Quartzite is a metamorphic rock that results from geologic heat and pressure on sandstone. So it has all of sandstone’s hardness, but the crystal grains are much more thoroughly welded together by nature, making for an extremely hard and strong natural stone.
It is excellent for paving, although the quarrying methods used for this stone often mean it is supplied as an irregular shaped flagstone.
It is still a layered material and tends to cleave evenly in thin layers, like slate. That willingness to split can be a problem in freeze-thaw climates and so care should be used when specifying quartzite.
Quartzite should not be confused with “Quartz”, which is a name used in the countertop business for a composite material made of resins and ground-up granite. Quartzite is a completely natural stone, primarily composed of the mineral quartz.
Quartzite is available in blinding whites, golden yellows, even very loud reds and pinks.
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