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The difference between Quartz and Granite

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One of the biggest questions we hear in our showrooms is “what’s the difference?” And we get it- with so many options to choose from, knowing what sets them apart is the first step towards choosing the right material for your lifestyle. At Onslow Stoneworks, we have the answers. Starting with Quartz and Granite, we can tell you anything you might need to know when it comes to the appearance, durability, and maintenance of each material.

Appearance

Granite is a natural stone, while quartz is man-made. This means that granite comes in a variety of naturally beautiful colors and patterns that are more uniform than quartz, which has a wider range of colors. Granite also has a more natural appearance: looking at it closely, you can see unique textures and veins within the stone. No two granite slabs will be identical. Quartz will have an even-toned color throughout its surface (which makes it easier to clean), and can easily replicate patterns like marble. Because it is man-made, it can be easier to find the right slab of material compared to granite, as you can easily customize quartz to your liking.

Durability

Both quartz and granite are extremely durable, but granite is more heat resistant than that of quartz. Granite is also resistant to scratches and staining, but when it comes to comparison, quartz takes the cake.
Quartz is much harder than granite, so it is much more resistant to stains and scratches. Unlike natural stone, like granite, because of quartz’s non-porous nature, it is able to protect itself from liquids seeping into the surface which helps fight stains and other unwanted bacteria and odors. Although quartz is very tough when it comes to stains and scratches, you might want to keep those heat pads on hand and never place hot cooking materials directly on your quartz countertops, as these surfaces are not as heat resistant as granite countertops!

Maintenance

Granite is easy to maintain, just clean with warm water and mild soap. We do recommend granite be resealed every few years, as doing so will help keep the countertops not only shiny and polished, but its porous nature to be protected. Quartz requires little to no maintenance nor sealant as it is a non-porous stone that does not absorb stains or odors.

The main difference between the two materials really comes down to your lifestyle and what you need out of your countertops. We’re happy to help you with your next home project, so make sure to contact us with any further questions!

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Re-invest Your Tax Return Into Kitchen Remodel Countertops

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Can new kitchen countertops enhance property value? We all understand how long it takes to plan and save for a kitchen remodel. In reality, there are numerous aspects to a renovation project to consider. Any practical home repair project requires patience. Maybe you’re one of the many individuals receiving a tax refund this year, and you may be considering your options. A sensible investment will make you more money. Your ROI is crucial since you want to see more money afterward.

One of the most acceptable ways to do this is to invest in your land or property, which will increase the value of your home. Investing allows you to obtain more when you decide to sell your house. Making house upgrades increases curb appeal, property value, and the likelihood of a faster sale. If you want to improve your home, start with the kitchen. See how Onslow Stoneworks can help you update your kitchen with your tax refund.

Granite Countertops

Granite is a terrific stone for a more traditonal appearance. Adding natural stone to a kitchen makeover is fantastic for maximizing return on investment. A few fundamental changes to your home include granite countertops, sinks, appliances, and more. You can use the same procedure in your bathrooms. Investing your tax refund in granite counters is a great idea! You will receive low costs, high quality, and longevity.

 

Marble Countertops

Marble countertops are noted for their unique veining, distinguishing them from other countertop materials. Marble is a luxurious natural stone that will enhance any interior design. Marble can boost the market value of your home or business. This classic stone is worth the investment. According to kitchen remodelers, a 15% investment in your home’s worth might yield an ROI of up to 80%. If you stay within your budget, your chances of success with a kitchen makeover are 98.5 percent.

Quartz Countertops

According to Caesarstone, home buyers will likely choose properties with quartz countertops over other materials even if the price of the home is slightly higher. Different from natural stone, quartz is a non-porous stone that is durable, resistant to many damages, and requires little maintenance. Because it is a manufactured product, quartz offers a wide range of hues, several finish options, and its final appearance is rich and luxurious. 

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In the end, there are many different ways that you can spend your tax refund. But it is wiser for one to make investments that will increase their ROI. Making home improvements are a great investment because the real estate market is constantly growing. The more updates you make to your property, the more value you add which means the resale price only increases.

Need help finding the right resources to make all of your renovation ideas come true? We’re here to connect you with everything you need — contact us today!

Everything You Need To Know About Recycled Surfaces

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According to Insider.com, conservation and reused materials were both big themes at this year’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show! With sustainability being one of the key trends at KBIS 2022, it’s safe to say that going green isn’t going anywhere anytime soon!

Customizable and eco-friendly, recycled countertop surfaces are easy to maintain and look great in any space.

Perks and Benefits:

These unique surfaces are composed of recycled glass and quartz and bound by resin. By choosing recycled surfaces you are not only cutting down on our planet’s waste, but you are also choosing a surface that will benefit your family and their health. Similar to quartz countertops, recycled surfaces are non-porous, making them a top choice for keeping bacteria away. These eco-friendly surfaces are also very durable as they are heat and stain-resistant.

Care

Not only are recycled surfaces well-loved because of their durability but also because of their low maintenance! Routine cleaning requires only a soft cloth, mild soap, and warm water. Although this countertop material is stain resistant, it’s not completely stain-proof. To prevent stains, spills should be cleaned as soon as possible. For stubborn stains, you can use a non-abrasive brush. Always remember to use hot pads, trivets, cutting boards, and coasters for additional protection to ensure the longevity of your countertops.

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Sealing and Finishes

As mentioned above, recycled surfaces are non-porous and do not require sealing. Like other countertop options, this material can also come in different finishes. Finish options include gloss, semi-gloss, and leathered. 

 

Applications

Recycled Surfaces are available in a variety of designs and patterns that elevate the look of any room. A great choice for residential and commercial spaces, these surfaces are commonly used indoors as countertops, vanity tops, bar tops, fireplace surrounds and tub decks, wall cladding, entryways, and shower surrounds.

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Recycled surface countertops offer many benefits and a vast array of beautiful and fun design choices. The added bonus is that they are eco and budget-friendly. Let’s make your home sustainable and install recycled surfaces with Onslow Stoneworks!

Need help finding the right resources to make all of your renovation ideas come true? We’re here to connect you with everything you need — contact us today!

 

Four Home Renovations to Consider in 2022

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New year, new home improvement renovations! As we kick off 2022, you may be thinking of putting your home on the market and eager to boost its value — or maybe you’re just ready for an upgrade!

With so many changes in the past couple of years, many homeowners have been faced with the need for more space. Keep reading to learn more about the leading home renovation projects for the upcoming year, according to experts.

1.Update Your Bathroom

According to a study conducted by Zillow and Realm, bathroom remodels are the most popular project homeowners are looking to tackle. A Houzz 2021 bath trends report also states that sinks and faucets are the most popular bathroom upgrade.

Updating your vanity is one of the quickest ways to change the look of your bathroom without undertaking an entire remodel and it’s budget-friendly. Customize your vanity with marble countertops to really turn your bathroom into a spa-like oasis!

2. Add More Storage

Doesn’t it feel like we’re always looking for additional kitchen storage? Increased kitchen storage is an absolute necessity in 2022. In the last few years, butler pantries have established themselves as one of the must-have items in modern homes. Upgrade your current kitchen pantry to include custom countertops, shelves, and drawers to create a functional and well-organized space.

Kitchen islands also work best when designed to your specific needs. Consider including built-ins or cabinets that allow you to get the most storage! Pair it with a natural stone or quartz countertop from Onslow Stoneworks to maximize your kitchen’s functionality!

3. Modernize Your Kitchen Appliances

When searching for a new home, most prospective homeowners say that they would spend more on a house with updated appliances. The trick is to go for quality pieces instead of focusing on trends.

Kitchen appliance trends may come and go, like air fryers or stand mixers. Focus on investing in the big appliances — your stove, fridge, dishwasher, etc. — before you splurge on the fun stuff.

4. Upgrade Your Lighting

New lighting is a simple way to refresh your outdated space. Statement lighting that focuses on unique designs, shapes, and sizes is big for 2022. Look for interesting pendant lights, retro Edison bulbs, or even think about putting in a chandelier.

 

 

More Home Renovation Ideas

These ideas on how to update your bathroom, kitchen island, appliances, and lighting are sure to inspire you. Upgrade one area of your home or use all five tips and re-imagine your entire space.

Need help finding the right resources to make all of your renovation ideas come true? We’re here to connect you with everything you need — contact us today!

Tips To Keep Your Kitchen Safe This Holiday Season

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As the holiday parties commence and you scramble to prepare meals and feed guests, your kitchen is going to be working overtime this month. With more cooking, baking and people coming in and out of the kitchen, it’s crucial to ensure your space is as safe in order to avoid any accidents. Check out these 6 simple tips on how to keep your kitchen safe and your holidays happy!

 

1. Test Smoke Detectors

Before you start baking your holiday treats or signature dishes, make sure your smoke detectors are working properly and that the batteries have been replaced. Not only will this keep you and your guests safe from a potential fire, but you’ll also avoid hearing that annoying beeping sound during your party!

2. Unplug Appliances

Even when not turned on, small appliances continue to draw electricity when plugged into an electrical outlet. It is best to unplug any small appliance like toasters, coffee pots, slow-cookers and air fryers when they are not being used to avoid any potential hazards.

3. Dress the Part

When cooking, it’s best to wear close-fitting clothing that cannot easily get caught on handles. Use oven mitts if you are handling hot pots and pans. If you have long hair, be sure to keep it out of your way. Also try to avoid wearing loose jewelry, for extra precautions!

4. Be Mindful of Children

If children are included in your holidays, make sure to keep them away from the kitchen during cooking times. Hot stovetops and ovens, high-temperature foods, matches, lighters and candles are just a few of the potential dangers if not properly stored or managed – especially for children. These precautions should be extended to adults, too.

5. Invest in a Fire Extinguisher

Owning a fire extinguisher and keeping it close in your kitchen will prevent an unexpected kitchen fire from escalating too quickly. Store your fire extinguisher in a place that has easy access and let your family members know where it is located and inform them on the proper way to use it.

6. Stay Clutter-Free

Be sure to clean your cooking areas throughout the day, keeping them clear of food debris, utensils, dish towels and other materials that are easily flammable.

So next time you are in the kitchen prepping for friends and family to gather around in the kitchen, implement these easy tips to keep your holiday festivities disaster-free!

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How To Budget for a Kitchen Remodel

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You have taken your time perusing through design magazines and websites, creating images of your ideal kitchen in your mind. Now you have a mental picture of the kitchen you want, but then comes the elephant in the room: Budget. Budgeting for a kitchen remodel is not as enjoyable as choosing the best remodeling design, but poor budgeting can cause financial carnage. Here is how to successfully budget for a kitchen remodeling.

Setting the Budget

As per remodeling magazine 2005 cost versus value report, a high-end kitchen remodel can cost you an average of $82 000. However, this figure could go up or down depending on specific factors influenced mainly by your needs. When you have a design in mind, the first step is having an honest assessment of your finances and knowing how far they can take you and what design they can comfortably see-through.

Budget for the Unexpected

In your remodeling budget, have room for unseen or unexpected issues that may crop up. There are issues that may come up in a remodeling process, such as areas that will need repair but were unbudgeted for. After completing a draft budget, set up a percentage of it as miscellaneous expenses.

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Kitchen remodeling is an excellent way to make your kitchen more elegant and comfortable. Budgeting for a kitchen remodel is not an easy task but as a basic rule, draw a budget that can sustain the entire remodeling you want. Decide whether to do a complete overhaul or facelift depending on how long you wish to stay in the home, and always be careful not to overdo it.

Kitchen remodeling can not only give your kitchen a facelift, but it can also improve the value of the entire house. However, this is only if it is done right. Contact us for any queries on excellent kitchen remodeling.

 

 

5 Things to Consider When Choosing Natural Stone

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Your kitchen is the heart of your home, and natural stone countertops can turn this hub into a beautiful gathering space for friends and family. Natural stone lasts a lifetime when properly cared for. Its durability can stand up to a well-lived life and busy household. Granite. marble, quartzite and more also come in a variety of colors and styles which makes it more than just a countertop,  but also a statement piece.

When you visit our showrooms, our goal is to find the stone that will work best for you. Keep reading to view the five things to consider that will help you choose the best countertop material depending on lifestyle and budget preferences.

 

Does my lifestyle affect what countertop material I should choose?

Your lifestyle is a big factor when it comes to your choice of stone. When you visit our showroom to browse our selection the goal is to understand the dynamics of your household and where the stone will be placed. Granite is a great place to start due to its high durability and variety of colors. If you are planning on installing the stone in your kitchen or in a space that is prone to spills or if you have children and entertain guests often, we suggest a mid to darker color to minimize the risk of staining.

 

What kind of maintenance and care does natural stone require?

Natural stone often gets the reputation of being indestructible which is not entirely true. Although it is extremely durable, natural stone will only last a lifetime if the it receives the proper care. We strive to match the right material to your comfort level of maintenance so that you’ll be happy with choice for the years to come.

Most stone surfaces can be cleaned with a soap made for natural stone or a mild liquid detergent. Some types of natural stone such as marble require a little extra love and attention.

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In addition to regular cleaning and maintenance we also highly recommend sealing your natural stone countertops annually. Having your countertops properly sealed prevents liquids from being absorbed into the pores of your countertops and bacteria to form. If you’re ever in doubt on when it’s time to reseal your countertops, we have a quick test you can do! Simply place a small drop of water on a highly used area of your countertop and if the water is absorbed then it’s time to reseal.

What’s the next step after choosing a stone material?

After you have found the right type of stone that fits your lifestyle you will choose a specific slab to work with. Natural stone is unique and each slab can have different veining, pattern and color so it is important that you choose the slab you want for your project.

 

What finish do you choose for your countertop?

Natural stone is available in a variety of finishes, and each offers its advantages. Polished is a more popular choice and a little bit easier to keep looking as nice as install day. But we always encourage you to pick the finish you will be happy with the look every time you walk into the room! Visit our countertop showrooms to see and feel these finishes in-person! 

 

Your countertops are an investment that deserve quality installation. Visit our showrooms in Swansboro and New Bern to further discuss how Onslow Stoneworks can make your new countertop purchase stress-free from beginning to end!

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Save Money: Buy Instock Quartz For Your Next Countertop Project

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Installing countertops in the kitchen and bathroom is an excellent means of enhancing the aesthetics and functionality of these spaces. If you’re planning on upgrading your hard surfaces, Onslow Stoneworks is your trusted and knowledgeable partner for your countertop needs. Our product portfolio comprises various materials, including natural stone, quartz, granite, and recycled options. Visit our showrooms and discover wide-ranging designs, styles, textures, and colors that you can also use beyond your home’s interior. But not always will you find these materials in stock at Onslow.

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Featured: MSI Calacatta Laza 

 

What is In-Stock Quartz Material?

When speaking of in-stock material, it means Onslow has it readily available for purchase now. Granted, customers can visit our countertop showrooms to browse through the collection and purchase slabs that represent their personalities and integrate well with the overall home designs. While other materials in our online store need to be ordered, in-stock colors are readily available. You can be guaranteed that we’ll meet your remodeling in a timely manner.

 

Why Buy In-Stock Quartz Countertops?

If you’re confined to a limited budget, it’s understandable to look for ways to save in your countertop renovation project. Investing in in-stock countertop materials offers cost-saving opportunities, transforming your kitchen and bathroom at a fraction of the standard cost.

Typically, quartz and granite manufacturers sell whole countertop slabs. Hardly do remodeling projects use up the entire slabs. Large, usable portions will remain. Picture this: If your kitchen needs only 1.3 slabs, a fabricator will lose 70% of the costs after installation. But no fabricator wishes to incur such losses. That’s why we keep the remnants in stock for any customer who’d like to use the same material in their home makeover projects. Instead of purchasing entire slabs, you can choose in-stock countertops and only pay for the square-footage you require; no more, no less. Not only will you save on waste, but your overall remodeling costs significantly plummet.

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By purchasing our in-stock countertops, you invest in the trending colors, styles, and designs that we sell often. Contact Onslow or visit one of our showrooms today and we’ll help you choose the right countertop material, color, and style for your kitchen or bath. 

 

 

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Understanding the Countertop Installation Process

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What to Expect During Your Onslow Stoneworks Countertop Installation Process

Starting a new countertop project can be overwhelming. When shopping for a new countertop surface, it’s important to understand the steps included in the installation process to be fully prepared for what lies ahead. When you choose to purchase new countertops and visit any of our Onslow Stoneworks showrooms, you will have the opportunity to look at various countertop materials and design options. With the help of one of our experienced countertop experts, we’ll make the process easy and exciting!

We know your design project is an investment and we want to ensure that each customer receives the red-carpet treatment. In this blog, we’ll go through the process of how our professional countertop installations work and guide you through the process to help you prepare for you dream countertops.

 

 

 

Step 1

At our countertop showrooms we have a large selection of countertop products to choose from such as granite, marble, quartz and other surfacing materials to fit any style. After choosing the material that best suits your space, we’ll work with you to create an estimate for your unique project. 

Step 2

In order to cut your selected slab to the right size that will fit perfectly on top of your cabinets, we first have to create a digital laser template. During your select template date, our skilled technicians will come to your home to precisely measure for your new countertops.

Step 3

Upon review, you’ll sign a contract that guarantees your materials, products and installation scheduling. You’ll also have the opportunity to view the slab you selected and approve the stone and layout templates. Once approved, your project will be submitted and installation will be scheduled. 

 

 

Step 4

Your template will then be digitalized and any adjustments will be made. Your selected material is then cut with our state-of-the-art technology to ensure precise detail and accuracy. Once cut, the countertop material is edged, polished and quality checked.

Step 5

The day you have been waiting for is finally here! Our highly experienced installation team will arrive at your home during the specified time to safely install your countertops and review important information regarding the care of your new surface. The job site is then prepared, countertops are installed, and the area is cleaned thoroughly. You’ll then be able inspect and approve your countertops and receive any warranty documentation. 

 

Step 6

For the final step of your countertop installation process, someone from our team will reach out to ensure all of your expectations are met. 

The amount of time it takes for professional countertop installation will depend on the size of your project, edge details and material. It will also depend on your space, accessibility and if they’ll need to disassemble and removal your old countertops.

Your countertops are an investment that deserve quality installation. Visit our showrooms in Swansboro, New Bern and Morehead City to further discuss how Onslow Stoneworks can make your new countertop purchase stress-free from beginning to end!

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How To Disinfect Your Kitchen Countertop Surfaces

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Tips to Disinfect Your Countertops

Now more than ever, it’s important that you keep every space in your home clean and disinfected. Studies have shown that your kitchen may be the most contaminated room in your home and can host bacteria from food preparation, trash and more.

Your kitchen countertops are used every day and are continuously being touched so it’s imperative they’re cleaned properly and often. In this blog, we’ll take a look at different ways you can keep your countertops sparkling clean – and free of harmful bacteria.
 

 

Are Your Granite Countertops Sealed?

Even though it’s a durable natural stone surface, granite is porous and needs to be sealed. If unsealed or weakly sealed, your granite countertops can absorb oils and other liquids that could cause staining and lead to your countertop harboring bacteria, mold and mildew. Not sure if your granite is sealed? Leave a few drops of water on the surface. If it beads up, your natural stone countertops are securely sealed. If the water is absorbed into the granite, it’s time to contact Onslow Stoneworks and have your countertops resealed. 

 

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Be Sure To Keep Your Countertops Dry

Bacteria, mold and fungus all thrive in moist environments. To avoid this, take extra precaution when cleaning your countertops and be sure to dry them with a clean cloth after washes.

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Clean Up Spills Immediately

Another way to prevent bacteria is to eliminate spills as soon as they occur. If you let stains and food residue linger on your countertop, you’ll end up having more bacteria around than a simple cleaning can tackle. Clean spills immediately and you will have less countertop disinfecting to do on a regular basis.

 

How To Disinfect Granite Countertops

The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends using warm, soapy water to clean your countertops and other kitchen surfaces before and after food preparation. Although this is an effective cleaning measure, it does not completely disinfect granite countertops. We recommend using Granite Gold to disinfect your granite, marble and other natural stone surfaces.

Granite Gold’s Daily Cleaner helps preserve the look and durability of your granite and is also safe to use when cleaning quartz countertops like Silestone, Caesarstone and more. We also suggest using their MonoFoil D Disinfectant & Antimicrobial spray that has been tested and proven effective to kill the COVID-19 virus.

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Your countertops are an investment that deserve quality installation and expert knowledge. Visit one of our countertop showrooms located in Swansboro, New Bern and Morehead City to get started on your next project! You can also utilize our free online kitchen or bathroom visualizers and view our blogs for more information.