What is the difference between Quartzite and Quartz?

Aria receives a lot of clients  that come in confused as to the differences between Quartz and Quartzite. It seems to be a common misnomer that we thought would be interesting to review.

  • Quartzite is a natural material, meaning that it was cut from the earth as is.
  • Quartz is an engineered (man made) composite, meaning that they crush up quartz and mix it will a polymer to create a slab.

Staining

  • Quartzite, due to it’s natural makeup, can stain if not sealed properly
  • Quartz isn’t prone to staining due to polymer

Heat

  • Quartzite is resistant to heat warping, there is a possibility at an extreme heat to have burn marks.
  • Quartz is not, due to the polymer that can change shapes

Scratching

  • Both are susceptible to scratching

Etching

  • Quartzite is  not as prone to etching
  • Quartz is not prone to etching

Cleaning

  • Both can be wiped down with a wet cloth but shouldn’t be cleaned with abrasive cleaners

There are pros and cons to each material, really the difference comes in preference and look. At Aria we only carry natural products because we love the beauty that occurs naturally in the earth. It is truly a one of a kind art piece. quartzite_vs_quartz

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