About NATURAL QUARTZITE
Natural Quartzite, not to be confused with Engineered Quartz, has become very popular over the years. Natural Quartzite offers more of a “marble” look, while providing a very hard and durable surface suitable for kitchen countertops and other countertop applications. Natural Quartzite is found in a wide variety of colors: while most quartzite’s are white or light-colored due to their quartz content, bold and striking colors of quartzite can also be found, due to additional minerals found in the stone.
Due to their inherent hardness, quartzite’s can take longer to work with and cause increased wear and tear on tooling. For this reason, you can expect to pay a little more for fabrication. Also, although quartzite’s have been used for countertop applications for some time now, the industry is still learning about the various types of quartzite’s. Quartzite’s are made of metamorphosed sandstone and depending on the amount of metamorphosis, each quartzite can be more or less porous. Quartzite’s that are geologically defined as meta sandstones, tend to be the most vulnerable to staining. Certain quartzite’s not properly sealed during and after fabrication, can lead to significant staining, which is often difficult and in some cases, impossible to remove.
Care & Maintenance
Natural Quartzite is durable, easy to clean, highly resistant to etching and when properly sealed, stain resistant as well. For daily maintenance, use a damp cloth and a mild detergent. Thoroughly rinse the surface with water and dry with a soft cloth or paper towel. You can also use products specifically designed for cleaning natural stone surfaces.
Natural Quartzite is highly scratch resistant and durable, yet no surface is indestructible. To preserve surface aesthetics from alterations, protect the surface with a cutting board when using knives or sharp objects. Also avoid abrasive pads and cleaners with pumice or powders to insure against accidental scratching.
Acid & Liquid Resistance
Depending on the density and porosity of the stone, the necessity for sealing can range from being not required at all, to being required at initial installation and reapplied at specific intervals. It simply depends on the stone’s porosity. As mentioned above, quartzite’s are made of metamorphosed sandstone and depending on the amount of metamorphosis, each quartzite can be more or less porous. Solvent based sealers tend to penetrate the dense, yet porous grain structure of quartzite better that water based sealers. Your fabricator should be able to help guide you on choosing the appropriate sealer for your stone.
Natural Quartzite is heat resistant. However, the surfaces are not heat proof. We recommend the use of trivets or other heat-resistant pads and to avoid direct contact with heat sources such as saucepans, frying pans, or deep-fat fryers, pots, irons, and open flame.
Natural Quartzite is known for its hardness and durability. Unfortunately, some stones are often mislabeled as quartzite or ‘soft quartzite” when they are in fact marble or dolomitic marble.
Some variations of quartzite can be porous and susceptible to staining. Make sure you and your fabricator are familiar with your selected stone type and know how to properly seal and care for your stone.
Standard Sizes for Slabs
Sizes of natural stone blocks can vary from quarry to quarry.
Slabs lengths typically range from 100″-135″ and widths from 60″-80″.
View the individual bundle details for current stock slab dimensions.
* Available in select colors only