Quartzite Countertops: a Quick Commentary


When choosing a countertop material, there are several factors to consider. Your countertop should be able to withstand years of use with little effort on your end and with a look that you continue to enjoy. With your specific needs in mind, continue reading to see why quartzite may be the best fit for your space.


When sandstone undergoes a naturally occurring process involving high heat and strong pressure, it turns into a metamorphic rock called quartzite. You may be familiar with another popular countertop material called quartz. However, while the two stones are similar at first glance, they are distinct. Quartz is an engineered stone, and quartzite is a natural stone.



Quartzite is harder than quartz, granite, and marble. Its strength and toughness provide durability to resist scratching and etching. High density also allows it to withstand heat better than other countertop materials.



Quartzite is fairly low maintenance. As a natural stone, it is porous in its ordinary state, which means it should be sealed to protect it from stains. With the proper sealant, quartzite should last for up to twenty-five years and is easy to clean. Simply wipe up spills quickly with a soft damp rag. You can also use a small amount of mild dish soap or stone cleanser for regular cleaning. Avoid abrasive cleaning materials and solutions, as these can damage the seal on the stone and lead to stains leaking through the weakened seal barrier.



Due to how it is created, quartzite often has a similar appearance to marble. Naturally occurring patterns in the stone give each slab a unique look. The most common color palette for quartzite ranges from white to grey. However, a variety of minerals interacting as quartzite forms can cause sections of the stone to include almost any color from red to blue. Crystals also often form in the stone, giving it a sparkling, glossy finish.



Compared to other popular countertop materials, quartzite is on the higher end of the price range. On average, you can expect to spend $60 to $200 or more per square foot for quartzite. Because it is a natural stone, its availability can increase the price depending on where you live. Also, keep in mind intricate installations may increase the overall cost. However, the investment into a durable material that can last with little maintenance will likely outweigh the higher rate. Compared to other well-known materials, quartzite is typically more expensive and more durable than granite but costs less than marble while still giving the classic look marble provides.


When you consider quartzite’s resiliency, minimal care requirements, and unique beauty, it is virtually unmatched. Whether you are hoping for a more natural look for your countertops or simply want a low-maintenance durable material, quartzite could be the best choice for you. Ultimately, it is up to your preferences and needs. Take note of your priorities to make the best investment in your home.  


Kimberly McMahon

Home & Yard Magazine