Beautiful Quartzite Countertops add Style and Texture to Kitchens, Baths and Patios
Whether you’re planning a kitchen or bathroom makeover in your home, or you’re building a new home, you should consider incorporating the timeless beauty of quartzite.
Just like our granite and marble inventories, our quartzite is quarried, slabbed and shipped from exotic locations throughout the world. The truly great thing about finishing off your remodel or new home with our natural stone is the gorgeous one-of-a-kind look you’ll achieve. Remember that the varied colors and random patterns of quartzite are the result of eons of heat and pressure on sand and mineral deep in the Earth’s crust. Conversely, quartz―not to be confused with natural crystalline quartz―is a man-made countertop material that, while strong and attractive, cannot take heat and is not unique in color or pattern.
Quartzite vs. Granite?
Quartzite, at 7 Mohs, is actually a bit harder than granite which runs 6-6.5 Mohs. Quartzite is also much more UV resistant than granite which makes it superior for patio areas and sunrooms. However, granite is more resistant to scuffs and scratches than quartzite. This makes it imperative to seal quartzite surfaces more often than is necessary for granite. And, you should always use a cutting board when preparing meals on quartzite countertops.
Quartzite is showier than granite because it sparkles in both sunlight and artificial light due to tiny bits of quartz crystals naturally embedded in the stone’s matrix. This stunning effect can really set your home apart and, for that reason, quartzite is prized by many builders, decorators and designers. In fact, this stone will often have uniquely beautiful veins of quartz crystals in showy splashes of pinks, greens, blues, greys, reds, etc.
Where Should You Use Quartzite Surfaces?
Quartzite is well suited for many surface applications. As stated above, it is ideally suited for outdoor use which could be a patio, portico, or even a poolside area (honed and unpolished slabs to prevent slipping). As far as indoor applications go, the only limiting factors are your imagination and budget. Because quartzite is more rare than granite or marble―and because it is favored by designers―the cost is a bit more.
While quartzite makes a beautiful countertop, you should refrain from cutting anything directly on it because quartzite is prone to scratching. Always clean juice, wine and vinegar spills immediately as these acids may cause etching. To clean, simply wipe with a warm, damp cloth. Do not use harsh detergents or bleach to clean spills.
Before you use quartzite (or any stone product) in your home be sure the walls and floors will support the added weight. Always get a professional inspection before buying and using the stone in your house!
Choosing a Quartzite Supplier
By choosing Academy Marble as your quartzite supplier you get much more than a slab of stone! You get our honesty, integrity, and know-how, and as our video shows, you get our 3-D CAD design, our precision cutting, and our professional installation. We want you to be happy with your choice for many years to come and to recommend us to others along the way. After all, as our motto says, we offer: “Unmatched Craftsmanship and Customer Service.”
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If you are looking for Quartzite in Fairfield County, Connecticut or Westchester County, New York areas, and you are remodeling a home or building a new one, then give us a call or come see us. We're here to help you add beauty and value to your home today!