Quartzite countertops are often confused with quartz countertops, but quartzite countertops are a separate, naturally occurring stone that is quarried in a similar way to granite countertops. Many people look for durability in a natural stone surface. Like granite, quartzite leans toward the hard side of natural stone, so that means it won’t wear down or develop problems in the short term. There are many varieties of quartzite. Some are harder and others are a bit softer. Sealing usually needs to happen once a year, but there are some that need it more often. While that’s something you can do yourself, it’s still a factor when thinking about this material.