Quartzite Countertops in Overland Park, Kansas
Quartzite is one of the hardest, most durable stone surfaces for countertops, which means it’s perfect for high-traffic areas such as kitchens or bathrooms. It resembles marble so much that it’s often hard to tell the difference, so for people who love the look and feel of marble but are looking for something more affordable that can withstand daily use and high temperatures, quartzite is a great option.
Overland Park, Kansas Quartzite Countertop
We specialize in custom quartzite surfaces and countertops and proudly offer customers in the Overland Park region customized, high-quality workmanship for the best quartzite countertop prices.
Overland Park has over 173,000 residents and continues to grow. A great place to raise a family, Overland Park has multiple outdoor parks and other recreational venues. It’s also home to the Sprint World Headquarters Campus. Parks such as Shawnee Mission Park offers visitors nature and hiking trails, boating, fishing, a swimming beach, picnic areas, bon fire areas, a playground, a marina, disc golf, mountain biking, a dozen shelters, and more.
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. Gaumat’s International is passionate about helping people make their house a home and we work one-on-one with clients to determine the best color, design and style of quartzite countertops.
There are many 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, 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, but may be on a budget or may have small children or large families and are concerned about a softer stone in their kitchen or bathrooms. 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 potentially be an issue, sealing your quartzite countertops will help to keep them looking like new.
Quartzite Countertop Colors
Anytime you’re dealing with a natural stone, you’re automatically somewhat limited when it comes to colors, shades, and styles. Because quartzite is natural, it may not offer as many color options as its engineered counterpart, quartz.
Due to the process in which quartzite is formed, you may be surprised at the number of varying shades. Many of the colors are a cream, white, or beige shade. There are also shades of grey, black, brown, green, yellow, blue, and even red quartzite.
Caring for Quartzite Countertops
Because quartzite is considered low-maintenance, it’s 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
We are a family-owned business and always treat our customers like family. We take pride in our custom-designed countertops and are passionate about helping homeowners incorporate fixtures that match the style of their homes and their individual personalities.
Gaumat’s International, LLC is run by husband and wife team Apul and Daisy Gaumat. Formed in 2005, the company has been serving clients in the Overland Park region for more than 12 years. We house beautiful slabs of quartzite from all over the world and each project is custom fabricated in our state-of-the-art facility. Our customers are 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 Overland Park region and are interested in a quote for custom-designed quartzite countertop or vanity, contact us today at 816-847-8228.