do you know the differences?
Whether you are a homeowner, designer or fabricator you probably come across the issue of the differences between quartz and quartzite. The names may be confusing, but they are extremely different materials, Natural Stones USA will explain to you. Quartzite is a natural stone extracted directly from nature, while quartz is a synthetic material made to look like a natural stone. Learn more about the differences:
Quartzite Quartzite is a relatively new natural stone in the market. Quartzite cutting was only possible using diamond wire from the 1990s, as it is one of nature's strongest materials. Its high durability results in a high performance product with an indefinite durability and can have eternal life. Therefore, quartzite is considered a worldwide trend constantly, ideal for kitchen countertops for its durability, or to decorate a room, bathroom or bedroom because of its unique beauty. For those looking for innovation, modernity and luxury, with quality assurance and resistance to stains and scratches, natural quartzite rock is the right choice.
Main qualities of quartzite for use in construction: • High mechanical strength. • High resistance to chemical action. • Fire and heat resistance. •Durability of the product. • Single color patterns.
Quartz Quartz is an industrially created synthetic material to look like natural material. Like natural rock, quartz does not require much maintenance and has great mechanical strength. One of the greatest advantages of this material is the versatility of shapes and colors. But quartz has two disadvantages, the first is that precisely because it is an industrialized material, its shapes and colors are not exclusive to each project. The other disadvantage of quartz is that even if it resists a certain amount of heat, it is not fire-resistant and can be dangerous when installed in a kitchen.
Main qualities of quartz for use in construction:
• Heat resistance.
• Quartz is not porous, so it does not stain. • Variety of colors and shapes.
However, there is a differential that is important to emphasize in both materials. Quartz is resistant to heat, but not to fire or high temperatures. A kitchen worktop made of this material can withstand everyday use, but not in extreme cases or, if an accident occurs, it may burn. Watch the videos about this comparison below: