Choosing Between Quartz And Quartzite For Your Next Worktop
Before we start comparing quartz and quartzite it’s important to understand the difference between the two.
A common misconception is that quartzite and quartz are the same material, but this is not true. Quartz is considered an ‘engineered stone’ because it is man-made using synthetic materials such as pigments, polymers and resins to create it. Whereas quartzite is a metamorphic rock (transformed from a pre-existing rock as a result of great heat or pressure) that was originally sandstone thus not man-made.
The natural vs. the unconventional appearance
If you like the look of natural stone then quartzite is your best bet for a timeless and elegant appearance. They range from a variety of whites, roses and more, with patterns sometimes resembling marble. You might even find faint veins or specks of other colours such blue or gold from the stone’s reactions with other nearby stones. However, if you need more colour or even pattern options then quartz would be a better choice as you can add pigments to achieve your desired worktop colour – the choice is endless!
The strongest of stones
If durability is important to you then it is important to note that quartzite is harder than granite, and it is one of the most durable stones on the planet. Quartz is a very hard stone too, but not nearly as tough as Quartzite. This is due to the way quartz is manufactured containing resin that is a form of plastic so it is likely to be the first out of the two stones to melt when in contact with an extremely hot surface. Although, if you need flexibility in your stone then quartz is ideal because of the malleable materials it is made up of.
Caring for your new stone worktop
Quartz requires very little maintenance in comparison to Quartzite. You can simply wipe down both surfaces with a damp cloth, but avoid using abrasive cleaning solutions because these surfaces will not need it. On the other hand, quartzite will require a little more care and attention. If you don’t seal your quartzite worktops, the more likely it is to stain which is a weakness shared by other natural stones such as marble and granite. However, if sealed properly, cleaning up will be an easy job to do. It is also important to re-seal every 1-2 times a year to maintain quartzite.
Any spills on these stones should be wiped up immediately, and care should be taken when handling anything highly acidic or greasy on the surface. If in doubt, you can find cleaners that are specifically designed for whatever stone surface you may have.
We hope we helped you to decide which stone is best for your home. If you have any questions about quartzite worktops, contact us on 020 8838 4604 or view our range of natural quartzite worktops online.