Choose the Right Countertop for Your Kitchen: Quartz vs Quartzite
With so many options for your kitchen countertop surface, choosing the right one can feel a little overwhelming and it may be tempting to make decisions such as this based on looks alone. However, when remodeling your kitchen, it is important to consider the durability, maintenance required, and cost just as much as the overall look of the countertop. Our goal is to help you assess your needs and choose the right countertop for your kitchen… now, let’s discuss the differences between two of our most popular countertop options: quartz and quartzite.
If you are a fan of the look of marble countertops, you might want to consider quartzite. Quartzite has the look of marble, but it’s much easier to care for, so if maintenance is an issue that keeps you from marble, quartzite is a great alternative. Some quartzite is also harder than granite, so it is quite durable and it withstands heat very well.
One thing to keep in mind though is that although quartzite is “more” durable than marble, the material still is porous, meaning it absorbs liquids from the surface and can lead to staining and etching of the stone.
Quartz is one of the most durable countertop surfaces available today.
The material is nonporous because all of the air is extracted by the vibration, heat, and pressure created by the forming process. It also has an advantage over quartzite because it is less prone to denting and chipping because the material is more flexible. Although it still needs some attention, especially with lighter colors… quartz is as good as it gets in terms of being low maintenance and does not require special cleaners.
The manufacturing process also allows a much wider range of colors than you’ll find in natural stones such as marble or granite. You can always guarantee that you are getting your quartz countertop absolutely clean as a non-porous surface means that it will not harbor bacteria or viruses, and that’s a great benefit in both the kitchen and the bathroom.
In the past, the challenge with quartz has been trying to recreate the natural feel that you find in quartzite, marble, and granite in the man-made material that is quartz but this is something that is being worked on and we are seeing constant improvements in the market!
Stained/Etched Quartzite and Client’s Challenge to Replace Countertops
The difference between quartz and quartzite is something that one of our recent clients learned in a frustrating way. When making decisions for their new home’s kitchen space, they understood that quartzite was so much more resilient than marble, but soon realized that although better than marble, the material is still susceptible to staining and etching.
As mentioned above, the porous surface of quartzite allows for the countertop to be stained easily by liquids, and that’s exactly what happened in this home. Within a year of install, the countertop’s natural beauty has been taken over by unmistakable stains and etch marks.
The client made the decision to replace their stained quartzite countertops with “Valley” quartz countertops by Enigma Surfaces which are made of material far less susceptible to staining. The nice thing about Enigma’s large choice of selections is that they compare nicely to the real feeling of natural stone, but provide all the benefits of quartz.
The veining in their new countertops is far more subtle than the initial selection, but a tradeoff well worth the difference in aesthetics.
Enigma Surfaces is a prodigious brand-new material that certainly will revolutionize the stone industry due to its unbelievable features and numerous attributes. They will leave a mark in history by being the first in launching a new generation of even stronger countertops, resistant to stains and with minimum maintenance.
Enigma Surfaces is known for its surfaces being resistant to stains and liquid absorption, easy to clean, stronger than granite, high impact resistant, and sharp object resistant — all of these factors come together to create the ideal surface for your kitchen.
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