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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.

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!

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.

DIY cabinet organization: 7 great ideas for getting more out of your kitchen

Whether you have older cabinets or new cabinets installed by the professionals at Superior Stone & Cabinet, you’re always looking for ways to get organized. Thanks to sites like Pinterest and blogs, DIY cabinet organization is more popular than ever.

In this blog, we’ll run through some DIY projects you can do to spruce up your cabinet storage—and share what storage options we offer at Superior Stone & Cabinet.

7 ways to organize your cabinets

DIY Cabinet Organization Ideas Should Be Part Of Your Dream Kitchen1. Store cutting boards and baking sheets

These are some of the most-awkward shaped things in your kitchen, and they’re never easy to store. We’ve seen a few cool ideas for this, but our favorite has to be the ideas that use wood or metal to fix cutting boards to the back of the cabinet door. Talk about a space-saver!

The under-cabinet hidden cutting board idea is cool, too. Just make sure you really like that particular cutting board, since you’re committing to a certain size ahead of time!

2. Keep smaller items together

If you’re like us, organizing cans is a total pain. Luckily, there’s some DIY cabinet organization tricks that you can use to better sort and organize your boxes and cans.

People rarely are going to be in your cabinets. It may seem low-brow, but you can upcycle a soda box (the 12-pack kind designed to be stored in the fridge) into a can holder. Use different boxes for different canned items.

Of course, if you want a plan that won’t give you cavities, you can also turn small, clear file holders from your office into can storage. You can even label them. However, if you have to buy these, it might defeat some of the purpose.

This is where you might want to give us a call. We install all kinds of cabinet storage options, including a nice setup for cans and spices. Good deal, right?

3. Keep your spices together with a DIY spice rack

Ah, spices. You might say that they’re the literal spice of life. They’re also a pain to keep in the kitchen, since you need to sift through them to find exactly what you’re looking for. Annoying!

Not surprisingly, Pinterest has a number of ideas for DIY spice racks. Our favorite: using a magnetic backboard to hold magnet jars of spices vertically. Of course, this means you have to use some wall space, and the amount of spices you can hold may be limited by the size of the magnetic containers.

With new cabinets from Superior Stone & Cabinet, we offer a number of cool storage features, including pull-out, built-in spice racks that are as convenient as they are clean-looking.

4. Put spices on a Lazy Susan

Ok, one more DIY spice rack idea that we’ve seen that you should consider. Use an old “Lazy Susan”—those rotating trays used to move food around—in your cabinet to quickly cycle through your spices and find what you’re looking for.

5. Group like items together

You should group like items inside the cabinet. Sort and pile the cooking and baking items together. Similarly, you should group the glassware, dishes, and cutlery inside the cabinet. Also, you should group items that are used during special events. Sorting items in this way will help in retrieving them when required.

Sometimes, DIY cabinet organization isn’t about installing anything, but about taking things away. Think about what you truly need in your cabinets, and what you can donate or get rid of in your pantry. This kind of organization will pay dividends down the road.

6. Utilize your vertical space

Make the best of the cabinet storage spaces by utilizing vertical spaces. Consider placing hooks above the countertops in the cabinets to hold mugs. In addition, you can hang stemware rack in the same area for holding glasses.

To store oven mitts and measuring cups, you can also hang adhesive hooks on the inside of the pantry doors. Lastly, you can use the ceiling rack and wall space to hang pots and pans. This will free a lot of space inside the cabinet.

7. Make use of drawer dividers

Drawer dividers are perfect for storing cooking utensils. The dividers will allow you to assign a spot for miscellaneous items in the kitchen. However, avoid overflowing the dividers as it will defeat the purpose of organizing your cabinet.

When DIY cabinet organization isn’t enough, call Superior Stone & Cabinet

For more information about great kitchen and bathroom cabinet ideas, you can contact Superior Stone and Cabinet. We can help you in selecting the perfect cabinet design. Contact us today to get a free in-home estimate for new cabinets and learn about our cabinet storage options.

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.

Reasons to choose Superior for your next tile flooring project

A new tile floor is one of the best ways to cap off a kitchen or bathroom remodel, and has a positive, lasting impact on the value of your home and its interior aesthetic appeal. However, there are many different types of tile that come in a wide variety of colors, materials, and cuts. If you’re shopping around for tile flooring for your home or office renovation project, make a stop to Superior Stone and Cabinet. We not only have a wide and diverse selection, but we also offer wholesale prices, a free in-home estimate, and a convenient location in the heart of Phoenix.

Our tile flooring selection

Our massive new showroom is only dwarfed by the size of our warehouse, which means that our selection of tile is as varied and as deep as any retailer in the Phoenix metro area. We carry the following types of tile:

  • Ceramic
  • Porcelain
  • Travertine
  • Marble
  • Glass
  • Slate

Among those different varieties, there are almost an endless number of color and tile size combinations. No matter whether you’re remodeling your kitchen and looking to create a magnificent-looking backsplash or you’re looking for outdoor patio tile, Superior can help.

The best way to get to know our tile collection? Stop by our showroom and let our experts help you find the right tile, at the right price, for you. Even if you’re new to the tile-buying process, we can walk you through the pros and cons of different materials and sizes, as well as what tile installation involves. Our experts are ready to help you find the right flooring for the right price.

A Quick Guide to Tile FlooringWholesale prices

Speaking of price, Superior Stone and Cabinet is one of the wholesale leaders in Phoenix. We directly import our tile, with no middleman, which means that savings are passed onto you. This means that our tile starts at $3.99 / sq. ft. installed, with the actual price of the tile often being below a dollar per square foot.

Best of all, Superior can help you get an accurate quote. Give our team a call, and we’ll send out an expert to your home for a free in-home estimate. By taking accurate measurements and learning more about the nature of the work you’d like us to do and the type of tile you’re looking at, our professional staff can generate an exact cost for you that you can then compare with that from other businesses. Chances are that the quote from Superior Stone will be the lowest you find.

Convenient location

We just recently moved to a new location at 3479 E. University Drive. Our new warehouse is large and easy to access from the I-10, US-60, and Loop 202 freeways. Located near Arizona State University and Sky Harbor International Airport, it’s easy and convenient to stop by Superior Stone and Cabinet to take a look at our expansive tile collection.

If you are in the market for tile for your project, don’t hesitate to make the stop at our showroom. Or, to schedule your free, in-home tile flooring estimate, give us a call at (602) 437-0088 to book your appointment.

We’ve moved to a new location

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

Room to grow

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

New showroom

A floor model in our new showroom.

New products in the showroom

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

Same quality, same low prices

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

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