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Here are 6 tips for caring for your laminate flooring

Laminate wood flooring not only looks attractive, but is durable as well. The flooring is easy to maintain and take care of. In this article, we’ll share some tips for keeping your laminate flooring in perfect shape for years to come. Be sure to call us at Superior Stone & Cabinet with any questions you have!

Laminate wood flooring

1. Use a microfiber mop to clean up

You should use a microfiber mop to clean your laminate wood flooring. This type of mop can easily glide across the floor and pick up pet hair without much difficulty.

The swiveled head of the microfiber mop makes it easy to clean large areas. They can easily go under chairs and tables. What’s more, the mop requires considerably less water to clean the floor.

This is good, since laminate flooring can easily bend if exposed to water. Learn more about how laminate wood flooring interacts with water.

2. Pick concentrated cleaners for your laminate wood flooring

When it comes to cleaning products for laminate flooring, you should only use concentrated cleaners. Avoid using cleaners that require you to add water to the floor, for the reasons listed above.

3. Avoid using vacuum cleaners that contain a beater bar

If you use a vacuum cleaner to clean your laminate flooring, you should avoid using one that contains a beater bar. Using the vacuum cleaner with a beater bar can damage your flooring.

Also, you should consider sweeping with a broom in the direction that the floor is laid. This will help in collecting the dust stuck in between the grooves.

4. Put down protective pads and floor mats

Another piece of important advice for the care of laminate wood flooring is placing protective pads under the furniture. Also, you should consider placing high-quality floor mats at exits and entrances. The mats can collect dust, oil, sand, asphalt, and grit that can damage the flooring.

It’s also recommended to place mats and rugs in high-traffic areas near kitchen sinks, vanities, and stoves. This will help you reduce the wear-and-tear on your floors.

5. Use ice to clean gum and wax

In order to clean chewing gum or candle wax from laminate flooring, you should harden the spot using ice. Be careful not to let the ice melt too much, which could introduce water to the surface. Next, you should use a plastic scraper to remove them from the floor. Make sure that you don’t scratch the surface when using the scraper. Finally, you should wipe the area clean with a damp cloth.

6. Here’s what to avoid using on your floors

Following the above tips will help keep your flooring looking great for years. Routine maintenance will help you avoid damage to your laminate flooring. When it comes to taking care of the flooring, you should avoid using oil, polish, wax, shine enhancers, detergents and varnish. Also, never use spray mops, power cleaners, or steam cleaners, as they can damage the flooring.

Learn more about laminate wood flooring by calling us!

If you want to know more about laminate flooring, you can contact Superior Stone and Cabinet.  We have a large selection of flooring that you can select according to your budget and preferences.

Laminate Or Tile Flooring: Which One Is A Better Flooring Option?

Flooring Option Laminate Or Tile?The floors are the unsung heroes of our homes. We tread on them every day without giving a moment’s thought about how they define the overall appeal and look of the house.

The type of flooring that you choose for the home will go a long way in making the look pleasant. Unlike selecting paint for the house, choosing a floor material is like solving a complex puzzle.

Apart from the colors, you have to decide on the floor material and design that is right for your home. This undoubtedly creates difficulty in choosing the right flooring option for your home.

While there are many different types of flooring, the two most common types include tile and laminate flooring. In this article, we will take a close look at the two top options for flooring so that you can make an informed decision regarding the flooring option in your home.

All about laminate flooring

Laminate flooring is also known as ‘floating floor system’ due to the fact that they do not need to be glued down or nailed to the floor. If you are looking for a low-cost alternative to hardwood, tile, or natural stone, laminate flooring is the right option for you.

Laminate floors look exactly like hardwood floors, but cost much less. What’s more, unlike hardwood floors, the color of the laminated floors won’t fade over time. The floor will look great for a long time after purchase. You also won’t have to worry about scratch marks or stains caused by pets. Hardwood floors, on the other hand, are not resistant to scratch, stain, or moisture damage.

All about tile flooring

Tile flooring is a popular choice among homeowners due to their unique design and aesthetic appeal. When it comes to durability, ease of installation, and maintenance, tile flooring is the best for a home. They cost less than hardwood floors, but slightly more than the laminate floors.

Along with increasing the aesthetic appeal, tile flooring can also boost the resale value of the house. Unlike other flooring options, tile floors age gracefully with time. They have a timeless appeal and will not go out-of-fashion anytime soon.

You can find different shapes, sizes, and colors of tile flooring. Furthermore, you can select glazed or unglazed tiles as per your budget and preferences. Glazed tiles are less robust; they are thinner and less dense compared to the unglazed tiles. However, they are more resistant to staining and scratches since they are covered by a layer of liquid glass.

Talk to Superior to choose the right flooring option

If you are still uncertain as to whether you should go with laminate or tile flooring, you should seek out professional help.

At Superior Stone and Cabinet, we have a team of expert professionals that can help you in choosing the right flooring option for your house. Talking to our experts can allow you to make an informed decision regarding your house flooring needs.

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.

Carpet, Tile, and Laminate—Which Type of Flooring Should You Choose?

You’re renovating your home—about it’s about time. New kitchen counters, new paint for the walls, and new furniture. However, what type of flooring should you buy for your home? As it turns out, you have a lot of options. In this blog post, we’ll talk you through the advantages and disadvantages of carpet, tile, and laminate flooring.

We’ve chosen to discuss these three flooring types because we carry them at wholesale prices here at Superior Stone & Cabinet. If you’re interested in learning more about us, our selection, or our flooring installation process, give us a call today or contact us online.

Type of flooring: Carpet

Carpet is a type of flooring with many different color options to choose from.

Carpet

Who doesn’t love carpet? It’s pretty ubiquitous throughout American living rooms and bedrooms, and it can be durable, comfortable, and warming for feet in the winter. There are some other benefits that many people don’t think about, as well, including better sound absorption and softening slips and falls. Finally, carpet is one of the least expensive home flooring options, making it perfect for homeowners renovating on a budget.

However, carpeting does have its downsides. As one might expect, it’s not as spill and stain-resistant as tile or laminate flooring. Over time, it can become dirty and torn, and it will likely need to be replaced far before tile and laminate. Finally, carpet doesn’t have quite the boost to home value or home aesthetics that tile or laminate does—although, it should be noted, that the value of carpet is always in the eye of the beholder. In other words, a buyer may love your home because you have carpet, instead of the other way around.

Tiling

Many homes have tile flooring in kitchens and bathrooms, but more and more homes are installing tile flooring throughout the home, including in living spaces. The benefits speak for themselves: tile flooring lasts a long time and is reasonably durable—if not completely indestructible, it can certainly take a lot of punishment and last for years.

Type of flooring: tile

There are many different varieties of tile flooring.

Tile floors come in a wide variety of options, styles, and colors. As we detailed in our previous blog post on the subject, tile can be very affordable if you buy from the right source.

There are disadvantages to tile flooring, however. Even through Superior carries tile at relatively low prices, it’s still usually more expensive, per square foot, than carpet or laminate flooring. Tile is very hard, and it’s not pleasant to stand or lay on for any amount of time. It can be uncomfortable underfoot in the winter. Finally, it’s difficult to install, and usually requires professional installation of some kind.

When you’re considering tile flooring, be sure to distinguish between ceramic, porcelain, and other varieties of tile—each of which have their own advantages and disadvantages. This blog post has more on ceramic tile flooring.

Laminate

Forget everything you might be picturing when you think of the word “laminate.” Today, the materials used to create laminate flooring have improved to more effectively mimic custom wood flooring, without the exorbitant cost. Laminate flooring balances affordability with durability, making it a great option for homeowners and property managers looking to break away from carpet without breaking the bank.

Type of flooring: laminate

Laminate flooring can very closely imitate the look of hardwood floors at a fraction of the price.

Laminate is less expensive per square foot than real hardwood or tile. It’s easy to install: many laminate floors feature snap-together planks that can be professionally installed in as little as one day. Laminate floors have a poor reputation for being susceptible to scratching, staining, and sunlight damage, but it’s entirely undeserved. It’s actually a really durable type of flooring.

Here’s the downside of laminate: because it has a negative reputation and because many people believe it looks inferior compared to real wood, many homeowners don’t prefer it. This means if you’re selling your home, selling it with laminate may be a tough proposition, compared to carpet or tile flooring. Or not: again, this all depends on the eye of the beholder. This blog post from Freshome describes some of the differences between hardwood and laminate in greater detail.

So, what type of flooring should I choose?

Now, we return to the “eye of the beholder” theme from earlier. The truth is that no “perfect” flooring product exists. Selecting one is something that you’ll need to do based on your home, the kind of things you do in your house, and your own personal preference. As Superior Stone & Cabinet, we help you compare flooring types objectively.

When you stop by our showroom or schedule a free, in-home estimate with us, our professional designers will help you find the type of flooring that’s best for your home and your family.

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.

We’ve moved to a new location

Have you seen a ton of moving trucks around lately? That may be because Superior Stone & Cabinet moved to our new location at 3479 E. University Drive last week. While our team will certainly miss our old warehouse, this new facility is much bigger, has more space for our showroom, and will allow us to carry a far wider selection of the countertops, cabinets, floors, and fixtures you trust Superior to provide.

Room to grow

Even as one of the largest wholesale suppliers of granite, quartz, flooring, and cabinetry in the Phoenix metro, we were beginning to feel a little cramped in our old place. Our new building is twice the size and contains space for a much larger and more detailed showroom. This is important: our customers need showrooms in order to envision how different flooring styles will look in their home, business, or office. Now, with more overall showroom space, you’ll be able to see a wider variety of our products.

New showroom

A floor model in our new showroom.

New products in the showroom

On the warehouse side, the extra space allows us to carry a larger inventory, including some new products. We’re now showing and installing quartz slab countertops, along with our original quartz countertops. In the near future, we’ll be bringing in granite slab countertops. Our new space allows us to take on more custom projects. One area of emphasis—in addition to our residential countertop, cabinetry, and flooring products—is on commercial and office products and setups. When you stop by our new location, you’ll find an entire section of our store dedicated to flooring and kitchens for modern workplaces.

Same quality, same low prices

We may have upgraded to a new space, but our approach to business has not changed. We still offer great counters, cabinets, floors, and wall tile at wholesale prices—our larger space means we can continue to directly import products in great quantity from the source instead of going through a middleman. Superior Stone and Cabinet remains your one-stop-shop for home and commercial improvement products.

Want to check out what we’ve been up to? Be sure to swing by our new convenient location at 3479 E. University Drive in Phoenix, AZ. We’re right off the I-10, just minutes from downtown Phoenix, Sky Harbor International Airport, and Arizona State University. Our showroom staff is ready to introduce you to our wide selection of counters, cabinets, and floors.

Phoenix Flooring Can Bring Your Office and Living Space to Life

Phoenix Flooring Can Bring Your Office and Living Space to LifeIf you are looking to truly change the way your home or office looks, you need to consider something contemporary.

Undoubtedly, we all look for exquisite design and decorations, but we fail to remain up-to-date with what’s being used all over.

Laminate flooring, being an alternative to real wood flooring, has a great deal to offer to you.

Protect Your Laminate Flooring

When you opt for Phoenix AZ flooring, there is an immense variety to choose from. In contrast to the limited number of styles, design and colors you get with real wood, laminate flooring offers you a whole lot more.

With laminate flooring, you will get reinforced and protected boards. Some of these have extra layers of protection in order to ensure their color and look remain intact for a long time. However, you are advised to protect them from dust and moisture.

Minimum Level of Protection

While you may be given extra layers of lamination, it does not mean that you get to throw caution to the wind. You must give your boards all the protection you can. After all, you must remember that there is always a chance they can lose their shape or get discolored.

When moisture comes into contact with laminate flooring, they may warp or swell. While many brands guarantee that moisture does not affect their flooring, it’s best not to douse them with water. All you should do is sponge the surface of these boards if the need arises. It is also a good idea to ensure that your flooring remains dusted and swept regularly in order to avoid scrapes and scratches.

It is understandable for one to take guarantees for granted with the belief that you can be compensated for any damage. However, why would you want to give yourself the headache of changing your laminate flooring before it is time to do so?

Getting the Best Laminate Flooring for Your Home or Office

Whether you use Phoenix AZ flooring in your home or in your office, you must realize that you need to be sure of what suits you best. You need to observe the lighting, the decoration and the wall color. Keep these in mind when you go to the market to get hold of some samples.

When you return, match these samples with your home or office environment in order to make sure you have a good match. Remember, it’s best to go through this exercise instead of purchasing your laminate flooring in haste only to regret it after a short period.

You can get a wide variety of laminate flooring in the market. They are produced by various brands, and each one has a set of qualities that they are proud to present. In fact, they market their flooring boards based on these qualities.

It is a good idea to try and go for brands that are talked about the most. Always ask friends and relatives about which type of flooring would be best. In many cases, you will realize that Phoenix AZ flooring is most talked about. They are reliable and you can be assured of the best quality.

Outstanding Phoenix Flooring to Suit Your Home and Office

Outstanding Phoenix Flooring to Suit Your Home and OfficeLaminate Flooring is a highly competitive industry today. While experimentation and new introductions in these types of flooring continues, there are brands that have established themselves as top suppliers in the market.

People have come to rely on them because of the top quality they deliver. Indeed, this is what they focus on and strive to achieve so that they can expand their customer base.

Why Laminate Flooring Brands Gain Recognition

Phoenix Flooring currently stands at the top of many others in the laminate flooring industry. People who have used this brand realize that there are very few others that outdo it. Style, variety and durability are just some of the qualities that matter a great deal.

Laminate flooring is a field of technicalities. In order to select any flooring boards for your home or office, you must know what will match your home. It is of immense importance for you to know about the attributes of the flooring as well as your space where you intend to lay the laminate flooring boards. While you may think about colors and matching room items with your prospective flooring, you must consider whether you really need the flooring or not.

Ensure that Your Flooring is Protected from Abrasive Activity

Sometimes, laminate flooring boards are not required for particular rooms. This will of course depend on the surrounding aesthetics, but you need to see if laying these boards is a practical thing to do. If you realize that you are going to be dragging heavy items across this flooring, it is probably not a good idea to go ahead with it.

If you think you can keep this flooring protected and only walk on it, it will be a safe idea to go ahead. Go for Phoenix Flooring when you need to lay the best possible flooring. These products are constructed according to specified standards, and each board is almost identical. The reinforcements and the coating are done to perfect specification in order to ensure complete reliability.

Protect Your Furniture from Dirt

Many brands produce highly reliable laminate flooring boards, which come with some reassuring guarantees. However, users generally believe that these boards should be protected and cared for as much as possible in order to assure their longevity.

Mopping with a slightly damp mop helps remove surface dirt. You may even use a mild detergent so that it is disinfected. Another precaution you may take in order to safeguard your top quality Phoenix Flooring boards is to avoid resting heavy furniture on them.

If you do have furniture of this kind, you ought to place cut pieces of carpeting or some thick fabric under the feet of your furniture. This will prevent impressions or scrapes from developing. Besides these few precautions, you do not need to do anything more except let your visitors be impressed with an amazing laminate flooring.

Considerations for Laying Laminate Flooring

Considerations for Laying Laminate FlooringLaminate flooring has grown increasingly popular in recent times. As opposed to real wood flooring that has been used widely, laminate flooring has been proven to have several advantages. While there was never any match for wooden floors in the past, the cost factor, durability and variety were some factors that made laminate flooring a viable idea.

In the United States, there are minimum standards for these floorings, and these are governed by organizations like the North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA). The specifications apply to all shapes and designs, which are of course in a wide variety. Although mass produced, each type is constructed carefully and given great finesse. With a tongue and groove fit, laying laminate flooring boards is a complete DIY exercise.

Laminate flooring in Phoenix AZ is seen as a brilliant alternative to real wood flooring. The look and feel is the same, but the cost is far less. Furthermore, the environment is safer, as fewer trees are cut. Synthetic resources fall cheaper and can provide a great variety in terms of design. While some people even opt for a stone outlook, the wooden look is always the best. The best part about these flooring boards is that they sound like wood when walked on.

Looking After Your Laminate Flooring

When you install wooden boards or laminate boards, you must ensure that they are maintained. Your flooring, just like an ordinary flooring, must be given due care. Laminate flooring in particular must be given extra care. Although it is given some protective features, it must be kept clear of dirt and dust.

Keep Your Flooring Clear from Dust and Dirt

With dust and dirt, the color and texture can change and your boards may age faster. They must also be kept relatively dry so that they do not change shape or swell. Some brands may have extra protection depending on their coating while others may be prone to discoloration, swelling or warping.

Furniture Weight Absorption Measures

There are different measures that you can adopt in order to prevent your laminate flooring from deteriorating. To prevent furniture from damaging it or leaving impressions or scrapes, you may place small pieces of foam or carpet cutouts under the feet of the furniture.

This will absorb the brute weigh of the furniture. While this may not completely remove the impact of heavy furniture, it will certainly reduce it. Additionally, you may opt for lighter furniture when you want to lay laminate flooring in Phoenix AZ.

Purchasing Laminate Flooring for Your Home

If you are considering laminate flooring in Phoenix AZ for your home, be patient and consider a few things before rushing in to purchase these boards. You need to get flooring boards that match your furniture, your wall paint or wall paper and other decorations.

It is a good idea to go to the market and see everything that is available. Bring home some samples and match them with your room’s decoration to make sure you have something you will be satisfied with. After you go through this process of looking at a few samples, you can take a decision and purchase laminate flooring.