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Mar 2, 2017

Quartzite vs Limestone


Quartzite is becoming a highly sort after material for home projects. It is a fantastic option to mimic the appearance of marble but with the increased durability that is better suited for busy areas.
Posted by: David

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Let’s compare quartzite benchtop to a limestone benchtop.

Quartzite is becoming a highly sort after material for home projects. It is a fantastic option to mimic the appearance of marble but with the increased durability that is better suited for busy areas.

Quartzite is a form of sandstone that is formed through heating and pressure under the earth’s crust.

The intense heat and pressure of metamorphism causes the quartz grains to compact and become tightly interwoven with each other, resulting in a very hard and dense material.

Quartzite benchtop requires regular maintenance and biannual sealing is suggested to maintain its beauty. Quartzite has a distinguishable sparkling quality that sets it apart from other stones. It will add a unique design element to any room, and looks especially attractive in bathrooms.

Pure quartzite is primarily white or grey in colour; although many other more exotic shades are available as well.

Each slab has intricate veins with wavy swirling patterns. Quartzite is ideal for bathroom vanities, bath surrounds, fireplace surrounds, bar tops, wash stations and butler’s pantries. It can also be used as a kitchen benchtop but will need to be well-maintained to preserve its quality.

Limestone is an organic sedimentary rock that is formed from the remains of tiny shells and micro skeletons deposited on the seabed. It is better suited for low traffic areas like master bathroom vanities and wash stations.

We recommend sealing limestone four times per year, whereas, quartzite requires only twice per year. Limestone typically comes in natural colours.

Limestone will look fantastic as a bathroom vanity or bath surround because it provides a beachy look from impressions left on the stone by aquatic fossils and shells.

Overall, quartzite has unique shimmering appearance that can be used in high moderate traffic areas while limestone provides an attractive beachy look that is best for low traffic areas.

Quartzite requires sealing twice per year, whereas limestone will need to be sealed between two to four times per year because it is more porous.