Last week I went on an “out of office” fieldtrip to help photograph a project we installed for Weinhardt & Logan Law Firm. The wall is made of Taj Mahal quartzite (fancy) that is cut into large subway tiles; it can be found in their newly remodeled office on Grand Avenue. It’s gorgeous in person and fits perfectly with the style of their remodel. As we were photographing this stunning display, the question came up…What is Quartzite? Better get out your college ruled notebooks because you are about to get schooled on quartzite!
-Quartzite is a metamorphic rock that was originally sandstone before heat and compression fused the sand grains together creating a large network of crystals. Think of this stone as having a double process because it has to go from mineral to sandstone, from sandstone to quartzite. Because of its unique make-up, and breath-taking patterns, quartzite can be priced higher than granites, marbles and other stones.
-Quartzite is a genuine stone that is quarried from the earth and is typically found in shades from white to gray. But other material can add colors to the mix. For example our quartzite wall has a bit of orange and rust colors mixed in probably from iron oxide being present during the heating process. Other shades like pink and red have also been found.
-Quartzite can be confused with granite, but their formation processes are different; granite has a one step process, and we know quartzite has two (mineral to sandstone, sandstone to quartzite). While quartzite is more durable than marble, is not as durable as granite, it can etch, and is more porous than granite. It has a little more maintenance than your typical granite top, but with this type of view, the tradeoff is well worth it!
-If you have been looking to use natural stone in your latest project, you have probably come across quartz products like Zodiac, Cambria, Silestone, etc. It’s easy to get “quartzite” and “quartz” products confused, but they are very different. MSI Stone best explained the difference:
“Quartz alone is a mineral of the gemstone world. It varies in color – amethyst likely the most well-known. As an engineered stone, quartz is one ingredient and the other resin. The resin fills in the pores of the quartz and makes it stronger.” – MSIstone.com
Quartz products are usually made with around 90% quartz so they are considered a natural stone; they are non-porous and just as strong as genuine stones like granite. Quartzite slabs are not mixed or filled with resin or any other man-made materials and because it is cut right out of the earth, each slab is positively unique.
All in all this beautiful stone is a natural wonder and it’s easy to see why it’s desired for wall cladding, mosaics, countertops and more. If you want to use quartzite in your next project, come talk to us and we’ll get you set up. Thanks to MSIstone.com for the great information, you can read their entire article about Quartzite here.