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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.

What’s the best kitchen cabinet varnish for your home?

If you have kitchen cabinets in your home right now, they are being protected by varnish. Kitchen cabinet varnish is a specially formulated protective topcoat layer that protects cabinets from stains and wear-and-tear. When applied correctly by a professional to newly installed cabinets, bathroom and kitchen cabinet varnish can guard your cabinets for many years to come.

In this article, we’ll review how varnish works, the different types of varnishes out there, and why it makes sense to have a professional install your new bathroom and kitchen cabinets here in Phoenix, Arizona.

Are you currently in the process of planning a kitchen remodel? Check out our new infographic! It contains everything you need to know before starting a remodel.

What is a kitchen cabinet varnish?

Kitchen cabinet varnish is a protective, sealing layer that protects the cabinet surface from stains, nicks, heat damage, and other types of common kitchen wear-and-tear. All cabinets should have some type of varnish added to them to keep them looking great for the long haul. However, the type of varnish used greatly depends on the nature of the cabinet and its paint.

In a kitchen like this one, the kitchen cabinet varnish will help protect the cabinets against stains and the sunlight coming through the skylight.

In a kitchen like this one, the kitchen cabinet varnish will help protect the cabinets against stains and the sunlight coming through the skylight.

Different types of varnishes

Varnishes provide a protective coating to the kitchen cabinet. Many different types of varnishes can be applied on the kitchen cabinetry. All the different types of varnishes can be grouped into two types: oil-based and water-based.

Traditionally, varnishes were made of oil and resin. These varnishes create a hard and resistant surface once they have dried. Oil-based varnishes, on the other hand, are more durable than water-based varnishes. However, water-based varnishes dry more quickly after application. Also, they have a low odor level, which is important if applying inside the home.

Today, most manufacturers either apply polyurethane or catalyzed varnishes. Polyurethane varnishes can be used on both unfinished and painted surfaces. They can be either water- or oil-based.

Applying a varnish

Applying the varnish on the wood is, in effect, sealing it with plastic. The plastic is tough that creates an impenetrable barrier on the surface. They tend to create a glossier finish to the kitchen cabinet. The varnish makes the surface super resistant to water and chemicals. You can select satin, low-gloss, or high gloss finishes.

Catalyzed varnishes contain a catalyst that accelerates the drying process after application. The fast acting varnishes are harder, more durable, and boast of improved corrosion resistance. They are transparent and protect the wood from damage due to cleaners and household chemicals.

The kitchen cabinets on which catalyzed varnishes are applied retain the sheen and original paint color. It is more expensive than lacquer but also more elastic that provides remedy against expansion and contraction of the joints.

So, how do you decide what type of kitchen cabinet varnish is right for your home?

Start by giving the pros at Superior Stone & Cabinet a call. We offer free in-home estimates on new kitchen cabinets. We’ll help you pick out the right style and color for your cabinets.

Experts state that a person should consider different factors when selecting a varnish for the kitchen cabinet. There is no one type of varnish that is best for every cabinet. Some of the factors that you need to consider include the presence of excess moisture, exposure to airborne pollutants, presence of excess natural light, UV exposure, drying time, durability requirement, and finished appearance.

Painting kitchen cabinets and adding a varnish can be complicated. There are many steps, the process is time-consuming, and the margin for error is relatively small.

That’s what makes professional installation and an in-home estimate a good choice.

Call us at Superior Stone & Cabinet

If you’re still confused about which varnish is best for your kitchen cabinet, you should contact our professional team at Superior Stone and Cabinet.

We have a team of experts who can guide you in making the right decision regarding kitchen cabinet varnish. We can also help you in selecting a new kitchen cabinet that best source your budget and preferences.

Contact us today for a free in-home estimation for the installation of kitchen cabinets.

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.

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.

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.