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Six signs you should replace your commercial kitchen counters

Functional countertops are a necessity in a commercial kitchen, but how do you know when you need to replace your commercial kitchen countertops? In this blog, we’ll review the six signs that you should have your old countertops replaced with new granite or quartz counters.

Running a business is a matter of balancing what you need with what you can afford. When it’s time to replace your commercial kitchen counters, you should make the call to (or visit!) Superior Stone & Cabinet. We can help you find counters that are in your business’ budget, yet meet your needs. See some of our recent commercial projects.

6 signs you should replace your commercial kitchen countertops

#1. Your laminate counters are a decade old or more

Laminate is only supposed to last about ten years or so. If your laminate counters are older than that, you should consider new granite or quartz counters when budgeting for commercial office kitchen upgrades.

#2. Your counters are chipped, cracked, or gouged

All commercial business countertops are subject to damage over time with normal wear-and-tear. Laminate countertops are susceptible to damage from knives or other sharp kitchen implements, as well as delamination over time, while granite countertops can be chipped or cracked by heavy impact.

#3. Your counters are out of style

While perfectly serviceable, laminate countertops went out of fashion about 15 years ago. Granite and quartz give your kitchen an elegant, timeless look that will last for decades.

#4. Your counters look dirty even when they’re not

You’re probably already aware of the value of first impressions, so this is particularly important when your counters are visible to customers, i.e., at front of store. Regardless of what it’s made of, a countertop that’s especially speckled could give the impression of being dirty even when you employ impeccable cleanliness standards.

#5. Your counters are stained or burned

While you may use the most diligent methods you can think of to remove a stain or a burn mark, if you cannot do so, you may need to replace your commercial kitchen counters. While they may not impede your work, these telltales also reflect badly on your business, giving an impression of carelessness or negligence.

#6. Your counters have water damage

When countertop laminate has been punctured by a sharp implement, water can get into the crack or crevice. The water can seep under the laminate and cause it to bubble.

Is it time to replace your commercial kitchen counters? Call Superior Stone & Cabinet!

At Superior Stone and Cabinet, we can help you determine when it’s time to replace your commercial kitchen countertops. For questions about our products and services, contact us today!

How to choose from the multiple kitchen countertop materials out there

Kitchen countertops are the most important part of any kitchen remodeling project. The right counters in the right kitchen can just shine. From granite and quartz to wood and stainless steel, there’s a lot of kitchen countertop materials out there. How do you know which one is right for your home?

Pictured: Granite countertops are one of the most popular and durable kitchen countertop materials out there.Well, you’re in the right place. In this blog post, we’ll discuss your multiple options for kitchen countertops, and why Superior Stone & Cabinet is the right choice for countertop installation in the Phoenix metro area.

Call our team today at (602) 437-0088 to schedule a free estimate!

Granite

To give your kitchen a high-end renovation, installing granite countertops is arguably the best way to go. Granite surfaces are made using granite stone that comes in various natural colors and inherent designs. If properly taken care of, these countertops can look great even after decades of use.

They are more heat resistant and less prone to minor knife nicks than other countertop materials.

To make them strain-resistant, however, you have to seal them frequently. Due to their heavy weight, you kitchen will need robust cabinet boxes to support them.

Here are some articles we’ve previously written about granite countertops:

Quartz

Distinctive features and durability are the mark of quartz countertops. Made from a mixture of quartz and resin, these countertops have a wide variety of color options.

The addition of the resin to the natural stone makes quartz countertops non-porous, which results in greater strain-resistance capabilities.

Quartz countertops are more flexible due to the addition of polymer in their preparation. More flexibility means these kitchen countertops will be less prone to scratches and chips.

However, the addition of polymers and resins makes quartz countertops less heat-resistant than steel or granite ones. You’ll need to use a hot pad for hot pans and pots to ensure that your quartz doesn’t get weird markings.

Here are some articles we’ve written about quartz countertops:

Other, less common countertop materials

In this section, we’ll cover some less common types of countertop materials, such as stainless steel, laminate, and wood.

A word of advice first: You also have to consider the resale value of your home. You don’t want to be the only house on the block with a weird countertop type when you go to sell.

Stainless steel countertops

Stainless steel can be used to cover your kitchen countertops if you like shiny surfaces. This works especially well if your house interior has a minimalistic style. Stainless steel can easily be cleaned by using tap water or occasionally vinegar for those hard-to-remove spots.

Don’t use strong chemicals like bleach and caustic soda because it can speed up the slow-rusting process of the steel.

Stainless steel can be difficult to maintain, and it rarely fits in every home. You’ll want to consult with a home designer to figure out if stainless steel is the right fit for your kitchen.

Laminate countertops

Lamination has been used to cover kitchen countertops for ages. It is one of the most budget-friendly countertop material options. Laminate countertops are experiencing a rise in their popularity because they are now available in designs that closely resemble wood, granite and stone.

However, a big caveat: laminate countertops have many strikes against them. First, they’re less durable than other countertop materials to cuts, stains, burns, and more. They also have low resale value added; some homebuyers may even be turned off by a kitchen with laminate countertops.

Wood countertops

Some people love the look of wood countertops, but here’s the thing: you’ll need to spend a lot of time defending and maintaining this countertop type. While we like the look, the material itself just struggles to keep up with everyday life in the kitchen, where wood’s porous, absorbing nature works against it. Learn more about wood countertops here.

Call Superior Stone & Cabinet to get a free estimate on new granite and quartz countertops

Superior Stone & Cabinet is one of the largest suppliers of granite and quartz countertops in the Phoenix metro area. We offer free estimates on new countertops. To get started, give us a call at (602) 437-0088 or visit our showroom to see our materials.

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.