Quartzite vs. Marble vs. Engineered Quartz vs. Granite
Quartzite is a great alternative to other stones, such as marble, for many reasons. First it is very similar in appearance to natural marble stone. So, if you are looking for the look of marble, quartzite is a great option to consider. Quartzite is a better alternative to marble because of its durability and its makeup of the stone. Quartzite is a much harder material than marble, which means it stands up to regular wear and tear better, such as scratches, stains and etching. Quartzite requires less long term maintenance than marble. Marble is a porous material, it should be resealed often. Quartzite is a non-porous material, and its original seal will remain intact for an extended period of time. Quartzite countertops are rich with natural quartz material. The make up of this material may have been the inspiration for engineered quartz countertops may have come from analysis of quartzite material. Sandstone, a material commonly found in marbles, is common in quartzite countertops and acts as the polymer that is found in engineered materials but is again naturally occurring.
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The look of marble countertops can be achieved with Quartzite but with the qualities of granite as far as hardness.
Granite is an igneous rock and is more abundantly found than quartzite. Quartzite consists of a larger volume of quartz material created under heat and pressure combined, quartzite is formed from sandstone and quartz empty grains of sandstone are stuffed with quartz. Quartzite is actually harder than Granite. On the Mohs scale of hardness, 1 to 10 with 10 being the hardest, granite measures in at 6-6.5, and quartzite at approximately 7. Quartzite is recommended to be sealed due to areas of sandstone are more prone to etching. Sealing all natural stone is recommended. We are a direct importer of this material. Our Slab Yard is located at 430 Kay ave, Addison IL 60101 . Please call ahead to schedule a viewing of this material.