Granite is an igneous rock, meaning it was formed by cooled magma/lava. Considering its origins, it should surprise no one that granite countertops resist heat damage very well. Granite also resists nicks from stray knives.
Although bacteria has the ability to grow on almost any surface, granite countertops inhibit the rate of growth of harmful bacteria. A properly sealed granite countertop also prevents bacteria from seeping into the “pores” of the rock. Granite is also very easy to clean, further reducing the chances of bacteria growing on the countertop.
There was a time when granite was rather expensive. Today, advances in technology have been able to reduce the price of granite significantly, making the material more accessible to homeowners. In fact, granite countertops cost nearly as much as artificial solid surface countertops.
Granite is very beautiful and durable, a combination that staves off value depreciation. Additionally, granite countertops give off a classic look that never goes out of style. These two factors are why granite countertops can easily raise the resale value of a home.