Quartz countertops are a man-made product. Most of the materials in quartz tops are naturally occurring. They are created by combining natural quartz and minerals with chemical resins and pigments. The manufacturing methods used ensure that the product is uniform and solid all the way though. Quartz countertops are considered maintenance free and durable. Wipe them off with soap and water to keep them looking their best. Moisture, dirt, and contaminants will not penetrate the non-porous surface of quartz. The resins make quartz a hard, but not too brittle, material which is why it is difficult to scratch or chip. However, the resins that provide their tough exterior can be damaged by high heat. Quartz Countertops can be anything from simple patterns to complex imitations of granite or marble. The design options seem endless, from crisp clean looks with light and simple patterns to deep rich color with intricate designs. Quartz may be the right material to meet your specific demands. Having minimal downsides, low maintenance, durable beauty, and a plethora of design options, it is one of the most sought-after kitchen design features.
Quartzite is a naturally occurring metamorphic rock that is formed when sandstone is subjected to extreme heat and pressure beneath the earth's crust.
This natural stone is then mined, cut into slabs, polished, and sealed before being installed on countertops, backsplashes, and more. Featuring natural veining patterns, some quartzite closely resembles marble, but it is much more durable and requires less maintenance. As beautiful as marble yet harder than granite, quartzite makes a gorgeous and practical choice for kitchen countertops, with a super durable surface and a great selection of color choices. It is the hardest material you can get. Although quartzite is a highly durable surface, it is not indestructible. Stains can soak into the surface, so wipe up spills. A solution of mild dish soap and water are often the best way to clean quartzite countertops. Wipe them down with a damp rag and a drop of pH balanced dish soap.
Granite is an intrusive igneous rock composed of 25% - 35% quartz and over 50% potassium and sodium-rich feldspars, with a common accessory mineral of less than 20%, usually muscovite biotite or hornblende. There is a broad spectrum of granite colors ranging from almost pure white to nearly pure black. The color of Granite is governed largely by the feldspar, usually the most abundant mineral. During its formation, granite may also have been infused with other minerals, providing patterned movement and color.