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Why great installers can make or break a remodeling project

You’ve decided your home could use a little updating: maybe new cabinets in the kitchen, or a new countertop in the bathroom. Now, you have the find the right professionals to help you realize your vision. Here in the Phoenix metro, that’s as simple as calling Superior Stone & Cabinet.

Not only do we provide one of the largest selections of countertops, cabinets, and flooring in Arizona, but we also have professional countertop and cabinet installers who are ready to help you.

In this blog, we’re going to run through what makes our countertop and cabinet installers better. To get started on your project with the team at Superior Stone & Cabinet, contact us today!

1. Our team works efficiently without sacrificing quality

Living in the middle of a remodel isn’t easy. There’s noise, dust, and people moving in-and-out of your home. Any delay in a single part of the project (say, installing cabinets) can hold up other parts of the project (such as installing countertops). This is just one of the reasons that dependability and an existing record of success is so important when selecting countertop and cabinet installers.

The right professionals (such as ours) will be understanding of your own commitments and work with you to finish the job as quickly as possible. No waiting around means more peace of mind for you.

2. Great selection at a great price

Remodeling is an investment in your home, and you want great quality for an affordable price. The company you work with should have a wide selection of products to choose from without breaking the bank. You deserve a beautiful room without going over budget.

Here in the Phoenix metro, Superior Stone & Cabinet has not only a great selection in our 60,000 sq/ft warehouse and showroom, but we also are a direct importer and wholesaler, which means we’re able to provide quality materials for far, far less than our competitors who work with middlemen.

There’s very few companies who are willing to work with you or suggest alternative options when it comes to counters and cabinets. When you schedule your free in-home estimate with our experts, we do just that.

3. Exceptional communication, no matter the issue

When countertop installers and other hired professionals understand your needs, the remodeling process will be smoother and less stressful. Countertop and cabinet installers should be able to work with you, your budget, and your ideas to help you get the design you want.

Good communication establishes trust between you and a hired professional. Great installers provide you with accurate estimates, and explain any complications that might arise during the installation process.

With all the time, money, and energy you’re spending on your project, you want to know you’re working with an ally, not an obstacle. We’re the former. Superior Stone believes in thorough communication with our clients, to make sure that they’re satisfied with our work.

Choose the counter and cabinet installers at Superior Stone

If you’re looking for professional installers of cabinets and countertops, Superior Stone & Cabinet is your source for experienced installation teams and quick turnaround times. Contact us to start your remodeling journey today.

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.

Superior is your source for commercial cabinet installation

Does your business, store, or building need new cabinets? Superior is the Valley’s leading commercial cabinet installation company. Our wide selection, wholesale prices, deep inventory, and skilled installation team has made us a favorite of businesses, property managers, and others!

In this blog, we’ll review the top-4 reasons you should choose Superior for your cabinet project. Ready to get started? Contact us for a free quote!

4 reasons to choose Superior for commercial cabinet installation

#1. We have hundreds of options

As one of the largest counter, cabinet, and flooring companies in the Valley, Superior has a wide selection of cabinet styles, colors, and doors available in our 60,000 sq. ft. warehouse and showroom.

Since we’ve been working on commercial projects for years, our team can often share photos of completed projects that demonstrate the quality of our work.

No matter what you’re looking for, Superior can help. See our color selection, and then give us a call today to schedule a free estimate.

#2. Our large inventory helps us meet your needs

Not only do we have a wide variety of cabinet colors and options, but our large warehouse and showroom also means we have a deep inventory. In many cases, we can handle your commercial cabinet installation project without the need for a major backorder.

Most projects can be completed within a week’s time, depending on any other work you’re getting done, such as granite or quartz countertop installation.

#3. We offer special pricing on bulk orders / for contractors

When you’re redoing a workplace kitchen or cabinets for a storefront, it’s important that you get the best possible deal. Superior offers special pricing for projects that require cabinets by the crate or container load. Essentially, buy in bulk and you could save on top of our already-low wholesale prices.

Are you a contractor? If you’re looking to buy cabinet materials to use in your next project, contact us. We also offer special pricing to contractors.

#4. Our installers are skilled professionals

A commercial cabinet installation is only as good as, well, the installation itself! Our team included dedicated installation professionals. We have a long track record of working with all kinds of projects, both big and small. This includes: converting condos, making changes to apartment units in a complex, adding cabinets to hotel rooms, and more.

See our recent commercial projects for more on our work with other commercial customers right here in the Valley.

Call Superior to learn more about our cabinets

If your business needs new cabinets installed, contact Superior and we’ll come to you. Or, if you want a closer look at our cabinet selection in-person, visit our showroom. We’ll be happy to meet with you and provide you with an upfront, free estimate.

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 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

commercial office countertops

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

Splendor Grey Quartz

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.

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.

A Guide To Deciding Between Granite And Quartz

Deciding Between Granite and QuartzAre you trying to pick what kind of countertops you’ll put into your home? Deciding between granite and quartz can be tricky. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through a few things to consider, and also provide a comparison to a pricier option: marble.

Natural stone, but which kind?

Most people get confused when selecting a kitchen countertop due to the availability of different options in terms of material. When it comes to countertops for the kitchen, the best option is to go for natural stone as they look gorgeous and striking in appearance.

Of all the natural stone countertops, the most popular one for the kitchen include granite, marble, and quartz. All these natural stones have more similarities than differences. But, they have certain characteristics that makes one better than the other.

Here, we will take a close look at some of the features of the granite, marble, and quartz countertops so that you can make up your mind as to which of them offer the best value for you. Consider this your guide to deciding between granite and quartz.

Cost

The prices of all the three natural stone countertops are somewhat similar. Granite countertops generally cost anywhere in the range of $100 to $225 per square foot from most places. However, Superior carries granite countertops installed starting at $29.99 per square foot!

Marble countertops cost slightly higher anywhere from $125 to $250. Quartz countertops are generally the cheapest of the three natural stone countertops costing from $100 to $128 per square foot. Again, Superior offers superior prices on quartz countertops.

Appearance

When it comes to appearance, all the three natural stone countertops look gorgeous in the kitchen. However, granite and marble countertops have a slight edge. They are available in a number of variations in colors and hues. You can find the countertops in a variety of colors that range from medium to dark shades.

The patterns of the granite and marble countertops are also varied with veins running through them. For instance, one gray-pink slab might contain dark blue veins while the other may have rosy-red veins. As a result, you will have more choice when it comes to selecting a countertop to match with the interior décor of the house.

Quartz countertops are generally uniform in pattern and color. They don’t have random markings similar to granite or marble countertops. That being said, countertops made of quartz are easier to match up with the seams while granite and marble countertops show variation in their natural design so are difficult to match.

Ruggedness

Quartz countertops are generally more rugged and strong as compared to granite or marble countertops. They are non-porous as well that makes them resistant to stain, germ, and bacteria.

Granite and marble countertops, on the other hand, are non-porous. This means that they are more vulnerable to spills and stains. Also, these countertops require sealing at least once a year which is not the case with quartz countertops.

Deciding between granite and quartz? Call Superior for a free in-home estimate!

The above discussion about the three popular natural stone countertops will surely have made it easy for you to select the best one for your kitchen. Keep in mind that you must have the countertops installed by a professional contractor.

If you want more information about the best countertops for the kitchen, you can contact Superior Stone & Cabinet.

How To Keep Clean Quartz Countertops In Your Kitchen & Bathroom

Clean Quartz Countertops GuideIn this blog post, we’ll review some easy steps on how to clean quartz countertops. Along with quartz countertop maintenance, there’s a certain way to clean quartz countertops in your home.

Do you have quartz countertops?

As gorgeous as they look, quartz also requires cleanliness and maintenance to keep their shine and elegance for a long time.

Quartz countertops are extremely durable and tough materials, and are also scratch resistant, making it an even more appealing option to use as a countertop.

Quartz is also a non-porous surface, so you don’t have to worry about bacteria collecting beneath the surface, and it also won’t cause permanent stains. Here are some tips on how you can keep your quartz countertop clean and shiny.

Here’s what you’ll need to clean quartz countertops

Here is a list of things you may need to keep your quartz countertop clean and shiny.

  • Paper Towels
  • Two Soft Towels
  • Sponge
  • Warm and Soapy Water
  • Vinegar
  • A Spray Bottle Filled with Distilled Water
  • Window Cleaner

Cleaning tips for your quartz countertop

Since quartz is not a delicate or sensitive material, keeping it maintained and clean is not so difficult. It is also scratch resistant, which gives you the peace of mind of not having to worry about scratches or dents.

Nevertheless, maintenance is always essential. Here are some tips on how you can keep your quartz counter clean and shiny on a regular basis.

  • Clean Your Counter: With warm and soapy water, take a sponge and scrub the surface of your counter gently. Make sure you never use an abrasive or rough material to scrub because it may not leave scratches, but it can always leave behind streaking in the polish and residue, which looks dirty.If there are certain areas of the surface that are extremely dirty, you can add a few drops of vinegar to the area, and leave a wet cloth on top of it for a few minutes. This will loosen up the stubbornness and you can then scrub it off easily with warm water. Make sure you never use oil based products on a quartz counter because this will discolor and dull the shininess of your counter.
  • Rinse Your Quartz Counter: To rinse off your quartz countertop, you can use a spray bottle to spray the entire counter and get it all wet. Since the material is nonporous it will not absorb the water or any kind of residue left on it. Then take a sponge and scrub the surface and wipe it off with a clean and dry cloth. Check to make sure there are no streaks after it has dried off.
  • Spray Window Cleaner On Your Quartz Counter: Window cleaners are effective and powerful substances used for cleaning. You can use a window cleaner spray to get rid of any grease or oiliness on your countertop. Make sure you don’t use too much, because less is more in this case. Then wipe the surface down with a dry and soft cloth or a paper towel. This will leave you with a clean and shiny looking quartz counter.

Upgrade to a quartz countertop today!

If you are interested in buying a quartz or granite countertop, you can contact us at Superior Stone & Cabinet. We offer free in-home estimates on quartz and granite countertops in the Phoenix metro area. Contact us today!

Important Tips to Spice Up your Bathroom Shower Area

The bathroom shower area is not just a place to get clean. It’s also a place that people come to relax and unwind after a hard day of work. For most people, the shower area provides the gentle urge to wake up and start the new day with new vigor and freshness.Important Tips to Spice Up your Bathroom Shower Area

The shower area in the bathroom acts as a place of sanctuary and relaxation. It warrants special attention during remodeling or constructing a home. In this post, we will discuss some of the essential tips that can prove invaluable during your bathroom renovation project.

Consider the following for your bathroom shower remodel

For a modern-style bathroom shower area, you should consider going with a square sheer fixed shower head complemented with a cross head shower valve. Also, you must consider installing a glass sliding door in case you don’t have one, as it can gives the shower area class and elegance.

The type of door that you should purchase for the bathroom shower remodel depends on the design of the shower, the size, and how far out you want the shower door to open. Make sure to properly measure the height and the top and bottom width when installing a glass door in the shower area.

Sliding doors generally take the least amount of space and are ideal for openings that are 60-inch or more. Round, curved doors are perfect for corner standalone shower areas. The pivot or swing-open doors are also ideal for corner shower areas.

Also, you must consider installing wall panels in the bathroom shower area as they add great appeal to the bathroom. You can select a range of wall panels for the shower place that comes in different design and quality.  You can choose from a number of options such as wood grain, marble, mosaic wall panels. The panels come in different size and color options that you can select as per you exact requirements.

Luxury shower enclosures

In case the bathroom shower area is large, you can buy ‘luxury shower’ enclosures that add a grand appeal to the shower area. The enclosures are available in difference size and options. They are designed with curved pivot doors and elegant aluminum frames. Some of the luxury shower enclosures also come with value-added bells-and-whistles, such as music players, steam units, massage jets, and even video screens and mood lighting.

Today, you have a wide variety of options when it comes to remodeling of a shower area. Before beginning with the bathroom shower remodeling project, you should have a budget in mind. You budget will guide you in making the right choices when it comes to remodeling the bathroom shower.

For more expert bathroom advice and tips, contact the bathroom shower remodel experts at Superior. We offer free in-home estimates to help homeowners design their dream bathroom shower.