Benefits of Using Quartzite for Your Benchtops in Melbourne
Quartzite is popular and known for its hard, non-foliated metamorphic texture. Quartzite was originally pure quartz sandstone. Sandstone is transformed into quartzite through the process of heating and pressure that is related to tectonic compression within orogenic belts. Pure quartzite is usually white to grey, though quartzites often occur in various colours and shades due to the presence of other minerals. In the process of sandstone cementing to quartzite, the specific individual elements,called quartz grains, undergo a process of recrystallization, and thereby form an interlocking mosaic of quartz crystals. Still Stone provides high-quality Quartzite benchtops for our clientele across Melbourne for over many years now!
Most of the original texture and sedimentary structures of the sandstone are erased by metamorphism. The grainy, sandpaper-like surface becomes glassy in appearance. Smaller elements of former cementing materials, iron oxide, silica, carbonate, and clay, often migrate during recrystallization and metamorphosis. This causes streaks and lenses to form within the quartzite, giving it the unique visual flair.