Azul Plantino granite is one of the most beautiful stones in the world. As with most granite, Azul Plantino is durable, long lasting and extremely hard. In fact, studies show that granite used outdoors, weathers at less than .125" per 1,000 years. Polished granite architecture from 1,000 years ago still maintains it polish. Working granite requires the use of diamond tools since diamonds are one of the few stones harder than granite countertops immediately bring elegance to your home and increase the value. Natural Stone is not only a good investment but is considered to be one the most sanitary surfaces according to research by Hospitality Institute of Technology. To provide sanitary and easy maintenance our granite counters come factory sealed with DuPont's heavy duty sealer for easy maintenance is no replacement for solid stone countertops as it has depth of color that can't be copied by man made products. Depth can be observed by the clarity in granite chips that allow darker chips to be seen underneath, giving the surface depth that's unique to natural stone. Man-made counters consist of ground-up granite chips mixed with filler and produces a topical color appearance.