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Natural Quartzite FAQ

Natural quartzite is an up and coming surface. It’s beautiful veining makes it a favorite for countertop surface. If you are considering natural quartzite for your home, you probably have some questions. Here are answers to the most common.

How is natural quartzite formed?
Natural quartzite is a metamorphic rock formed from sandstone that has undergone vast amounts of heat and pressure. It is extremely hard and is a good option for busy homes.

What colors does natural quartzite come in?
Natural quartzite is mostly white or gray and sometimes brown or black. Occasionally, you can find pink, red, yellow, blue or green hints in the stone as well. These come from other minerals in the quartzite, so the purer the quartzite, the less colored it will be.

Does natural quartzite etch or scratch?
Quartzite is a fairly hard stone and resists scratching and etching. If the stone is sealed and spills are cleaned up quickly, etching should not be a problem.

Can I put hot objects on natural quartzite?
Most stones can withstand some heat, but it is not recommended that you place items right from the oven or right off the stove directly on the stone. Use a trivet or pad.

How do I care for natural quartzite?
Even though quartzite is very durable, it does need some TLC to keep it looking its best. All-natural stones should be sealed because of their porous nature. Reseal your quartzite annually. Use stone cleaners or pH neutral soaps to clean your natural quartzite and dry it thoroughly. Avoid abrasives—even though it is very difficult to scratch natural quartzite—to keep your surface looking like new.

How can I use natural quartzite?
Natural quartzite is a beautiful stone that gives your kitchen or bathroom sense of durable beauty. It is most used on countertops and backsplashes and comes in slabs. Follow manufacturer guidelines for application of any natural stone slab.

What is the difference between quartz and natural quartzite?
Quartz is entirely different from natural quartzite. Quartz is primarily silica or silicon dioxide. It comes in many colors like white, gray, yellow, rose, violet, yellow, and brown. It is a crystalline stone and is very hard. Natural quartzite is a metamorphic rock that starts as quartz-based sandstone. It is mostly white or gray and is very hard, but more difficult to work with and not as abundant as quartz. Each has it’s unique strengths so make your choice based on your lifestyle. 

Quartz composite countertops are made of 93% quartz and make a good contender for solid surface countertops. Check out Daltile's ONE™ Quartz surfaces for more info.

Is natural quartzite more durable than granite?
Granite is an igneous rock and quartzite is metamorphic, so each has unique features. Granite is a favorite for kitchen applications and quartzite is just beginning to gain popularity and both offer excellent durability.

Glen Harry, of Stone Sales and Operations at Daltile, is fond of saying that natural quartzite "looks like a marble and acts like a granite." You're really getting the best of both worlds with quartzite.

Before you make a choice, consider where your surface will be installed and how it will be used. Also consider the design of your space as the look of one may be better suited than the other. Check out Daltile's Granite Collection to see quality granite products.

How much does natural quartzite cost?
Natural quartzite is on the higher-end of options for stone surfaces. However, its unique beauty and durability makes it well worth the cost for many buyers.

Take a look at natural quartzite at a Daltile stone center near you so you can see this unmatched stone up close and personal.

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