Quartz and Quartzite – How do they differ?

Quartz and Quartzite – How do they differ?

You may have noticed quartz countertops being a popular trend for kitchen remodels, especially on Pinterest and Houzz. Many people come in our kitchen and bath showroom asking about quartzite and how it differs, if at all, from quartz. 

Quartz is an engineered stone, meaning it is made in a factory out of synthetic materials such as stone chips, resins, and pigments. With normal use, quartz will not chip, fade, or break. Because it is a non-porous product, it does not have to be sealed and will not absorb stains. It is one of the lowest maintenance countertops available.

 

 

                                       Quartz      Quartz

Quartzite is a metamorphic rock that originated as sandstone. It is taken from quarries and cut into slabs that become our kitchen countertops and bathroom vanity tops. Since it is a natural stone, quartzite is porous and can absorb stains from coffee, citrus, wine and other substances, yearly sealing with an impregnating product is recommended.

 

                                Quartzite     

Both are heat resistant, but as with the majority of countertop materials, we do not recommend putting hot pots and pans directly on the surfaces. 

As quartz has gained in popularity, the available colors and patterns have improved to better mimic the movement and colorations of natural stones such as quartzite and granite. 

Costs vary depending on the color selected, but both are comparable in pricing to the other natural stone products.

Our showroom has an area dedicated to all types of countertop materials with a myriad of samples of granite, quartz, quartzite, soapstone, solid surfaces, and laminate.  Stop by to learn more!