Granite and marble are both very common and popular work surfaces. The hardness and longevity of the surfaces makes them an ideal flooring solution, especially at the time of designing balconies and terraces. They can be used to create landscapes in the smallest of areas, and their use can actually elevate the real estate value of a property.
Commercial spaces such as hotels, restaurants, hospitals, bars, and malls use both these solutions extensively in lobbies, reception desks, hallways and wall cladding to create a positive impression on visitors.What are granite and marble?
Both granite and marble are igneous rocks, formed by the slow crystallization of magma found deep in the Earth's surface. They are composed of minerals which harden when exposed to tremendous pressure and heat for several decades under the crust. The stones have a natural gloss and colour, soft granulated texture and fine veining of different thickness.Application
Granite and marble are suitable for both internal and external spaces. When used indoors it creates an ambiance of luxury especially when used in fire surrounds, splashback, bathroom tops or, flooring, vanity tops, etc. External usage can range from swimming pool copying, barbecue and garden areas, to add a touch of class. When used as a flooring solution for terraces or balconies, both the stones not only enhance looks but also increase durability.Maintenance
Though long-lasting, both the stones require regular cleaning to maintain gloss. A basic mixture of soap and water should suffice for practical daily cleaning to remove particles or dust. Wipe spills of oil, wine, acids, etc., as soon as they occur to avoid staining.
When used in outdoor areas with direct sunlight, rain, wind and foot traffic, the requirement may extend to periodic polishing of the surface or flooring. However, whether used indoors or outdoors, both stones require periodic sealing. The coating functions as a potent layer that works akin to a shield, to scratching, staining, and impact damages.