Just judging by the name one could say that quartz and quartzite are practically the same stone. But that is far from the truth. Although they come from the same rock, the final products are very different. While one is manufactured, the other is natural. But that is not the only difference between these two countertop surfaces.
1. Quartz is man-made
These two materials have the same basis, which is the quartz particles, but they are not processed the same way. Quartz is combined with resins, pigments and other materials in a man-made process that binds all the components at high pressure. Quartzite is being formed in nature under heat and pressure.
2. Resistance to staining
Quartz is more resistant to staining then quartzite. Resins are forming a waterproof surface that no liquid can stain. Since quartzite is a natural stone, it doesn’t have the same level of resistance as quartz. Make sure to wipe spills that can leave a permanent stain as soon as possible.
Neither quartz nor quartzite will break if you drop a heavy object on them. They are hard materials that can handle the high impact of force.
4. Resistance to scratching
Since they are so hard and durable, they are naturally resistant to scratching. They will make perfect kitchen worktops because you can cut directly on them. However, you can still consider using a cutting board because you can dull your knives with them.
Quartzite is most often found in grey and white colours. It can have red, pink and brown hues which are the result of different minerals. That being said, mineral impurities in it are unpredictable and for that reason, quartzite slabs are always different and unique.
Quartz, because pigments can be added, is available in much wider colour selection. It can also look like marble and granite. If you were looking for particularly unusual colour, chances are you will find it in its range.
6. Heat resistance
Quartzite is a better material when it comes to the resistance to high temperatures. It is so resistant to them that it won’t get damaged when you postpone a hot pan on it. Quartz will handle standard kitchen temperatures, but resins can melt on temperatures higher than 150 Celsius degrees. They won’t melt if you need to postpone a hot pan for a minute, but it is not advised to leave it exposed to high temperatures for too long.
They are both easy to clean with a damp cloth. The difference is that quartzite worktops, like any other natural stone worktops, need to be sealed. The sealant will prevent the stains from penetrating the stone. Quartzite worktops need to be sealed once or twice a year. Quartz, on the other hand, doesn’t need sealing at all.
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