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Understanding Quartzite

The Natural Stone Choice for Durable and Elegant Kitchen Countertops

At Rock Solid Tops, located in Minneapolis, MN, we pride ourselves on being experts in fabricating and installing natural stone countertops. Among the many materials we work with, quartzite stands out as a premier choice for homeowners looking for a blend of durability and elegance, with its reputation as a durable material that competes closely with quartz in terms of resistance to stains and chips.

This article will delve into what quartzite is, its benefits, and why it might be the perfect addition to your home.


What is Quartzite?

Quartzite is a natural stone that originates as sandstone. Through a process of intense heat and high pressurization within the Earth’s crust, the sandstone transforms into quartzite. This metamorphic rock is characterized by its hard, dense nature and typically displays a range of white to gray hues, although impurities can infuse it with other colors such as pink, red, yellow, green, and blue.

Its unique appearance and strength make it an ideal material for countertops. Unlike manufactured stones, it retains a natural look that is highly sought after for its organic and sophisticated aesthetics, making it one of the most popular countertop materials.


The Benefits of Natural Quartzite


1. Exceptional Durability

One of the primary benefits of quartzite is its exceptional durability and natural beauty. This stone is incredibly hard, often compared to granite in terms of strength, and is much harder than marble. Quartzite registers a 7 on the Mohs hardness scale, whereas marble is around 3-4.

This makes it scratch-resistant and resistant to etching, which is especially beneficial for kitchen countertops that endure heavy use, making it one of the most preferred countertop surfaces.


2. Heat Resistance

Quartzite is highly resistant to heat, making it a practical choice for kitchen countertops. You can place hot pots and pans directly on the surface without worrying about damage. This heat resistance also means the stone won’t easily warp or discolor from exposure to high temperatures.


3. Low Maintenance

Maintaining quartzite countertops is relatively straightforward. The stone is non-porous once sealed properly, which prevents it from staining and makes it resistant to bacteria and mold. Routine cleaning with mild soap and water is usually sufficient to keep it looking pristine.

It’s recommended to re-seal countertops annually to maintain their resistance to stains and moisture. To preserve the integrity of the stone, avoid using abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the surface.


4. Aesthetic Appeal

Quartzite, especially natural quartzite, offers a unique and stunning visual appeal. Each slab is distinct, featuring intricate patterns and veining that can rival the beauty of marble. The natural crystallization within quartzite can produce a sparkling effect, adding a touch of luxury to any space.

The broader dynamic color range of natural quartzite, compared to man-made quartz, along with its scarcity and high-end selections, makes it a more expensive option but ensures there is a quartzite slab to complement any design scheme.


5. Versatility

Beyond its use in kitchens, quartzite is versatile enough to be used in various applications throughout the home. It is suitable for bathroom vanities, flooring, wall cladding, and even outdoor applications due to its resilience against weather elements. Its versatility makes it an excellent investment for enhancing the beauty and functionality of multiple areas in your home.


Why Choose Rock Solid Tops for Your Quartzite Countertop Needs?

At Rock Solid Tops, our expertise in fabricating and installing quartz and quartzite countertops ensures that you receive a product that not only meets but exceeds your expectations.

Here’s why you should consider us for your quartzite countertop needs: Among the variety of countertop materials we offer, quartzite stands out for its marble-like appearance and durability, alongside other options like quartz, all requiring proper sealing and maintenance.

For more than 30 years, we have been experts in fabricating and installing granite, quartz, and a wide range of other stone and solid surface countertops. Whether your project is a small remodel or a large-scale development like multi-unit apartments, senior living facilities, student housing, restaurants, schools, or commercial buildouts, we promise timely, accurate, and professional service to make your vision a reality.

Each surface material has unique benefits, and we are here to help you select the best one for your specific needs. We offer personalized consultations at your home or commercial site to assist with style and design decisions. Following this, we ensure your project is fabricated and installed swiftly and efficiently.

We are well-versed in the latest trends and can recommend the ideal stone, colors, and manufacturers to match your vision and requirements, regardless of the project size or type—from small remodels to large-scale commercial buildouts.

You can trust your project is in good hands because we’re Rock Solid.


1. Quality Craftsmanship

With over 30 years of experience, our team has honed the skills necessary to deliver exceptional craftsmanship. In addition to natural stones, our expertise extends to engineered stone, showcasing our ability to craft countertops from a blend of crushed quartz crystals, resins, and pigments, which contain about 90% loose quartz. We carefully select high-quality natural stones and employ precise fabrication techniques to create countertops that are both beautiful and durable.


2. Personalized Service

We understand that every homeowner has unique tastes and requirements. Our personalized approach ensures that we work closely with you to choose the perfect quartzite slab and customize the fabrication to suit your space. Our goal is to bring your vision to life with a countertop that perfectly fits your style and needs.


3. Comprehensive Support

From the initial consultation to the final installation, Rock Solid Tops provides comprehensive support throughout the entire process. Our team is dedicated to ensuring that the installation is seamless and that you are completely satisfied with your new quartzite countertops.


4. Local Expertise

As a local company based in Minneapolis, MN, we are familiar with the specific needs and preferences of homeowners in the area. Our local expertise allows us to provide tailored recommendations and services that cater to the unique demands of our community.



Quartzite, along with quartz, is an outstanding choice for homeowners seeking a durable, heat-resistant, low-maintenance, and visually stunning natural stone countertop. Quartz countertops, on the other hand, are engineered stones comprising about 90% loose quartz, offering durability, a wide range of colors, and ease of maintenance, all at a competitive price per square foot.

At Rock Solid Tops, we are committed to delivering top-quality countertops that enhance the beauty and functionality of your home. With our expert craftsmanship and personalized service, you can trust us to provide countertops that are not only practical but also a true work of art. Contact Rock Solid Tops today to explore our range of options and transform your living spaces with this exceptional natural stone.


Here are some of the manufacturers you might be familiar with and links to their colors:




Aurora Blue Quartzite
Aurora Blue
Belvedere Quartzite
Azul Imperiale Quartzite
Azul Imperiale
Madreperola Quartzite
Allure Quartzite
Midnight Fusion Quartzite
Midnight Fusion
Dolce de Vita Quartzite
Dolce de Vita
Grace Bay Quartzite
Grace Bay
Sinfonia Quartzite
Taj Mahal Quartzite
Taj Mahal
Azul Maraubes Quartzite
Azul Maraubes
Crystal Ice Quartzite
Crystal Ice

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