It is important to check how durable materials are prior to having them fitted. Granite and quartz are particularly durable and can withstand a lot of kitchen traffic, without becoming scratched or damaged. The important things to consider are whether they can withstand a considerable amount of weight, heat, or whether they will scratch easily should you cut anything with a sharp knife directly on the worktop surface. That being said, it is advisable to always use a protective layer such as a pan stand or chopping board between hot pots and pans, and when engaged in food preparation, just to ensure that your worktop does not become damaged.
It is also worth keeping in mind that certain materials are repairable, to a certain extent – wood can be sanded down, solid surfaces can be buffed, as their colours run through the material. Ultra Compact materials like Dekton and Neolith and incredibly resilient to heat, stains and scratches, and if a section becomes damaged it can be replaced.