Quartzite is a stunning and functional addition to any kitchen. It’s not only strong and resistant to heat, but it’s also very hard to stain, and since it’s a natural stone created from sandstone and quartz, it has a beautiful look that only nature can produce. If you are comparing Quartzite to other stones, here are three benefits you should know to make an informed purchase decision.

1. It’s More Durable and Less Porous Than Granite
Granite and Quartzite are both natural stones, tough and beautiful. They are formed within the earth from a combination of heat and pressure, making both stones hard and sturdy. If you look a little deeper, however, there are fundamental differences between the two. Quartzite is actually harder than Granite and harder than most other popular stones used in countertops. Because it’s denser, it’s also less porous. So, while both stones are naturally permeable to some extent, Quartzite is unlikely to stain after being sealed.

Vancouver Quartzite

2. Quartzite Can Look Like Marble But Is Easier To Care For

For homeowners who love the look of marble, Quartzite is a great alternative. Some white Quartzite has grey veining that looks so much like marble it’s difficult to tell them apart. But the similarities end there. Quartzite is a hard stone far more durable than a similar-looking marble that can easily chip and etch. So, if your kitchen sees a lot of use, and you are a homeowner who wants a lighter colored natural stone like marble without the maintenance of marble, then Quartzite is the perfect alternative.

White Macabus Quartzite

3. The Names Quartzite and Quartz Are Similar But The Stones Are Very Different
A lot of customers get confused by the similar-sounding names of Quartzite and Quartz. While they may sound a lot alike, the truth is they are entirely different materials. Quartzite is a natural stone formed within the earth, while Quartz is a man-made material that contains pieces of ground natural quartz combined with resin and polymers. Because it’s produced in a factory, Quartz can be made in uniform patterns and colors not found in nature. It’s incredibly durable and an excellent choice for hard-working countertops. Quartzite, however, provides all the benefits of Quartz, including durability and stain resistance, along with the beauty only found in natural stone.

Taj Mahal Quartzite

At StoneMark, our stone experts work hard to find you the best materials to help bring your countertop project to fruition. We have several in-stock Quartzite colors in our stone yard ready to go. So, if you have any further questions about Quartzite or would like to set an appointment to view our in-stock inventory, please contact us at 502.315.5110.