • Glass
  • Slate

Among those different varieties, there are almost an endless number of color and tile size combinations. No matter whether you’re remodeling your kitchen and looking to create a magnificent-looking backsplash or you’re looking for outdoor patio tile, Superior can help.

The best way to get to know our tile collection? Stop by our showroom and let our experts help you find the right tile, at the right price, for you. Even if you’re new to the tile-buying process, we can walk you through the pros and cons of different materials and sizes, as well as what tile installation involves. Our experts are ready to help you find the right flooring for the right price.

A Quick Guide to Tile FlooringWholesale prices

Speaking of price, Superior Stone and Cabinet is one of the wholesale leaders in Phoenix. We directly import our tile, with no middleman, which means that savings are passed onto you. This means that our tile starts at $3.99 / sq. ft. installed, with the actual price of the tile often being below a dollar per square foot.

Best of all, Superior can help you get an accurate quote. Give our team a call, and we’ll send out an expert to your home for a free in-home estimate. By taking accurate measurements and learning more about the nature of the work you’d like us to do and the type of tile you’re looking at, our professional staff can generate an exact cost for you that you can then compare with that from other businesses. Chances are that the quote from Superior Stone will be the lowest you find.

Convenient location

We just recently moved to a new location at 3479 E. University Drive. Our new warehouse is large and easy to access from the I-10, US-60, and Loop 202 freeways. Located near Arizona State University and Sky Harbor International Airport, it’s easy and convenient to stop by Superior Stone and Cabinet to take a look at our expansive tile collection.

If you are in the market for tile for your project, don’t hesitate to make the stop at our showroom. Or, to schedule your free, in-home tile flooring estimate, give us a call at (602) 437-0088 to book your appointment.