Facts about granite
Fact:    There is absolutely no countertop material more durable than granite
Fact:    Granite has excellent stain resistance
Fact:    Granite is heat resistant
Fact:     If in the rare case granite was to stain or scratch, repairs can be done by a professional
Fact:    Granite is among the most sanitary countertop materials
Fact:    Granite is available with polished, honed/matte, and brushed finishes
Fact:    Using proper cleaning products/procedures granite is virtually maintenance free
Fact:    Darker colors with polished surfaces tend to show dirt and smudges more than medium or light colors
Fact:    Granite can be used outdoors
Myths about granite
Myth:    Granite harbors bacteria
Myth:    Radon emissions from granite are harmful
Myth:    Granite needs to be resealed every six months
Myth:    Granite stains easily
Myth:    Granite scratches easily
The following chart rates different countertop materials from highest (1) to lowest (5)
Durability Stain resistance Scratch resistance Heat Restance UV resistance Ease of maintenance Fade resistance Cost
Granite 1 1-3 1-2 1-2 1-3 1 1 3
Quartz 1-2 1-3 1-3 3-5 5 1 2 3
Concrete 3-5 3-5 4-5 2-4 1-4 3-4 2 2
Tile 2-3 1-3 2-3 1-2 1 3 1 4
Laminate 2-3 1-2 3-4 4-5 3 1 2 5
Solid Surface 3-4 2-3 4-5 4-5 3 3 1 3
Solid Glass 2-3 1 3-5 1 1 2 1 1

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