Quartz Vs. Quartzite: Differences Between the Two

Posted 08/01/2015 by sitecore\Anonymous

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Featured Image: Lyskamm Quartz Countertops from Italy

Quartz and quartzite are two wonderful materials used in home design projects and are both especially popular as countertops. But they differ in appearance, durability, and maintenance requirements. Quartzite Slabs for Kitchen Countertops Quartzite Slabs for Kitchen Countertops If you’re considering using either of these products, it’s a good idea to know the differences between them so you can make the best choice for your home and personal style.  We have two Pinterest boards to share with you today.  If you're in love with Quartz, be sure to stop by and check out the many styles and uses on our Quartz Pinterest Board. If Quartzite is more your style, be sure to check out out Quartzite Pinterest Board with amazing style ideas.

Appearance

Salina Red Quartz Salina Red Quartz Quartz is engineered using a stunning combination of natural and synthetic components, and is available in a wide range of color options since pigment can be added to it. The image below shows one of the many lovely color options for quartz. Quartzite, on the other hand, is a beautiful natural stone that resembles marble. Selections generally range from white to gray with some containing pink or red hues. Some quartzite slabs have hues of other colors, such as blue and green, due to the presence of other minerals.  

Durability

Sea Pearl Slab Sea Pearl Quartzite Slab Quartzite is naturally strong and even harder than granite. Two of its greatest characteristics are its high durability and ability to withstand heat extremely well – up to temperatures of around 300 degrees Fahrenheit! It can, however, be prone to denting and chipping. Quartz is also durable and one of its biggest advantages over quartzite is that it’s more flexible – making it less likely to dent or chip.    

Maintenance

Cumberland Flax Quartz from Arizona Tile Cumberland Flax Quartz Quartz doesn’t require much maintenance and wipes clean with a damp cloth. This ease of care is the main advantage quartz has over quartzite. Since quartzite is a natural stone, it requires more attention. This material needs to be sealed before use and re-sealed once or twice every year in order to prevent stains from penetrating into the stone. However, once quartzite has been properly sealed, cleanup is a breeze.

Which One is Right for You?

Quartz and quartzite are both excellent materials that make exceptional countertops in kitchens and bathrooms. The decision on which one to use really comes down to your individual design preferences and your lifestyle. If having a natural stone is a priority, and you prefer a more natural/organic look, you’ll want to go with quartzite. But if you’d like a more diverse selection of colors and patterns, or you don’t want to deal with the sealing quartzite requires, quartz is a better option. Be sure to visit our "Quartz Countertops" and “Quartzite Countertops” Pinterest boards for some great inspiration and to learn more! To see our quartz and quartzite products up close, visit one of our Arizona Tile locations. Our professionally trained consultants will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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