One of the biggest differences between quartzite slab and quartz slab is that quartzite is a naturally occurring sandstone but undergoes intense heat and pressure to form the slab while quartz is an engineered stone slab formed by crushing rocks that are then bound together with resins.
In appearance both are the same to an untrained eye, however, on a closer look or having guided by an expert will guide you better to identify these quartzite slabs at a glance.
Furthermore, to identify quartzite slabs with its appearance have a closer look to the shades. Quartzite slabs usually come in shades of white or grey, however due to presence of some minerals some rare quartzite slabs also are available in shades of brown. Apart from the colour shade, quartzite slabs often have delicate veining and patterning resembling to tat of a marble or a granite, which is absent in a quartz slab. Hence quartzite suppliers in Sydney often suggest quartzite slabs for those who prefer light movements with utmost strength.
While quartz slabs are formed by adding colour pigment during its manufacturing a hence are available in a wide colour range. So, if you’d like a more diverse selection of colours and patterns to consider, you’ll find it in quartz.
Another major difference between quartz and quartzite slabs is the durability and routine care methods. Engineered manufacturing process of quartz makes it extremely strong and durable. Moreover, during the process all the air is extracted making quartz a hard surface which is also non-porous and hence resistant to staining and abrasion.
On the other hand, quartzite slabs are quite durable too but less dense than quartz. Quartzite slabs are considered to be the most durable when compared to marble and granite slabs. It can withstand heat very well. Due to its characteristics, people often confuse it with dolomite hence even some dolomite like Super white dolomite are popularly known as Super white Quartzite in the Australian market. While coming back to quartz, it has plastic properties hence it is prone to melting in heat above 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Where quartz has an advantage over quartzite in term of chipping and denting, both quartz and quartzite slabs are susceptible to scratches when exposed to sharp objects like knifes or drills.
Talking about their maintenance, quartzite supplier highly recommends sealing your quartzite slabs in Sydney atleast once a year to prevent staining the surface, while quartz needs virtually no extra treatments like sealing or resurfacing.
So, if you are looking for a strong consistent looking material for your benchtop perhaps quartz slabs are best. However, if you are a natural stone admirer like us and don’t mind an upkeep in exchange of a beautiful naturally crafted stone slab then quartzite slab would be the perfect choice.
To have a look to our wide quartzite slab collect log on to https://avantstone.com.au/product-category/stone-slabs/quartzite/
The author is an experienced marble slab supplier in Sydney who has written many articles on marble, Quartzite & granite slabs. To find out more about natural stone slabs, visit www.avantstone.com.aub
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