Of all the natural stones, granite is the hardest. It’s an igneous rock formed when magma beneath the earth’s surface cools slowly. Granite quarries exist worldwide, but the upper Midwest supplies most of the granite in the U.S.

Reason’s People Love Granite:

  • Many color options
  • Scratch resistant
  • Antimicrobial (bacteria, mold, mildew resistant)
  • Chip resistant
  • Heat tolerant
  • Easy to clean
  • Polishes to a durable shine


The unique beauty of marble has attracted people for centuries. Marble is limestone that endured high heat and intense pressure within the earth. The extreme environment introduced other minerals that altered its crystalline structure and created its desirable color and veining.

Reason’s People Love Marble

  • Classic beauty
  • Naturally stays cool
  • Heat resistant
  • Durable
  • Easy to find


Quartz is a common mineral found in the earth. Quartz countertops are considered “man-made” or “engineered,” because manufacturers combine about 93% ground quartz with 7% resins, polymers, and colors. The final product is a slab shelved at a stone yard or warehouse that will eventually become someone’s countertop.

Reason’s People Love Quartz:

  • Low maintenance
  • Easy to clean
  • Antimicrobial (bacteria, mold, mildew resistant)
  • Design-friendly (easy to work with, imperceptible seams, many applications)
  • Stain resistant
  • Durable