A common question we’re asked is, what’s the difference between quartz and quartzite? Based on the name they sound like they’d be similar, but they actually have quite a few differences.
One of the biggest differences is that quartzite comes directly from the earth and is 100% natural, while engineered quartz is a manufactured product. Natural quartz is the main mineral in all quartzite, although some types contain small amounts of other minerals, which give the stones their varying colors and patterns. Engineered quartz is made from quartz particles that are bonded together with resin, pigments, and other ingredients.
Different resin and quartz mixtures can be used to create a wide variety of colors and patterns. Since quartzite is completely natural it’s made through geological processes over millions of years; engineered quartz is created in a mold. The appearance of quartzite and quartz are quite different as well. Quartzite can often be mistaken for marble or granite, due to its coloration, veining, and patterns. Since quartz is engineered, it can be made to look like any type of stone.
How Should I Choose?
Both types of stone are strong and durable, but they do have different uses and care. Quartzite can be used both indoors and outdoors, while engineered quartz should only be used for indoor projects. Quartzite is porous and less dense than quartz, so it requires sealing to prevent staining. Engineered quartz is non-porous and requires very little maintenance. It doesn’t need to be sealed but it does require protection from high heat and sunlight. You should also avoid abrasive cleaners and scouring pads when cleaning it.
If you’d like to learn more about quartz and quartzite or see the difference yourself, contact Artistic Stone! We can help you select the perfect material for your project.