Quartzite Countertops For Amherst, Orchard Park & East Aurora, NY
When building or remodeling a home, choosing durable and classic countertops is often a top priority for most homeowners. Current trends lead to the popular choices of granite, marble, or quartz. In addition to offering a wide selection of these popular materials at Queen City Quartz and Granite, we also provide one of the largest selections of quartzite countertops in Buffalo, NY.
What is quartzite?
Quartzite is a metamorphic rock composed of pure quartz sandstone. Over time the sandstone is converted into quartzite stone after exposure to intense heat and pressure within the earth. As a result, this is a very hard, durable stone with subtle, beautiful patterns and colors resulting from the other minerals present within the rock as the earth was heating and compressing it.
What's the difference between quartz & quartzite
Quartzite is a naturally quarried stone, while quartz is a manufactured stone. Quartz slabs contain about 90% ground quartz pieces combined with resin and polymers to create a solid and resilient engineered material.
Quartzite vs the rest
When considering quartzite as a possible countertop choice, many wonder how it compares to the more traditional alternatives.
- The white stone has grey veins that resembles marble, but the quartzite stone is far more indestructible (and less expensive) than its marble counterpart and therefore will not chip, scratch, or etch.
- It is more durable than granite.
- Quartzite registers an 8 out of 10 on the MHS test, which measures the hardness of rocks and minerals. Quartz is a 7, and granite is a 6.
- Quartzite is denser and less porous than granite.
- It requires little to no sealing and is heat resistant.
- Pure quartzite is usually white or grey and also comes in various shades of reds and blues depending on the amounts of hematite and other minerals in the stone.
Overall, quartzite is a beautiful, natural stone option for bathroom and kitchen countertops. Contact us today to learn more about this unique surfacing option for your home.