Granite tile is available in a range of surface finishes. The most popular finishes include polished (shiny), honed (matte), and flamed (rough surface texture). A different type of finish on the same stone can alter the color. A polished surface is shiny, sometimes reflective, and typically gives the stone a darker tone compared to a flamed finish.
Granite is highly resistant to scratching, cracking and staining, and is impervious to heat. Daily kitchen activities pose no problem and it can take a hot pot without the use of a trivet. This makes granite an ideal choice for countertops.