Quartzite Vs Quartz Countertops
If you’re researching countertops for an upcoming kitchen remodel, quartz probably keeps popping up on sites like Pinterest and Houzz, or in the pages of your favorite design magazine. It’s become a design favorite in recent years and it’s also a top-rated material given its ability to shrug off stains. You might also be seeing more references to quartzite, which sounds a lot like quartz and can look similar. But these are actually two separate materials with some very key distinctions.
Quartz used to be known as engineered stone, because it’s just that—a synthetic material that’s made in a factory out of stone chips, resins, and pigments. Quartzite, by comparison, is a metamorphic rock that originated as sandstone. It’s extracted from a quarry and formed into finished slabs that become kitchen countertops, as well as tiles for floors, walls, and backsplashes.
Quartzite is often compared to granite in terms of hardness and durability. It combines that toughness with the variegated patterning of marble, which makes for an alluring combination.
As for price, quartz and quartzite are in the same higher-end category of countertop materials but due to the extreme hardness of quartzite, the labor cost adds considerable additional expense to the final installed price.
Like all natural stones, each slab of quartzite has unique veining with various shades of dark and light grey. The crystalized appearance of quartzite is simply beautiful making it a standout feature in any kitchen.