Upgrading your home with any natural stone material makes a difference. Whether you add natural stone to your bathroom or kitchen, you can expect your home to be more aesthetically pleasing. However, choosing the perfect countertop material doesn’t only boil down to aesthetics. It’s also best to consider performance and your lifestyle. For example, some natural stones do better in high-traffic areas than others. Granite and quartzite countertops are both excellent choices. So, how do you decide which one is best? Here are some considerations.
Quartzite is Harder than Granite
Quartzite and granite are both durable and resistant to wear and tear. Quartzite crystalizes the sand grains and cement in quartz, making it a hard material. However, quartzite is slightly harder: quartzite forms when quartz-rich sandstone experiences heat, pressure, and chemical activity. This process is known as metamorphism.
Quartzite is Ideal for Traditional Kitchens and Bathrooms
Quartzite has a more neutral appearance. Therefore, it pairs well with traditional kitchens. Quartzite comes in white, silver, and light grey to match more muted kitchens or bathrooms. Quartzite countertops are optimal when you want a more luxurious appearance, and your cabinets are white or neutral.
Granite Provides Colorful Options
Unlike quartzite, granite has various color options ranging from black to white to red, blue, brown, and even flecks of green. A granite countertop can meet your needs if your style is unique and you want something a bit outside of the norm.
Quartzite Countertops are More Expensive
Quartzite is the more expensive material because it’s rarer. Another factor that affects is the square footage of the site. For example, if you want a large kitchen island designed or natural stone in the kitchen and bathroom, choosing granite would be more cost-effective. However, quartzite might not break the bank if you’re creating smaller surface areas.
So, What’s the Best Choice?
The final decision comes down to how durable you want your countertop, your style preference, and your budget. Quartzite is ideal for any homeowner who wants their countertops to have a classic and traditional appeal that will never go out of style. Both are excellent choices.
However, granite is undeniably the better choice if you’d prefer unique veining, variations, and colors. If you care about durability the most, quartzite is the better option. If you’re on a budget, go for granite.
If you still need to decide which way to go after reading this, give Rock Tops Fabrication a call today. Our custom fabrication experts would be happy to walk you through material and color selection and tell you all you need to know about taking care of natural stone countertops.
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