What Is the Difference Between Quartz and Quartzite?

When it comes to choosing a countertop material for your home, it’s always best to know the subtle differences and benefits between each type of material. Two popular choices are quartz and quartzite. Although these two types of material may sound the same, each has it’s own benefits and unique characteristics. So what is the difference between quartz and quartzite? In a nutshell, quartzite is a natural material (quartz and sandstone) while quartz is fabricated using quartz and man made synthetic materials.




Quartz begins as a raw material quarried from the earth, but this purely raw quartz is not what you will be seeing on your countertop surfaces. Added to quartz before installation are binding agents, resins, and sometimes coloring materials to give the quartz a desired pigmentation or look as well as the sturdiness it is well known for. Quartz is  not as susceptible to etching as quartzite. A quartz counter may withstand chipping and denting better than quartzite due to the flexibility afforded by the additional resins and binding agents.

Quartz is also able to withstand significantly high temperatures, which is beneficial in kitchen counter use, and it will not sustain damage even when exposed to heat up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. However, temperatures above 300 degrees Fahrenheit may damage the resins in a quartz counter.

There is wider color variation available in quartz due to the coloring agents that can be added.




Quartzite is a natural stone resulting  from the combination of quartz and sandstone through heat and pressure. When sandstone is cemented to quartzite, the individual quartz grains recrystallize along with the former cementing material to form an interlocking mosaic of quartz crystals.[2] Due to the pressure used in its formation, quartzite is often much harder than quartz and is able to withstand impacts that may crack or damage a pure quartz material. Quartzite (Mohs scale 7) is slightly harder than granite (Mohs scale 6.5). Consider that Granite is believed to be one of the most durable building stones. Quartzite, however, is more susceptible to etching than quartz, even though the material is stronger in terms of durability.

Quartzite is a natural stone and like marble and granite, it must be sealed and resealed periodically.



What Is My Best Option?

Surfaces USA Catalog: Quartzite
Surfaces USA Catalog: Quartz

Both materials are beautiful and offer reasonable amounts of durability and heat resistance. If you love natural stone, then quartzite is perhaps your best option. If you are looking for a wider range of colors to complement the look and feel you are designing for, quartz may be your choice of material. Surfaces USA has a wide variety of both quartz and quartzite slabs from all over the world for your next design or remodeling project. Come visit one of our showrooms in North Hollywood, Anaheim, Castaic, Oxnard, and San Diego and let one of our knowledgeable sales or design consultants help you find that perfect look you’re yearning for..


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By |2017-09-12T19:41:39+00:00January 2nd, 2015|Buying Guide: Countertops, Surfaces USA Blog|Comments Off on What Is the Difference Between Quartz and Quartzite?