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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.

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.