When shopping for stone, it is vital that you know all about the different types of stones and the difference between each type. You want to consider the care that goes into keeping each stone looking good, how to pair it with another décor, and what the process of installation is. Knowing these things will not only help the process of buying and installing go smoothly, but you will also know that you picked the best stone option for your family.
One of the most popular questions we get is what is the difference between granite and quartzite? Most people will look at a slab from each of these stones and think that they are the same when however they are very different but in ways that the average buyer might not recognize.
Granite is a natural made stone that is formed completely by nature and mined at quarries around the world. Our granite, in particular, comes mainly from Brazil and India except for a few. Quartzite is also formed in nature and is minded by quarries as well. Granite and Quartzite can both be found in the same colors, they are normally more neutral like brown, black, grey, and white with the occasional pink, red, blue, green, and gold. Now you’re probably wondering if the way it is formed and the colors are the same, then what makes them different? Well, the biggest difference between these two stones is their appearance.
Granite will appear with a surface that is smooth and covered in intricate detailing. Granite slabs normally have very small spots of crystallization if any at all and lots of patterning and movement across the entire stone. Quartzite, on the other hand, is usually very simple, less busy, and you will notice most quartzite stones have large chunks of crystallization throughout the slab. If you take your hand and run it across the surface, you will most likely be able to feel the roughness from the crystallizations.
The appearance is the main difference between these two stones, however, there are a few minor differences that set these two aside also. Starting with the pricing, quartzite tends to be on the more expensive side, but still affordable. You can find granite slabs starting as low as $600, whereas with quartzite they usually range between $2,000 and $5,000. Next, you have the care that each stone requires. They are both extremely durable and resistant to most damage, but quartzite tends to be slightly harder which means it can endure a bit more than granite. As far as daily cleaning, they are the same. Just use some light soap and warm water and it will do the trick.
Now, when it comes to whether you can use these stones in renovations for bathrooms, kitchens, dining rooms and so on you can use them both for all the same projects. There is really no difference in whether one can be used in more ways over the other. The only thing to consider is that you may want to use quartzite in areas that see high traffic since it is slightly harder. They are both resistant to scratching, heat to an extent, and damage from heavy objects. Of course, you want to take all that with a grain of salt and treat it as if it wouldn’t endure all that possible damage.
To learn more about the differences between granite and quartzite or to get some design inspiration, check out our website and scroll through our blog page. We post weekly blogs that are full of tips, tricks, and inspiration for granite, marble, and quartzite renovations. Of course, if you are wanting to speak with a stone specialist today to start your project and see some stones give us a call or stop in. We are always here to help and are ready to get your renovation project started!