Stone Profile: Super White Granite (aka Super White Quartzite!)
In the last few months we’ve done several kitchens in Super White, a gorgeous grey and white stone that has has the appearance of an aerial photograph of an icy, arctic ocean. Super White is sometimes also called Fantasy White Granite or White Vermont Granite.
A question our customers frequently ask is, “Is Super White a granite or a marble?” Some of our suppliers list it as a granite and others have it filed under marble. The answer is neither.
Super White is a Quartzite (not to be confused with man-made “quartz”). It is actually harder than granite. Quartzite is a tough, non-foliated metamorphic rock with a large amount of natural quartz. It was changed from sandstone and/or chert into its present state by pressure and heat underground, probably thousands of years ago. It is often white and grey in coloration (like the Super White). Fun fact: in the stone age, quartzite was used as a substitute for flint.
(photo by Andrew Alden)
Super White is a wonderful stone for the kitchen because it give the look of marble with all the durability of granite.