Most homeowners are familiar with marble and granite countertops. Many are yet to understand the uniqueness and beauty of a quartzite countertop. Quartzite is a material that is a perfect fit for any modern home. If you are trying to achieve a contemporary look, we suggest you make use of this type of stone.
Quartzite is a natural stone that most people find hard to distinguish from granite because they have many similar properties. The major difference between quartzite and granite is that the former is heavier and denser which is why it is considered more durable. If you are thinking of investing in a quartzite countertop, here’s what you should expect.
Marble may look nice, but most homeowners worry about its maintenance demands. Quartzite is one of the types of stone that is quite easy to maintain. So long as you avoid using bleach and harsh cleaning agents that contain acids, vinegar or ammonia it will maintain its impressive look for ages. Regular cleaning is important because even the sealant that is applied to protect quartzite doesn’t make it stain resistant. You need to ensure any spills are cleaned immediately so that they don’t find their way in between the intricate design and ruin your precious countertop.
Quartzite is considered one of the most durable types of stones used in designing countertops. No wonder it’s commonly used in bathrooms and kitchens where the risk of moisture damage is high. With a quartzite countertop the last thing you will worry about is a surface that chips or gets broken easily. The material is given a hardness rating of 8 out of 10 in the Mohs scale of hardness. Placing your hot pans on the countertop may not destroy it instantly but having them for long periods can slowly remove the sealant. Sealing the countertop after every few years can give it the desired look and also prevent common forms of damage.
What do you have in mind for your kitchen or bathroom countertop? There are lots of colors, patterns and designs for you to choose from when it comes to quartzite. Whether you want a quartzite countertop or one with a dotted or speckled finish, you’ll have a wide range of options to choose from. You can achieve a stunning, classic or dramatic look depending on the pattern or design you choose. If you need help choosing a suitable design, consult your home improvement specialist or get tips and ideas from sites and magazines.
Quartzite is really ideal for a contemporary look. Even if you are not planning on renovating the entire bathroom or kitchen, changing just the countertop can spice up the space instantly. Some quartzite countertops are designed to replicate certain materials whilst preserving the natural look of stone. But quartzite is slightly harder to duplicate compared to other stone types like granite and marble due to its tough look. Know what you want to achieve when it comes to your kitchen or bathroom countertop then choose the material that best suits your needs.
If you're considering quartzite for your home, we urge you to browse our inventory online, and be sure to come down to our stone yard to see the beauty in person!