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Quartz vs. Quartzite: Which is Better for Your Countertop?

by Jeremy Troetti

Updated on August 07, 2019 09:57:37 AM


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There are several factors that you should think about before making your decision to purchase either quartz or quartzite. This guide will help you examine the differences between the two and help you determine which is better for your home. 

 

Comparisons 

 

How is Quartz Manufactured? 

 

As mentioned, quartz countertops are made of engineered stone. The countertops are made by combining roughly 90 percent of the quartz mineral with about 10 percent resins, polymers and pigments. These percentages can differ slightly depending on the individual countertop.  

 

Variations of Quartz Countertops 

 

There are many different variations of quartz countertops, meaning you will not have to worry about a limited selection. Because the stone is engineered, it can be modified to look like natural stone if that is what you desire. It can also be cut in many different shapes and angles that your countertop might require. 

 

How is Quartzite Formed? 

 

Quartzite forms as a result of sandstone that has high quartz content being exposed to intense amounts of heat and pressure. It is one of the densest natural stone materials that you will be able to find. 

  

Variations of Quartzite Countertops 

 

Quartzite can usually be found in shades of white and gray. However, there are other color options that exist. Variation in the coloring of different slabs is due to differences in mineral content. 

 

Appearance 

 

Appearance of Quartz Countertops 

 

In recent years, quartz has seen an uptick in popularity due to its appearance. The countertops can be engineered to have almost any look, including the look of natural stone countertops. Because quartz countertops can be customized, it virtually ensures that you will find something you like in terms of appearance. 

 

Appearance of Quartzite Countertops 

 

Quartzite will give your countertop a stunning look. The stone’s appearance has often been compared to that of marble. In many cases, people have actually mistaken quartzite for marble because of the similarities in appearance between the two. However, quartzite offers functional benefits that marble does not. 

 

Cost 

 

Cost of Quartz Countertops 

 

If you are looking to buy a quartz countertop, you should be prepared to spend somewhere in the range of $70 to $175 per square foot installed. Additional factors such as customization can push those prices into the higher end of the range. 

 

Cost of Quartzite Countertops 

 

Quartzite starts around $60 per square foot. As with all stone, that price can increase if the type you choose is rarer. Many types of quartzite can cost in excess of $100 per square foot. 

 

Maintenance 

 

Maintenance of Quartz Countertops 

 

Because quartz is engineered, it is not porous. This gives the material a major advantage when it comes to cleaning and general care. Because quartz is non-porous, it also does not require the sealing that natural stone does. To clean the countertop, all you will need is soap and water. But despite the relative ease of maintaining a quartz countertop, there is one significant negative aspect that you should know: Quartz countertops are not heat resistant. This means you should not remove a hot pot or pan from the stove and place it on the countertop. If you do, the resin will burn and you will be left with permanent damage to your countertop. 

 

Maintenance of Quartzite Countertops 

 

Quartzite is a very durable material. It is also very easy to clean, as all you will need is soap and water. In terms of maintenance, having a quartzite countertop will be one of the easiest countertop options available. One important thing to know is that you will need to seal your quartzite countertop to protect against any liquid damages. Sealing is required for natural stone countertops, so having to seal your quartzite is not any kind of major inconvenience. The sealing process is relatively quick and easy.  

 

 

Installation 

 

Installation of Quartz Countertops 

 

You will need to hire a professional to install your quartz countertops. It is not recommended that any homeowner, even those that are highly skilled, attempt to install their new quartz countertop. Quartz is extremely heavy and hiring a professional significantly decreases the chance of any damages happening during the installation process. 

 

Installation of Quartzite Countertops 

 

As with quartz, installing your quartzite countertops will require the work of a professional. You should not attempt to install your own quartzite countertop. Hiring a professional will significantly lower the chances that any damages occur when the countertop is being installed. 

 

 

Durability 

 

Durability of Quartz Countertops 

 

Quartz is very nearly an indestructible countertop surface. Despite this, you should still exercise proper caution to avoid any rare chance of damage occurring. As mentioned above, be sure not to place excessive heat on the surface of your quartz countertop. If you do, the countertop will sustain permanent burn marks. 

 

Durability of Quartzite Countertops 

 

Quartzite is one of the most durable countertop materials that you will be able to buy. Make sure not to get reckless, as a quartzite countertop can be damaged if you are not careful. Durability is the primary separating factor that makes quartzite better for kitchen countertops. Quartzite is much better at dealing with the wear and tear of being in the kitchen and even though you will still need to be cautious, you will not have to fear damages to the countertop as much as you would with marble. 

 

Moisture Resistance 

 

Moisture Resistance of Quartz Countertops 

 

Quartz is non-porous, so it is moisture resistant. However, you should still clean up any spills that may occur on the countertop in the interest of playing it safe. Regardless of the countertop material you have, it is never advisable to leave any liquid spills sitting on the countertop for a prolonged period of time. 

 

Moisture Resistance of Quartzite Countertops 

 

If it is properly sealed, your quartzite countertop will be moisture resistant. Do not let water or any other liquids pool on the surface. The sealant does not last forever and you will need to reseal the countertop occasionally (once every few months). 

 

Heat Resistance 

 

Heat Resistance of Quartz Countertops 

 

Quartz countertops are not heat resistant. Exercise extreme caution with heat around the surface. The resin will melt if it is subjected to extreme heat. Always use trivets or hot pads to avoid any damage from various hot kitchen items. 

 

Heat Resistance of Quartzite Countertops 

 

Unlike quartz, quartzite is heat resistant. It is able to withstand hot kitchen materials on its surface, although you should try to use trivets or hot pads whenever you can just to ensure no damages occur. 

 

Resale Value 

 

Resale Value of Quartz Countertops 

 

Quartz is a very attractive countertop material to prospective buyers because of its easy maintenance. Having a quartz countertop can be a major selling point when you are trying to sell your home. Although it is not natural stone, quartz still holds significant value. 

 

Resale Value of Quartzite Countertops 

 

Having quartzite countertops can increase the value of your home. The natural stone is highly sought after due to the benefits previously explained. As with any natural stone, as long as you take proper care of your quartzite countertops, any potential buyers will love to have them as part of their home. 

 

Where Should You Use Quartz in Your Home? 

 

There are many places in the house where you can utilize quartz. It may hold the most appeal when used in your kitchen, as the inevitable spills on the countertop can be cleaned up easily. Another factor that makes quartz especially suitable for the kitchen is that it is a very sanitary surface.  

 

Where Should You Use Quartzite in Your Home? 

 

Quartzite works well in various places throughout the home. This is because of its elegant looks and superior durability. Although it works well in various places in the home, it may particularly interest you to install quartzite countertops in your kitchen. The kitchen usually sees a heavy amount of traffic, so you will need a stone that is durable for the countertops. There are not many better options for natural stone countertops in the kitchen than quartzite. 

 

Pros and Cons of Quartz and Quartzite Countertops 

 

To help narrow down your countertop search, the following pros and cons lists will summarize the major positive and negative factors of both quartz and quartzite.

 

Quartz 

Pros and Cons: Quartz
Pros Cons

Man-made, making customization relatively easy

High cost

Can be engineered to look like natural stone 

Not heat resistant

Durable

Seams are easily visible

Does not need to be sealed 

Does not hold the ‘classic’ appeal of natural stone

Easier to find a countertop with a uniform look 

Costs more than quartzite

Easy to maintain

 

High resale value

 

Moisture resistant

 

Works well anywhere in the house

 

 

Quartzite 

Pros and Cons: Quartzite
Pros Cons

Because it is natural, every slab is unique

High cost

Has comparable beauty to marble

Is not available in as many different colors as quartz 

Durable 

Less resistant to stains than quartz

High resale value 

 

Moisture resistant (if properly sealed)

 

Heat resistant

 

Costs less than quartz

 

Works well anywhere in the house

 

 

 

Installing quartz or quartzite in your home will provide you with many benefits. These benefits include beautiful looks and easy maintenance, among many others. Despite the differences between the two, either one you choose is a high-quality countertop option and the decision will ultimately be a matter of personal preference. This guide will give you the information you will need to help make the decision between buying quartz or quartzite for your new countertop.



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Originally posted on July 26, 2019 03:19:07 PM

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