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Quartz & Natural Quartzite

The main difference is that quartzite is a natural stone material while quartz is synthetic. Quartzite is a type of metamorphic rock created by sandstone being subjected to extreme heat and pressure from tectonic plate compression in the crust of the earth. The stone is then mined and sawn into slabs to become countertops or tabletops that are polished and sealed for beauty and durability. Quartz countertops, also known as engineered countertops, are made from natural silicon dioxide and synthetic materials blended with a binder and pigment before being formed into slabs with a similar appearance.


At Porter Tile & Marble, granite is one of the most popular types of natural stone products available in our Calgary showroom. Granite surfaces have a timeless elegance that few other materials can match and is one of the most versatile. With a wide variety of shades and styles to choose from, you’re sure to find one that fits perfectly with your kitchen or bathroom cabinets, flooring and walls.


At Porter Tile & Marble, we’ve found that it’s marble or nothing for many of our customers. We sell so many marble countertops that we included it in our name, and this igneous stone is always in heavy demand due to its inherent elegance and timelessness. Some of the advantages of marble are:

   1) It is available in wide variety of colours ranging from white to black, rose, yellow, grey and green

  2) No two slabs are alike, so you’re guaranteed to have a unique countertop 

  3) It can take the heat and stands up well to hot pans or sparks from a fireplace

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