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.
Aria Quartzite Countertops

Aria Quartzite Countertops

Aria Quartzite Countertops

Aria Quartzite has a creamy white background that features deep black and grey veining. The neutrality of this stone can complement contemporary or traditional designs. It is an excellent option for homeowners that desire the look of traditional Marble but want the strength and durability to hold up to daily use. These Aria Quartzite kitchen and bar countertops were fabricated by Surface One for Byrom Buiding for a home in The Preserve in Hoover Alabama.

Quartzite is a naturally occurring stone that is formed through a process of pressurizing and heating sandstone. It is extremely durable and harder than granite, making it an excellent choice for kitchens and bathrooms. It is often confused with Quartz which is an engineered material that is manufactured by combining mineral quartz with resins and binders to create a solid surface. Traditional coloring is white to grey, with some variations including pinks and reds from iron oxide in the stone.

 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops
 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops
Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops
 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops
 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops

Quality designs require an expert fabricator to execute consistent cuts and profiles while maintaining the integrity of the stone. Today’s discerning buyer wants to know what the final product will look before making their final decision. Surface One has invested in state of the art equipment and software to create complex custom designs. We can digitally show you exactly how your slab will look in your home or business before a single cut is ever made–veining, seams, everything! We are one of the few fabricators in the Southeast to invest in robotic equipment for precision-based fabrication. 

Soapstone Kitchen Countertops

Soapstone Kitchen Countertops

Soapstone Kitchen Countertops

Soapstone kitchen countertops provide a luxurious alternative to traditional kitchen countertop surfaces. Soapstone has a rich texture and is velvety smooth to the touch. It is a natural stone that is quarried like Granite and Marble. The depth of color can deepen over time by treating it with mineral oil. Don’t be fooled by the soft feel, Soapstone is resistant to stains and will not burn, making it an excellent choice for kitchen countertops.

The dark Barroca Soapstone featured in this kitchen built by Byrom Building complements the white kitchen cabinets and the white Calacatta Nuvo Caesarstone Quartz on the kitchen island. The Soapstone kitchen countertops in this Hoover Preserve Home were fabricated and installed by Surface One.

 

 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops
 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops
 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops
 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops

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.

Super White Quartzite and Blanco Maple Silestone in Preserve Home

Surface One fabricated and installed Super White Quartzite, Blanco Maple Silestone, Volakas Marble, and Leathered Uba Tuba Granite in this home located in The Preserve in Hoover.

This luxurious home is located in The Preserve in Hoover and was built by Byrom Building Company.  The spacious kitchen has vaulted ceilings with wooden beams that span the kitchen and eating area. Surface One custom fabricated and installed Super White Quartzite on the kitchen counters and the large kitchen island. Quartzite is a natural stone that is popular for kitchens because it is strong, durable and stain resistant. The color variations can give the elegant appearance of Marble with durability that is comparable to Granite.

The natural gray and white pattern of the Super White Quartzite adds a sophisticated look that complements the custom white cabinetry and white subway tile backsplash. The island countertop was custom designed and fabricated to house a large white farmhouse sink. With dark wood flooring and lots of natural light from the breakfast nook windows, this kitchen has an open and comfortable feel.

This home also features a butler’s pantry where Surface One installed Blanco Maple Silestone countertops. Surface One custom fabricated a curve in the edge of this countertop to meet the needs of the client. Silestone Quartz is a durable man-made surface manufactured by Cosentino with a wide variety of colors and textures.

The master bathroom features Volakas Marble on the vanity countertops. Volakas Marble is a natural stone that comes from the mountains in the Drama area of North Greece. The light grey and white pattern adds elegance to any room.

In the upstairs bathroom, a leathered Uba Tuba Granite was selected. Leathered granite is becoming a popular finish for granite that has a natural textured look and feel. Leathered granite is a smart choice for bathrooms because it can add unique style to smaller spaces, and it hides water spots better than many polished surfaces.

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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