Quartzite Countertops: Pros and Cons to Consider

Quartzite countertops have gained popularity over the years due to their natural beauty, durability, and easy maintenance. However, as with any other material, there are both pros and cons to consider before making a decision. In this article, we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of quartzite countertops to help you make an informed decision for your home.

A slab of White Santorini Quartzite inside of the Tops Solid Surface Slabroom in Lacey


  1. Durability: Quartzite is a natural stone that is extremely durable and resistant to scratches, chips, and other damage. In fact, it is even more durable than granite, which is renowned for its toughness.
  2. Heat Resistance: Quartzite is heat-resistant, making it a perfect choice for kitchen countertops. You can place hot pots and pans directly on the surface without worrying about damage.
  3. Low Maintenance: Quartzite countertops are easy to maintain and clean. They do not require sealing, and you can clean them with mild soap and water. They are also resistant to staining and etching, making them a great choice for high-traffic areas.
  4. Aesthetically Pleasing: Quartzite countertops come in a variety of colors and patterns, making them an aesthetically pleasing option for any home decor. The natural stone provides a unique and elegant look that will enhance the overall beauty of your kitchen or bathroom.


  1. Expensive: Quartzite is one of the most expensive countertop materials on the market. The cost can be higher than granite or marble due to its rarity and durability.
  2. Porous: Although quartzite is a very hard stone, it is still porous and can absorb liquids if not sealed properly. Spills such as red wine or oil can cause permanent stains if not cleaned up quickly.
  3. Limited Color Options: While there are a variety of colors and patterns available, the options for quartzite countertops are still more limited than other materials like granite or marble.
  4. Heavy: Quartzite is a very heavy material, which can make installation difficult and may require extra support to ensure it is installed correctly.
Interior picture of the same White Santorini Quartzite slab. Note the beautiful natural quartz which contributes to the beautiful patterning and tough but brittle nature of the material.

Quartzite countertops offer several benefits, such as durability, heat resistance, low maintenance, and natural beauty. However, the material also has its drawbacks, including its high cost, porous nature, limited color options, and heaviness. Consider your needs and budget carefully before deciding on quartzite countertops, and always work with a professional countertop fabricator (like Tops Solid Surface hint hint) and installer to ensure proper installation and longevity.

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