Despite how similar their names sound, quartz and quartzite are actually different materials. Both are commonly used to make countertops, so what is different between them?
One of the biggest differences is where they come from. Quartzite occurs naturally and is formed from sandstone that goes through tremendous pressure and heat. Quartz, on the other hand, is man-made in a factory. Regardless of where they come from, both materials make for sturdy and beautiful countertops.
Another key difference is the amount of maintenance that the materials require. Quartz is very easy to take care of. While you should steer clear of using abrasive cleaners on your quartz countertops, quartz is generally a low-maintenance material that can usually be cleaned with just a damp cloth. Quartzite counters are a bit different. Quartzite countertops should be sealed when being installed. However, after being sealed, cleaning off your quartzite counters is pretty simple, too.
The stone’s appearance is another difference between the two materials. Quartzite’s appearance is influenced by the other minerals present, oftentimes leading to a white or pink appearance, though there are other colors of quartzite as well. Additionally, quartzite stone has different streaks that run through as a result of mineral presence and the different pressures applied during the stone’s creation. Quartz, because it’s man-made, has a wider selection of colors because of the pigments that are added when it’s created.
Both quartz and quartzite are excellent options for your kitchen countertops. Here at The Granite Guy, we stock both quartz and quartzite and would love to help you get your counters installed, whether they’re made from quartz, quartzite, or another material.