Quartz and quartzite are some of the most commonly confused kitchen countertop materials, but in actuality, they are completely different. Each comes with its own collection of benefits and drawbacks, so it is important to evaluate your needs and preferences carefully in determining which option is best for you. Here’s what you need to know to make your decision:
Quartzite is a natural stone that is formed by sandstone when exposed to extreme heat and pressure due to the shifting of tectonic plates in the earth. As a result, each piece is one of a kind. It is mined and cut into slabs to be used for kitchen countertops and other applications in the home. Quartz, on the other hand, is a manufactured material made from silicon dioxide and other materials.
Quartzite is typically found in gray and white tones, although it can sometimes take on a pink or red tint due to excess iron oxide in the environment. The appearance is somewhat similar to marble, with streaks running through it, creating an elegant look that is incredibly popular in home decor. Because it is a natural stone, your color selection will be limited to the naturally occurring pigments. With quartz, you have more selection because pigmentation can be added during the manufacturing process, although it will cause you to lose that natural appeal.
Both quartz and quartzite are incredibly hard and durable, which is why they are both such popular choices for high-traffic areas, like your kitchen. However, quartzite has a bit of an edge in this category, offering slightly more in terms of hardness, coming in at even harder than granite. Quartzite is also capable of withstanding high temperatures, whereas quartz can melt at temperatures over 300 degrees Fahrenheit. For this reason, quartzite is a better choice for hot areas, like around your stove and oven. Quartzite also has the added benefit of being more resistant to stains than quartz.
Care and Maintenance
Because quartz is man-made, it is non-porous and can be easily wiped clean with a damp cloth. Quartzite will require a bit more maintenance, as it is a natural stone. It will need to be sealed at least once a year to prevent stains and moisture from penetrating into the stone. However, resealing is a small price to pay for that stunning natural look that only quartzite can provide.
The pricing for these two materials is similar, so it really comes down to the details. When you are remodeling your kitchen, durability and practicality should be your highest concerns, as your kitchen is one of the most-used rooms in your home. When it comes to durability, quartzite is your best bet. Here at Mees Distributors, Inc., we have a variety of quartzite selections for you to choose from. Get in touch with us today to start designing your dream kitchen.