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The Difference Between Quartzite and Granite

Difference Between Quartzite and Granite 

These two stones are very similar and often compared because of their toughness and durability.  Quartzite is a metamorphic stone that is formed when quartz-rich sandstone is altered by heat, pressure and chemical activity of metamorphism. It comes in light gray and white, which is a popular choice in today’s neutral kitchen designs.  An additional bonus is that it looks like luxurious marble. 

Granite, on the other hand, is an igneous rock, which is formed by the cooling and solidification of magma or lava.

The most noticeable difference between the two stones is that quartzite, although slightly harder than granite, has a flaw you won’t see in granite. Etching. 

Etching is damage to the service that leaves a dull mark on the natural stone. It happens when acidic substances come in contact with the surface of countertops, floors or anywhere you may have the natural stone. 

Culprits that are known to cause etching are lemons, soda, and some cleaning products. There can be calcium carbonate present in some quartzite, which can cause some localized etching.  However, don’t be discouraged from choosing quartzite. A honed finish over the polished finish or a stone sealant will add an extra layer of protection.

The images below represent Quartzite on the left and Granite on the right. Both are equally stunning.