Granite has been in use for decorative and practical applications for thousands of years. Granite is a coarse-grained igneous rock with interlocking crystals that are visible to the naked eye. Its most common applications include countertops, paving stones, curbing and building veneers. If you live in a hot climate, it is not unusual to see granite floors, which help regulate a home’s temperature.

Being waterproof and both stain- and heat-resistant, granite is suitable for a wide variety of in-home applications. It is easy to clean and difficult to scratch or otherwise damage, making it one of the most durable and long-lasting natural stones available. Adding granite countertops and other accents to your home is one of the most common ways to increase its resale value and make it more appealing to potential buyers. Of course, granite is also very well-suited to outdoor applications. It stands up to heavy foot traffic and can be rough-cut to make it non-slip when used in outdoor stairs or pathways.