Amongst construction materials, it is usually the ones directly harvested from nature that offer the best in terms of beauty and function. Rocks such as slate and granite are particularly notable for their durability and aesthetic appeal. However, it was only about a decade ago when granite countertops for kitchens and bathrooms became popular with homeowners in Europe and the US.

The primary reason granite was only widely accepted just a couple of years ago is because it is much harder to work with than more common materials such as vinyl and wood. Granite countertops are also heavier, which means that kitchen and bathroom furnishes need to be built as sturdy as possible to support their weight. Professional interior designers may have been using them for decades, but it was only when granite became much affordable did it finally catch on with average homeowners.

Granite is a material that can reliably resist microbes and moisture thanks to its sterile and semi-porous surface. Since most granite slabs are treated for extreme heat and pressure, granite countertops can also resist flame damage from stoves and ovens. Their natural, luminous surface can also catch the eye of real estate or home buyers, which would be useful when the house is put on sale.