Marble vs. Quartzite vs. Quartz – What’s the difference?

Marble

Available in solid white, solid black and a range of variety colors in the rose, yellow, gray, green, white and black spectrums. 

No two slabs are alike.

High heat resistant.

High maintenance but can be resealed every 6 months to protect it.

Retains water marks even after sealing.

Pouress, so it’s easy to stain (oil, coffee, wine, even makeup can leave permanent scars).

Quartzite

Pure quartzite is typically a white or gray shade, however quartzites may occur in a variety of colors depending on the presence of other minerals.

Similar, smooth aesthetic appearance as other natural stones like marble.

Durable, but less resistant to high heat.

Hard to duplicate veining pattern you get with genuine marble.

Approximately 20% to 40% more expensive than granite.

Doesn’t stain.

Quartz

Marble and quartzite are natural stones. Quartz countertops are engineered. They are fabricated from natural silicon dioxide and synthetic materials.

Quartz, because pigment can be added, is available in a much wider range of colors than natural stone countertops.

Durable, but not quite as hard as quartzite. The resin used in manufacturing quartz countertops can be prone to melting in heat above 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

Very little maintenance. Just clean with a damp cloth.

Less prone to denting and chipping than quartzite.

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