In the business of stones , countertop shoppers asks same questions everytime ; “What is the difference between Quartz and Quartzite?”
Let’s define the (2) two materials:
Quartzite is a hard, non-foliated metamorphic rock which was originally pure quartz sandstone. Quartzite is beautiful and exotic.
Quartz countertops are actually a form of engineered stone, man-made from ground-up particles of stone bound together with space-age plastic resins.
Characteristics of both materials:
Quartzite is generally found in white to gray. Pink and red hues are a result of iron oxide in the stone. Yellow, blue, green and orange quartzite results from the presence of other minerals. Regardless of the color, the quartzite will have streaking 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 is you want the natural beauty, quartzite is your choice. If you’d like a more diverse selection of solid colors and patterns to consider, you’ll find it in quartz.
Quartzite is harder than granite, so it is quite durable. It withstands 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.
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.
In conclusion, Quartzite and Quartz are two gorgeous options for your home projects. Both are very durable and deserve consideration as you plan your home construction or remodeling.