Quartz and Quartzite…names are similar but what is the difference?

Quartzite vs Quartz

 

Quartz and Quartzite…names are similar but what is the difference?

Quartzite is a naturally occurring metamorphic rock. It is created when sandstone is subjected to extreme heat and pressure caused by tectonic plate compression in the crust of the earth.
Quartz countertops are often called engineered countertops because they are fabricated from natural silicon dioxide and synthetic materials. Loose quartz makes up about 93 percent of the material.
Quartzite is generally found in white to gray. Pink and red hues are a result of iron oxide in the stone.Yellow, blue, green and orange quartzite results from the presence of other minerals. The quartzite will have streaking caused by varying degrees of pressure in its formation and the random presence of iron oxide or other minerals.
Quartz because pigment can be added, is available in a much wider range of colors. The way the countertop material is formulated gives it the appearance of natural stone such as granite or marble.
Quartzite is harder than granite, so it is quite durable. It withstands heat very well.
Quartz is hard too, it is 93% natural quartz making it also stronger than granite. It resists cracks, chips, scratches and stains
Quartzite requires some maintenance it must be sealed before use
Quartz requires very little maintenance.

Quartz and quartzite countertops are both gorgeous options for any project. With very little differences, both offer durability and deserve consideration as you plan your next bathroom or kitchen renovation project. We carry wide selections of both Quartz and Quartzite at Nash come take a walk through our yards and see for yourself.