What is the Difference Between Quartz and Quartzite?

What is the Difference Between Quartz and Quartzite?

Quartz vs Quartzite

It may surprise you that many people do not know the difference between Quartz and Quartzite. Both are beautiful materials that are very popular choices for kitchen and bathroom countertops. Although many people think that Quartz is a natural stone, in the countertop industry the term Quartz actually refers to a synthetic material that consists of ground up Quartz combined with binders and colorants. Quartzite is the natural stone that is mined from the earth in slabs and then fabricated into countertops. 

A great way to remember that Quartz is the engineered product is to remember it is manufactured under brand names, such as Caesarstone, Silestone, Corian and Cambria. All of these manufacturers create different colors and patterns of Quartz by combining quartz crystals (found in quartzite) with resins, pigments and other materials.

How Do You Decide Between Quartz and Quartzite

So how do you decide whether to use Quartz or Quartzite in your Kitchen or Bathroom? They are both excellent choices for use throughout your home and in commercial business too. These are a few factors to consider:

What Is The Look You Are Trying To Achieve

Quartzite has a natural stone pattern with multiple colors typically in shades of white or light grey. There are also variations of Quartzite that embody pink, gold and brown hues. Quartzite is often mistaken for Marble or Granite because of the rich colors and natural veining. If you are looking for a pop of color or focal point for a room – such as a kitchen island – then Quartzite may be the choice for you.

Quartz is man-made and has a more consistent color and pattern. Quartz can have a clean, modern look with a wide variety of colors and consistent patterns. Some brands and colors of Quartz may also mimic the look of natural stone veining while others have a flecked appearance.

 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops

Aria Quartzite

 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops

White Quartz

Do You Want Maintenance Free?

Quartzite is an extremely durable surface often compared to granite due to its strength. It is more resistant to scratching and more heat resistant than quartz. However, Quartzite is a natural stone that can be stained and therefore should be sealed.

Quartz is very low-maintenance because it is non-porous, so it is resistant to stains and bacteria free. It is a very popular choice for restaurants and commercial office spaces.

 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops

White Quartzite

 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops

White Quartz

Final Decision: Quartz or Quartzite… Or Both???

It may surprise you to know that many of our clients pick both. Quartzite on a kitchen island can bring a high-end look with strong veining and brilliant colors that is complemented by a sleek Quartz on the surrounding countertops.

Quartz is a very popular choice to bring modern style and color to master bathrooms, while Quartzite can provide the wow-factor in a powder bathroom. Contact us at Surface One today to find the best countertop materials for your home or office.

Surface One custom fabricates and installs beautiful and unique surfaces for residential and commercial projects. Located in Pelham, AL, Surface One has been in business since 1999. We are a leading source for custom fabricated countertops. Surface One fabricates natural stone, quartz, solid surface and specialty surfaces for residential and commercial clients. The Surface One design team can accommodate the design and budget requirements of any project. The talented designers offer styles, colors, materials and pricing options including rare surfaces for high impact design and renewable surfaces to meet Green Building and LEED standards.
Powder Bathroom Countertop Ideas

Powder Bathroom Countertop Ideas

Powder Bath Countertop Ideas

Powder Bathroom Countertops are a great place to add bold design with exotic materials, custom cut edges and unique backsplashes. These small rooms let you go wild with color and design. Combine a bold countertop material, with a vintage mirror, eye catching sconces, frame it with bold wallpaper to create a stunning powder bathroom for your guests. Custom cut backsplashes are a beautiful way to display vintage style faucets.

Marble, Quartzite and Soapstone are excellent natural stone choices for powder bath countertops, offering unique colors and patterns to achieve high impact design in small spaces.

These three featured powder bath countertop design ideas can be incorporated into any home, whether you are building a new home or remodeling an existing home. 

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Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops

Builder: Twin Construction

 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops

Interior Designer: Hundley Hilton Interiors

 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops

Interior Designer: Tasha B Davis Interiors

Granite Countertops Birmingham, Alabama

Granite Countertops Birmingham, Alabama

Are you considering installing Granite Countertops in your home? Granite is a natural stone thats delivers durability and beautiful aesthetics to any room. Granite is a very hard substance and is resistant to scratches, heat and normal wear and tear. The durability of granite makes it a popular choice for busy families’ kitchens as well as bathrooms and serving bars. Surface One installs granite countertops in the Birmingham area and throughout Alabama.

Natural Beauty of Granite Countertops

Choosing granite for your bathroom adds a distinctive feel of luxury. Because it is a natural stone the color variations are endless, making it easy to find the perfect pattern to coordinate with your flooring, cabinets, backsplash, and paint color. The beauty of the granite countertop is hard to beat, it is a natural product with a timeless aura and appeal. Exotic granite slabs can be used is a powder bathroom to create a focal point in the room. 

Benefits of Granite Countertops

  • Granite doesn’t depreciate in value, it adds value to your home
  • Granite is sanitary, bacterial contamination is not an issue
  • Granite is easy to clean with warm water and a mild detergent
  • Granite is durable and holds up to daily wear and tear
  • Granite is a natural surface with an almost luminous look
  • Granite color will never fade
  • Granite countertops vary because of the various minerals within that create depth and character
  • Granite is stain resistant once it is sealed
Making the Right Decision
Surface One is an expert installer of Granite Countertops in the Birmingham Area. Contact Surface One and our design team will help you select the perfect granite color, edge profile and finish for your home. If you are interested in learning more about granite countertops read our other articles: “How Durable is Granite?” and “Which Granite Finish to Choose?”
Surface One custom fabricates and installs beautiful and unique surfaces for residential and commercial projects. Located in Pelham, AL, Surface One has been in business since 1999. We are a leading source for custom fabricated countertops. Surface One fabricates natural stone, quartz, solid surface and specialty surfaces for residential and commercial clients. The Surface One design team can accommodate the design and budget requirements of any project. The talented designers offer styles, colors, materials and pricing options including rare surfaces for high impact design and renewable surfaces to meet Green Building and LEED standards.

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