Quartz countertops are becoming more and more popular as a kitchen countertop upgrade. The main thing to know about quartz countertops is they are not natural stone like granite or marble. Quartz countertops are engineered from about 93% quartzite and 7% synthetic polymers.
Quartz countertops come in a huge range of colors, because pigment can be added during the engineering process.
Quartzite countertops are actual natural stone countertops. Quartzite is a naturally occurring metamorphic rock. That means it changes from one form of rock to another. Quartzite is created when sandstone is exposed to extreme heat and pressure from tectonic plates.
Pure quartzite is white, but quartzite is more commonly seen in shades of grey, along with pink and red – caused by iron oxide in the stone. You may also see occasional splashes of yellow, orange, blue and green due to mineral impurities.
The bottom line in choosing between quartz countertops and quartzite countertops – if you demand a natural stone, go for quartzite. If you want a wider range of colors to choose from, go for quartz.
Quartz vs Granite Countertops
When it comes to quartz vs granite countertops, there are a few things to consider. Both quartz and quartzite are harder than granite, and durable. Quartz countertops, remember, have plastic in them, so can only stand up to 300 degrees – in other words, use a cutting board or hot pad if you need to put a hot pan or dish down on the counter.
Quartz is not natural stone, so does not need sealing, like quartzite and granite countertops do.
Depending on your tastes, quartz countertops can cost more than granite countertops, or granite countertops can cost more. There is no hard and fast rule. Go with what meets your tastes and budget. There really is no wrong choice.
We welcome you to come to our showroom to see examples of quartz, quartzite and granite, as well as marble, and our friendly sales and design staff can answer any questions you may have.
Call Advanced Stoneworks at 251-408-7818 for a free estimate for your quartz countertops, or stop by our showroom. Our prices for quartz countertops can’t be beat. Serving all areas within a 2 hour drive from Mobile Alabama.