Quartzite is a dense, non-foliated metamorphic rock composed mainly of quartz. It forms when sandstone or chert undergoes high temperatures and pressures, causing the quartz grains to fuse together.
What are the unique features of quartzite
Quartzite is non-porous, stain and scratch resistant, and is available in a variety of colors, patterns, and finishes. It is slightly more expensive than quartz.
Hardness and Durability: The only stone harder than Quartzite is diamonds, quartzite is harder than quartz or granite, making it quite durable. It withstands heat very well. While quartz is hard as well, it is not quite as hard as quartzite.
Heat Resistance: Like granite most quartzite is very heat resistant and can withstand hot pots and pans.
Beauty: Because of its similarities to sandstone and marble, quartzite provides an elegant and luxurious feel with its incredible veining and beautiful color.
How to care for quartzite?
Here are some tips for caring for quartzite countertops:
Wipe up spills and moisture as quickly as possible
Use coasters, trivets, and cooling racks
Wipe up counters regularly with a gentle cleanser, water, and a soft cloth or paper towel
Avoid using acid- or citrus-based cleaners, bleach, ammonia, or any abrasive cleaners, brushes, or sponges