WHAT IS QUARTZITE?
Quartzite is a naturally occurring metamorphic rock formed when heat and pressure alter the compositional properties of quartz-rich sandstone. These conditions, found at convergent plate boundaries and where mountains form, create an interlocking crystalline structure of incredible strength.
QUARTZ AND QUARTZITE ARE NOT THE SAME
Though their names are similar, quartz and quartzite are two different countertop materials. While quartzite is a natural stone, quarried from the earth, quartz is an engineered stone. In other words, quartz is a man-made material comprised of crushed rock, polymer resins and pigment.
STAINING & SCRATCHING QUARTZITE
In terms of hardness, physical durability and chemical resistance, quartzite is one of the most impressive types of natural stone. Countertops made of this gorgeous rock can stand up to just about anything – even heat. Plus, like high-end granite countertops, they resist etching and are difficult to scratch. Keep in mind, the brighter or whiter the background the easier for stains to occur.
** Here is the list of some of the problematic Quartzites our industry has encountered:
- White Macuabas
- Ijen Blue Satin Finish
- Calacatta Lux
- Opus White
- Luce Di Luna
- White Pearl
- White Lux
Quartzite is extremely hard and durable, but it is not an indestructible countertop material. To protect the natural stone surface from staining, it must be sealed about once every year. Keep in mind, the brighter or whiter background the easy for stains to occur. Using a good sealer can also help enhance the rich veins and flecks of color.
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE QUARTZITE FOR MY COUNTERS?
Quartzite slabs are rather stunning, with most slabs tending toward light, natural shades like white, gray, and beige. Mother Nature is in charge of the patterns and veining, so the color variations are extraordinary. When selecting a quartzite color please keep in mind, every color has a different level of durability and/or a higher change of staining. Ask us which colors would better suit your space so we can help you during the quoting process!