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Which Countertop Material Is Best?

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At Onslow Stoneworks, we offer a variety of different surfaces and materials to suit your design preference. Various veining, colors, compositions, and characteristics are offered at each of our Onslow Stoneworks locations in Swansboro, New Bern and Morehead City to provide every customer with the countertop of their dreams. But, with so many options and a world full of beauty, how do you know which countertop material is best for you?

 

Quartz

One of our top-sellers at the moment is Spectrum Quartz! Quartz has grown tremendously over the years, offering various styles, colors, and designs. But you might be wondering why has become so popular and why do people love it so much?

Composition: Quartz is an extremely strong material. Quartz is a 7 on Mohs Scale of Hardness, meaning that it is tougher than natural stone such as granite, quartzite and marble. Quartz is a man-made material so it is non-porous and resists staining. Common kitchen spills of coffee or juice will not have an effect on these quartz countertops.

Lifestyle: Quartz countertops are perfect for any lifestyle. With its tough composition and ability to withstand a life well-lived, this is the perfect countertop for families with kids or busy lifestyles!

Looks: Quartz comes in a variety of options from marble-looking quartz countertops, plain and simple colors, extravagant veining and more! Quartz is unbeatable and it is easy to see why it has gained a significant following within the past year.

 

 

Granite

 

Granite is one of the most commonly used materials for kitchen and bathroom countertops. Granite remains popular amongst homeowners and will likely always be popular because of its attractive look that can’t be duplicated. But is granite right for you?

Composition: Granite is once of the toughest materials and stands up well against wearing and tearing. More specifically, damages are not commonly seen with granite countertops because of its tough composition. It ranks roughly a 6 to 7 on Mohs Scale of Hardness, meaning that it is quite resistant to scratching and chipping. However, because of granite’s porous nature, it is susceptible to absorb liquids and stains.

Lifestyle: Many lifestyles are suitable for granite countertops. Because of its strong durability, families with kids will feel at ease with these tough stones. It will hold up against your typical day-to-day interactions within the kitchen and cooking will be a piece of cake with its worry-free capabilities.

Looks: Each slab of granite is one of a kind so your countertops will be unique to your home. Granite comes in vibrant and neutral shades that are speckled with distinctive, natural characteristics. 

 

Marble

 

Marble is known for its beauty and charm. Many homeowners gravitate toward marble because of its classic look and unique veining.

Composition: Marble is a very soft material. It ranks roughly a 3 on Mohs Scale of Hardness, so it can easily be scratched, chipped or stained. Marble cannot withstand heavy objects or hot items placed atop like granite can. Heat may damage the surface by creating unwanted cracks or discoloration. But don’t worry, this can easily be avoided by using hot plates or other materials to maintain the elegant look!

Lifestyle: Because of marble’s delicate nature, a laid-back lifestyle is a perfect scenario for this countertop. Or perhaps, instead of installing marble in your kitchen or bathroom, it could be a great addition elsewhere in your home! Add marble in a room that is often not in contact with a harsh environment.

Looks: It’s obvious that marble is loved and adored for its appearance. It is often defined as a white stone with subtle grey veining, however, at Onslow Stoneworks we offer various marbles of different colors! Add this stone in a modern home for a chic and lavish design!

 

Ultra-Compact

 

Ultra-Compact/Porcelain has gained significant popularity in recent years due to its unmatched characteristics and offerings. It may just be the next best thing!

Composition: Ultra-Compact is one of the strongest countertops within the design industry. It can hold up against heavyweight without scratching or chipping, it can easily resist heat and stains, and it can even withstand the sun’s strong UV rays!

Lifestyle: Ultra-Compact/Porcelain is a magnificent countertop for various lifestyles. Whether it is applied to an outdoor kitchen or fireplace, or flooring for the entertainment area, ultra-compact/porcelain countertops will definitely meet your lifestyle needs!

Looks: Most of our ultra-compact/porcelain countertops mimic the same looks we all know and love. Every countertop brings a luxurious feel into a home and transforms a space from ordinary to extraordinary!

 

 

Recycled Surface 

Recycled surface countertops are customizable and environmentally friendly. Although oftentimes overlooked, recycled surface is a great countertop to bring a unique spin on things!

Composition: Recycled surface is a one-of-a-kind material because it is one of the only countertops that can truly promote its eco-friendly culture. It is made up of recycled glass that is both tough and stunning in its own way! The durability that recycled surface possesses is relatively medium compared to those on the market.

Lifestyle: If living an eco-friendly lifestyle is important to you, there is no doubt that recycled surface is the choice for you! You cannot go wrong with a durable surface that offers these unique characteristics. Recycled surface countertops are also easy to maintain. 

Looks: Recycled surface is one of the only materials on the market that offer such colorful features within one slab. Several hues and various shades sparkle in each of these countertops, making them the perfect addition for a pop of color! Recycled surface countertops are great for beach houses and kids rooms for a fun and playful vibe!

 

 

Paperstone

 

Another eco-friendly option that we carry at Onslow Stoneworks is Paperstone. 

Composition: Paperstone countertops are made up of recycled paper and non-petroleum resin. It is manufactured in the USA with 100% raw materials. This product is highly resistant to scratching, staining and chemicals making it a very durable surface

Lifestyle: If the bright colors of recycled surface countertops don’t fit your needs, Paperstone countertops are a great alternative and still allow you to live an eco-friendly lifestyle. It is a durable surface perfect for people on the go, home chefs and children!

Looks: Paperstone countertops come in a variety of colors from deep cabernet and vibrant blue to calming neutrals like charcoal and sand.   

 

 

We hope this break down of various countertop material help you decipher the best surface for your next design project! If you are looking for more news, information or creativity, check out our blogContact us today or visit one of our showrooms in North Carolina located in Swansboro, New Bern and Morehead City to get started on your next design project!

 

A Guide to Quartz Countertops

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Quartz countertops can take any bathroom or kitchen to the next level. Quartz is one of the most durable countertop materials on the market and quartz can withstand the demands of a well-lived life all while maintaining its beauty. If you are considering quartz countertops for your kitchen or bathroom renovation, you’ll find the information you need that will help you decide if it is the right material for you in this guide.

 

What are quartz countertops made of? 

 

Quartz countertops are comprised of around 93 percent quartz, a natural material, and 7 percent binder and color. The result of this combination is a beautiful yet extremely durable stone. Quartz countertops differ from granite and marble countertops because they are a part of the engineered stone family while granite and marble are natural stones. When you go shopping for quartz countertops you’ll find a variety of colors and patterns inspired by natural stone to fit your design needs at one of our Onslow Stoneworks showrooms located in Swansboro, New Bern, or Morehead City.

Is quartz or granite more expensive? 

 

The price of quartz and granite will vary considerably from one fabricator in North Carolina to the next. There are many factors that play into the price of a material such as where it originates from, the design of the countertop and the complexity of the project. In regards to kitchen and bathroom countertops, homeowners can expect to pay about the same for granite and quartz. 

 

Is quartz a better countertop material than granite?

 

Quartz and granite are both premium countertop materials that will increase the value of your property. To say if quartz is better than granite depends on the design preferences, where the material will be placed and the lifestyle needs of the buyer. Granite often appeals to customers who are wanting to use all-natural materials, while quartz offers easier maintenance, slightly better durability and a modern look.

 

What are the pros vs. cons of quartz countertops?

 

Quartz countertops have a number of attractive qualities such as the durability and beauty they offer. Let’s take a look at a few of the strengths and weaknesses of quartz countertops.

Pros:

  • Quartz is one of the most durable countertops materials 
  • Quartz will not need to be resealed regularly 
  • Variety of options for color and pattern
  • Non-porous which makes it resistant to staining and bacteria
  • Resistant to scratches

Cons:

  • Quartz is an engineered stone and will not have the natural look when compared to marble and granite
  • Direct sunlight over an extended period of time can cause damage
  • Not as resistant to heat as granite

 

What color do quartz countertops come in?

 

Quartz countertops, as a man-made stone, are uniform in appearance. This material comes in a variety of colors and patterns, from deep black to bright white. It is inspired by the most breathtaking hues and textures in nature and can be made to mimic the color, pattern, and veining of other stones. 

 

What are some popular quartz colors?

Stellar

 

 

White Sands 

 

 

Serenity 

 

 

Tranquility 

 

 

Quartz is a great investment for any home and is a great material for both kitchen and bathroom renovations! If you are looking for quartz countertops in Swansboro, New Bern, or Morehead City contact our team at Onslow Stoneworks to learn more about our selection!