Choosing materials for a kitchen project is one of the most exciting aspects of the whole process. With many options and factors to consider, finding your dream kitchen worktops can be a bit overwhelming. However, if you’re looking for worktops that will truly stand out and make a statement in your kitchen, look no further than a quartzite. In this article, we’ll explore a few of the reasons why quartzite worktops have become an increasingly popular choice among homeowners seeking that ‘wow factor’ in their kitchen.
What is a Quartzite?
Quartzites are metamorphic rocks formed from sandstone subjected to intense pressure and heat over millions of years. This process results in the creation of a unique, durable stone. While quartzites are sourced worldwide, the vast majority of ours are quarried in Brazil – a country known for its stunning and diverse range of stone. It’s important not to confuse natural quartzite with engineered quartz, as they differ significantly. Both contain the same main mineral (quartz) but quartzites are crafted by nature, whereas materials like Arenastone are manmade.
The Natural Beauty of Quartzites
Quartzite worktops are bold, statement pieces that have the power to completely transform kitchens. Think of them as unique works of art created by nature, that are expertly crafted to suit your project. With huge variation in colour, pattern and veining, quartzites offer exceptional visual versatility. Whether you choose for a marble-like type such as Calacatta Firenze or a deep, glassy appearance like Grigio Mare, these remarkable stones promise to be the centrepiece of your space.
The Physical Properties of Quartzites
Durability and Strength: Thanks to their high natural quartz content, quartzites are hardwearing materials, making them suitable for areas exposed to everyday use.
Heat Resistance: Quartzites can withstand high temperatures, making it a safe and practical choice for your kitchen. However, we always recommend avoiding placing hot pans directly onto any worktops.
Water Resistance: Quartzites have varied porosities and do require sealing, a service we offer to ensure your worktops maintain their stunning appearance.
Looking After Your Quartzite Worktops
Quartzite Worktops are relatively simple to maintain. As with all our materials, regardless of their resistance, we recommend using trivets and chopping boards. This, along with avoiding strong chemicals and abrasive cleaners, will help you to treasure your quartzite worktops for years to come.
Choosing the Quartzite for You
Selecting any material for worktops involves some key considerations. Think about the texture: do you prefer the sleekness of polished stone or the more tactile feel of honed and satin finishes? Consider how the stone will complement your colour scheme; how will the stone look against cabinetry or tiles?
To make a well-informed choice, there’s no substitute for experiencing these materials in person. By seeing and touching full-size slabs, you can precisely visualise how the quartzite will be in your kitchen. You can even assemble your own moveable mood-board by holding your colour samples against the quartzites.
Discover Your Dream Quartzite Today
In summary, quartzite worktops are an excellent choice for those seeking to elevate their kitchen design. Their distinctive natural beauty is sure to impress guests and become the focal point of your home. Plus, their durability and versatility make them a practical choice too. If you’re in search of truly unique and one-of-a-kind worktops, be sure to preview the collection in our Stone Range. But with our natural stone selection now more varied than ever, there has never been a better time to visit and handpick your own one-of-a-kind worktops.