What do you think of when we say “quartzite tile”? If you’re up on the latest trends, you’ll know that quartzite and quartz are not the same thing, and in fact, quartzite is in many ways superior to quartz. We know, we know—can we really say superior? We think so! Quartzite tiles are the newest hit tile, and it’s easy to see why. Read on to find out more:
What’s Quartzite Tile, and Why’s It So Hot?
Quartzite is a natural stone, formed when sandstone experiences high heat and pressurization. Quartzite is extremely durable, extremely hard, and extremely beautiful. It’s full of small, individual pieces of quartz, which sparkle in the light.
In recent years, people who want the look of marble and the durability of granite have turned to quartzite tile. Its neutral color palette (typically greys, whites, and tans, with occasional pink, brown, and red streaking and patterning) and subtle sparkle make it a perfect fit for virtually any design.
Where Do People Use Quartzite Tile?
Quartzite tile is most often used for countertops in kitchens and bathrooms. Recently, there’s been growing interest in its use for feature walls and floors.
Pros of Quartzite Tile
- Extremely durable. Quartzite tile is second only to granite when it comes to durable stone tiles. High-quality quartzite tiles are resistant to scratches, heat, cracking, and breaking. When kept in good condition, quartzite will last for decades.
- Dazzling. Want the look of marble, with less maintenance? Enter quartzite tiles! These tiles remain within the light-neutral color zone, and their shimmering marbled pattern is downright dazzling in the light.
- Easy to maintain. Some forms of quartzite require yearly sealing, but most can go for much longer than that between seals. Like all stones, quartzite is porous, and spills should be cleaned up immediately. However, quartzite tile requires no special cleansers and is easy to keep clean.
Cons of Quartzite Tile
- Costly. Quartzite tile is typically on the high-end of stone tiles, which makes it a much more expensive choice than a ceramic or porcelain tile. However, you get what you pay for—a long-lasting, distinctive stone tile that few others are likely to have.
- Susceptible to water damage. Quartzite is a porous material, so it requires sealing. Some forms of quartzite need to be resealed each year. Ask your local tile flooring experts about regular maintenance needs before making your final decision.
- Limited color choices. Some stones offer a wide range of colors and patterns. With quartzite, you’re fairly limited in the grey-white-tan spectrum, with occasional color marbled throughout. If you’re looking for a dark or bright color, quartzite tile may not be for you.
Want to see how quartzite tile glitters in real life? You can find quartzite tile samples in our showroom! Stop by and our experts will be able to point you in the right direction.