What is the Difference Between Quartz and Quartzite?

If you’re in the market for new countertops, you may be wondering what the difference is between quartz and quartzite. Both materials are popular choices for kitchen countertops and offer a variety of benefits, but there are some key differences to consider when making your decision.

Quartz is a man-made material that is composed of ground quartz and resin. It is extremely durable and resistant to scratches and stains, making it a practical choice for busy kitchens. It is also non-porous, meaning it won’t harbor bacteria or germs, making it easy to keep clean. Quartz is more sensitive to heat than natural stones, so you will want to be careful to always use a trivet or other heat padding when setting down hot cookware. Quartz is also not UV ray resistant, so we do not recommend it for outdoor applications.

A man-made white quartz kitchen.

Quartzite, on the other hand, is a natural stone that is formed from sandstone and undergoes a metamorphosis process that makes it harder and more durable than its original form. It is also resistant to scratches and stains, but it is more porous than quartz, so it may require more maintenance to keep it sealed and stain-free. Quartzite is heat and UV ray resistant and can be used in both indoor and outdoor settings.

A Taj Mahal quartzite bathroom vanity. Note the crisscross patterning common to quartzite stones.

One of the main differences between quartz and quartzite is their appearance. Quartz is available in a wide range of colors and patterns, as it is made with pigments and can be customized to achieve a specific look. Quartzite, on the other hand, is mostly found in shades of white, beige, and gray, and it often has a more subtle, natural pattern.

When it comes to pricing, quartz and quartzite can vary greatly depending on the quality and brand. However, quartz tends to be more affordable than quartzite, which is considered a more premium material. Quartzite’s tough and brittle nature makes it harder to fabricate, which is why the price is typically higher. These same qualities make quartzite more enduring than other high-end stones like marble, which is why quartzite is rapidly becoming a popular choice in higher-end homes.

If you’re considering quartz or quartzite for your countertops, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of each material to determine which one is the best fit for your needs and budget. At Tops Solid Surface, we offer a wide selection of both quartz and quartzite countertops and can help you choose the right one for your home. Our team of experienced professionals can also handle all aspects of the installation process, ensuring a seamless and stress-free experience. Contact us today to learn more about your options and get started on your countertop project!

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