Created by the metamorphism of pure quartz sandstone, Quartzite is an extremely hardwearing and resistant stone. In our Guide to Quartzite, you'll find out how the stone is made, where it comes from and how to care for your tiles in your home.
Formation of Quartzite
Quartzite is a non-foliated metamorphic rock that is formed by the metamorphism of pure quartz sandstone. The intense heat and pressure of metamorphism causes the quartz grains to compact and become tightly interwoven with each other, resulting in a very hard and dense material.
Production of Quartzite
Quartzite is quarried in sheets in countries such as India, China, South Africa, USA and Canada although here at Topps Tiles, we source all our Quartzite from India. These sheets are then cut to size by machines and then hand split to the required thickness.
The quartz composition in the sandstone creates a glossy lustre which can create a delicate sparkle in certain lights.
Benefits of Quartzite
The density of Quartzite makes it extremely hardwearing and therefore resistant to physical and chemical weathering as well as erosion.
Did You Know?
Traditionally used as slabs to cover walls and floors, Quartzite is becoming more popular as a dimension stone in the construction industry.
To keep your stone in top condition, we recommend protecting the tiles once laid. Please see our Protector Guide which outlines which protector your stone requires.
What different finishes are available?
A natural riven finish is the most popular style of Quartzite, however it can also be honed, polished and brushed.
Why is it important to seal Quartzite tiles?
Although Quartzite is very hard and durable, sealing the surface enhances its life and protects it from staining as well as everyday wear and tear.
How should these tiles be sealed?
Once laid, Quartzite needs to be sealed to avoid staining. For an initial clean after grouting use a residue remover (we sell one for polished and one for unpolished tiles). Allow the product to work by leaving it on the tile for at least 10 minutes and then use an emulsifying pad to remove the grout residue.
If the Quartzite has a particularly textured surface and some residue remains it may be due to the polymer within the grout, these needs to be softened with an alkaline detergent such as a Tile and Stone Stain Remover.
To protect your Quartzite, we recommend you use a protector. Our matrix here will help. Apply with a brush or roller and allow each coat to dry thoroughly.
How much does this stone material naturally vary? And why?
Like all natural materials, the variation in colour and texture occurs during the formation of the stone; it can be controlled during production but cannot be eliminated. We recommend dry laying your tiles prior to fitting to ensure you're happy with the variation.
What size tolerance should there be on this stone if any?
Tolerances in dimensions for Quartzite are +/- 1.5mm. The variation in thickness on a calibrated tile is around +/- 3mm.