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What is the difference between Quartz and Quartzite?

January 14, 2021

What is Quartz?

Made through a manufacturing process using ground quartz, resin, and pigments, engineered quartz is a highly durable and beautiful premium hard surface option. Available in many design styles, including natural stone-like looks, modern concrete colors, and other patterns, engineered quartz is used in both residential and commercial applications, offering ease of maintenance through heat, scratch, and stain resistance. Because quartz is an engineered product, it is often specified because it can provide a consistent aesthetic.

What is Quartzite?

Quartzite is a metamorphic rock formed from Sandstone. It is a dense, natural stone made up of natural Quartz grain. When Sandstone comes into contact with deeply buried magma in the Earth’s surface, Quartzite is formed. Quartzite can be of exceptional strength, density, and hardness. Quartzite is highly sought after for kitchen countertop applications due to its similar veining and color palate to Marble but with much higher resistance to everyday chemicals. Although all Quartzites are not 100% non-porous, the abrasion resistance and weathering durability of Quartzite allows for its use in almost any application. Quartzites with a honed finish require proper sealing.

The difference between quartz and quartzite

Quartz is an engineered, manufactured, man-made product. This is achieved by using a combination of the elements above (quartz, resin, pigment). Quartz is often confused with quartzite, which is a 100% natural stone that comes from deep within the Earth at a stone quarry. A Quartz slab doesn’t come from a stone quarry; it is created in a factory. Natural Quartzite comes from the Earth. Our stone experts are happy to answer any additional questions when weighing the options between installing quartz or quartzite.