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Quartzite or Quartz Stone… WHICH is better?

Of late, Jess stone has been asked about the differences between these two, and this article written to answer those questions.

As quartzite has recently become a popular choice for homeowners, many didn’t realize there are some major differences in these stones.

The biggest difference between quartz and quartzite is that quartz is a man-made material, while quartzite is a natural stone. A quartzite is a naturally-occurring material that is formed from quartz-rich sandstone. Similar to granite, the beauty and elegance of quartzite is formed by millions of years of pressure, temperature, and natural erosion.

Quartzite typically comes in shades of white or light grey, but minerals in the stone can lend pink, gold, or reddish-brown hues.  

While the names are arguably similar, they both have fundamental differences, giving each stone a unique competitive edge.

Looking at each of these features will lend to its’ suitability in area of placement and usage.

QUALITIES OF Jess Stone AND QUARTZITE

At the most basic level, there may be truth to statements saying Jess Stone and quartzite are mostly the same. After all, they are both made from quartz.

However, that is also where the similarity ends.

The key difference between the two is the fact that Jess stone is engineered from quartz while quartzite is naturally-occurring quartz mined and manufactured in its natural state.

A Jess Stone Quartz countertop is engineered with the same quartz crystals found in quartzite, but a man-made process binds the crystal with resins, pigments, and other materials such as bits of glass. This process results in a very durable, non-porous countertop material that comes in a wide variety of colors and design.

Aside from the different composition of these two materials, the stylistic differences are quite striking as well. Quartzite is often mistaken for marble or granite, as it has the delicate veining of marble and similar coloration and patterning to some granite. Those seeking a natural look with lots of movement may prefer a quartzite countertop

APPEARANCE

Jess Stone is widely considered as one of the best manufacturers of quartz countertops because the quality of their manufactured quartz surfaces.

Jess Stone quartz certainly has no shortage of natural-looking surfaces. Among the Marble effects; Blanco Calacatta, Blanco Executive and among the Granite Series; Seashells, Altic White will definitely have you looking twice.

But when it comes to surfaces that look like natural stones, you have to look no further than actual natural stones for that unbeatable natural look.

Mined in its natural form, quartzite leaves nothing to be desired with their elegant patterns and unique colors.

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Jess Stone Quartz: Marble Series - Blanco Calacatta

VERSATILITY

The versatility and availability of their quartz countertops definitely tops the list of Jess Stone countertops pros and cons – and it’s definitely a pro. As an engineered stone, quartz is quite versatile. It comes in variety of shapes, colors, and patterns, making it one of the most versatile stones around.

On the other hand, there’s quartzite. Unlike quartz, quartzite is a natural stone. It is mined in its natural form, which greatly limits availability of certain colors and patterns. When it comes to a list of quartzite pros and cons, this is definitely a con.

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Jess Stone Quartz: Marble Series - Blanco Calacatta

DURABILITY & MAINTANANCE

Another big difference between Jess stone quartz and quartzite is the care routine and durability of each material. The binding process makes quartz extremely durable as it helps to extract air, making quartz a hard surface that is non-porous, and therefore resistant to chipping, scratching, and bacteria.

That makes Jess Stone countertops easy to clean. Surface top stains can be easily cleaned without aggressive methods for cleaning and maintenance.

Being non-porous means them are resistant to spills, stains, and even microbes.

Quartzite is a fairly hard stone, but it’s less dense than quartz and susceptible to easily staining in a heavy use area such as the kitchen. Quartzite requires sealing to prevent staining the surface, while quartz needs virtually no maintenance. 

Similar to granite and marble, they are prone to staining because most quartzite surfaces are porous. Various liquids could seep into these pores, which causes stains and could become a haven for bacteria and other microorganisms.

While some quartzite countertops can be non-porous, this will depend on the degree of natural metamorphosis the stones had underwent and where they were mined. Ask about this with your stone manufacturer during your visit to the showroom.

AFFORDABILITY

Natural stones are generally more expensive than quartz. The cost is mostly higher because you’re getting countertops that are naturally beautiful, with designs and patterns that are unique, with some being rarer to come by than most. Prices range from RM290 per sq. ft. and could go as high as RM590 per sq. ft.

Jess Stone quartzes, meanwhile, are generally more affordable than quartzite. Unlike natural stones, engineered stones are relatively easier to create, with some designs being somewhat reproducible. Most one quartz countertops could range between RM115 and RM300 per sq. ft.

Jess stone PROS AND CONS

PROS

  • Available in more colors and patterns
  • Non-porous; generally resistant to stains and microorganisms without sealant
  • Relatively high Scratch-resistance
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Does not chip or crack easily, extremely durable
  • Less expensive

CONS

  • Prone to discoloration with continuous exposure to sunlight
  • Not high in heat resistance
  • Most quartz countertops may require seams, especially for larger counters

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Jess Stone Quartz: Granite Series - Sea Shell

QUARTZITE PROS AND CONS

PROS

  • All-natural material; resembles marble
  • Has an earthy texture
  • Some Quartzite are very durable; resistant to scratches and acid
  • Heat-resistant
  • UV-resistant

CONS

  • Relatively more expensive
  • Limited choices
  • Requires sealing
  • Needs regular maintenance and care

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Jess Stone Quartz: Marble Series - Staturietto

WHAT’S THE BEST CHOICE FOR ME?

Choosing between Jess Stone quartz and quartzite is no easy task.

However, it helps to keep in mind the affordability, area of the stone placement and functionality in making your decision.

So if you love a plethora of choices and a reliable, consistent look to your countertops; or perhaps you’re searching for a durable material that won’t break the bank, quartz may be just the thing for you. 

However, if you don’t mind a little upkeep in exchange for a beautiful, one-of-a-kind natural appearance then quartzite is your thing.

Alternatives to quartzite we would suggest the elegance and beauty of natural granite and natural marble.

By taking the qualities provided above into consideration, you can have an easier time making a decision.

We serve anyone within KL and Selangor state. For a free consultation, give us a call at (017) 5660566 and we’ll be happy to assist you.