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Quartzite vs. Marble - New Trends for 2017

 

Here at Famosa, we know just how much our coastal californian clients love the look of a marble countertop. Whether it's in the kitchen or a master bath, white marble seems to put a classic and sophisticated touch on any design throughout a home.

Calacatta and Carrara reign high on our clients' lists of "must-haves" when they're looking to build or remodel their dream home, but lately we're noticing a new favorite in the mix - Quartzites.

Taj Mahal Quartzite Countertops | Designed by Carla Aston | Image by Tori Aston

Taj Mahal Quartzite Countertops | Designed by Carla Aston | Image by Tori Aston

So, what exactly is Quartzite, and what makes it so desirable ? 

Quartzite (not to be confused with Quartz) is a highly dense natural stone that originates from Sandstone. Through a metamorphic process triggered by extremely high amounts of heat and pressure, the sandstone is eventually transformed into the beautiful stone we know as Quartzite.

Super White Quartzite Countertops | Designed by Amrami Design Group

Super White Quartzite Countertops | Designed by Amrami Design Group

So, why are some deciding to make the switch from marble ? 

Well, marble is a timeless look that a lot of our clients are drawn to, but it doesn't always fit in with everyone's lifestyle from a maintenance perspective. Marble is a porous stone, meaning it can easily be stained and etched by acidic substances (red wine lovers beware!)

Although it's sealed after installation to help prevent staining, it's important to properly care for your marble to keep it looking gorgeous for years to come. 

Not everyone, though, wants to cringe every time their dinner guest sets down a beverage on their Calacatta Gold countertops without using a coaster, and that's why quartzite makes a great alternative.

What quartzite slabs provide is look that's similar to the movement of marble, with a density that's comparable to granite. That means that quartzite is much more durable, and less likely to etch and stain in comparison to marble.

That's why we're seeing an increasing desire for this gorgeous stone, and are predicting even more popularity in 2017. 

What are your thoughts on Quartzite vs. Marble? Let us know in the comments below! 

~ Famosa - The Sturface Studio