What to Consider When Choosing Between Quartz and Quartzite Countertops

When you’re renovating your kitchen or building a new home, you’re likely choosing between countertop materials. Two popular materials at the moment – quartz and quartzite – have fairly similar sounding names. This may lead you to believe they’re the same material. And while they’re both fantastic options in their own right, offering a blend of aesthetic appeal and functionality, there are some key differences. Which one you choose will depend on your own needs and taste. With that in mind, here’s how to tell them apart:

Origin and Composition: Engineered vs. Natural

One of the first things to consider is the origin and composition of the two materials. Quartz is an engineered stone, made from a blend of natural quartz crystals (about 90-95%) mixed with resins and pigments. Quartzite, on the other hand, is a 100% natural stone that starts its life as sandstone and transforms under heat and pressure.

Because quartz is engineered, it comes in a broader range of colors and patterns. Quartzite offers less variety but provides a more natural and often more luxurious aesthetic, closely resembling marble in some cases.

Durability and Maintenance

Both quartz and quartzite are extremely durable options, but there are some differences to note. Quartz is less prone to etching and staining because it’s non-porous. It also doesn’t require sealing, making it a relatively low-maintenance option.

Quartzite is also durable but being a natural stone, it’s more porous than quartz. This means it’s susceptible to staining if not properly sealed. Regular sealing and more cautious handling of acidic or colorful substances are required to keep quartzite looking its best.

Heat Resistance and Cost

Quartzite has an edge when it comes to heat resistance. It’s less likely to be damaged by hot pots or pans, making it a strong contender for those who do a lot of cooking. Quartz, although durable, is more susceptible to heat damage.

In terms of cost, both materials are generally on the higher end of the price spectrum, but quartzite can often be more expensive due to its natural origin and the labor involved in quarrying and finishing the stone. Both are, of course, worth the investment and may be more cost-effective in the long term when you consider the durability angle.

Both quartz and quartzite offer an outstanding blend of beauty and practicality, ensuring your kitchen will not only look fabulous but also stand the test of time.

When you’re ready to make your selection, MC Granite is here to guide you through the process, offering both quartz and quartzite countertops to match any style or functional requirement. Trust us to help you choose a countertop that reflects the quality you expect and deserve for your kitchen. Contact us today to learn more!