Natural stone has been used for many years as a countertop material and has often lasted long beyond the lifespan of the home. Granite is one of the hardest and strongest types of stone available, which makes it a great choice for a countertop. Marble is another preferred choice for countertops because of its beautiful veining and coloration. Marble has been used since ancient times and is still held in the highest regard and is the preference for many of the world’s greatest works of art and architecture. Granite and marble are natural stones that are quarried from nature, cut and polished into slabs.