Natural Stone Durability
Granite is a very durable material; it is highly resistant to staining and scratching, will not be effected by a hot pan placed on its surface and generally will stand up to the rigors of everyday use. This is not to say that granite will not stain or scratch, but over the course of time, given normal use, it should be very resistant to damage.
Marble, Limestone, Slate and Onyx are much less durable than granite and can both stain and etch (lose their finish and become dull), and also scratch. With the proper application and care, these stones can retain their beauty for many years, but will most likely weather a bit with time. The degree and speed to which this occurs can be influenced and controlled by properly maintaining the stone. More information is available here
Our opinion is that natural stone is, well, natural and this is an important element to remember. It is formed by Earth’s natural occurrences, and is not meant to be indestructible but is a very durable building material and has been used for centuries due to its practical, durable and beautiful nature. If you adhere to our use and care guidelines and remember the nature of the material that has been extracted from the Earth and installed in your home, we believe you will enjoy your stone for a very long time.