Quartzite, which is predominantly silica, is a hard non-foliated metamorphic rock which was originally sandstone. Sandstone is converted into quartzite through heating and pressure related to tectonic compression. Its siliceous nature makes it a perfect choice for kitchen countertops because chemically it has a very high resistance to anything acidic.
The most popular quartzites currently in the market come from the northeast of Brazil. These colors include Taj Mahal, Perla Venata, Nacarado, Fusion, and White Macubus. Quartzites are even harder than granite, which makes them ideal for interior and exterior uses.
For many years, Quartzite has been considered a high-end finish and has been used throughout the world as a reliable, versatile building material. It has the strongest hardness compared to all natural stones available. Quartzite tends to have veining and softer, simple movements compared to granite.
We strive to import as many colors of quartzite as possible, however color selections may be limited. All six of our showrooms – St. Louis, MO, Kansas City, KS, Omaha, NE, Indianapolis, IN, Columbus, OH, and Cincinnati, OH – generally stock a few variations of quartzite at any given time.
Check out our quartzite slab inventory and newest arrivals.
Appearance – Pure quartzite is usually white to gray, though quartzite often occurs in various shades of pink and red due to varying amounts of iron oxide (Fe2O3). Other colors, such as yellow and orange, are due to other mineral impurities.
Features – Quartzite is a decorative stone which is used as kitchen countertops, to cover walls, as roofing tiles, in flooring, and for stair steps. Quartzite is extremely popular due to its marble-like appearance and granite-like properties which makes it ideal for kitchens as well as many other applications. The hardness of quartzite makes it extremely resistant to water absorption, heat and scratches.
Care – Use a sealant for an additional layer of protection. There are instances when a particular block of a quartzite can have traces of calcium carbonate which can cause localized etching if that particular section comes in contact with anything acidic. Quartzite in this situation will give you more time to clean up before it starts to etch.