There is little doubt that quartzite is of the toughest of worktop surface choices with a huge quartz content of over 90%. Naturally durable and resistant due to its quartz content its appearances can be striking and colourful and some can be backlit. Often mistaken by name for the engineered quartz materials and sometimes tougher marbles have been misrepresented as quartzite, it is very important that you speak to a expert first to ensure that your quartzite is in fact a quartzite. Some examples are shown in the slides below, however, the choice of quartzite is natrurally large. Visit our showroom or contact us to tell us which quarztite you like by name or ask us to help you find your perfect quartzite
A Brazillian quartzite. Bianco Eclipse Quartzite varies in its patterning from soft to sharp veining and colouration from light grey to dark grey
Quartzite from Kosovo and Macedonia. Bianco Glacialle Quartzite is a clean bright white with swathes of grey veins. Bianco Glacialle can be backlit due to its clear quartz content making the grey appear a pinkish hue
An Italian quartzite, Cristallo Imperiale with its striking contrasting veins. Perfect for backlighting due to its crystalline transparency, this quartzite has been very popular in Harlow this year 2021
Macaubus quartzite is Brazillian in origin, with striking veins varying in intensity, also its sibling Calacatta Macaubus with larger veins. Light to mid grey with green, gold and brown infused colours
Brazilian Mont Blanc quartzite with a creamy white background, plainer than a Macaubus with lighter veining that is grey with a tinge of brown. Perfect for a bright soft and veiny kitchen worktop
Multicoloured and Exotic in appearance, Portomare quartzite is quarried in Brazil. With its eye catching blend of colours and patterns, this quartzite will become a focal point just like any colourful painting
Adorned with subtle but contrasting veins, Sea Pearl quartzite is quarried in Brazil. Sea Pearls smooth blend of colours of greys, browns and blue hues jump out against its pearlescent background
Creamy Taj Mahal Quartzite from Brazil has soft features. Wispy and feathery veins of subtle gold appear as though washed over the surface and left too dry into subtle tide marks or concentrated into pools
Much like Van Gogh's paintings, colourful but Brazillian, Van Gogh Quartzite varies incredibly in patterns and colours and striking cross veins. It is perfect as a showpiece or feature to add warmth to any room and gallery
The choice of quartzite materials is large and further choices can be made based on the appearance of each quartzite type. Our slides above provide 9 examples of commonly used quartzites, as you can see, the colours and patterns can be striking with the appearance similar to that of marble but much harder than natural granite. colours ranges are like that of a rainbow ranging from plain whites and creams through to busier, more exotic and colourful slabs like Van Gogh quartzite
Quartzite is commonly regarded as a metamorphic rock and is appropriately named according to its high quartz content and resulting hardness. Comprising of greater than 90% quartz, quartzite is the largest and purest concentration of silica in the earths crust. Quartzite is formed when Chert or Quartz Rich Sandstone is exposed to high temperatures and pressures through metamorphism, fusing the quartz grains together to form a dense, hard, equigranular metamorphic rock. To be classified as a quartzite, a metamorphic rock must contain at least 80% quartz by volume. Quartzite appearance is determined through the metamorphism process and the minerals within its environment.
Quartzite porosity is low due to its mineral content, however, sealing once a year is advised to help it maintain this quality. At mgm & Rocks Ltd we seal all quartzite surfaces before installation
Quartzite is tough with a mohs hardness of 7 to 8 (10 being that of diamond). Harder than granite that is 6 to 6.5 on the mohs scale, it is the high quartz content that relates to this tough materials hardness
Formed through extreme temperatures, it is no wonder heat and thermal resistant quartzite can withstand placed pots and pans, however, it is advised that trivets be used due to localised thermal shock
As a dense material, quartzite fairs very well to staining from chemicals and acids and should be able to withstand lemon on its surface for many days before any discolouration appears
Being almost twice as hard as glass, quartzite is extremely scratch resistant. Out of all engineered and natural stone worktop surfaces - quartzite definately takes the lead
Quartzite is as expected naturally resistant to sunlight and UV ray exposure, making quartzite a very good option for both indoor and outdoor worktops in direct, natural light without fading
The natural range of colours available vary substantially from each block cut from the quarry, as natural stone is cut from batches. It is advised projects requiring precise colour and pattern matching are quantizied carefully so that ordered surfaces are cut from the same block. Check with us in advance so that we can source the quartzite material colour of your choice, as some stone suppliers stock levels vary from day to day to meet demands of this popular material. If stock levels are low we can reserve your natural stone material for you for a limited time, or contact us about getting the slabs stored in our yard to prevent any possible stock issues later on.
Quartzite require little maintenance in contrast to alternative stone surfaces and only requires sealing only once a year to maintain its low porosity, antibacterial and anti mold aspects. Wiping the surface clean with a soft cloth and warm soapy water is all that is required to clean - it is the household cleaning chemicals and abrasives that should be avoided in all aspects of our daily lives and these only wear away the protective sealant layer. If you have a stubborn stain, try soaking it prior to wiping away before resorting to more aggresive cleaning methods.
There is little doubt that quartzite is of the toughest of worktop surface choices, however, there are several misconceptions regarding Quartzite. Yes, quartzite is tough and with all its amazing natural resistance it is not impervious and any extreme activity can and will mark the surface just like any other. It must be understood that all quartzites differences in appearances is due to all the minerals from the environment it was created and as a result the surface may vary in hardness and some areas or colours may mark easier than others - it is for this reason that sealing natural quartzite periodically is essential for the longevity and upkeep of this material.