When you are shopping around for new countertops, there are many options. Each possibility has its own pros and cons. There is no denying that natural stone is one of the most beautiful choices out there. Even among the natural stones, there is a variety of choices. One of the lesser-known options for natural stone countertops is quartzite. It’s beautiful, durable, and easy to maintain.
Although quartzite sounds an awful lot like quartz, it is not the same thing. Quartz countertops are man-made, while a quartzite slab is naturally formed in the earth. Although not completely nonporous, quartzite is less porous than granite. It’s also harder.
Quartzite comes in a variety of shades, and each piece is unique. You can find subtle whites, bold blues, and everything in between. As with any kind of stone slab, it’s never found in just one color. You can find interesting patterns in a variety of colors. Come down to our showroom to take a look at all the colors we have to offer at Wholesale Granite Direct.
Quartzite vs. Granite Countertops
Quartzite and granite are both rock formations that are naturally occurring. However, granite is an igneous rock, and quartzite is a metamorphic one, so they look different. The mineral grains in granite tend to be very noticeable. It can have streaks and variations that give it character. Quartzite, on the other hand, has a more subtle range of hues and patterns. Expect a lustrous sheen from quartzite because it’s made up of over 99% fine grains.
Both materials are hard and resist scratches, but quartzite is slightly harder. They are also both heat resistant and very strong. It’s important to seal granite to resist staining. Quartzite may need to be sealed too, especially if it has been infused with resin. It’s possible to chip both materials by dropping heavy objects on them or striking them.
Both materials are also easy to maintain. Spills should be wiped up quickly, and only soap and water should be used for cleaning. No harsh chemicals should be used. As quartzite is rarer, it is generally more expensive. However, some granite slabs can be more expensive because of the color variation.
Quality Quartzite Installation
If you choose to go with quartzite, our experienced team will take care of everything, from measurements to fabricating the slabs to your exact specifications and installation. It’s important to treat the slabs with care while transporting and installing them so no cracks are formed. Our team will treat your countertops with care.
The installation process should take close to three hours. It will take less time for smaller kitchens or bathrooms and could take slightly more for larger kitchens. If you are only switching out your countertops, we will remove your old countertops and install the new ones on the same day. You will never be without a countertop.
Quartzite Countertop Care
As mentioned above, it’s easy to care for quartzite countertops. When choosing your slab, ask if it has been infused with resin and if it should be sealed. It may be necessary to seal your countertops once or twice each year depending on how dense and porous they are, so be sure to ask for clear instructions. Quartzite countertops need to be sealed because, as a natural stone, they are porous and susceptible to staining. Sealing prevents staining.
On a daily basis, you should clean up spills immediately, even if your countertops are sealed. It’s also important to regularly clean and wipe down countertops with a damp rag and a small drop of a dish soap that’s pH balanced. Using harsh cleaners can damage the finish and strip off the sealant, so it’s important to only use mild cleaners.
Since these countertops are heat resistant, you should not need to worry about setting hot pans on them. This is a nice feature. Just be aware that if you drop something heavy on your countertop or strike it with something heavy, it could chip. Feel free to call us if you need a countertop repair.
Quartzite Countertops From Wholesale Granite Direct
When shopping for new countertops in the DFW area, you have many options. When you choose to work with us at Wholesale Granite Direct, you will find beautiful selections at wholesale prices. We have a large showroom that has a variety of natural stone, granite, and quartz options for your home or business.
Our business is family-owned and operated, and we have more than 20 years of experience in the industry. Because of our quality work and customer satisfaction, we have grown to be the largest retail slab yard in the area. We have a full design team that is available at all times to help you find the perfect stone that fits in your budget. Our design team can help you bring your vision to life.
If you are in the market for new countertops for your DFW area home, come to our showroom, check out our website, or give us a call to learn more.