When it comes to solid countertops, it might be easy to settle for something that looks pretty, but over time may wear down. When weighing your options, it's necessary to know the difference between quartz and quartzite. While the two might sound the same, they are not made from the same material.
Quartz vs. Quartzite
While both materials gain popularity as household and commercial countertops and share similarities in price, durability, color, and maintenance, it's essential to understand that they are not manufactured the same way. Quartz countertops are man-made and engineered from natural minerals and synthetic materials. While loose quartz makes up most of the material, other stones and minerals are added and blended for color pigments and patterns. Countertops made from quartzite are mined and cut from metamorphic sheets of rock that have gone through intense heat and pressure in natural settings.
Colors of Quartzite
Quartzite usually comes in white and gray hues. Pink or red tones within the quartzite slabs is a result of iron dioxide. A great example of the grey and white combination is the white princess quartzite slab. This piece of quartzite features a solid white backdrop with light to dark gray veins running through the stone. Because this pattern is found naturally in the rock, no two pieces are the same. So, if uniformity is what you desire, then you may want to consider a quartz countertop. If this pattern doesn't bother you, then stick with it, and you will not be disappointed.
Caring for a Quartzite Countertop
Investing in a white princess quartzite countertop or any other color for that matter is a wise decision. Many people think granite countertops are the way to go, but if you're looking for durability, then look to a quartzite top. However, you will need to make sure that you always use a cutting board, as this material is susceptible to scratches, dings, and dents. White princess quartzite might not show the scrapes and cuts as much as a red, green or darker color quartzite countertop.
Furthermore, quartzite countertops need to be sealed before use and re-sealed every 6-12 months. If not, the stone can become porous, allowing liquids to penetrate and stain. If this happens, your white princess quartzite countertop may not look the same as the day you bought it.
What will a quartzite countertop cost?
For simple jobs, the price difference between a quartz and quartzite countertop won't vary much. However, with more complex situations, the quartzite will set you back more because of how it has to be cut. Unlike quartz material that is poured into a mold for any shape and size, quartzite surfaces must be special cut with diamond blades, a skill that takes both time and material.
At Paramount Stone, we know that your countertops will be where you likely spend most of your time. That's why the material you choose should matter just as much to you as it does to us. Talk to one of our experts and lets us educate you on your options.