How is Man-Made Quartz Different From Natural Quartz?
Quartz and quartzite are similar, and CCT Natural Stone Designs carries both. Skilled professionals can create handsome countertops with either material. However, there are some important distinctions.
If you’re considering a kitchen or bathroom remodel, call CCT Natural Stone Designs to talk to an expert about which would be more appropriate for your home. Until then, here’s a primer to get you caught up to speed.
Fabricated Quartz Countertops
Quartz is a naturally occurring mineral mined from the earth. To create striking countertops, builders combine quartz with small amounts of other components such as glass and metallic flecks. These additions create striking and visually appealing countertops perfect for home use.
Quartz is bound with other countertop components using resin. During construction, builders can add dyes to the resin to color the surface of the countertop. A CCT Natural Stone Design expert can help you choose a color to complement your home. Of course, you may prefer a quartz design with a finish that looks more like natural quartzite.
Quartzite is a stone found in nature. Specifically, it is what’s known as a metamorphic rock, which is naturally created when other rocks combine under heat and/or pressure. Quartzite forms when quartz-rich sandstone morphs and recrystallizes into a new configuration. This new stone, quartzite, is strong and has the natural striations you’ll see in CCT Natural Stone Designs products.
Quartzite provides a long-lasting countertop that can withstand the rigors of an active home cook.
Like countertops made from quartz and other materials, it shows patterns that can be matched to your home decor. However, as a natural product, your quartzite countertop will be completely unique.
Quartz or Quartzite? Which is Right for Me?
Quartz and quartzite products are made differently, but both can be used to create an attractive countertop to suit your home.
Quartzite is usually the more expensive of the two, but only slightly. This is because, as a natural stone, quartzite must be cut to fit each job, while man-made quartz countertops can be built to order.
If you decide on a natural quartzite countertop, it’s important to apply a sealant, as quartzite is more prone to stain. A professional at CCT Natural Stone Designs will be happy to talk to you and offer easy maintenance advice. Quartz is simpler to maintain because it is bound by resin.
On the other hand, quartzite beats quartz when it comes to handling high heat. Quartz can also become discolored when exposed to direct sunlight for a long time.
If you’d like a more in-depth explanation or are wondering which material is right for your home, please call an expert at CCT Natural Stone Designs. We’re happy to discuss the products we offer using both materials and help you choose a countertop that fits your design and intended use.
The important thing to remember is that while quartz and quartzite each have benefits and drawbacks, both are a fine choice for a new countertop.
Quality, Ingenuity and Selection
Our talented designers are able to interpret your project requirements precisely and then translate them into a practical and workable solution, using an endless selection of the highest quality natural stone available. Our expert fabricators are then able to accurately create your vision using their years of experience and today’s latest technology.