Granite is also much more durable than other counter top materials such as other types of stone, coated wood,, and man-made materials. Many people have experienced marks and slashes on their lower-quality countertops when they don't use a cutting board. Granite is a harder material and scratches much less easily. The drawback to using granite countertops is its cost. Granite is mined from the ground in huge sheets using explosives. It is then cut into flat pieces and polished. This expensive process yields the attractive and durable granite countertops that many desire for their homes. Center International Tile and Granite, in Riverview. Michigan, can help guide you through the process of selecting a countertop and getting it installed.