Image: Los Roques Quartzite from Granite Terra
You look for alternative, popular and trend options when you decide on your next renovation project. Everyone has some ideas on stones such as granite and marble, however, there are also some lesser known natural stones such as quartzite. Quartzite and quartz are sometimes mixed with each other but they are actually very different. Quartz is an engineered material whereas quartzite is a natural stone.
Quartzite has been becoming more popular among people as an alternative that satisfies the needs of many customers. One of the most distinctive features that highlight quartzite is its unique appearance that can be used in wide range of home decoration trends. This article will be focusing only on quartzite to help you understand the stone better.
As for the material, quartzite is actually made from sandstone. However, it goes through a process of intense pressure and heating to become its final state. Due to immense pressurization and heat, the finalized version is formed as an extremely strong and durable stone that has one of a kind appearance.
Quartzite slabs offer different range of colors and patterns as well as finishes to the customers. The color variety is almost endless but they are in generally more earthy and warm tones. Of course, there are some quartzites that have bolder color combinations that can enable a more dramatic outlook in the spaces that you use. Since it is a natural stone like marble, some pattern and color combinations can also resemble marble as well.
The crystalline structure the quartzite slabs have gives the slabs their unique touch. Besides offering different color and patterns, you can also have different finishes with your quartzite. The most popular finishes are polished and honed. You can always consult our professionals at Terra Granite about the options that you can have.
Another advantage of quartzite is that there are some slabs that can be used both indoors and outdoors as well. You can use it with decks, patios or outdoor fireplace and etc.
On the down side, even though it is a very strong material, quartzite can also wear out over time. As a natural stone, it needs regular sealing. This process of sealing helps to prevent possible stains, scratches and more importantly chipping. By sealing the natural stone carefully, you ensure to have a longer lasting product. Stains generally occur due to the porous nature of the natural stones. Even though, quartzite is less porous compared to other natural stones, it still tends to stain if not sealed properly. Also, it is important to clean up any spills or stains right after it occurs to maintain the best of your quartzite.
Terra Granite offers a wide range of quartzite slabs for your personal taste. Please visit terragranite.com to see some of the most popular quartzite slabs that we have or visit our store in Houston, TX for even more information and professional help.
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