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Quartzite can be described as a nonfoliated composed almost entirely of that forms when intense heat and pressure is applied to a quartz-rich sandstone.
Because of the obvious similarity in their names, quartzite and quartz are often confused, so in addition to explaining what quartzite is, it is also imperative to discuss what it isn’t. Quartzite is not Quartz! Despite their similarity in naming, the two share few other characteristics. While quartz is man made material formed from crushed stone, color, and resin, quartzite is a naturally occurring metamorphic rock that must be quarried rather than engineered.
What Are The Advantages Of Quartzite?
As explained above, intense heat and pressure turn quartz-rich sandstone into what we know as quartz. The intense heat and pressure “recrystallize the sand grains and the silica cement that binds them together” resulting in a “network of interlocking quartz grains.” This network of interlocking crystals give quartzite its strength and make it one of the toughest and most durable surfacing materials on the market.
It is no secret that Quartzite surfaces of any kind are beautiful. Their look is often compared to that of marble although marble is much less sturdy and isn’t near as dense. Quartzite is a great choice for those who want a certain look but aren’t willing to compromise on strength.
Like many natural stones, quartzite is available in a wide array of color options. While natural, earth-toned colors are most commonly seen, neutral colors such as white, grey, and beige are becoming more popular as lighter colors are becoming trendier in the home. Additionally, quartzite can be found in a number of “exotic” colors such as blue, green, pink, and red. The color of the stone all depends on the amount of iron oxide present, the region the stone comes from, and the age of the stone. If you aren’t quite sure what color is best for you but want a wide variety of tones to choose from, QualityStones could be a great option for you with varieties of colors and types of slabs for you to choose from.
Because quartzite is a natural stone that has to be quarried, it does not come cheap. While it is a bit on the expensive side of things, the cost is well worth it considering all the benefits. It would be hard to find another stone of such beauty and strength all in one.
While quartzite is considered to be extremely durable, it must not be forgotten that it is a natural stone and thus requires a bit more attention that manufactured materials. When first installed, quartzite must be sealed and must be redone every year or so to ensure lasting quality.