Quartzite is harder than granite, which makes it an ideal surface for high traffic areas, but it is typically porous in nature. To keep quartzite looking its very best, it’s wise to seal the stone as required.
A quartzite slab isn’t the cheapest option, but it is great quality for your dollar. Its durability and beauty add value, but you can’t forget to account for installation costs in your final price. The larger and more complicated your design, the greater the price per square foot will be. Plus, as one of the hardest countertop materials available, it can be difficult for anyone who isn’t accustomed to working with it to cut and finish the material.
Some quartzites will be more expensive due to the rarity and local availability. You can commonly find almost pure white slabs with ghostly veining that greatly resembles marble. You can also find stones with pinks, greens, and blues, depending on the minerals found in the soil around where the stone formed.
Also, denser, less porous quartzite won’t necessarily carry a higher price tag. At the end of the day, the rarer slabs will almost always cost more. This is the same for all natural stone slabs, and it’s why it pays to take the time to look at as many samples as possible before making your decision.