The only natural stones harder than granite are diamonds, rubies and sapphires. Choose granite when durability, long lasting colour and a maintenance free surface are pre-requisites. Granite is heat, scratch and stain resistant and is commonly used to face commercial and institutional buildings and monuments. It is unequalled as the material of choice for fireplaces, steps, road and driveway curbing, terraces and to pave plazas and public spaces. Granite is the traditional favourite of counter top materials for its unique colours and patterns, proven durability and lasting value.