Originally Posted by eherlihy
Granite can't take the heat? Huh?!?
One of the reasons for granite as a countertop material is that it CAN take the heat of a 400º pan without a problem...
HowStuffWorks "How Granite Countertops Work"
Granite is porous, and it will stain if you place oil on it.
Yeah, I know all that stuff about granite. I've also seen it cracked when a heavy roasting pan was put on it straight out of the oven. I've also seen it with a big chunk broken off the edge where someone hoisted themselves up on the cabinet top. Plus, it has to be maintained, not just cleaned.
Remember, granite is full of imperfections that can be the source for cracks and chips. Plus it is ugly unless you purchase really expensive stuff.