Quartzite is an extremely hard and durable natural stone, ideal for any countertop surface because of its long-lasting strength and composition. It combines the toughness of quartz with the variegated patterning of marble, creating an alluring combination. Quartzite is a popular choice for kitchen countertops and bathroom vanities because of its exotic beauty, sparkling surface, and overall durability.
With regular cleaning and occasional sealing, quartzite countertops keep your kitchen countertops and bathroom vanities aesthetically pleasing for years.
The Composition of Quartzite Countertops
Quartzite is a metamorphic rock that originated as sandstone. It is created when sandstone undergoes extreme pressure and heat under the earth’s crust. Quartzite is mined and cut into the slabs, which eventually become your countertops. The surfaces are professionally polished and sealed ensuring a beautiful appearance and lasting durability.
Don’t confuse quartz with quartzite as quartz countertops are mostly re-engineered countertops, manufactured from natural quartz and artificial materials including pigments and binder. Quartzite is a natural stone derived from mother earth.
What is the cost of Quartzite?
On average, the cost of quartzite countertops is equal to that of quartz, i.e. $45 to $95 per square foot. The price can be as low as $40 to $60 per square foot, for lower-quality material.
Keep in mind that in complex projects, quartzite countertops may cost more, since quartzite must be cut by diamond blades, which takes time and labor. On the other hand, quartz can just be molded to form literally any shape.
Quartz vs. Quartzite Countertops
- As discussed above, the quartzite and quartz countertops are almost equal in terms of cost; however, in complex jobs, quartzite may be more expensive.
- In terms of appearance, if you want a natural stone to feel like granite or marble, quartzite is probably a good choice; however, if you want a diverse range of patterns and colors to choose from, quartz gives you more options.
- Quartzite is more durable and harder than quartz and resists heat very well. The resin used in the production of quartz countertops is mostly plastic based, making it prone to melting at a temperature of 300 degrees Fahrenheit. However, quartz is more resistant to chipping and denting due to its higher flexibility than quartzite.
- Easy maintenance is one of the main benefits with quartz countertops, while quartzite needs little more maintenance efforts, requiring sealing at the time of installation and re-sealing at least once a year. Being a natural stone like graphite and marble, quartzite is porous in nature and may stain if not sealed in a timely manner.