Learn why quartzite has become a popular choice for kitchen countertops and bathroom vanities.
Quartzite is an up and coming natural stone surface. With beautiful veining like fine marble, quartzite is becoming more popular with homeowners as everything from a kitchen and bath countertop material, to use as a feature wall.
Many homeowners and even professionals use the terms quartz and quartzite interchangeably when discussing countertop materials. They are in fact two very different materials. When speaking about countertops, quartzite is often just shortened to quartz, and as a result, people are confused.
Quartz is a man-made engineered stone product that is created by combining natural occurring stone with resin which is then rolled or cast into countertops. Quartzite is a natural stone that is becoming popular and offers unsurpassed durability and refined elegance. Learn More About Countertop Materials.
Let's clear up some of the confusion. Here are some frequently asked questions about quartzite, answered for homeowners who are shopping for a unique, beautiful natural material for their homes.
What is Quartzite?
It is a metamorphic rock that is formed in two distinct steps. It begins its life as sandstone. Over years and years of intense pressure and heat, sandstone gradually fuses and crystalizes into a single rock, which is called quartzite. While sandstone tends to be relatively fragile, quartzite, fused by heat and pressure, is extremely hard and durable. It's the perfect countertop material for busy homes.
Does quartzite come in many colors?
Natural quartzite is predominantly white or gray with hints of black and brown. It can also be found with hints of pink, red, blue, green or yellow as a result of imperfections or minerals present when the stone was formed. For example, iron oxide can give quartzite red or pink highlights.
It combines the veined look of marble with the durability of granite. Each slab is one-of-a-kind and will give your space a unique and elegant look. It has a neutral color palette complements any décor, and the veining gives it a subtle sense of movement. It's luxurious and unlike any other natural stone.
Are quartzite countertops scratch and heat resistant?
Quartzite is a hard stone that does resist scratching and etching. If properly sealed, spills will not etch if cleaned up quickly. Most natural stone can handle some heat. It is harder than granite and is impervious to heat. While you can put hot items on quartzite with no danger, it's always a good idea to use a pad or trivet for safety.
What about the maintenance?
While Quartzite is a hard stone, it does require occasional re-sealing. All natural stone is porous and should be periodically re-sealed to avoid etching and staining. It requires annual re-sealing. When cleaning, always use cleaners specifically designed for natural stone countertops. Even though it's tough to scratch, never us abrasive cleansers to keep your counters looking new!
Which is more durable, granite or quartzite?
Because granite is an igneous stone and Quartzite is a metamorphic stone, they each have unique qualities. While granite has years of data about its durability, quartzite is a relative newcomer to the countertop world. That being said, both offer outstanding durability. While granite is durable, quartzite provides the durability of granite combined with the veining, luxury, and elegance of marble. It's the best of both worlds!
Is it an expensive material?
This is the big question most homeowners will ask! Natural quartzite is at the higher end of the price range when it comes to countertops. It is comparably priced with other natural stone materials and offers an unparalleled look and quality for the price. The size and configuration of your kitchen will influence the price. It is extremely hard and as a result requires experienced professional installation. It needs to be precisely cut using a diamond blade saw, and this can increase the installation price. Rare natural white quartzite contains few impurities and is even harder than common quartzite. As a result, it is more expensive.
Quartzite is the new kid in town. It rivals granite's durability and offers the luxurious, elegant look of marble. If you're looking to add a focal point or unique design element to your home, it is an awesome choice! Speak with your designer at Forward Design Build Remodel to learn more and to see samples of this remarkable, luxurious stone.
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