Granite is the most beautiful, functional and durable of stone. And most recently, very popular and competitively priced! Many have found that granite countertops are the ideal surface choice for their home and office. If you are like many, chances are you will be planning to do some remodeling in the near future, including replacing worn and outdated kitchen countertops and bathroom vanities. Unlike other surfaces, granite withstands cracking, peeling, burns and other staining. There are several benefits to choosing this natural stone counter top over types available in the past and even now. Granite counter tops add a sophisticated, luxurious appearance to any kitchen. Available in many colors, each and every piece of granite used for counter tops is unique, coming in a wide variety of veins, swirls, and crystal patterns. Unlike dyed synthetic products, granite is uniformly colored throughout the particular piece you may choose. An added advantage is that often the sunlight dances off the small crystals contained in it, the result is minute changes in the appearance of your stone throughout the day, adding to the overall richness and the ambiance in the kitchen. Granite is mined in Italy, India, the U.S. and many other countries.