Table Tops | What is Quartzite?
Quartzite is a metamorphic rock made almost entirely of the mineral quartz. It begins its geological life as sand grains, such as on a beach, desert dune, or riverbed. Over time, the sand grains become compressed and stuck together to form sandstone. If the sandstone gets buried ever more deeply underneath layers of rocks, it gets hotter and more compressed. With enough heat and pressure, the sand grains lose their original shape and fuse to their neighbours, forming a dense, durable rock
One of the appeals of quartzite is its hardness and durability. In addition, is that it will not etch from normal acids associated with eating, drinking and cleaning. Etching is caused by acids dissolving small areas on the surface of a slab of stone. Visually, granite has distinct flecks of darker colours in it, while quartzite has either no dark colours at all or has subtle, flowing areas of different colours. Quartzite combines the look of marble and the performance of granite.
Quartzite is inert enough to resist general weathering, therefore are not an issue for outdoor usage.
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