Quartzite is a naturally occurring metamorphic rock that starts out as sandstone and evolves over time under intense heat and pressure. It is quarried, and cut into slabs to be used for applications like countertops, flooring, wall coverings, vanity tops and stair steps. Quartzite’s crystalline sparkle transforms applications, such as kitchen countertops, work surfaces, tables and feature walls into functional and classy showpieces.
- Quartzite countertops are the ideal option for consumers who desire the look of marble countertops but require something sturdier.
- Quartzite countertops are resistant to etching and scratching, stands up to heat, and is easy to keep clean and sanitized. No need to purchase expensive cleaners; a simple mixture of soap and warm water will keep the surface looking fantastic.
- Quartzite countertops are more resistant to scratching compared to quartz. The dark grey patterns and its natural veining makes it easy to cover up scratches on the countertop.
- Quartzite countertops are highly resistant to direct UV rays. This prevents the surface from fading and you can use it for outdoor countertops or in a room which receives direct UV rays.
- Quartzite countertops have more natural stylish appearance and a sophisticated look that makes it a top trend for kitchen countertops, bathroom walls, and the house floors.
- Quartzite countertops compared to other stones has a higher cost. The construction of countertop slab adds to the cost.
- It doesn’t give you a solid uniform appearance as quartz. It always comes in different patterns and veining of various colors thus no slab with a bold single color.
- Despite the quartzite hardness, it can easily be damaged or scratched by sharp objects.
- Quartzite may be harder or soft and most of them require sealing once a year but there are some of the materials which need sealing more often.
- Unlike quartz, you need to seal quartzite to protect it from getting stains from spilled drinks.
- Although they are resistant to heat, they cannot withstand high temperatures which can lead to the melting of the countertop