In our eyes, quartz and quartzite are both exceptional materials for kitchen and bathroom counters. So, choosing which is right for your home improvement project ultimately comes down to personal preference.
Talking to an experienced custom fabricator and viewing quartz and quartzite slabs in person will ensure you make the right decision, Here’s how these two durable and visually striking materials stack up.
The quartz used in kitchen and bath counters is an engineered stone, a synthetic material comprised of crushed natural quartz, polymer resins and pigments.
Quartzite, on the other hand, is a naturally-occurring metamorphic rock formed when quartz-rich sandstone is subjected to high pressure and temperature.
Quartz countertops come in a vast range of colors and gorgeous patterns, some of which mimic the look of marble, granite, quartzite or other natural stone surfaces.
As quartzite is a natural stone, your color choice is somewhat more limited. And, Mother Nature decides the patterning. That said, every slab is unique and quartzite countertops are always strikingly beautiful.
Quartz countertops are quite durable, and the flexibility of the material makes them more resistant to denting and chipping than quartzite countertops.
Quartzite is harder than quartz and less prone to scratching, similar to high-end granite in terms of durability. And, food acids are unlikely to cause etching on quartzite counters.
The polymer resins used in quartz countertops can melt at around 300 degrees. Setting a hot baking dish or pan directly on the surface could leave a permanent mark.
In contrast, quartzite counters can take the heat. With this natural stone material, you typically don’t have to reach for a trivet before putting down a hot pot or pan.
Caring for quartz countertops is incredibly simple – just wipe the surface with a damp cloth or sponge.
Quartzite countertops are equally easy to clean. However, unlike quartz, quartzite needs to be sealed to guard against stains.
When it comes to price, quartz countertops and quartzite countertops aren’t all that different. However, for complex kitchen and bath projects, quartz tends to cost a little less.
The reason? Quartz slabs cost less to produce, as they’re fabricated using molds. Quartzite countertops must be cut to size, an exacting process that takes time and requires skill.
Quartz or Quartzite – Which Is Right for You?
After reading through this comparison, you might have an idea of whether quartz countertops or quartzite countertops are better for your home improvement project. Before you make your final decision, however, you’ll want to view the slabs.
If you live in Utah, Idaho or Wyoming, visit the Creative Granite showroom in Salt Lake City for an extensive selection of beautiful, high-quality natural stone and engineered counter materials.
The award-winning professionals at Creative Granite, a leading Intermountain West custom countertop fabricator for over 17 years, can answer your questions and offer expert advice on your kitchen or bathroom upgrade. Contact us today – we’d love to help you explore the pros and cons of quartz countertops and quartzite countertops in person.