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Granite or Quartz Counter Top

Granite and quartz counter-tops consistently rank as a top pick for new home buyer upgrades. It’s no wonder why; quartz and granite counter-tops add an element of luxury and style to any space. Quartz and granite run neck and neck in terms of popularity and price. Both are attractive, durable, and stain resistant. However, each has its own unique benefits that can determine which is best for a new home.

How are they made?

The main difference between quartz and granite composition; quartz counter-top material is ‘man-made’ while granite is organic.

Quartz is a naturally hard mineral and ranks at a 7 on the Mohs hardness scale. When this rock is combined with resins and polymers to create a quartz slab for a counter, the result is a material comprised of 90% quartz. The process and materials used in making quartz counter tops qualify it as a ‘manufactured’ material.

In contrast, granite is a 100% natural and mined from quarries. Slightly less hard than natural quartz, granite requires mining, cutting, and polishing for use as a counter-top.

Color Options and Availability

Granite is a composite of mostly of quartz, mica, and feldspar. These different minerals give granite its signature appearance of varying colors and textures. Granite is available in a wide array colors that feel natural, eye catching, and stylish. This look is unique to granite; quartz is beautiful but doesn’t mimic granite’s trademark speckles and veining.

Regardless, quartz also offers many color options. Quartz can’t duplicate the look of granite, but can be pigmented and customized to suit a new home buyer’s desire. Additionally, the pigment in a quartz counter-top is more consistent than in granite. While a new home buyer might search many suppliers for a granite to suit their size and color needs, quartz is readily available.

Because granite is naturally occurring, the size and shape of available slabs isn’t predictable. This means a slab might be cut in uneven sizes in order to make it work for a specific counter. For new homes with unconventional or large spaces, it could be difficult to find granite. Conversely, quartz slabs are uniform in size and can be made to order if necessary.

Stain Resistance

Quartz counter-tops are essentially non-porous and resistant to stains, moisture, and bacteria. A 2018 stain test by Consumer Reports determined quartz exhibited 2% more stain resistance than granite. Granite is naturally more porous than quartz. This porous nature of granite makes it more likely to stain and retain bacteria and moisture. Because of this granite requires sealing on a regular basis. Quartz does not require sealing, giving new home buyers one less task to complete.

Damage

When it comes to being damage resistant both materials hold up well. Consumer Reports rated both materials as equal in terms of abrasion, heat, and impact resistance. However, because quartz counter-tops contain resin and polymers there is a chance very high heat could cause warping. While care should be used when placing hot items on either material, quartz may be more likely to warp under high heat.

The Conclusion

When compared head to head, there appears to be a tie between quartz and granite. New homeowners should consider their unique needs regarding stain and moisture resistance, durability, and availability of materials. No matter which material is selected, the result is sure to be beautiful.

 

 

 

 

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Coming Soon: The McKee Homes Design Studio of Leland, NC

McKee Homes will soon have an exciting new option available in the coastal NC area; The McKee Homes Design Studio of Leland. Located at 2163 Britton Rd, Suite 1 in Leland, NC, the 2,125 sq. ft design studio offers new home buyers a convenient location to see and touch custom options for new homes.

Currently, McKee Homes operates a design center in Fayetteville, NC and makes every effort to accommodate buyers unable to travel to the area. In recent years, McKee Homes’ presence has significantly in the coastal NC market. The need for a design studio in the area has also grown and giving coastal NC customers a convenient local option was the natural “next step”. The new Leland, NC location will offer all McKee Homes customers an additional option for an interactive experience with selections when customizing their dream home.

McKee Homes offers multiple packages, features, and options for new home buyers. As a showcase of high-quality custom materials, the design studio will offer samples of counter tops, fixtures, cabinetry, flooring, and more. While decisions on options can be made without seeing each option in person, it isn’t ideal. This is why having a design studio close by is such a benefit. A visit to the design studio will allow hands-on experience with available options.

Having so many options is exciting, but can also make a buyer anxious. What if the wrong choice is made? Seeing and touching each option will give new home buyers extra peace of mind. Knowing each custom option will look exactly as it did in the design studio will help minimize construction process worries.

Making home selections shouldn’t be stressful; it’s an exciting time for a new home buyer! A McKee Homes expert design consultant will guide customers through the entire process. From choosing siding colors to selecting appliances, the design consultant will be by the buyer’s side. Additionally, consultants will answer all questions and make suggestions personalized to the buyer’s preferences and taste.

McKee Home’s knows the value of our customers’ time and wants to keep construction on schedule. Making custom selections within 14 days of signing a new home contract helps the construction process stay on schedule. The design studio will make this deadline easily achievable for coastal NC customers. Having a local studio for viewing custom options eliminates the hassle of traveling out of town. If more than one visit is necessary, the design studio is close by!

Don’t fret about timelines, dream home options, and final decisions. McKee Homes is here to make new home buying and customizing as easy as possible. The Design Studio of Leland is scheduled to open in early January 2019, and a special grand opening event will be announced soon. Stay tuned for details!