As one of the largest stocking fabricators in NE, Ohio, numerous homeowners come to us each year in search of new stone for their countertops, but many of them are not sure what stone to opt for. One of the most common misunderstandings amongst homeowners choosing stone is the difference between quartz and quartzite. In fact, quartz and quartzite are commonly mistaken as the same material.
In this article, we want to highlight a few of the major differences between quartz and quartzite so that you can make a more informed investment in your countertops.
Natural Vs. Engineered
Contrary to popular belief, quartz countertops are manmade. They are derived from an engineered blend of 93% natural quartz and 7% resins & pigments made to resemble natural stone. This engineered blend makes it heat, water, bacteria and stain resistant. Our quartz is available from various manufacturers around the world including, Cambria, LG Viatera, Mont Quartz, MSI Quartz and Silestone.
In contrast, quartzite is an extremely strong and durable natural stone. Quartzite originates as a sandstone, but after a process of high heating and pressurization of sand grains deep within the earth, it’s transforms into Quartzite, an excellent natural choice for frequently used surfaces.
Due to it’s engineered nature, quartz is more uniform in appearance than natural stones. It can be found in a large variety of shades and patterns that is often consistent from one end of the slab to the other. It is perfect for someone who wants a consistent look in their stone.
In contrast, quartzite is a good choice for someone who prefers the uniqueness and variations of natural stone. It has a one-of-a-kind marble-like appearance. The colors and patterns and translucence of quartzite are a direct result of the heat and pressure it experiences within the earth. Since it comes directly from Mother Nature, there can be infinite variations in appearance. The colors, patterns and translucence can even vary from one end of the slab to the other, creating a piece of art.
Due to it’s non-porous design, Quartz is one of the most stain resistant materials you can find. It is resistant to bacteria and water. However, just like any other countertop material, it is important to protect using hot pads, trivets and cutting boards. To maintain quartz, clean with mild soap and water. As with other stones, do not use bleach, cleansers or any abrasive pads.
Quartzite is a durable stone that is scratch and heat resistant with proper care. However, some quartzites are more resistant than others. It is important that you take preventative measures to protect your investment regardless. Remember to always use hot pads, trivets, cutting boards and anything you can to protect your countertops. Quartzite is easy to clean with mild soap and water, and it requires a simple sealer once a year. Sealing quartzite does not need to be done by a professional. This can simply be done by referring to the easy directions on the sealant. It is a matter of cleaning the surface, spraying the sealer and wiping it off.