Quartzite may be a somewhat lesser-known rock, but this distinctive stone is growing in popularity, finding its place in modern interior design projects. If you’re considering quartzite slabs and tile options for your latest remodel, quartzite’s unique look may be just the thing for you. Read on to learn more about this beautiful natural stone and its potential applications in your home.
Quartzite originates as sandstone, which is transformed over time through a process of intense heating and pressurization. The final product of this process is an extremely hard and durable natural stone that has become popular for its strength and unique beauty.
Quartzite is different from quartz, which is a man-made material. When shopping, just keep in mind that quartzite is a natural stone, like granite or marble, while quartz is engineered slab.
Quartzite’s Appearance & Characteristics
Quartzite tile and slab is available in a wide variety of colors and finishes, from soft whites, neutral tans and warm grays to green and blue hues with touches of rust and gold. Many colors of quartzite can create a bold, dramatic look, like the dark-hued and striking Fusion slab. Some white varieties of quartzite also bear a strong resemblance to marble. For instance, Macaubus White and Calacatta quartzite have the classic veined look of marble.
Quartzite slabs have a sophisticated, natural look, with a unique sparkle from the crystalline structure that is often apparent in the stone. From polished slab to honed tiles, this material is available in several different finishes and textures.
Some quartzite tiles can also be used in outdoor applications, such as patios and exterior walls, to add a natural, earthy aesthetic similar to slate.
While quartzite is one of the hardest and most durable natural stones available, it is not indestructible. Like all natural stones, we recommend that you properly seal your quartzite slab and tile after installation to maintain its longevity and prevent etching and scratching. While quartzite is less porous than some stone types, it does still have the potential to stain if not sealed and maintained appropriately. Clean up spills promptly to ensure your surfaces stay looking their best for years to come.
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