Are you curious about the stone options that we have to offer? We have a new natural stone for you to explore this week, Quartzite. We will explore what it is, how it’s made, and the advantages and disadvantages that Quartzite has to offer.
What Is Quartzite & How Is It Made?
Quartzite can be described as a metamorphic rock composed almost entirely of Quartz that forms when intense heat and pressure is applied to a Quartz-rich sandstone. The name of this stone so closely relates to Quartz that the two can get confused. With that said, Quartzite is NOT Quartz! Although their names are similar, they have very few characteristics in common. Quartz is a manmade material formed from crushed stone, while Quartzite is a naturally-occuring metamorphic rock that is quarried instead of engineered.
Quartzite Is Strong & Durable
As we explained above, intense heat and pressure turn Quartz-rich sandstone into what we know as Quartzite. Quartzite is harder than Granite which makes it quite durable. It also resists heat very well and is a good natural stone to have in your kitchen and around your stove.
Quartzite Has A Pleasing Aesthetic
Quartzite is a very aesthetically pleasing stone. It has a similar look to marble without as many dollar signs. Quartzite is a great choice for those who want a certain look but aren’t willing to compromise on strength.
Quartzite Offers A Wide Array Of Color Choices
Like a lot of other natural stones, Quartzite comes in a wide variety of colors. While natural, earth-toned colors are most commonly seen, neutral colors such as white, grey, and beige are becoming more popular as lighter colors are becoming trendier in the home. Additionally, Quartzite can be found in a number of “exotic” colors such as blue, green, pink, and red. If you aren’t quite sure what color is best for you, but want a wide variety of tones to choose from, Quartzite could be a great option for you!
What Are The Disadvantages Of Using Quartzite?
Because Quartzite is a natural stone that has to be quarried instead of engineered like a lot of natural stones, it does not come cheap. While it is a bit on the expensive side of things, the cost is well worth it considering all the benefits mentioned above.
Sensitivity Yields Maintenance
While Quartzite is considered to be extremely durable, it must not be forgotten that it is a natural stone and thus requires more attention that manufactured stones. When first installed, Quartzite must be sealed and redone every year or so to ensure that it stays looking its best. It is important to make sure all spills are cleaned up quickly to lessen the chances of staining.
In this article, we’ve tackled the surfacing material Quartzite. We’ve explained what it is, how it is made and its associated benefits. We hope that in doing so we’ve helped to narrow down the search for the perfect material for your client’s next project!
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So far we have covered Granite, Marble, Quartz, Onyx, Soapstone and Serpentine. Don’t think Quartzite is the right fit for you? No worries. We’ll keep exploring other stone options over the next several weeks!
If you are in search of natural stone for your next project, contact us at Firenze International and we would love to help you and your clients out!