Quartzite Countertops in Leawood, Kansas
If you’re looking for an alternative option to marble because it doesn’t quite make the cut due to your budget, quartzite is a perfect choice. It looks so much like marble that it’s difficult to see or feel the difference. However, while quartzite resembles the look of marble, it’s actually a harder stone, which means you get the look and feel of marble without the maintenance or price.
Leawood, Kansas Quartzite Countertops
We specialize in designing and building custom quartzite fixtures and countertops and proudly offer customers in the Leawood region customized, high-quality workmanship for the best quartzite countertop prices.
Gaumats International proudly serves clients in the Leawood, KS region. Leawood is a family-friendly city and recognized by Alarms.org as the safest city in Kansas. Venues such as Ironwoods Park offers families plenty of activities. With 115-acres featuring walking trails, cabins, playgrounds, and a nature center, there’s plenty to keep the entire family entertained.
What is Quartzite?
Quartzite is a natural rock that occurs from the metamorphosis of sandstone, which means it’s hard and non-foliated. Unlike quartz, which is an engineered stone, quartzite was originally pure quartz sandstone.
Quartzite is the perfect option for countertops, vanities, bathrooms, backsplashes, wet bars, kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks, and many other design fixtures. Gaumats International always works one-on-one with its clients to determine the best color, design, and style of quartzite countertops or fixtures for their home.
There are multiple benefits of quartzite countertops. Because it is harder than granite and other popular stones, it’s a more durable option. Many slabs are also less porous than stones such as granite or marble, making it both stain and scratch resistant.
When compared to marble countertops, quartzite bears a close resemblance, making it a popular option for homeowners who love the classy, elegant look. Many quartzite slabs are stronger than marble, so etching and scratching are less of an issue. Although, some quartzite may be labeled as “soft,” and etching could be an issue, sealing your quartzite countertops will help to keep them looking brand new.
Quartzite Countertop Colors
Because quartzite is a natural stone, varying colors, shades and styles are somewhat limited when compared to engineered stone. That basically comes with the territory when you consider using natural stone as a fixture in your home. But, because of how quartzite is formed, you may be surprised at the number of varying shades. Many of the colors are a natural and earthy cream, white, or beige shade. There are also shades of grey, black, brown, green, yellow, blue, and even red quartzite.
Caring for Quartzite Countertops
Quartzite is a great option for high-traffic areas in the home like the kitchen or bathroom. To keep quartzite counters clean, all that’s needed is to wipe them down daily with a soft, damp towel or sponge using a little pH balanced dish soap. Spills should be cleaned up immediately to avoid staining, even if your counters have been sealed.
You should never use any harsh chemicals to clean your countertops because you risk stripping the sealant and causing damage to the actual stone. It can also make quartzite countertops appear duller. Although mostly scratch resistant, it’s better to use a soft towel or non-abrasive sponge to wipe your counters down.
Quartzite Pros and Cons
- Durable and strong
- Looks like marble
- Not as expensive as marble or other natural stone options
- Etch resistant
- Scratch resistant
- Some grades are non-porous
- Heat resistant (to a point)
- Resistant to UV-rays
- Some grades are softer so may be susceptible to scratches from knives (using a cutting board will eliminate this)
- Softer grades may be more porous, making them susceptible to stains (sealing your countertops will help)
- Because it’s a natural stone, color options may be limited
Gaumats International was formed by a husband and wife team – Apul and Daisy Gaumat – in 2005. The company has remained true to its foundation, which is to help homeowners transform their living space into something they are proud of.
We are passionate about helping our clients choose the best stone for their style and budget, and then designing and installing it. All our countertops and other home fixtures such as bathroom vanities or fireplaces, are hand-crafted and installed with the utmost of quality and care.
We house beautiful slabs of quartzite from across the world and each project is custom fabricated in our state-of-the-art facility. Our customers have always been and always will be the cornerstone of our business and we continually strive to provide the best experience and high-quality products at affordable prices.
If you live in the Leawood region and are interested in a quote for custom-designed quartzite countertop or vanity, contact us today at 816-847-8228.