Yikes! How is one to understand, let alone decide, what is best for my countertops?
Well, first off, the ONLY product that is real natural stone is QUARTZITE. The others are a myriad of man- made products sold under numerous brands that are all made the same, with epoxies and stone chips. Great products, with super durability, but not natural stone and not without their own issues. Sold and fabricated by stone fabricators (including STONESHOP), they make a great alternative to natural stone.
Ahh, but Quartzite, the new kid on the block in the world of natural stone, has the desirable look and coloration of marble, but with durability more in line with granite. With many colors in shades of light grey and white, with veining similar to marble, Quartzite is stylistically very popular today.
But as every natural stone has unique characteristics, some Quartzite colors are prone to etching, that secret word in the world of natural stone that basically equates to dull spots. It is a more troubling issue with soft marble but also with some quartzites, those that have calcium carbonate content. So any food or product that is acidic (think vinegar, lemon juice, wine, soap, shampoo…the list goes on) will etch some colors of quartzite.
No amount of sealer will totally prevent this so how about considering a honed surface , to give the stone a matte finish right from the start. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em and embrace the natural aging !
With just a few protective measures, such as choosing a honed finish and a stone sealant for an extra layer of protection, quartzite can be a beautiful countertop that offers style, practicality, and longevity.
Know your fabricator, make sure that he has experience with quartzite and can explain the vagaries of the slabs you are considering. Good advice removes confusion and helps evryone make informed and confident decisions.
“A man should look for what is, not for what he thinks should be”…Albert Einstein