When you start looking for a surface, you will hear about a lot of materials. Granite, marble, soapstone, laminate, stainless… And you’ll hear about quartz and quartzite. You may think the similar names are meant to confuse you, but there’s a reasonable explanation.

What is quartz and what is quartzite?

Quartz per se is a mineral, present in many rocks. In the Moh’s scale, which evaluates minerals hardness from one to ten, quartz gets a seven. That means quartz can be scratched only by three other minerals: topaz, corundum and diamond (the hardest known mineral).

For its turn, quartzite is a natural stone composed almost entirely of quartz. That gives this material some attributes besides its obvious hardness. For example, it has very low porosity and absorption levels and it has translucent areas because quartz is a translucent mineral, which allows beautiful plays with light.

But isn’t quartz surfaces engineered?

Well, that’s a bit tricky. Usually when people say “quartz surfaces” they mean a man-made artificial surface composed of the actual mineral quartz plus resins, polymers and pigments. So yes, this kind of surfaces are engineered, yet its component, quartz, is a mineral.

The fact that it’s an engineered stone allows quartz some qualities, such as wider range of standardized colors. And now that you know what is quartzite, quartz and artificial quartz, let’s see the difference between quartzite and artificial quartz as surface material.

Quartzite vs quartz

It’s always important to remember that there’s no perfect material. You’ll have to find the one that better suits your needs.

Read: Questions to Answer before you choose your countertop.

Let’s see quartz and quartzite features, so you can select the best for your project.

Quartz

Quartzite

Now, if you’re curious to see how quartzite looks like…

Here’s a taste of our finest quartzites available.

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