WHAT IS QUARTZITE?
This is the very question that has been plaguing our industry these days. The scientific definition of quartzite is a metamorphic rock made almost entirely of the mineral Quartz.
Its geologic cycle starts from simple grains of sand, compressed over time to create sandstone. The sandstone then gets compressed and heated again causing the sand grains to fuse together forming the durable rock we call quartzite. This is not to be confused with the manufactured product people are now calling quartz.
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There is a misconception that quartzites do not need to be sealed but the need for a sealant is determined by the porosity of the stone. Just because a stone is labeled a quartzite does not mean it will not absorb water or oils. Due diligence is needed when determining what type of quartzite you are going to use. See our Blogs & Articles Page for additional quartzite information…