While they sound like they should be almost identical, quartz and quartzite countertops are actually quite different and offer different advantages. If you’re looking for new countertops for your New Jersey home, let Stone Tech Fabrication help guide you with our breakdown of the key differences between quartz and quartzite countertops.
The most important difference between quartz and quartzite countertops? Quartz is “engineered” while quartzite consists of naturally occurring metamorphic rock. Quartz is fabricated from synthetic materials and natural silicon dioxide which is then blended with a binder and a variety of pigments. Quartzite is mined, cut into slabs, and then polished and sealed for the final product.
Quartz vs. Quartzite Countertop Colors & Styles
It would be a fool’s errand to debate the aesthetics of one stone over another – different colors and styles will appeal to different people. You will, however, find that quartz has a wider range color options due to its artificial nature. In comparison, quartzite can be found most commonly in gray and white, although streaks of yellow, green, blue, orange, pink, and red are all possible due to the iron oxide present in the stone. In the end, your choice will depend on the amount of color options you want to have at hand.
Quartz vs. Quartzite Countertop Durability
Although a certain amount of care should be taken whenever using sharp or extremely hot objects on both types of countertops, quartzite is slightly less vulnerable to such damage. Because the resin used in quartz countertop fabrication is a plastic, it has a slightly lower melting point. At the same time, quartz countertops are a bit more resistant to chipping and denting due to their flexibility.
Quartz vs. Quartzite Countertop Maintenance
As always, we recommend using the correct type of cleaners designed specifically for your type of countertop. When cleaning a quartz or quartzite countertop, try not to use abrasive cleaners. Quartzite will need some additional attention because of it’s natural origin. Like other natural stone countertops, it should be sealed before use and resealed once or twice a year.
We hope this sheds some light on the differences between quartz and quartzite countertops and simplifies your decision-making process. For any questions about the products and services offered by Stone Tech Fabrication or to schedule your free in-home consultation, call (609) 817-6873 or fill out the contact form on the right today!