Quartz vs. Quartzite Countertops

They sound similar, but quartz and quartzite are actually two completely different types of countertop materials. Knowing the differences between the two, however, will ensure that you select the right countertop material for your kitchen or bathroom. So here are the main differences between quartz and quartzite that you should be aware of before planning out your countertops:

Quartzite is natural stone, quartz is engineered

The biggest difference between the two is where they come from. Quartzite is a natural stone, consisting of quartz grains bound by silica. Quartz, on the other hand, is engineered stone. Part of it derives from mined quartz, while the rest is made up of man-made polymer resins and pigments to bind the quartz together. (Still confused? Then check out our blog post on the differences between natural and engineered stone).

Quartz has more variety

Because it’s an engineered stone, quartz automatically has more color and pattern variety than quartzite. Quartzite can only be found in whites or grays, although pink and red shades are found due to the iron oxide in the stone.

Quartzite is harder and more durable

Quartzite is a hard stone, and as such, it stands up to damage and heat extremely well. Quartz does too, just not as well as quartzite. Due to the resin, it’s more vulnerable to heat and damage. But take into account that both are a very sturdy material, and just because quartz is less durable, doesn’t mean it will shatter at the slightest touch.

Quartz doesn’t need to be sealed

The problem with natural stones such as quartzite is that they usually need to be sealed to keep out moisture. Engineered stones such as quartz, however, are non-porous, meaning they resist moisture and thus don’t need to be sealed.

Knowing the differences between quartz and quartzite will help you better understand which material is best for your home. If you’re still unsure of which one to choose, then contact MC Granite Countertops. With a wide variety of countertops available, we can help you select the right one for your kitchen or bathroom.