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Quartzites are not the same as Granite for your Kitchen Countertops

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With the new stylistic choice in countertops being light grey and white stones, a multitude of quartzites are the most optimal materials to use. It should be noted that granite countertops differ largely from quartzite and contains flaws you won't see in granite. Many selections to choose from include: Taj Mahal, Sea Pearl, Mother of Pearl, White Macaubas, Fantasy Brown and Symphony. More cream- and beige-colored ones include Nacarado and La Dolce Vita.

Whereas granite is an igneous rock found more abundantly than quartzite, deep in the earth's crust, providing the base for the many continents' sedimentary rock, quartzite consists of a larger volume of quartz than granite; under heat and pressure combined, quartzite is formed from sandstone and quartz, and with the amount of pressure undergone, empty grains of sandstone are stuffed with quartz. This means quartzite is actually harder. On the Mohs scale of hardness, from 1 to 10 with 10 being the hardest, granite measures in at around 6-6.5, and quartzite measures in at approximately 7.

The principle flaw you'll find in quartzite is its tendency to etch in certain areas of countertops. Etching, or cutting and scratching into unprotected surfaces due to acid or other other substances, can be prevented by hone finished stone rather than polish finished. Honed countertops are not reflective, unlike polished, but it's more difficult to polish stone the harder it is. Because honed stone is smoother and flatter than polished, this can help prevent etching. While not as glossy as a polish surface finish, honed surfaces on harder materials are much more durable for quartzite kitchen countertops.

When in need of a premium kitchen countertop, Marble and Granite can help give you the results you've always wanted. Whether it's for quartzite or granite countertops, at you can find the most reasonable and simple pricing for products, as well as locate fabricators and find dimensions that match your project. Visiting our warehouses in Westwood, MA or Milford, CT can offer you the option to browse through our products in person. The perfect countertop project can never be completed halfheartedly. Marble and Granite will make sure everything is handled with the professionalism and quality you deserve.


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Posted @ Monday, May 20, 2013 7:17 AM by carrara mosaic tile
We are shopping kitchen cou treetop materials in South Florida. 
we set out today to see granite, but fell in love with a slab of Taj Mahal Quartzite. we could not be given the prices, as we were told we would receive those via our contractor. 
I have been "googling" for hours, trying to come. Up with approximate cost comparison for a good quality granite vs. Taj Mahal quartzite. 
Can you offer any approximate idea of the comparison?
Posted @ Saturday, June 22, 2013 4:11 PM by Beth
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Posted @ Tuesday, June 25, 2013 2:19 AM by carrara mosaic tile
Looking for a 72" Fantasy White marble vanity top with double undermount rectangular bowls.
Posted @ Monday, July 01, 2013 11:17 AM by ed Zak
I'm looking where to buy white macaubas quartzite in Miami nobody seems to have that!!!
Posted @ Friday, August 23, 2013 3:37 PM by Josee Dubois
Would you recommend Quartzite for a outdoor Grill top?
Posted @ Wednesday, September 18, 2013 10:06 AM by Lora
To Lora: it depends on the weather climate and if it is covered or not. Typically a Canadian granite is great for outdoor applications. Take a drive through a cemetery - those are great options!
Posted @ Monday, September 23, 2013 6:56 AM by Jonathan
Can you clarify? I think there is a typo in your first says that granite contains flaws you won't see in granite. Thank you the info :)
Posted @ Friday, April 11, 2014 4:32 PM by Vanessa
My quartzite counter etches and leaves rings and spots. What should I do to repair it and keep it from repeating? It is polished and I have a feeling perhaps it should have been honed but I didn't know I had that option.
Posted @ Thursday, April 24, 2014 1:38 PM by Louise
Looking to use Taj Mahal quartzite on my counters and backsplash. Would you place it behind a 6 burner stove?
Posted @ Wednesday, June 11, 2014 11:45 AM by Nancy
To reverse etching you need to contact a stone restoration company. They will be able to assist you. Having the entire surface honed does not stop etching but it certainly makes it less noticeable. I hope this helps! 
Posted @ Wednesday, June 11, 2014 11:51 AM by Maureen Duffy
You certainly can use Taj Mahal – the only thing you need to consider is the room you have behind the stove and what thickness will be needed. 
Good Luck! 
Posted @ Wednesday, June 11, 2014 11:58 AM by Maureen Duffy
Hi there, thanks for this great blog post! I am thinking of using quartzite for an outdoor countertop that is adjacent to a grill. I'm in the northeast, so it would be exposed to sun in the summer and freezing temps in the winter, and it's uncovered so precipitation is an issue as well (although I would probably cover the counter when not in use). Would granite be a better choice or is honed quartzite okay to use? Thanks in advance for any advice!
Posted @ Thursday, July 03, 2014 7:45 AM by Lilly
Thanks for the question... Although quartzite is a very durable natural stone, it is typically used for exterior applications in warmer climates. Also, quartzite may contain calcium carbonate which could result in etching if there is any acid rain present. Therefore the most durable product to use is a granite. A clue as to which granite types tend to hold up best outdoors – drive by your local cemetery! 
Posted @ Thursday, July 03, 2014 9:07 AM by Maureen Duffy
I'll be purchasing approximately 130 square feet of countertop for my kitchen, wet bar and bathrooms. I love Taj Mahal but at $100/sq foot it is too costly for me. A local granite dealer (Southwest Florida) suggested a less expensive stone, Taj Milan which looks very similar to Taj Mahal. She informed me that it has less quartzite and more marble in it than Taj Mahal but that it is fine to use in the areas we were planning on as long as it is well sealed.  
I love the look of it and it is approx. 1/2 of the price of Taj Mahal. I can't find any information on a stone called Taj Milan. Is this a real stone? If it is real, is it okay to use in the kitchen, wet bar and bathrooms? 
Please help!
Posted @ Wednesday, December 10, 2014 8:43 PM by Lynn
Hi Lynn,  
Unfortunately in the stone industry there are not copyrighted names of stone. This allows any distributor to rename any stone. Most reputable distributors use the name that is given at the quarry. The important thing to understand is the specific category of stone this "Taj Milan" falls into. If it is a marble then it's basic chemistry is Calcium Carbonate. This means it is softer and can scratch more easily and it will etch (become dull) when it is exposed to acids (lemon, vinegar, wine etc...). If the stone is a quartzite it is much harder and less likely to scratch. Also quartzite has a basic chemistry of Silica which does not react with acids. However, all quartzite was once a sandstone before it went through a metamorphic change to become a quartzite. The reason we mention this is because sandstone can commonly contain some calcium carbonate which means quartzite may, or may not, contain the calcium carbonate. Therefore it is possible for quartzite to etch too just not as quickly. We hope this helps with your decision.  
Posted @ Thursday, December 11, 2014 7:51 AM by Maureen Duffy
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