Building with Quartzite Stones in the Caribbean
Quartzite is a great alternative to mass produced ceramics and other common flooring options where durability and natural beauty are required.
Finishing touches to the floors of Caribbean properties can be a hectic phase for homeowners. The choice of flooring material is always dependent, firstly, on whether it is an indoor space (kitchen) or an outdoor space (garden paths or pools) and secondly the type of material that will give the best finish.
By choosing quartzite, you have a solution that gives both a first class finish and that is durable both indoors and outdoors. Additionally, it is easily accessible being available in Trinidad and Tobago!
What is Quartzite?
Quartzite is a beautiful natural stone with countless design applications, popular due to its incredible toughness, amazing color variations and unique textures. Scientifically speaking, quartzite is an extremely hard metamorphic rock composed primarily of quartz crystals, formed over millions of years through high pressure and extreme temperatures.
How tough is it?
Quartzite is generally rated at 7 out of 10 on the Mohs Scale of mineral hardness. To put that into perspective, diamond, the hardest mineral known to man is rated 10 out of 10. This means that quartzite is extremely scratch proof, difficult to damage and will stay beautiful for years to come.
What colors are available?
If you are unfamiliar with Quartzite, you may be surprised at the range of colors available. From neutral browns and yellows to contemporary grays and exquisite shimmering whites, its easy to find the perfect match for any decor. Compared to other popular building stones such as slate and sandstone, the color choices available with Quartzite are quite impressive!
Where can I use it?
Quartzite is typically available in the form of cut tiles, ledge stone and mosaics. Tiles are available in a large variety of sizes, but the most common size is 24″x12″ tiles. It’s easy to create many interesting and unique tile layouts with rectangle sizes. Due to its inherent strength, quartzite tiles are usually less than 1/2″ thick, allowing for installation on both floors and walls. Matching edge profiles such as bull-nosed pieces are also available. These components help give the finishing touch to stairs and pool edges.
Ledge stone is a unique product that makes it easy to create interesting focal points, by covering walls with a beautifully textured natural stone. Ledge stone is typically available in 24″x6″ interlocking panels allowing for quick and simple installation. Combining ledge stone with targeted lighting creates extra pop and adds warmth to your interior and exterior walls.
Mosaics offer a unique way to add depth, design, color and texture to any room. Mosaics are usually used in bathrooms, showers, kitchens, as tile inlays and even inside swimming pools. If you use your imagination, the possibilities are endless!
Is it suitable for high traffic areas?
Quartzite possesses unique characteristics which make it an ideal flooring product for high traffic areas. Quartzite is non-skid due to its naturally textured surface. Its ability to resist the sun’s heat makes this stone great for pool decks, patios and other outdoor areas.
Quartzite tiles are great for driveways and garages due to its high density and low rate of water absorption. Surfaces with a low rate of water absorption require less cleaning and are extremely stain resistant.
Quartzite is a great alternative to mass produced ceramics and other common flooring options where unmatched durability and intense natural beauty are required.
Transform your decor from mundane to exquisite and give your decor the attractive, finished look you desire.