Quartzite is quickly gaining popularity in the remodeling industry as homeowners turn to natural stone for their kitchen and bathroom upgrades. Quartzite, like marble and granite, is naturally-occurring. People often confuse quartzite with quartz because of the name but quartz is actually a manufactured stone, a combination of crushed stone and resin. Quartzite is formed when sandstone is heated and pressurized, usually through tectonic compression. It’s mined here in the United States in mountainous areas like eastern South Dakota, southwest Minnesota, Wisconsin, Utah, and Arizona. At Atlantis Granite and Marble, you're sure to find a variety of quartzite that is perfect for your kitchen or bathroom makeover. So why are so many homeowners switching to quartzite? Keep reading to learn more from the professionals at Atlantis.
When it comes to durability, quartzite is often compared to granite. Once it has been properly sealed, it's naturally resistant to nicks, scratches, and heat. Like most natural stone, however, if it's not sealed, quartzite is susceptible to stains. Seals not only protect the surface from stains, but they also enhance the natural beauty of the stone, highlighting the flecks of quartz grain throughout each piece.
Quartzite is available in several colors and styles depending on its composition and where it comes from. The purest forms of quartzite are either white or gray with dark veins throughout. Pure quartzite is similar to marble in this aspect but it requires less work to maintain. It’s also available in various shades of red and pink depending on the amount of iron oxide residing in the stone. Other trace minerals can turn the stone green, orange, yellow, and even blue.
Like most natural stone, quartzite is usually costlier than manufactured stone or other countertop materials. Every stone variety has a rare blend that is always going to be priced higher, however, certain types of quartzite are very affordable even compared to marble and granite. The important part is knowing what you’re buying and where it’s coming from. In the stone industry, quartzite is categorized into ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ while other varieties are labeled quartzite when they are actually dolomite or marble. Make sure you know what you’re getting before you buy.