Mined from around the world, large blocks of granite are cut into varying sized slabs that are then polished. Granite is a popular choice for countertops due to its strength and variety of rich colors and natural patterns.
Granite is highly resistant to everyday wear and tear, particularly against scratching and heat. One downside to this material is that it must be resealed periodically. While it is a widely-used surface material for kitchens and baths, some more rare color varieties may be considered high-end and come with a heftier price tag.