Most quartzite used in kitchen countertops and bathroom vanities can be found and mined in Brazil. It’s often the rock that is found at the crest of mountain ranges as exposed bedrock. Little or no soil cover it. It’s tough and durable enough to withstand weathering & erosion.
Quartzite is also one of the most chemical resistant rocks found on the face of the earth. This makes it the perfect material for countertop fabricators in Kansas City.
What Is a Granite Countertop Made Of?
Quartzite is a hard, non-foliated metamorphic rock which was originally pure quartzsandstone.Sandstone is converted into quartzite through heating and pressure usually related to tectonic compression within orogenic belts. Pure quartzite is usually white to grey, though quartzites often occur in various shades of pink and red due to varying amounts of iron oxide (Fe2O3). Other colors, such as yellow, green, blue and orange, are due to other mineral impurities.
No two slabs are exactly the same. It’s durable and veining varies from slab to slab and it has that depth that you see in granite. If stone is your favorite, natural quartzite could be a good choice for you. It already is for countertop fabricators in Kansas City.
The veining creates elegant movement and the neutral colors complement any design. It’s luxurious and durable stone. Perfect for upscale-elegant countertops that is unmatched by any other stone countertop.
Currently, SCI is stocking 1 quartzite color – Taj Mahal. It’s a price Group 9 and is sold by the square foot. Come in and see a full slab in our professional showroom at 12800 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Shawnee, Kansas.
If we don’t have the material color that you’re looking for… it’s likely we can get it. We call it “Hand Select”.
“Hand Select” are usually specially ordered and sold by the slab.
Stocked Quartzite (Natural Stone)
Group Nine Quartzite (none at this time)
Hand Select Quartzite (Natural Stone)
Special Orders or Discontinued Colors
Edge Profiles (Quartzite Countertops)
Advantages of a Quartzite Countertop
Quartzite will not depreciate with time and will continuously add value to any property where they are installed. Unlike synthetics, quartzite presents a surface depth that seems almost three-dimensional. It has a luminance that’s absent from other surfaces. Regardless of its finish, quartzite creates an immediate impression of elegance, and is considered a definite plus on any real estate broker’s checklist. This is a popular choiCe for countertop fabricators in Kansas City.
Quartzite Adds Value to Your Property: 94%
Quartzite Color Options & Consistency: 80 (B-)
Quartzite is Affordable: 93%
Qurtzite is Easy to Maintain: 85 (B)
Quartzite is Durabile: 98 (A+)
Quartzite is Resistant to Heat: 92 (A-)
Quartzite Can Be Repaired: 81 (B-)
Contact SCI – Countertop Fabricators Kansas City
Come experience our beautiful show room in Shawnee, KS. We’re happy to give you a tour of our facility. If you have a quick question, feel free to give us a call. We look forward to introducing you to the quality craftsmanship of Johnson County’s top natural stone fabricator – SCI.
In the United Kingdom, a craggy ridge of quartzite called the Stiperstones (early Ordovician – Arenig Epoch, 500 Ma) runs parallel with the Pontesford-Linley fault, 6 km north-west of the Long Mynd in south Shropshire. Also to be found in England are the Cambrian “Wrekin quartzite” (in Shropshire), and the Cambrian “Hartshill quartzite” (Nuneaton area). In Wales, Holyhead mountain and most of Holy island off Anglesey sport excellent Precambrian quartzite crags and cliffs. In the Scottish Highlands, several mountains (e.g. Foinaven, Arkle) composed of Cambrian quartzite can be found in the far north-west Moine Thrust Belt running in a narrow band from Loch Eriboll in a south-westerly direction to Skye.
In Canada, the La Cloche Mountains in Ontario are composed primarily of white quartzite. The highest mountain in Mozambique, Monte Binga (2436 m), as well as the rest of the surrounding Chimanimani Plateau are composed of very hard, pale grey, precambrian quartzite. Quartzite is also mined in Brazil for use in kitchen countertops.
When sandstone is cemented to quartzite, the individual quartz grains recrystallize along with the former cementing material to form an interlocking mosaic of quartz crystals. Most or all of the original texture and sedimentary structures of the sandstone are erased by the metamorphism. The grainy, sandpaper-like surface becomes glassy in appearance. Minor amounts of former cementing materials, iron oxide, silica, carbonate and clay, often migrate during recrystallization and metamorphosis. This causes streaks and lenses to form within the quartzite.
Orthoquartzite is a very pure quartz sandstone composed of usually well-rounded quartz grains cemented by silica. Orthoquartzite is often 99% SiO2 with only very minor amounts of iron oxide and trace resistant minerals such as zircon, rutile and magnetite. Although few fossils are normally present, the original texture and sedimentary structures are preserved.
The term is also traditionally used for quartz-cemented quartz arenites, and both usages are found in the literature. The typical distinction between the two (since each is a gradation into the other) is a metamorphic quartzite is so highly cemented, diagenetically altered, and metamorphosized so that it will fracture and break across grain boundaries, not around them.
Quartzite is very resistant to chemical weathering and often forms ridges and resistant hilltops. The nearly pure silica content of the rock provides little for soil, therefore, the quartzite ridges are often bare or covered only with a very thin layer of soil and (if any) little vegetation.
Solid surfaces withstands heat better than ordinary surface materials. However, all solid surface products will expand and contract with changes in temperature. Excess heat may result in scorching, cracking, or seam separation. We offer the following suggestions to avoid heat related issues:
Hot pots should never be placed directly on a countertop. Instead, place hot pots on an unused burner or on a solid trivet with rubber feet.
Portable appliances should be used with caution. This includes electric frying pans, deep fat fryers, portable woks, crock pots and the like. Such appliances should only be used on solid trivets with rubber feet. Items such as toasters and coffee pots generally do not generate enough heat to cause problems, but caution should be exercised. While portable appliances on rubber feet may seem harmless, such appliances can radiate an enormous amount of heat down onto the surface of the countertop. Place such items on a solid trivet with rubber feet.
Heat damage next to cook tops and ranges is possible, most often seen as cracks in corners or near the largest burners. Vent hoods or downdraft fans should be used while cooking as the constant air flow will help moderate hot spots. Oversized pots that cantilever past the edge of the range or cook top can also radiate excessive heat down into the countertop and should be avoided whenever possible.
Pots should not be allowed in close proximity to a back splash and high output burners should be used sparingly. Once a pan has reached the proper cooking temperature the heat setting should be reduced to prevent overheating.
Stains & Dirt
Use soapy water or an ammonia-based cleaning product, rinse and towel dry.
Wipe surface with a damp soft towel and wipe dry.
Occasionally wipe surface with a diluted 1:1 ratio or water and household bleach.
Spray stain with a household cleaner and wait for 30 seconds. Wipe surface with a damp soft towel and wipe dry. If stain persists, repeat process and if necessary refer to the directions for removing cuts & scratches.
Removing Cuts and Scratches Solid surfaces are completely renewable. You can remove minor cuts and scratches using the included Micro-Mesh finishing pads and following the instructions below:
For extensive or difficult repairs, or routine professional refurbishing, we suggest you contact SCI – Surface Center.
When used properly Micro-Mesh finishing pads will provide you with the best finish imaginable. No special tools are required and you will be able to achieve a matte to a high gloss finish without the use of water or buffing compounds making them perfect for minor repairs. First, test any repairs in an inconspicuous area.
Assess the severity of the scratch and begin with the finest grit finishing pad needed to remove the scratch.
Sand the scratch in a straight line, periodically switching direction by 90 degrees until the scratch is removed. If the pad you selected takes too long, try the next rougher grit finishing pad. To reduce dust during sanding, mist the surface with water and periodically rinse the finishing pad to remove residue.
Once the scratch is removed, clean the area with water and dry with a clean, soft towel.
Select the next lighter finishing grid pad and repeat the process.
Rub over a larger area to blend the repair area and avoid any low spots.
Continue the process using finer grit finishing pads and clean well between each step until the desired level of gloss is achieved.
Rinse out all pads and air dry before putting them away. Micro-Mesh pads are reusable!