When choosing a type of stone for your countertops, you may be surprised by the sheer number of options available to you. In fact, some homeowners don't really know the differences between many types of stone. This is understandable, given how similar some stone varieties can be. For example, do you know the differences between quartzite and quartz countertops? If not, then keep reading. We'll give you a breakdown of the differences between these 2 types of stone so that you can select the right one for your counters.


Appearance

Both quartz and quartzite are beautiful materials, but the 2 different types come in different colors and patterns.


Quartzite has a more limited list of color options. Generally, this stone comes in white and gray hues. Traces of pink and red may be present due to iron oxide in the stone. Occasionally, you can also find streaks of yellow, blue, green, and orange in the stone, due to the presence of trace amounts of other minerals. However, the primary color is almost always in the gray to white range. You should also always expect there to be some amount of streaking, due to changing pressures and trace minerals present during the stone's formation.


Quartz, by comparison, has a large amount of colors to choose from. This is due to the fact that pigment can actually be added to this stone during its creation. Yes, that means that quartz is actually man-made stone, not natural stone. However, the way it is formulated gives it the appearance of other natural stones like granite and marble.


Durability

Quartz and quartzite both have advantages over one another when it comes to durability. Quartzite is harder than quartz and more resistant to heat; because plastic is involved in the creation of quartz, temperatures above 300 degrees Fahrenheit can cause melting on the countertop.


But quartz does have one advantage over quartzite: The plastic used in its creation also makes it more flexible, which means that it is less prone to denting and chipping. However, it is worth noting that both types of counters can be scratched by sharp objects, so you should always use a cutting board.


Maintenance

When it comes to maintenance, quartz countertops definitely have the upper hand. These counters wipe clean with just a damp cloth. You do have to avoid using any abrasive cleaners on your quartz counters, but they're not really needed if you wipe them off regularly.


If you choose quartzite countertops, you'll need to give your counters a little bit more attention and care. First of all, the stone will need to be sealed to prevent stains from penetrating the porous surface of the stone; this also means that you will need to have the counters re-sealed at least once a year. This is a necessity for any natural stone countertops. However, as long as you keep the quartzite properly sealed, it cleans up just as easily as quartz.


The pricing for both of these types of countertops is about the same, so it really comes down to what you are looking for in your counters. If you want to learn more about these 2 materials, or want a quote for quartz or quartzite countertops in Cumming, then contact us.