Quartzite Countertops Denver
Quartzite (Average Cost per Slab $2,000-$5,000) is a naturally occurring metamorphic rock. It is created when sandstone is subjected to extreme heat and pressure caused by tectonic plate compression in the crust of the earth. The stone is mined and sawn into slabs which are later precisely cut to become countertops. The tops are polished and sealed for beauty and durability. Quartzite is harder than granite, so it is quite durable. It withstands heat very well, and resistant to scratches. For an idea of how durable quartzite really is, on the Mohs Hardness Scale only Corundum and Diamond are harder.
Did you know?
Hilltops made of quartzite usually do not change because quartzite is resistant to weathering.
What is the difference between man-made quartz and quartzite?
Because of their similar names, man-made quartz and quartzite are often confused. Both are excellent choices for countertops in the kitchen or bath, and are also used for other decorative surfaces as well. Quartzite, however, is the all-natural material of the two, while quartz is engineered.
Where does quartzite come from?
Quartzite is a gift directly from Mother Nature. It is more like granite, for which it is often mistaken. It is a metamorphic rock – it began with sandstone which was transformed through a process of pressure and heat.
Are quartzite countertops scratch and heat resistant?
Quartzite is a hard stone that does resist scratching and etching. If properly sealed, spills will not etch if cleaned up quickly. Most natural stone can handle some heat. It is harder than granite and is impervious to heat. While you can put hot items on quartzite with no danger, it’s always a good idea to use a pad or trivet for safety.
Quick Facts about Quartzite:
Quartzite is very versatile in construction and is used as flooring, decorative wall coverings, and roofing.
Quartzite can be found in many countries including Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Natural quartzite is predominantly white or gray with hints of black and brown. It can also be found with hints of pink, red, blue, green or yellow as a result of imperfections or minerals present when the stone was formed.
Pricing starting at $1,500 per slab!
Let’s Talk Science:
Quartzite is a metamorphic rock that is formed in two distinct steps. It begins its life as sandstone. Over years of intense pressure and heat, sandstone gradually fuses and crystallizes into a singular rock, which is called quartzite. While sandstone tends to be relatively fragile, quartzite, fused by heat and pressure, is extremely hard and durable. On the Mohs scale of hardness, from 1 to 10 with 10 being the hardest, granite measures in at around 6-6.5, and quartzite measures in at approximately an 8, not to be confused with natural quartz which is a 7.
Quartzite is a sturdy stone that will withstand heavy use with proper care and maintenance. If you are looking for a stone that has those similarities to marble. Such as beautiful veiny, flowing designs, but with less maintenance, and much more durability then quartzite might be stone to fit perfectly in your home.
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Common Uses for Quartzite:
Quartzite countertops are a great choice to update your existing kitchen or new build. They are a fairly low-maintenance material for kitchen countertops. Different types do have varying degrees of porousness, so some will require a little more care and attention. As a rule, you should probably seal it once a year because it is a natural stone and it is porous.
Commercial & High End Applications
Quartzite is a great material to use in commercial or high end applications. It’s one of the strongest stone that naturally occurs with big enough deposits to be made into slab form. It can withstand stains, scratches and wear and tear of the busiest of restaurants. If you’re looking at quartzite for your kitchen countertops, look at more than just the price. Look at the benefits like super durable surface for your hardworking kitchen, a great selection of color choices, and the fact that it’s the hardest material you can get.
Quartzite can be easily made into smaller accent pieces to adorn your kitchen, bath or entryways. Because of its density, it can stand up to the harshest of treatment. It is an ideal fit for flooring spaces that deserve a wow factor, but can also provide full impact in more subtle ways by being incorporated into borders and accent pieces. It’s play on soft grays can incorporate a very organic element but can equally demand elegance.