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Quartz VS Quartzite Countertops

Last update: Jan 23, 2018

Is quartz the same as Quartzite?

The answer is NO!!!

So, what is the difference between quartz and quartzite countertops?



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Quartz
and Quartzite are two popular choices for countertops, but they are not the same material. They offer differences in looks, durability, care and price that you should know about before making your selection. This article introduced the quartzite and quartz countertops and the different strengths and weaknesses they present.
 
Comparing Quartz VS Quartzite Countertops
 
(1) Materials:
Quartzite is a natural stone. Quartzite is a naturally occurring metamorphic rock. It is created when sandstone is subjected to extreme heat and pressure caused by tectonic plate compression in the crust of the earth.

Quartz Countertops is an artificial stone. Quartz countertops are often called engineered countertops because they are fabricated from natural silicon dioxide and synthetic materials. Loose quartz makes up about 93 percent of the material. It is blended with a binder and pigment and formed into countertops.
 
(2) Appearance:
It’s impossible to say that one material is more attractive than the other, since beauty is subjective for each of us.

Quartzite is a natural stone, so the colors are limited. Quartzite is generally found in white to gray. Pink and red hues are a result of iron oxide in the stone. The quartzite will have to streak caused by varying degrees of pressure in its formation and the random presence of iron oxide or other minerals.

Quartz, because pigment can be added, is available in a much wider range of colors for you to consider. The way the countertop material is formulated gives it the appearance of natural stone such as granite or marble.

The bottom line in appearance is that if you want natural stone, quartzite is your choice. If you’d like a more diverse selection of colors and patterns to consider, you’ll find it in quartz.

(3) Hardness and Durability:
Quartzite is harder than granite, so it is quite durable. It with stands heat very well. Quartz is hard too, but not quite as hard as quartzite. The resin used in manufacturing quartz countertops is a plastic, so it is prone to melting in heat above 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
 
Where quartz has an advantage over quartzite is that it is less prone to denting and chipping because it is more flexible. Both countertop materials can be scratched by sharp objects, and a cutting board should be used.
 
(4) Countertop Maintenance:
Quartzite requires quite a bit more TLC. It must be sealed before use and re-sealed one or two times per year. Without a proper seal, stains can penetrate into the stone. This is a weakness shared by all natural stone including granite and marble. When properly sealed, quartzite cleanup is easy.

Quartz requires very little maintenance. It wipes clean with a damp cloth. Abrasive cleaners should not be used on quartz, and they really aren’t needed. Ease of maintenance is the main advantage quartz countertops have over quartzite. In any event, as with all countertops, it is advisable to use cleaners designed for your type of surface.

(5) Quartz vs Quartize Cost:
Quartzite
, fully installed will cost from $70 to $200 per sq. ft. It is nearly the same on the low end, but keep in mind that soft quartzite is significantly different from true, or hard, quartzite which costs more.

Quartz is generally less expensive than quartzite for countertop installation. Quartz countertops start as low as $50 per sq. ft. and can go as high as $110 per sq. ft. with premium material quality. Full installation of a finished slap generally runs between $70 and $150 per sq. ft. The wide range depends not just on quality of the primary material, but on amount of slabs being installed, edging finishes, and how complex of a job is the overall design.


Now, do you understand the difference between quartz and quartzite countertops?

No matter which one you choose, Quartz or Quartzite Countertops, History Stone & Countertops will be your best supplier. Please feel free to contact us.



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