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Getting your countertops installed by a professional matters

If you’ve recently decided to get new countertops, a vital part of the process is seeing to it that you opt for professional countertop installation as opposed to trying to take on the task yourself. At Superior Stone & Cabinet, we believe that one of the best things you can do for yourself and your counters is making sure the right people take care of the job.

To learn more about our services—or to get a free in-home estimate here in the Valley for new granite or quartz countertops—contact us!

Here are 5 reasons that getting your countertops installed by a professional matters

Materials

No matter if you opt for granite or quartz for your countertops’ material, it’s bound to look and perform better with expert installation. A company that specializes in professional quartz countertop installation (that’s us!) or professional granite counter installation (also us!) knows just how to handle the material during installation so it lasts as long as possible.

Heavy lifting

A professional granite counter install job can require some heavy lifting. Even if you have help with the task, there’s no need for you or anyone else to risk injury to improve the look and feel of your kitchen. You could seriously injure yourself, which requires a trip to the hospital and possibly time off work.

Tools

There could also be special tools or equipment that need to be used to complete installation. Experts know what those tools and equipment are and how to use them safely. You may be able to rent installation equipment and tools, but why waste the money and why risk getting the wrong pieces?

Additional services

In addition to new countertops, you might also need plumbing or electrical work done. Professionals likely either know how to do additional jobs for you, or know whom to contact. By doing the job yourself, you may not notice if anything else needs to be done, which could lead to issues later on.

Resale value

Your home’s resale value is something else to consider. A professional installation job is likely to increase the overall value of your residential property if you decide to put your home on the market in the future. On the other hand, a poor installation job might need to be redone, which can put a dent in your property’s value.

Call Superior Stone & Cabinet (or visit us!)

Start exploring your options for new granite and quartz countertops today by calling Superior Stone & Cabinet for a free in-home estimate here in Phoenix. Or, visit our conveniently located showroom and warehouse!

Here are 4 things to consider during a bathroom renovation project

For some, the bathroom is the place to shut out the world and relax. More and more, however, bathrooms are becoming places to be seen and enjoyed. That’s why homeowners are starting bathroom renovation projects.

In this blog post, we’ll run through some of the things you should consider when remodeling your bathroom, and how Superior Stone & Cabinet can help you find everything you need for your bathroom renovation project.

A bathroom renovation project can leave you with a bathroom that looks like this.

What to consider for your bathroom renovation project

If you are thinking of starting a makeover of your bathroom, here are four things that will help you to ensure that you get the most value out of the bathroom renovation project:

1. Consider the resale value

Obviously, all local and state building codes need to be followed. You’ll want to hire an experienced remodeling company with the tools, experience, and certification to do the job right; the resale value of your home could depend on it!

In terms of resale value, remember that no one loves homes that are “unicorns.” You may love hot pink walls and a countertop embedded with seashells, but if you’re ever planning on re-selling your home, you may want to go with something a bit more mainstream.

Here are two ways to find out what styles are popular:

  • You can use local real estate websites to find pictures of neighboring homes that are for sale, and see what they’ve done to upgrade their bathroom. You may find inspiration from their bathroom renovation. Or, check picture-sharing sites like Pinterest.
  • Contact the team at Superior Stone & Cabinet, and we’ll provide you with ideas for popular cabinets, countertops, and floors used in our customer’s bathroom projects. Another great idea? Stop by our showroom to see and feel materials and get ideas. We have bathroom models set up for you to look at.

2. Avoid messing with the plumbing if you can

If you want to remain within your budget when tackling a bathroom remodeling project, avoid doing major re-plumbing or re-piping work, if possible. Moving the plumbing around is very expensive and can cost a lot of money. We’ve heard of many homeowners who underestimated the cost of plumbing renovation and had to settle for less expensive counters and cabinets. That’s not ideal.

To remain in budget, focus on ways you can improve your bathroom and make it something you’ll love—all while keeping the tub, shower, sink, and toilet all in the same place.

Of course, that’s not to say that you have to settle for those things, as is! New shower tile from Superior Stone & Cabinet can turn even the most outdated shower into the showpiece of your bathroom renovation.

3. Spruce up the bathroom to add value

Not many people know that there are a lot of simple things that can greatly enhance the look and elegance of the bathroom. Here are a few of the things that add the most value to a bathroom:

  • New countertops: Typically, bathroom counters—whether mounted on cabinets or a vanity—don’t have the same square footage as in the kitchen, which makes them an affordable part of your renovation project. Many homeowners opt to put granite in their bathroom for this reason.
  • Pendant lighting: Lighting is so important to transforming the drab bathroom of yesteryear into something truly impressive. It’s an inexpensive way to show off everything in your bathroom that you want to be seen.
  • Vanity cabinetry: Old, beat-up cabinets don’t belong in an updated bathroom. With hundreds of doors and storage options, Superior Stone & Cabinet can help you find the bathroom cabinets that are right for your project. See styles and color options here.

4. Consider adding a small window in the bathroom

Remember that whole thing about light? A small window in the bathroom can bring in natural light and be a game-changer in the bathroom. You should consider installing a frosted-glass panel that ensures privacy and also provides fresh air.

Make sure that there are stone jambs at the site of the installation that makes the area watertight. In addition, you should ensure that the window sill is sloped away for proper drainage.

Start your bathroom renovation project at Superior Stone & Cabinet

Want more advice and tips for your bathroom project? Or, do you want to see your countertop and cabinet options? Stop by our showroom in Phoenix, Arizona, or give us a call to schedule a free in-home measurement and consultation.

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.

Countertops: A first-time buyer’s guide for granite and quartz

Selecting a new countertop for a bathroom or kitchen is no easy task. You must consider a lot of different factors such as cost, durability, and aesthetic appeal. You must also pick a countertop design that will work well with the overall home decor.

Your countertops buyer’s guide

Here, in this buyer’s guide for granite and quartz, we have assembled some tips that can help first time buyers to select the right countertop for the home.

buyer's guide for granite#1. Establish a budget

The foremost thing that you should do when buying a countertop is to set a budget. This may not be a pleasant part of buying a countertop, but it’s essential.

To figure out how much you’ll have to pay, schedule a free in-home estimate with us.

#2. Understand different types of countertops

Countertops are available in a wide variety of types. Here are the two most popular types of countertops:

  • Granite Countertops —Another great option for homes is countertops made of granite. The natural stone’s hardness and ruggedness makes it a particularly popular choice for kitchens. They are resistant to scratches and don’t get hot easily. The countertop is easy to care for and maintain. The only pitfall of the granite countertops is that they are heavy due to which they are difficult to install. As a result, you can expect to pay higher installation costs for granite countertops.
  • Quartz Countertops —Quartz countertops are rugged and easy to care for. They are available in a large variety of options. The countertops are less prone to staining as compared to marble and granite countertops. They also don’t require resealing similar to natural stone countertops.

#3. Consider mixing countertop materials

Every countertop material has its strength and weaknesses. Depending on your budget and the materials in play, you could consider mixing the materials in different rooms and spaces. For example, some kitchens use a less expensive material on the perimeter counters and reserve a showstopper, matching granite for the kitchen island.

You can also mix between rooms. Some people think quartz countertops are perfect for the kitchen, while granite looks great in the bathroom. You should speak with one of our specialists for more information and to set a design plan.

#4. Call Superior to schedule your free in-home estimate!

At Superior Stone & Cabinet, we offer free in-home estimates. Give us a call to schedule yours, and one of our design professionals will come to your home and provide you with personalized options. Think of this as your personal (and in-person) first-time buyer’s guide for granite and quartz!

This estimate will ensure that you have the perfect countertop installed in the home. For more information on kitchen and bathroom countertops, contact us at Superior Stone and Cabinet.

Why Install Quartz Countertops in the Kitchen?

Kitchen remodeling is one of the most common renovation projects in the United States. Generally, homeowners focus on the flooring, kitchen cabinets, and the countertops. When it comes to countertops, an increasing number of people these days are installing counters made of easy-to-maintain materials—including quartz. Why Install Quartz Countertops in the Kitchen?

Quartz countertops doesn’t just look good. They also offer many benefits as compared to other types of kitchen countertops. Here are some of the important things that you should consider if you are thinking of giving your kitchen a new look by having Superior install quartz countertops.

How are quartz countertops manufactured?

Quartz slabs are made in factories and consists of about 90 percent pure quartz. Similar to granite and marble, quartz is mined. However, they are easily ground down, making shipping much less costly. The quartz in powder form is mixed with pigments and polyester resins under intense pressure and heat.

The pigments give color to the quartz countertops while the resins make them non-porous and durable. In addition, various other materials may be added, such as material flecks or recycled glass to give special characteristics to the quartz countertops.

What are the benefits of choosing quartz?

Quartz countertops are available in a wide variety of design and patterns. They resemble the natural appearance of a stone such as granite and marble, but also provide an engineered look of laminate countertops.

The quartz slabs are relatively cheaper as compared to countertops made of natural stone. While they are more expensive than laminate, they are more rugged and durable, offering greater value on investment. Also, they are easy to install as the long thick slabs can be installed in one piece.

Another benefit of quartz countertops is that the resin used during the manufacturing process makes them non-porous. This makes them resistant to stains and odor-causing bacteria, mildew, and mold infestation. They do not need to be sealed from time to time while remodeling your kitchen.

In addition, being one of the hardest known minerals, quartz is highly durable and resistant to chips, dents, scratch marks, and heat.

What should you consider?

Having said that, you should keep in mind that quartz countertops can crack in case of sudden change in temperature. In order to avoid this outcome, you must always use a ‘hot pad’ or ‘trivet’ under hot utensils when placing them on the countertops made of quartz.

Call Superior to have us install quartz countertops in your kitchen

In conclusion, quartz countertops offer various benefits, as compared to natural stone and laminate countertops. The countertops made of quartz are rugged and durable that offers great value for money. That’s the reason they are increasingly becoming the preferred choice for kitchen remodeling projects. 

To learn more about our selection of quartz countertops and learn about our process to install quartz countertops in your kitchen, give Superior Stone & Cabinet a call and schedule your free, in-home estimate with one of our professional designers.