Quartz and Quartzite Countertops
Quartz and quartzite countertops both represent excellent options for homeowners who are looking for durable and attractive kitchen countertops – and at Peoria Countertops, we’re totally prepared to deliver a wide range of solutions that will leave you absolutely delighted with your new kitchen design. All of our quartz and quartzite countertops are made from high quality materials and first-class fabrication processes, so you don’t ever need to worry about receiving a subpar installation if you decide to trust in our company. Read on below for further information on these materials, and why they might be just what you’re looking for. Of course, if you have a clear image of what you want, give us a ring and we’ll see what we can do for you.
Quartz vs. Quartzite
With names like quartz and quartzite, somebody could easily fall into the trap of believing that they’re the same material – but that certainly isn’t the case. While they share a lot of physical properties, they’re certainly distinct from one another. The main difference between the two is that quartzite is a natural stone and quartz is a man-made material. Quartz does use quartzite in the manufacturing process, but it’s used alongside other contributing elements like resin, pigments, and even bits of glass. Whichever option you go for, you’re going to get a fabulous looking kitchen countertop.
Manufacturing Diverse Looks
If you decide to go with quartz, you’re going to gain access to a wide range of aesthetic looks which isn’t likely to be available through quartzite. Because the manufacturing process involves binding quartzite with an array of other materials, there’s quite a bit of flexibility in what the final outcome will look like. You can choose from lots of different colors and patterns to suit your needs, and this means you also have greater control over the rest of your kitchen design (like the kitchen cabinets, floors, and walls).
There are plenty of qualities that are common between quartz and quartzite, but there are definitely some reasons that you might want to consider one or the other. For one, quartz is a slightly less expensive option, and a drastically cheaper option if you’re going for a custom built countertop. This is because the cutting process for quartzite is more extensive. On the other hand, if you want a natural stone look then quartzite really is the best option – even if quartz countertops have done an excellent job at replicating such aesthetics in recent years.
Both of these materials are really quite durable, and you should expect them to last for many years without noticing and significant decay or damage – especially if you keep up with consistent maintenance and upkeep. Of course, they’re not just going to stand up to chips and scratches, they’ll also hold up against liquid spills that might prove problematic for other surface materials. That means no stains and thus no big clean ups required, just enduring quality in the years ahead.