Granite is an igneous rock that is formed when magma cools and solidifies under extensive pressure. The conditions that form granite is what make it heat and scratch resistant. Granite comes in a broad spectrum of colors and designs. Some have specks that give them a “salt and pepper” look while others have veining similar to marble. Due to its durability and its resistant to scratching, staining, and etching, granite has become one of the most popular stones to purchase when remodeling a home.