Quartzite is considered the diamond of countertop materials. Much like a diamond, Quartzite forms when a metamorphic rock, in this case pure quartz sandstone, is exposed to intense amounts of heat and pressure. Also like a diamond, Quartzite is extremely strong, elegant and durable making it a preferred choice of interior designers and homeowners alike.
Quartzite is a highly functional and long-lasting material. It is easy to clean; all you need is a soft cloth and a simple solution of mild soap and warm water. You should never use harsh chemicals or abrasive sponges on Quartzite. Quartzite is also antimicrobial, which means it resists the growth of both bacteria and mold, making it an excellent choice for kitchens and bathrooms.
Quartzite is harder than both marble and granite, making it more resistant to stains and scratches. It is also heat resistant. However, precautions such as trivets, coasters and cutting boards are still highly recommended. Afterall, you wouldn’t want your extremely hard countertop to dull your knives, would you?!
Proper care and maintenance is key. Despite their strength, Quartzite countertops should still be regularly sealed and protected. Sealing the stone is a simple process that will ensure the longevity of your countertops. Make sure that the stone is cleaned and dried completely, and you have read the instructions in their entirety, before applying the sealer. It is recommended that you or a professional reseal your countertops every six months to a year.
Often mistaken for marble, Quartzite is most commonly found in shades of grey and white. These extremely neutral shades, and its known durability, make it a very popular choice for any style home from minimalist to modern, farmhouse to craftsman. Quartzite is an excellent material for kitchen countertops and other high-traffic areas.
If you do prefer a bit of color, Quartzite can be found in an array of colors as well (pinks, reds, purples, blues, oranges, yellows and greens) and variations (veining, swirls, etc.) depending on the presence of other minerals such as hematite and iron and the shifting of the earth and its tectonic plates during the Quartzite slab’s creation. How cool is that?!
The cost of a Quartzite countertop depends on several factors including color, shape and size. The larger the countertop, the rarer (color & pattern) the slab, the more the countertop and overall installation will cost. Generally, Quartzite is more expensive than granite but less expensive than marble. It is important to discuss your individual needs with a qualified fabricator, such as Architectural Stone Works, so that you know all of your options and are able to make an informed decision.