The first step in any kitchen renovation is research. It’s important you know what type of stone you want for your countertops and what is best for your lifestyle. You might need a sturdier stone, or you might prefer a single color rather than a pattern. Regardless of your preference, you have probably come across quartzite through your research.
Quartzite can be a confusing stone, and it isn’t uncommon for your search for information to leave you with more questions than answers. If you find yourself overwhelmed by the information, then know you are not alone.
So, let’s break it down.
What is Quartzite?
Let’s dust off our geology knowledge for a minute.
Quartzite is a metamorphic rock made up of mostly mineral quartz. Metamorphic rock is the result of original rock undergoing high heat and pressure that results in a chemical transformation.
Quartzite begins as tiny sand grains pressed together overtime underneath the layers of rock. The heat of the earth and the pressure of the surface above it causes the grains of sand to join together into one surface.
It is usually a light-colored stone because of the sand. However, water impurities can cause a variety of colorful hues.
It can stand up to rough treatment.
If you are looking for a tough stone, then quartzite should be on your list of options. It is more durable than glass and knife blades. It is also sturdier than soapstone, marble, limestone and granite.
Pro tip: If you find any “soft quartzite” then it is mislabeled or isn’t real quartzite.
Quartzite is also resistant to acids from lemon juice, vinegar and other foods or substances.
Some quartzite needs sealants, and other types do not need treatment. If you do choose quartzite, learn what you need to do to maintain it before it is installed.
How to test if the quartzite is real or an imposter.
First, use a sharp edge on the quartzite and scratch it across the glass. If it cuts the glass, then it is real, if not, then you have an imposter.
Next, use a knife to cut the surface of the stone. If the knife doesn’t leave any scratches, then it is real, if not, then you have an imposter.
Finally, try the etching test. Pour a small amount of lemon juice or vinegar on the surface. If the area looks duller or darker than the rest of the surface, then you have an imposter, if not, then congratulations, you found the real quartzite.
This stone doesn’t need to be a big mystery. Just keep in mind, whatever surface you choose for your kitchen or bathroom, just make sure it is appropriate for your lifestyle.
Are you ready to come to our showroom to look at quartzite and other types of stone? Great! First, download our guide for measuring the surface of your countertops so we can provide you with an accurate quote. Then, visit us at 3066 Highway 62 Service Road in Newcastle, Oklahoma.