What Are Quartzite Kitchen Countertops?
Quartzite Kitchen Countertops are an exotic, naturally occurring metamorphic rock, created when sandstone is subjected to extreme heat and pressure. It’s stunning appearance can mimic that of marble, and can be even stronger than granite.
Quartzite countertops are best suited for areas that experience lots of wear and tear. Due to its combination of strength and beauty, however, quartzite is an excellent choice for any countertop. It will look fantastic for years in any room of your home.
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What is Quartzite?
Quartzite is usually white or light-colored because quartz sand is light colored. Additional minerals carried by groundwater can impart hues of green, blue, or iron-red.
Quartzite will not etch from acids like lemon juice or vinegar.
How Do You Know If Its Real Quartzite?
From the Natural Stone Institute: https://usenaturalstone.org/definitive-guide-quartzite/
“I know what you’re thinking. If the rock is sometimes mislabeled, then how do you know what it actually is? Thankfully, there is an easy test that anyone can do. It’s called the glass test.
Who should do the glass test? Everyone. People who sell quartzite should do it because they can easily find out if the rock is correctly labeled, and they can change the labeling if needed. Consumers should also do the glass test because not every showroom has read this article. It’s worthwhile to learn as much as you can about any stone you are buying (or selling).
How to do the glass test:
- Use a glass tile.
- Find a rough section of the stone, preferably a pointy edge.
- Put the glass tile on a table, then try to scratch the tile with the stone. Press hard.
- Inspect the scratch. Is it really a scratch? Or is it a powdered trail of crumbled rock?
- If the stone is variable and has more than one color or type of mineral in it, repeat the test in different places
What the results mean:
- Real quartzite will scratch glass easily. You’ll hear it grind and you’ll feel it bite into the glass. The resulting scratch will be obvious. Yeah! You’ve got quartzite!
- Non-quartzite will either leave no scratch or a very faint scratch. Often the rock feels slippery against the glass. It doesn’t make a noise. It leaves a powdery trail that rubs right off. Darn. Not quartzite. But aren’t you glad you know that now?”
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