Among the popular kitchen countertop materials are the quartz and the quartzite. Although there is a difference between quartzite and quartz, many including the experts, use the names interchangeably which adds more confusion for buyers. The reason why buyers should know the difference between the two is because each comes with its own set of pros and cons. Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of the stones will help buyers decide a which will suit their needs more.
Fortunately, the difference between the two materials is quite easy to remember.
What is a Quartzite and a Quartz?
A quartzite is a natural stone that’s extracted from the earth. A quartz, on the other hand, is manmade. Quartz is composed of roughly 90 percent ground quartz with the 10 percent being a mixture of resins, polymers and pigments.
What’s the difference the two?
Since quartzite comes naturally, it has its own distinct colour and pattern so no two slabs of stone are the same.
However, an added advantage for quartz is that its markings such as veins can be removed entirely which will result in a more uniform and consistent appearance.
So which one should I choose?
It depends on what you’re planning to put on top of the stones. If you’re looking to rest your hot pan or pot on the countertop, it’s good to get quartzite because it has high heat resistance.
While the density of quartz makes it more able to combat stains than the natural quartzite, both are etch-proof, meaning you won’t see marks that look like dried water stains. It also explains why both stones are a popular choice in bathrooms.
For high scratch resistance, quartzite provides more protection than quartz.
Whatever you choose, it is still recommended to seal the stone slabs to protect it from daily wear and tear.
Are Quartzite and Quartz only for kitchen countertops?
These stones are multifunctional and can be hung up on its own as artwork. It can also be made into beautiful walls for the bathroom, bedroom and even the living room.