Tips from the Trade: Read This Before You Commit to a New Quartz Countertop

April 19, 2018

You’ve heard about all the advantages of a modern quartz countertop—durability, easy care, value, and beauty—but how can you be sure you’re buying the right brand? 

All quartz countertops are not created equal. They may be manufactured by the same process and have similar characteristics, such as their water-resistant surfaces, heat resistance, and hardness.

However, quartz slabs vary widely in price, depending on both the brand and the dealer or installer. However, with MSI quartz countertops, you can be sure you are getting the best value for your investment.

So, when you’re ready to take the plunge, here are a few factors to consider when comparing brands and manufacturers of quartz counters.

Through-Body

Featured: Calacatta Classique Quartz

MSI’s countertops are created with a mixture of natural quartz and other materials such as particles of granite and colored glass. Polymer resins bind the mixture together, and it is then molded into slabs. The result is one of many incredibly durable and gorgeous patterns for which quartz is known. 

One important thing to know about this process is that these countertops are through-body, which means that our manufacturing process results in the pattern, color, and veining that runs throughout the entire slab, just like a natural stone. This means that with MSI’s quartz, beauty is more than skin deep. Some budget quartz countertops do not have this characteristic, limiting your customization options. 

Therefore, if you are stuck in the decision of choosing quartz over granite or other natural stone countertops because you want a custom edge treatment, there’s no need to worry. You can have your beveled edge or ogee design with MSI’s through-body quartz slabs.

Warranty

Featured: Frost White Quartz

Nearly every quartz countertop comes with a warranty. The difference between these guarantees is their length, transferability, and limitations. Most quartz countertop manufacturers offer a 15- to 20-year warranty covering manufacturer defects. 

In contrast, MSI offers a lifetime residential warranty on manufacturing defects. In other words, even if you spot a problem arising from the slab’s manufacturing process many years in the future, it will still be covered. MSI will repair or replace the affected slab. 

However, keep in mind that there are some issues that are not covered by any quartz countertop brand’s warranty, such as scratches, chemical damage, chips caused by impact, or problems caused by installation errors. Also, most warranties are only valid for the original owner. If you have a question about the competitive warranty on our quartz countertop slabs, visit our website or contact us for more information.

Pattern Selection and Realism

Get this look with MSI's Iced White Quartz (Photo Credit: Houzz)

Some quartz countertop brands offer a limited range of colors and patterns. Others have many options from which to choose. Since each brand tends to have its specialty, your choice of brand may boil down to the availability of the look you’ve got your heart set on.

MSI provides you with hundreds of quartz countertop design, pattern and color choices. We offer some of the most realistic marble-look and granite-look quartz on the market, with modern tile backsplash options to match. Even if you’re interested in the concrete industrial look, there’s an MSI quartz that convincingly fits the bill. 

Prefab Countertops

Featured: Sandy Cove Quartz

One way to save money on your quartz countertop is to choose prefab slabs in various popular shapes and sizes. These slabs are pre-cut, with edges already finished and ready to go. Not all quartz countertop brands offer prefabs, and instead require every customer to order a custom slab and have it honed, edged, and cut to your individual specifications. Yes, prefabs can save you a bundle of money, but they also save time, since you don’t have to wait for your custom creation.

Endless Options

Featured: Cascade White Quartz

As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to put MSI countertops high on your list of considerations for quartz countertop brands. Be sure to visit our website to see all of the different quartz colors and patterns we have to offer, as well as their specifications and other detailed information.

Happy browsing, and feel free to get in touch with any questions you may have about MSI quartz countertops.