Extremely durable, granite is second in hardness only to diamonds. It contains natural fissures that may appear to be cracks, but they are not structural defects and will not impair the function or durability of the material. They occur naturally and are considered to be part of the beauty of stone. With normal use, nothing in your kitchen will chip, ding or break granite.
By nature, granite is very dense and excellent at repelling bacteria, stains and scratches. The finish on polished granite tops is achieved with diamonds and, with normal use, will never wear or fade as long as you own your home. The many color ranges and tones available in granite are wondrous. Movement is a term that is often used to describe the shift in color and pattern in natural stone; granite does not have a uniform pattern or color. The appearance can vary widely between slabs, and even within a single slab. We generally ask our clients to view and choose their actual slab before the top is cut.
As granite is a natural stone and thus porous, a granite sealer should applied about once a year thereafter. A mild daily cleaner is also recommended.