Quartz Countertops vs Quartzite Countertops.
Quartz and Quartzite countertops are 2 very high-end materials obtained from quartz and are frequently confused.
Quartzite is a non-foliated metamorphic rock, natural stone. It is derived from a pure quartz sandstone through pressure and heating created by tectonic compression in different parts of the earths crust. The stone is cut and polished to become decorative for countertop applications.
Quartzite countertops require sealing on a semi or annual basis depending on use.
Quartz is an engineered stone manufactured from quartz. It’s make up is of 94% or higher in quartz which makes it extremely strong. Quartz countertops are non porous and will not harbor bacteria.
Quartz countertops do not require sealing.
Quartzite slabs are typically available in shades of gray and white becuase it is created through a natural formation.
Quartz is available in many colors and patterns and are also available in a calacatta marble looking pattern.
Quartzite will stand up to heat better than quartz but we do recommend placing hot pans on a pot holder or trivet.
Quartz countertops will suffer from thermal shock if a hot pan or appliance is placed on it. Like all natural stones, quartz will get damaged from sudden changes in temperature. It will heat up and expand and as it cools, it will contract and crack. Most of our clients place a pot holder or trivet next to there stove and under appliances that get hot such as a crock pot.
Quartz and Quartzite care
It’s best to wipe up spills immediately with quartz and quartzite countertops and to clean either materials with a mild soap and water solution. We recommend utilizing warm water with your solution. Please avoid abrasive cleaners. They will damage the surface of the stone. With proper maintenace, your countertops will stay looking new for many years. Please refer to our stone care pages for additional details. Thank you!
Quartz and Quartzite countertops are both beautiful in appearance. Deciding between the two will depend if you prefer a natural stone appearance or if you would like a wider variety of patterns and colors to select from in a quartz color selection.
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