Granite vs. Quartzite Countertops

When choosing countertops for your home, granite and quartzite are two of the best and most popular options. Each of these natural stone materials are durable and will look great in kitchens, bathrooms and any other spaces.

The determining factor when choosing between these two countertops is typically design preference, as quartzite provides a more neutral appearance, with granite coming in a wide variety of colors to match your home’s style.

Each of these countertop materials offers its own set of benefits that you’ll be sure to enjoy for years to come no matter your design or functionality preferences.

Quartzite offers a neutral appearance

This countertop material is very popular for those with traditional kitchens and homes as it provides a more neutral look. Quartzite countertops typically come in white, silver and light grey.

It’s great for those with white or neutral cabinets or those who are going for a more luxurious appearance for their kitchen.

Granite has a variety of color options

While quartzite typically comes in only a few color schemes, granite has a wide range of color options from more traditional blacks and whites to less traditional browns, blues, reds and more.

If you have a unique set of style preferences and are looking for something a bit out of the box, you’ll be sure to find a granite countertop that will meet your needs.

Quartzite is slightly harder

While both materials are known for their durability and resistance to wear and tear, quartzite is actually a slightly harder material.

Quartzite is created when quartz-rich sandstone experiences heat, pressure and chemical activity known as metamorphism. This process recrystallizes sand grains and cement found in quartz, making it an even harder material.

Quartzite typically has a hardness of 7, while granite has a hardness of 6 or 6.5 on the Mohs Hardness Scale.

Granite doesn’t etch

While quartzite is a harder stone material, it does experience certain issues that include etching. Etching happens when acidic substances come into contact with stone and leave dull marks on it.

Things such as lemons and sodas are common items that can cause etching, and if the etching is deep enough, it may need to be treated by a professional to remove its cloudy, dull appearance.

By choosing granite, you will not have to worry about this issue for your countertops.  

When you’re interested in adding granite or quartzite countertops to your home and are looking for an experienced team with a wide selection of materials, we ask that you call on us at MC Granite Countertops.

We’re the number one countertop company in Atlanta, GA and will be happy to sell, template, fabricate and install any granite or quartzite countertops you require. Call us today at our Kennesaw or Blue Ridge locations to get started.