The Standard Granite Collection
Natural stone has a rich beauty and depth to its finish that manufactured alternatives just can't mimic. The varying mineral compositions within granite gives each piece its own unique personality and character making your countertops a one of a kind showpiece.
Some of the common benefits of granite are its enduring durability as well as its resilience to most moderate heat. With most granites having a Mohs hardness scale of about 7, it is reasonably resistant to scratching, although I always recommend using a cutting board as it dulls your knives very quickly.
Some of the drawbacks of granite are that with lighter colours it is especially recommended you seal them on a regular basis typically annually to help resist staining. While sealing does help your stone counters resist stains, it is important to remember that it does not make them impermeable. One of the most significant problems for light stones is oil stains in well-used areas of your countertops and from standing oil in direct contact with the stone. (Like the olive oil that inevitably drips down the side of the bottle when you pour some into a pan, or oil in banana bread saturating the stone in contact directly underneath.) Also, it is essential to keep in mind that while natural stone is resistant to most moderate heat, there is always the risk of spidering and thermal cracking, and therefore I still recommend using a trivet or hot pot stand to keep hot items out of direct contact with your stone countertop.