Quartz or Quartzite? What’s the Difference?

                Quartz and Quartzite are two of the most popular countertop surfaces in the world, and for good reason! Both Quartz and Quartzite have the ability to completely change the look and feel of a kitchen, but despite their similar names, Quartz and Quartzite could not be more different.

                There are three main differences that make Quartz and Quartzite vastly different stones. Those differences are composition, appearance, and the amount of maintenance required.

                To get started, let’s go over composition first. Quartzite is a naturally occurring stone from the metamorphic rock family. Quartz on the other hand is manmade and is composed of 90% quartzite mixed with crystals, resins, pigments, bits of glass, and other materials. Quartz is manufactured in a way that allows for the formation of colors that are not typically found in nature.

Here’s an example of a Quartzite countertop

                Next let’s jump into appearances. Quartz is known for it’s consistent look with little to no variation in color throughout the slab. Quartzite in comparison has almost the same level of depth and detail typically found in Granite.  Because it’s a naturally occurring stone, each slab of Quartzite is unique.

Can YOU tell which stone is Quartz and which is Quartzite?
*hint* Quartz is on the left.

                The last big difference between Quartz and Quartzite is that Quartz does not require sealing, while Quartzite must be sealed to avoid ugly marks and stains. Once sealed, Quartzite can be cleaned using household cleaners, water, and a sponge. Quartz can also be cleaned the same way.

And that’s it! Those are the 3 main differences between Quartz and Quartzite. Now the question remains… Which stone will look better in your kitchen?

And here’s an example of a Quartz countertop

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