Out of all the kinds of countertops out there, granite countertops are probably the most popular. Not only are they beautiful to look at, they are also fairly durable enough to be used in kitchens and bathrooms. Aside from that, they are also easier to clean and maintain than other countertop materials, especially wood. The only thing that homeowners have to worry about are spills, chips, and cracks which can become permanent. However, the benefits of granite aren’t just limited to aesthetics, strength, and upkeep.

First and foremost, granite slabs are literally unique: no two slabs of granite are the same, even if they were mined from the same quarry. Granite stones take into account a variety of factors, like heat, moisture, and the presence of other minerals as they “grow” under the earth. Once they are mined, granite blocks greatly differ from each other in terms of hardness, color, and texture. Retailers usually sell granite slabs that came from the same block, but even then the slabs have tiny variations.

As such, granite slabs that have a consistent pattern are hard to find and they are sought after by almost everyone, especially by many real estate buyers looking for houses for sale. This is the reason why granite countertops are known to increase a home’s retail value by at least 10 percent.