Quartz and Quartzite Countertops: What’s The Difference?

Comment by The AQK Team on January 18, 2017

Quartz and Quartzite Countertops: What’s The Difference?

When you’re redesigning your kitchen, you probably think picking a countertop will be a breeze. All you have to do is choose the one that goes with your decor, right? Well actually, the material of your countertop is also very important, along with its aesthetics. Knowing the difference between marble, quartz, and granite can make a big difference in your countertop-choosing process. But what about quartzite? It sounds like quartz, so are they the same thing?

 

The short answer: no.

 

The long answer: definitely not. We wanted to give you an overview of each material and a little comparison so you can make a better-informed decision when you go to purchase your kitchen countertop.

 

A Quick Overview of Quartz vs Quartzite in Your Kitchen

Quartz in your kitchen

We talk about quartz a lot here on this blog. It’s one of our favorite materials because it’s beautiful, durable, and more predictable than natural stones like marble.

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Its Ingredients

Quartz is a man-made material, primarily made of natural quartz. The very small percentage of quartz that isn’t taken straight from the earth is made up of binding resin and pigments. The natural element of quartz is mostly taken from places like Madagascar, Brazil, Japan, and some parts of the US.

Its Appearance

Quartz is a popular stone thought to be very beautiful. Of course, beauty is subjective, but we think quartz looks pretty great. There’s a wide range of colors and patterns to choose from that mimic natural stone. You can have a quartz countertop in everything from white to rose to brown.

The thing about quartz is that, though it may look like a natural stone, it’s actually man made. So there is more uniformity in quartz’s appearance than there would be in a natural stone like granite.

For some, this is a plus; you know that what you order in the storeroom is what you get on your counter. For others, this gives away the secret that your countertop isn’t a natural stone. There’s no right or wrong way to look at it, but it’s something to consider.

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Its Durability

One of the reasons we love quartz so much is because it’s a very durable material. It’s resistant to most materials other than alkalies. And it’s non-porous, so it doesn’t have to be sealed. It doesn’t soak up germs and stains, so it’s really easy to maintain. All around, quartz makes for a great long-lasting countertop.      

Quartzite in your kitchen

Its Ingredients

Unlike quartz, quartzite is a natural stone. It is sandstone formed by metamorphic pressure, extracted from the earth and finished into slabs.

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Its Appearance

Quartzite comes in fewer colors and varieties than quartz. It usually only comes in light colors like white and grey and typically features a swirling pattern.

Colors like white and grey have become hugely popular for kitchens recently, so quartzite is becoming a more frequent choice.

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Its Durability

Because quartzite is a natural stone, formed by metamorphic pressure, it is stronger and harder than quartz (and quartz is pretty strong already!). However, because it is a natural stone, you do have to periodically reseal quartzite.

 

A Quick Comparison

Ingredients

  • Quartz is a man-made stone, comprised of natural quartz, pigment, and binding solution.
  • Quartzite is a natural sandstone.

Its Appearance

  • Quartz comes in lots of colors and designs, and is more uniform.
  • Quartzite only comes in light colors like white and grey and is more unique.

Its Durability

  • Quartz is hard, but not as had as quartzite. Because it has resin in it for binding, it is vulnerable to heat higher than 300 degrees. But it is more flexible than quartzite, so it chips less.
  • Quartzite needs to be sealed at least once a year, unlike quartz, which never needs to be sealed.

 

Which One Will You Pick for Your Kitchen Countertops?

So clearly, though quartz and quartzite sound similar, there are lots of differences between the two materials. Hopefully this article has helped you figure out those differences and decide which one is right for you.

If you have any further questions about these–or any other countertop materials–don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’re always here to help.

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