Granite, Marble, or Quartzite in Commercial Buildings
When it comes to space for commercial use, marble stands out from the competition, primarily due to the high price and softness of the material and easy moisture absorption. As such, it is demanding to maintain and therefore unsuitable for commercial use.
In the dilemma between granite and quartz, my voice goes to granite because it is a natural material of exceptional resistance, which is easy to maintain. However, if you opt for granite, keep in mind that you will have to use [proper] cleaning agents because otherwise it will become cloudy and lose its distinctive shine.
Quartz is a slightly cheaper option, but the price range justifies any shortcomings. Still, when choosing between these three materials, my [vote] goes to granite which can be ordered in a number of combinations, some of which are truly magnificent. All in all, granite represents a golden mean in competition with marble and quartz.
Stone for Commercial Application
Building products for the commercial construction sector tend to be much more resilient and durable than similar products used in the residential market. Generally speaking, commercial building products are built to withstand more use over time than residential products, and I think it makes sense to use countertops that offer similar features. Quartz is certainly the most durable stone of the three. I think it makes the most sense for a commercial application.
Bill Samuel, Full time residential real estate developer (Since 2013) that specializes in rehabbing houses and renting/selling them in the Chicago area. Find him at blueladderdevelopment.com
Material of Choice for Most Designers
Quartz is my top recommendation. It’s durable, cheaper than marble, and relatively maintenance-free.
Granite can stain and needs to be sealed at least once a year. For commercial applications, it may not be the best option.
With higher-end budgets, marble is the material of choice for most designers. Not only is it the most visually appealing, but installing marble just makes a bold statement! Plus, it looks like real stone and is incredibly durable.
Granite, Marble, and Quartzite
Granite and marble are good options for more luxurious commercial applications, such as high-end hotels and rentals. Keep in mind that these materials are a bit more costly, but the trade-off is quality countertops, tabletops, and desks that will last for decades.
Marble’s eye-catching veins and smooth finish make it ideal for reception desks, benches, and even floor tiles. If you’re looking to make a grand impression, marble is the way to go if you’re willing and able to preserve the surfaces with regular maintenance.
If you’re talking about a high-traffic area, such as shared kitchens, bathrooms, or bar counters, go with granite. Granite is more durable than marble. Marble is more susceptible to scratching or staining. Additionally, marble is a porous stone that must be sealed regularly. Spills have to be cleaned off the marble right away, or it could soak up the liquid and [create a] stain.
Quartzite is great for more economical applications. Its heat and scratch resistance makes this material ideal for office spaces, restaurants, and more. It doesn’t require any polishing or sealing, so maintenance is a breeze. For surfaces where there will be a lot of wear and tear, such as dining tables, this hard stone is perfect.
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