Benefits of Quartz Countertops for Your DC, MD or VA Home
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Alternative to Granite Countertops: White Macaubas Quartzite

Granite Countertops vs. White Macaubas Quartzite

Replacing your countertops can be a stand-alone project or part of a larger kitchen remodel. What materials are you considering? Granite is revered for its durability and beauty but faces competition from a relative newcomer called white Macaubas quartzite. Which material is better, or should you consider other granite countertop alternatives?

Understanding Granite and White Macaubas Quartzite

Granite is an igneous rock characterized by its unique mineral crystals. It forms deep underground in areas of cooled magma. Granite countertops vary widely in appearance, with some slabs featuring streaks and swirls while others are covered in small flecks.

Quartzite is a natural metamorphic rock originating from quartz-rich sandstone exposed to high heat and pressure. White Macaubas quartzite, in particular, is known for its marble-like appearance, with shades of gray and white being the most common. This countertop material is praised for its elegance, with lighter colors and veining setting it apart.

Appearance and Style

Granite offers a range of colors, including white, black, gray, green, blue, and more. Unique flecks, specks, and swirls mean that no two slabs are exactly alike. In contrast, Macaubas quartzite leans toward more neutral tones like gray and white, with elegance reminiscent of marble.

Durability and Heat Resistance

Both granite and quartzite are known for their durability, scoring between a 6 and an 8 out of 10 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. This means they are both quite resistant to chipping, etching, and scratching. Both materials also boast commendable heat resistance. Of course, using trivets and mats is still wise to prolong the countertop’s life span.


Like all natural stone countertops, granite and quartzite are relatively porous and require regular sealing to preserve their beauty and functionality. Granite typically requires annual sealing, while quartzite may need it more often.

Life Expectancy and ROI

Both granite and quartzite countertops can last a lifetime with proper care. They are less maintenance-intensive than some other types of natural stone, making them suitable for busy kitchens. Plus, most homebuyers gravitate toward updated kitchens with stone countertops, ensuring you’ll recoup your investment upon selling your home.

Granite Countertop Pros and Cons


  • Wide range of colors
  • Unique patterns
  • Heat resistance
  • Resistant to chipping, etching, and scratching


  • Porous
  • Regular maintenance required

White Quartzite Countertops

Macaubas Quartzite Pros and Cons


  • Elegant appearance similar to marble
  • Durability
  • Heat resistance
  • Resistant to chipping, etching, and scratching


  • Can stain if not properly sealed
  • Requires more frequent sealing than granite
  • Generally has a higher price point

Alternative Materials

While granite and white Macaubas quartzite are popular countertop materials, don’t rule out other stones just yet. Here are some alternatives to consider:

    • Marble offers a timeless design and is often more affordable than granite. However, it’s a softer and more porous material, requiring regular sealing and great care to avoid scratching and etching.
    • Quartz is a manufactured stone, making it highly customizable, non-porous, and easy to maintain.
    • Slate is known for its luxurious appearance, available in darker tones and offering excellent heat resistance.
    • Soapstone is a great option for families. Its non-porous nature prevents bacterial growth, but regular oil treatment is needed to keep the surface looking like new.
    • Limestone and travertine offer neutral color palettes at affordable prices, though they require careful maintenance.


Why Choose Wentworth for Your Remodeling Needs?

When remodeling your kitchen, selecting the right countertop material is just the beginning. At Wentworth, our in-house, architect-led design team takes your project from start to finish. Our award-winning design-build services are backed by an A+ BBB rating, all the proper licenses and memberships, and a long list of satisfied clients.

To request personalized kitchen remodeling services in Washington, DC, Maryland, or Virginia, please contact us at (240) 383-1226 today.

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