Granite, one of the hardest natural materials, is primarily made up of quartz and feldspar. An expensive option, granite's unique beauty and longevity make it an elegant choice.
- Extremely heat- and scratch-resistant, granite allows hot pans to be placed directly on the surface.
- Stains can be removed by a variety of methods depending on the type of stain. Scratches need to be repaired by a professional.
- A porous material, granite requires proper periodic resealing with a penetrating sealer at least once every couple of years to prevent staining.
- Cutting on the surface is not recommended.
- Sizes are limited, and slabs must be pieced together for larger areas.
- Available in many varieties, with various edge treatments, and in polished, honed, and matte finishes.
- Prices range from $100 to $300 per linear foot depending on availability, quality, and the amount of fabrication necessary.