Quartzite is an incredibly hard metamorphic rock. This page covers the geology of quartzite, care and maintenance tips and examples of the material in application.

Vegas Rock, one of the materials included in our quartzite selection, is a rare meta-quartzite and the world's only natural stone to have Silver Cradle to Cradle Certification from MBDC. Vegas Rock is quarried domestically and may contribute to LEED points. View project photography and learn more about Vegas Rock.

Geology of Quartzite

A metamorphic rock formed by the alteration of sandstone due to heat, pressure and chemical activity. The layers found within quartzite materials are very hard.

General Information

Due to the incredibly high abrasion resistance of quartzite it can be difficult to quarry and fabricate. This affects availability, fabrication lead times and cost. Some quartzites have high absorption ratings and will stain when exposed to oil and highly-pigmented liquids. Most quartzite has naturally occurring cracks and fissures.

Care + Maintenance Tips

  • Always seal quartzite prior to use.
  • Always check the absorption rating.
  • Expect to see factory-repaired cracks and fissures. The quality of the repair is dependent upon the factory of origin, the fabricator of the stone and the installer.

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