Quartzite is a naturally forming stone. Originally sandstone it is converted through heating and pressure within tectonic plate movements creating an almost glass look when polished. The millions of years of constant pressure and heat create a stone that is arguably the most resistant to chemicals and natural acid. Whilst also being incredibly hard wearing due to formations of the crystalline structure. This change in characteristics is what alters the stone from a sandstone to a Quartzite.
What sets quartzite apart from other stones however, is not its durability, but its beauty and vein structure. This occurs during the recrystallization process. Pure quartzite is usually white or grey in colour. Tiny amounts of materials such as iron oxide, clay and silica migrate to cause streaks and veins through the stone. This also affects the overall colour of the stone. Other minerals are required if there are more extravagant colours such as green, blue and yellow.
Quartzite slabs in Sydney are now being used heavily in the construction industry. When quartzite slabs are broken down, they remain flat and true, therefore, Quartzite slabs are now being used as steps on stairs, decorative floors where there is high foot traffic and other feature pieces in large scale projects. It is also being utilised for outdoor uses due to quartzite’s chemical resistance and hard wearing capabilities.
At Avant Stone, a leading Quartzite Supplier in Sydney here are a number of varieties of quartzite slabs available. They range from Omega Black, which comes in a textured finish to provide a very natural feel to the stone. Mont Blanc which is one of the largest quartzite slabs in Sydney, providing a very smooth marble like finish. Palazzo is a beautifully warm stone that has a hint of red and orange, creating an inviting atmosphere. Macaubus White, a stone that has lovely blue waves where the iron oxide as reacted with other minerals to create a truly subtle but feature rich stone. Seashore Grey is an understated stone that truly reminds you of a relaxing weekend away along the coast, with its smooth and silent structure.
In short, this makes quartzite the perfect stone to use as a benchtop, wall cladding, shower floor, tiles, you name it, and it can handle it. With its marble like features and veins but durability that even puts granite to shame, it has the full package. That’s why at Avant Stone, one of the premier suppliers of Quartzite and Marble slabs in Sydney, our Quartzite slabs are 3+ metres in length to create the perfect island centrepiece minimising joins in the masonry.
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.au
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