What is the difference between Quartz and Quartzite?

Quartz CountertopSelecting a countertop for your kitchen or bathroom remodel can be a significant task, especially as you attempt to weigh the pros and cons of your various choices.  Two very similar sounding options, Quartz and Quartzite, have become quite popular; but many people are unaware of the significant differences between the two.


Quartz is the name commonly used for Engineered Stone, which is a manufactured product that contains a significant amount of the mineral Quartz.

Quartz stones are a primary component of these countertops, along with resins and pigments, which is why people frequently refer to this engineered stone as ‘Quartz.’ This engineered stone is less porous than a natural stone, which makes it resistant to etching and staining and it generally requires less maintenance.






Quartz countertops are manufactured by many recognizable brand names such as Cambria, Silestone, Caesarstone, Corian Quartz, Honstone, Viatera, and Vicostone.  The manufacturing process makes the design or pattern of these Quartz countertops more predictable which makes choosing a specific slab for your project unnecessary.

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Quartzite Countertop

Quartzite, on the other hand, is a natural stone that is quarried from the earth, cut into large slabs, and eventually cut down further into countertops.

Many Quartzites are harder than granite and they can have striking patterns. They can create a very dramatic look in a kitchen or bathroom and because of these variations, it’s important to select the particular slab that you like best for your project.

Because Quartzite is a combination of quartz and limestone it is vulnerable to etching from acids such as citrus juice or tomato juice, and it does require regular sealing.

Quartz and Quartzite are just two of the many different options available for your kitchen or bathroom countertop.  Schedule a time to talk with a designer about all the aspects of your upcoming kitchen remodel, or register for an upcoming educational webinar to learn even more about creating your ideal kitchen or bathroom. You can also follow Normandy on Facebook or Instagram to learn even more tips and tricks to prepare for your remodel.

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For the Love of Pets – Remodeling with your Furry Friends in Mind

doorless shower with subway tile and patterned floor tile with matching niche for pet washingPets are treasured members of the family, and as such have a special place in our homes. When planning for a remodel, many families are sure to incorporate the needs of their four-legged family members. Just as each person has a designated place to eat, sleep, and bathe, it’s natural to create the same type of space for the family pet.

In the kitchen, the end of the island is a perfect place to create a dedicated location for your cat’s or dog’s water and food dishes.  By selecting a man-made quartz product as the surface surrounding the bowls it will resist water damage and be easy to clean.

Bathing your pet can be a back-breaking affair without the right set up. A walk in, doorless shower is ideal for sudsing up and rinsing down your favorite pooch. Alternatively, a sectioned off nook on the lower level of the home is a fantastic spot for a designated pet washing station. One family even had theirs built specifically for the family’s guinea pig.

Mudrooms or that unused space tucked under the stairs are also great places to incorporate a crate for your pet to feel safe and secure, especially if they get anxious around visitors. You can add organizing cubbies for their toys, grooming supplies, and favorite snacks to create a special space all their own.

If you plan to tailor your home to the unique needs of your family and pets you may benefit from a chat with a Designer. Schedule a time to talk about your renovation ideas or you can subscribe to our newsletter to stay on top of all the latest trends in remodeling. Follow our Pinterest and Instagram accounts for more design inspiration.

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