Why Quartzite Countertops Are the Best Option for Your Kitchen?
Your kitchen is not just a place for cooking; it’s where cherished memories are made, and delightful flavors are savored. The countertops in your kitchen play a crucial role in setting the stage for culinary wonders. With various choices available, why not opt for a countertop that consistently enhances your cooking experience while adding beauty to your kitchen?
Quartzite stands out as a common choice among both manufactured and natural materials. Quartzite countertops offer authentic beauty, unparalleled durability, heat resistance, and low maintenance, making your kitchen a space you’ll appreciate for years. We’ll look into the fascinating world of quartzite and explain why it’s the best material for kitchen countertops.
Quartzite transcends ordinary surfaces, creating an elegant and easy-to-maintain space, allowing you to focus on the joy of cooking and sharing moments with loved ones.
What are Quartzite Countertops?
Quartzite is a natural material derived from pure quartz sandstone. With heat and pressure from geological compression, sandstone changes into quartzite, hard rock with a mosaic of quartz crystals that fit together. It boasts a grainy surface similar to sandpaper and comes in various shades, including white, gray, pink, red, and more.
The porous blocks of mined quartzite are sealed with polyurethane, wax, or acrylic to make them suitable for cooking countertops.Quartzite differs from other countertops because each slab has unique designs and textures that make it stand out. Its natural veining and freckled appearance results in a fantastic range of tones, patterns, and movements that nature can only create.
The Benefits of Quartzite Countertops
Quartzite is an excellent choice for kitchen countertops for many reasons. It can be a statement piece in a modern kitchen or a refined touch in a classic kitchen. Here are some of its benefits:
Quartzite radiates elegance and sophistication thanks to its unique composition that creates mesmerizing patterns, veining, and a rich color palette. Quartzite comes in many colors that go well with any kitchen style, from pure white and soft gray to bright blue and earthy brown.
Among the different types of countertops available, quartzite is well-known for its exceptional durability. It is heat-resistant, allowing you to place hot pots and pans directly on its surface without worry. It also can’t be scratched or worn down, so your kitchen countertops will look great for years. Quartzite countertops are also ideal for outdoor kitchen spaces or areas exposed to natural light, as they won’t fade in direct sunlight due to their resistance to UV rays.
Investment in Value
Choosing quartzite countertops for your kitchen is a wise investment in your home. As a natural material that is in demand, these slabs can raise the selling value of your home. This makes them a good choice for homeowners who want to improve the look of their kitchen while making a wise financial choice.
Quartzite is naturally stain-resistant, Unlike other natural stones. But using a sealant for extra security and easy upkeep is still a good idea. Soap and water can clean up most messes quickly. The adhesive gives extra safety and keeps bacteria and mold from growing on the surface where food is prepared. If you clean and care for your quartzite countertops correctly, they will last many years and look great.
Our Selection of Quartzite Countertops
At SF Marble & Granite Countertops, we offer a wide selection of stunning quartzite colors and patterns that impress homeowners and designers alike. Whether your kitchen is classic or modern, you can find a design that goes well with the rest of your home.
Here are the three quartzite floors we like best:
1. Glacier Wave Quartzite:
Gray countertops are always on-trend with their neutral but sophisticated look. Our Glacier Wave quartzite is a cool white with light gray and taupe highlights. It has hints of tone-on-tone waves, making it look like it has more than one dimension. Glacier Wave goes well with almost every color and texture, including wood floors’ different tones and patterns. It’s great for backsplashes and wall paneling, too!
2. White Macaubas Quartzite:
Our dramatic White Macaubas quartzite is a Brazilian granite with cool whites and soft taupe accents. Its deep, random charcoal veins give indoor and outdoor uses a touch of character and drama. White Macaubas’ long linear veining on this slab can create a gorgeous backsplash or sweeping waterfall edge. Its taupe color pairs beautifully with metallic accents, especially gold and silver.
3. Calacatta Montreal Quartzite:
Don’t be fooled! Our Calacatta Montreal tabletop is not made of marble. Instead, it is a beautiful slab of quartzite that is easy to keep clean because it doesn’t stain. This pure white quartzite from Brazil has light gray veins resembling clouds. Our Calacatta Montreal is understated and elegant. It is the perfect choice for extensive, open countertops because it blends in with any kitchen design and doesn’t draw attention to itself.
Quartz vs. Quartzite Countertops in the Kitchen
When selecting the ideal countertop material for your kitchen, choosing quartz and quartzite can significantly impact your overall experience. Both have unique properties and advantages; we’ll compare them in this article to help you make an informed decision.
Cleaning Quartzite vs Quartz Countertops
When cleaning quartzite and quartz countertops, there are some significant differences. Quartzite countertops are made from natural stone and are porous, which means they can absorb liquids and get stained over time. To keep them in good condition, applying a sealant 1-2 times a year and cleaning spills immediately with a damp rag, mild soap, and water is essential.
On the other hand, quartz countertops are nonporous and don’t absorb liquids, making them easier to maintain. While they can still stain, cleaning up spills immediately will prevent long-term damage, and there’s no need to worry about sealing.
Price Comparison: Quartzite vs. Quartz Countertops
In terms of price, both quartzite and quartz countertops fall in a similar range, usually between $60 to $100 or more per square foot for the material. However, quartzite tends to be more expensive than quartz when you factor in installation costs. Quartz is more flexible and can be easily shaped to fit any design, which reduces installation expenses. In contrast, quartzite may require more complex cutting for custom designs, leading to higher installation costs.
Quartzite vs. Granite Cost
Suppose you’re considering granite as an alternative. In that case, it’s worth noting that quartzite is generally more expensive than granite, which typically starts at around $50 per square foot. Both quartzite and quartz are pricier than granite, but granite requires more frequent sealing than quartzite due to its softer nature.
Maintenance and Care: Quartz vs. Quartzite Countertops
Quartz is better when it comes to cleaning and maintenance. Quartzite countertops usually need resealing 1-2 times yearly, while quartz countertops don’t require sealing. Quartz is more resistant to cracks, while quartzite is more challenging and slightly more scratch-resistant. However, quartzite can be more prone to cracking, potentially leading to costly repairs.
Colors and Appearance: Quartz vs Quartzite Countertops
Thanks to their manufacturing process, quartz countertops offer a wide range of colors, allowing for greater customization. They can even mimic the look of natural stones like marble or granite. On the other hand, quartzite countertops primarily come in white to gray hues, with different colors resulting from various minerals or substances.
Why Quartz Countertops Best?
Quartz countertops have several advantages over quartzite. They offer more appearance options due to the manufacturing process, making them highly customizable. Additionally, they are easier to maintain since they don’t require sealing. Quartz’s superior resistance to cracking, along with proper care, makes it a durable choice for everyday kitchen use.
Considering all these factors, quartz countertops are a better investment, providing an enjoyable kitchen experience and potentially increasing the value of your home. Due to their resilience, low maintenance, and aesthetic versatility, they are a popular choice among homeowners.
Quartzite kitchen countertops offer an unmatched combination of elegance, durability, and easy maintenance. With proper care, your quartzite countertops will continue to shine for years, allowing you to focus on the joy of cooking and sharing meals with loved ones.
If you need assistance choosing the right quartzite for your kitchen remodel, contact us now, visit an SF Marble Granite & Countertops showroom, or contact an authorized SF Marble Granite & Countertops retailer in your area.