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The Difference Between Quartz and Quartzite


May 11, 2023      

Quartz and Quartzite are two popular materials for countertops, but they are not the same product. While they may sound similar and have similar properties, they are actually quite different. Let’s explore the differences between Quartz and Quartzite.

What is Quartz?
Quartz is a man-made material that is a composite of natural quartz crystals, resins, and pigments. It is a non-porous material that is resistant to stains and scratches. Quartz countertops are available in a wide range of colors and patterns, making it a popular choice for modern kitchens and bathrooms.

Marmo Viola on walls and countertop in luxury bathroom

Quartz is manufactured by combining crushed Quartz with a resin binder and pigments. The mixture is then poured into molds and heated to create a solid surface. Because it is man-made, Quartz countertops have a consistent appearance. Architectural Surfaces offers two different Quartz Brands, MetroQuartz and PentalQuartz.

You can find out more about care & maintenance for quartz countertops on our website, Additional Documents page.

What is Quartzite?
Quartzite on the other hand, is a naturally occurring metamorphic rock that is formed from sandstone. It is composed of quartz grains that have been fused together by heat and pressure. Quartzite is a durable and hard material that is resistant to scratches and heat.

Quartzite is available in a wide range of colors, but its appearance is often more muted and natural looking than Quartz, this is because it is a natural material. Quartzite may have variations in color and pattern that add to its unique character. Locate the perfect quartzite for your next project on our natural stone page.

Blue Roma Quartzite backsplash in traditional yet modern kitchen.

Differences between Quartz and Quartzite:
1. Composition
The main difference between the two is their composition. Quartz is man-made and is composed of crushed quartz crystals, resins, and pigments, while Quartzite is formed by quartz-rich sandstone that has been altered by heat and pressure.

2. Durability
Both Quartzite and Quartz are durable materials. However, Quartzite is very dense and more resistant to scratches than quartz. Quartz is also prone to discoloration from exposure to UV light.

3. Appearance
Quartz countertops have a consistent appearance. Quartzite is a natural stone with variation in color and pattern.

4. Maintenance
Quartz and Quartzite require different maintenance. Quartz countertops are non-porous and do not require sealing. While Quartzite is a natural stone and sealing is suggested to protect against stains and spills.