Increasing in popularity, Quartzite is a natural stone that is known for gorgeous patterns. Appealing for its strength and long-lasting composition, be aware not all quartzites are alike, and can range in terms of the softness of the stone and susceptibility to scratching and etching.
A naturally occurring metamorphic rock, Quartzite is created when sandstone is subjected to extreme heat and pressure caused by tectonic plate compression in the crust of the earth.
Due to its natural origins, no two slabs are the same. People are often drawn to the gorgeous colors and patterns of quartzite countertops, which typically have ethereal movement and color pallets. Due to the subterranean pressure that helps form quartzite, the slabs have streaked patterns similar to marble.
Some of the most popular quartzite colors are Fantasy Brown, Super White, Taj Mahal, Everest and Macaubas. Many of the top sellers feature blue, gray, white and beige coloring.
- All natural stone, no resins
- Requires occasional sealing to protect against stains and spills
- Can etch, scratch and stain (like a marble)
- Can chip on edges
Best Ways to Use
Quartzite is very versatile and can be used in so many spots of a home or business. Quartzite countertops are popular for kitchens, bathrooms, home offices, and fireplace surrounds.
Due to the vulnerability of the stone to scratching and staining, it’s not best suited for extremely high traffic rooms, including laundry rooms and basements. If wear and tear is of high concern, it’s best to discuss the specific quartzite stone being considered with a fabricator, to understand if it’s the right fit for the space.
Our fully automated stone fabrication facility in Norwood, Massachusetts consists of the latest technology and machinery. We fabricate and install all of our stone work and do not sub out.
Prior to fabrication begins, we encourage all parties to view their slabs at our Norwood location and see how the stone will be laid out and cut.
Metropolitan has sealed the stone at time of installation. Additional applications are encouraged and may be required on more porous stone. Liquids such as water should bead on the surface of the countertop, when they stop beading it’s a clear indication that sealer should be reapplied. Additional applications are the responsibility of the homeowner. Countertops should be cleaned with a neutral cleaner. Metropolitan sells neutral cleaner.