Searching for countertops for your upcoming kitchen remodel and finding yourself confused by the similarities between natural quartzite and quartz? Though these two popular stones can look quite similar, they are not the same.
Two Separate Materials
An engineered stone, quartz slabs are factory-made from a combination of 90-95% ground raw quartz, bound together with 5-10% resins and pigments. Quartzite, on the other hand, is a naturally formed metamorphic rock, beginning as quartz-rich sandstone, hence the similarity in moniker.
Key Distinctions Between Quartz & Quartzite
Quartzite slabs are commonly found with swirling white and grey coloring popular in today’s kitchen designs, holding a patterning similar to marble. For the stone aficionado, rare varieties of quartzite can also be found in brown, gold, orange, green and blue, all of which hold the same characteristic streaked appearance. Engineered quartz, however, is made in a more diverse variety of colors and patterns ranging from solid neutrals to bold, bright colors, as well as those that mimic other stones such as granite, marble, and quartzite, which can sometimes confound shoppers.
Similar to granite in hardness, quartzite possesses a slightly better capacity to withstand heat than quartz’s resin-based slabs, which are not heat resistant over 300 degrees. Though quartz is slightly less hard than quartzite, both countertop materials require the use of a cutting board. Of the two stones, only quartzite is compatible with outdoor use.
Quartz does not need to be sealed, and is easily cleaned with a damp cloth. In addition, the non-porous nature of quartz offers improved stain resistance alongside the ability for disinfection. Quartzite, like all natural stones, is porous and must be sealed periodically for protection against staining and acidic food, but when regularly sealed, is easily cleaned.
The pricing of both quartz and quartzite is on par with other high-end countertop materials such as granite, marble, limestone and soapstone.
Uncover the differences between natural quartzite and quartz slabs. Take a closer look for yourself at your area Granite Imports showroom today.