When investing in countertops it is important to be informed of the different materials. People often confuse quartz and quartzite to be the same material. Though quartz and quartzite do sound similar there are key differences.
The main difference between quartz and quartzite is quartz is an engineered stone while quartzite is a natural stone. Quartz is fabricated from typically a mix of 90% natural stone and 10% polymer resin. Quartzite however begins as sandstone that undergoes a natural process that is fused with quartz crystals to become a metamorphic rock.
When it comes to appearances there are differences of what they are known for. Quartz can have pigments added so there is higher selection of colors and patterns. While quartzite comes in shade of light gray to white with natural hues of reddish-brown, pink, or gold from iron oxide in the stone. Quartzite will have a natural look with natural material.
Another difference between quartz and quartzite is the durability of each material. Quartz is non-porous meaning that air, water, and other fluids are not able to flow through. Making quartz needing no sealing and resistant to stains and scratches. Quartzite on the other hand is porous meaning that air, water, and other fluids are able to flow through. Quartzite requires sealing to prevent staining and scratches on the surface.
To learn how to take care of different countertops check out the ‘Care’ section underneath our blog.
Quartz is a man-made stone that is usually 90% natural stone and 10% polymer resin. Since it is man-made the material is non-porous. Non-porous means that air, water, and other fluids are not able to flow through. That is why quartz does not need to be sealed.
Even though quartz is considered stain resistant it is still important to be cautious of spills. If a spill does occur, you want to clean up the mess right away. If the spill is left for a while and dried then a stain could occur.
To clean quartz countertops you want to use a microfiber cloth and mild detergent that is non-bleach and non-abrasive. Do not use an abrasive sponge because it can lead to scratches.
Quartz is not heat resistant or scratch resistant so it is important to use hot pads to avoid cracks and a cutting board to avoid scratches.