current obsessions: you won’t believe these quartz countertops aren’t natural stone!December 03, 2017
For many years, homeowners wanting countertops that mimic the look of stone had to settle for substandard products like laminate. While this type of countertop promised to provide the look of real marble, granite, limestone, or soapstone, when viewed up close, it was clearly a counterfeit material. Also, the performance of laminate lacks the strength and durability that natural stone offers. But in today’s market, homeowners have the opportunity to install quartz countertops, which perfectly blend the style and performance that many have desired for so long. Since these look-alike materials do such a good job mimicking the real deal, we think that these quartz countertops will have you fooled by their beautiful colors and patterns.
Real marble makes a strong statement in any design, but it isn’t always a practical choice for busy places like the kitchen. Statuary Classique Quartz beautifully mimics marble with its soothing white background and large veining. It’s perfect for large surfaces like this oversized island because maintenance is simple. Daily cleaning and wiping up spills are easily handled with just a damp cloth, soap, and water. You’ll also never have to seal, polish, or condition your white quartz countertops, so you can focus on hosting more dinner parties or making a delicious meal with the kids.
Granite is a popular countertop choice for homeowners, but it still comes with its cons. Chakra Beige Quartz looks like granite with its rich grays, soft creams, and warm rust tones. You may not realize that quartz is actually stronger than granite, which means you’ll end up with a more durable product that’s virtually indestructible. Quartz also isn’t porous like granite is, so you can keep your kitchen countertop free from harmful germs and bacteria.
When thinking of granite, the high-variation patterns probably come to mind, but you can get that same look with something like Sandy Cove Quartz. This quartz is another granite look-alike with its swirls of neutral creams, tans, and browns. The eco-friendly countertop boasts a longer replacement life than many other countertops. MSI offers a limited lifetime residential warranty and a 10-year commercial warranty for one of its products from the Q Premium Natural Quartz collection, so you won’t have to worry about updating your bathroom or kitchen counters for a very long time.
Similar to quartz, soapstone is a natural stone that’s low maintenance. However, because it’s a rather soft material, it won’t hold up as well to the man-made material. Concerto Gray Quartz looks like soapstone with its frost and dove grays and small speckles of charcoal. Since soapstone is softer than most natural stones, it will get small nicks and grooves that need to be sanded out. Quartz on the other hand is super strong and won’t scratch. And, unlike this natural stone that will permanently darken as it ages, this gray beauty will stay the same color no matter what.
Featured: Carrara Marmi Quartz
Carrara marble dates back to Ancient Rome and has been used in everything from famous statues to buildings. Carrara Marmi Quartz is a quartz countertop with the same timeless veining as the real deal. Marble requires careful use of and care to keep it looking white, while with quartz, squirts of toothpaste and spilled makeup in the bathroom to coffee cup rings and splashes from acidic foods in the kitchen won’t do a thing to your quartz countertops that look like carrara marble.
Quartz that looks like marble or other natural stone is one of the current kitchen remodeling trends. It offers the look of natural quartz with the durability of its strong resins for a result that will last for years to come. To see more man-made stone looks, check out MSI’s Quartz Countertop page.
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