If you’re unsure if ‘quartzite’ is some kind of fancy code for a cuter, more miniaturized version of quartz slabs, you’ve come to the right place. These stones, actually two vastly different varieties, confound everyone from homeowners crafting kitchen remodels to designers and industry experts who mistakenly use the terms interchangeably.
Similar in Name, Not in Composition
At the heart of their composition, quartz and quartzite are quite different. A natural stone, quartzite is extracted from the earth like granite and marble. Quartz, on the other hand, is manmade. Also called engineered quartz, it is formed from a mix of about 90% ground quartz and a blend of resins, polymers and pigments.
How Does this Affect Which Stone is Best for Your Project?
Though both stones are hard and durable, looking to application can help you select the right stone for your style…
Looking for something natural?
For those looking for the infinite variation of color and pattern of natural stone, where no two slabs are alike, quartzite, derived directly by Mother Nature, is queen.
- Prefer more uniform looks?
Though many of today’s popular quartz options are made to mimic natural stone, those striving for uniformity or to disguise seams should look to engineered quartz as a superior solution to creating a controlled, consistent appearance.
- Feeling the heat?
For evening entertainers or distracted cooks, setting down a hot pan atop a natural quartzite counter for a moment is no cause for concern. Polymer and resin-infused engineered quartz, however, is not quite as forgiving.
- Seeking superior stain resistance?
A go-to for those wishing for white counters, bustling families seeking to reduce staining and subsequent maintenance can rely on the nonporous and durable engineered surface of quartz to combat daily dirt without sealing, unlike quartzite, which requires regular sealing and is slightly more porous in nature than granite.
- Scared of scratches?
Natural quartzite is a bit more scratch-resistant than engineered quartz, with an added bonus: Its beautiful veining and coloring does a masterful job at masking imperfections that can result over time, unlike the more uniform appearance of engineered quartz varieties.
- In the ‘splash zone’?
Neither quartzite nor quartz is prone to etching, the discoloration and darkening that results from water spots drying on countertop surfaces, making both stones popular in bathroom and shower applications. In fact, some even streamline the look of their kitchen and baths with carefully-constructed quartz and quartzite-slab sinks.
- Making a statement?
For statement-making stone centerpieces, including backsplashes, fireplace surrounds, and stone slabs used as art, both the unique veining of natural quartzite and uncommon color variations of engineered quartz shine.
Which stone offers a superior solution for your style? Talk to the seasoned stone specialists at your area Granite Imports showroom today.