Surprising Benefits of Granite Countertops

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Granite countertops are an exquisite addition to kitchens and bathrooms.  While granite enhances the appearance of these high-traffic areas, that’s not even scratching the surface of what this durable, versatile material has to offer.  Consider these benefits of granite you may not have known about.

Granite Counters Are Always In Style

Because it comes in neutral hues and looks great by itself, granite can complement virtually any style you choose for your home.  It works well with any color combination.  If you remodel your kitchen or bath, you won’t have to replace the countertops.

Granite Is Durable

This sturdy material stands up well to wear and tear.  Unlike less durable surfaces, granite is virtually resistant to blemishes, scratches, and heat.  If you use your kitchen counters as a cutting board, the stone can dull a knife blade without being damaged by it.  You can take hot baking dishes from the oven and set them directly on the counter without scorching it.

Granite Is Stain-Resistant

Granite doesn’t absorb spills as easily as more porous surfaces, making it resistant to stains.  Light granite is less dense than the darker variety, so you may want to take that into consideration when weighing your options.  Both types, however, hold up well under frequent use.

Granite Requires Minimal Upkeep

Since they don’t absorb stains, these surfaces are incredibly easy to clean.  You can get the job done with a paper towel or wet rag.  If you prefer, you can use cleaning supplies or a sanitary wipe, but granite does not harbor bacteria.  It makes for hassle-free cleaning in kitchens and bathrooms, areas especially prone to germs.

Granite counters give you an optimal return on your investment.  Compatible with any interior design, they last a long time and improve the value of your home.  If you’re looking for granite or quartz countertops in Colorado Springs, contact us to schedule a free in-home consultation.

Tips on Keeping Your Granite Countertops Looking Great

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With an array of hues and a reputation of high-end resiliency, it is no wonder that granite countertops remain one of the most common choices for homeowners. However, having granite countertops does mean you have to know how to take care of them to keep them looking like new for the long term. Here are a few simple tips you should remember to keep your Colorado Springs, Colorado granite countertops looking great.

Use Only Granite-Friendly Cleaners for Your Countertop

When your granite countertops are installed, you will be given specific instructions about how to clean them. Make sure you follow these directions and avoid using harsh chemicals when you wipe down your countertops. Avoid cleaners that contain things like:

  • bleach
  • ammonia
  • citric acid
  • vinegar

Instead, use only mild soap and water or a cleaning product specifically designed for granite cleansing.

Incorporate Safe Habits in Your Kitchen to Avoid Damage

We all do things in the kitchen that could possibly cause damage to a granite countertop, even though the stone is known for its resilience and heat-resistance. For example, setting a hot pan directly on the granite surface is not recommended, to maintain the integrity of the stone.

Seal Your Granite Countertops as Needed to Protect Them

Your first line of defense against damage and discoloration with granite is the sealer that is applied after installation. However, with time, this sealer will wear away and will have to be reapplied. If you notice that moisture no longer beads up on the surface, it is time for a sealer application.

With a little extra care and changing a few bad habits, you can easily see your granite countertops last for many, many years. If you need help with the granite countertops in your Colorado Springs, Colorado home, contact Planet Granite for professional assistance and advice.

3 Reasons Your Granite Countertop Will Last a Long Time

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kitchen graniteGranite has been used throughout history in various architectural and home improvement projects. This is a gorgeous type of rock that is made of crystals and naturally comes in a variety of beautiful colors. Granite kitchen and bathroom countertops are not only attractive but provide several benefits. There are many reasons granite is a great choice and will last for the long haul.

Granite is Heat Resistant

Granite can take heat up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit without suffering any damage. While it’s unlikely your countertop will have to endure that much heat, setting hot plates and pans on the counter won’t damage your granite. Other types of surfaces simply can’t take as much heat and still look great.

Granite Resists Stains

Sealed granite countertops are stain-resistant and extremely easy to clean. While sealed granite does resist stains, it is necessary to clean spills as soon as they occur. It’s also important to have them resealed on a yearly basis. Some types of granite are more stain-resistant than others. A granite countertop professional can advise you on the different types of granite and their levels of stain resistance.

Granite is Extremely Hard

Granite countertops are virtually scratch-resistant. While your knife may suffer damage when cutting on the countertop, your granite won’t. In fact, the hardness of granite is only matched by the hardness of a diamond. Granite kitchen countertops are ideal for those who spend a lot of time preparing and cooking food.

Planet Granite features gorgeous granite bathroom and kitchen countertops that will provide your home with years of incredible beauty and easy maintenance. The company started as a father and son business in 1998, and has grown into a nationally known company recognized in several publications and television programs. When looking for Colorado Springs granite countertops, make sure to contact Planet Granite to schedule an appointment to upgrade your kitchen counters.

 

5 Tips for Fixing Minor Scratches on Your Granite Countertop

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granite counterSooner or later, something sharp or heavy leaves a scratch or pit on your Colorado Springs granite countertops. Should you fix the damage yourself or call in a pro? Here’s what to do:

Wash the Granite Countertop

But, you say, I do that all the time! This time, really give it a good cleaning with mild non-abrasive cleaner and water to remove grime and grease buildup. Be careful to not scrub too hard and enlarge the scratch!

Inspect the Clean Countertop

Once clean, you’ll be able to see just how deep and long the damage is. This should tell you by sight and touch whether this is a do-it-yourself job or if a pro’s help is needed. (Be honest!).

Try a Granite Repair Kit for Disguising Small Scratches

An acrylic repair kit is designed to fill in small pits or scratches with a clear acrylic patch. The scratches need to be deep enough for the acrylic to take hold – more shallow damage may respond better to a light buffing (see the next step below). A ‘scratch stick’ is also a good place to start as it won’t damage a polished surface but will make the scratch harder to see.

Light Sanding 

This may be an option if the scratch is too deep for surface disguise. Use the lightest grade sandpaper or steel wool to gently abrade the scratch, using linear motions. When the scratch has been sufficiently minimized, treat with rubbing compound and stone sealer.

Call in the Pros

The best idea is to not risk causing further damage to your granite countertops—get the job done right.

Planet Granite has been helping customers in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area with granite installation and maintenance since 1998. Preserve your granite’s beauty while saving time and money by contacting our experts now and keep your countertops looking their best!

Picking the Best Backsplash for Your Granite Countertops

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Kitchen BacksplashBacksplashes serve both an aesthetic and functional purpose. They not only cover up the space between the countertop and cabinets but also protect the wall from water and other liquids that may splash while cooking. Backsplashes can prevent staining and even mold development.

These tile accouterments also allow you to add some color, patterns or texture to your kitchen. Backsplashes add an extra dimension to a room that is visually appealing as well as practical. However, pairing your backsplash with a granite countertop can sometimes present challenges.

If you are searching for the perfect backsplash to go with your Colorado Springs granite countertops, you may want to test out some of the latest backsplash trends!

Vertical Tile

Most backsplashes include horizontal tiling. However, vertical tile is starting to make a splash in backsplash trends.

Adding Glass

Granite pairs well with glass, and it adds a modern touch that many homeowners appreciate. Adding it to a tile pattern often makes a statement. It is also relatively inexpensive compared to other materials.

Integration

Some homeowners are choosing to let their granite or quartz countertops steal the show, and allow the backsplash to blend in more with the cabinets.

Classic Subway Tile

Subway tile is a classic look that seems to be in no matter when you redecorate. The plain white variation is perhaps the most traditional, but be careful that it does not “whitewash” the room.

Adding a Pattern

If you really want your backsplash to pop from your granite countertops, you might consider adding stickers or tiling that has bright, fun patterns. Decals provide a unique look that you can design yourself.

Backsplashes made from durable tile seem to last the longest, but they can become dated and dingy over time. Of course, if you change out your granite, you may need to adjust your backsplash to match the rest of the kitchen. If you need to find the perfect granite slab to match your vision for your backsplash, Planet Granite can help. Give us a call today!

Will Heat Damage Granite Countertops?

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Kitchen Granite With ChairsOne of the reasons that people choose granite for their kitchen and bathroom countertops is that it both looks great and is extremely durable. Granite is made by forcing igneous rock to extremely high temperatures and then cooling it, so it is naturally heat-resistant. In fact, it would take temperatures in the range of 2210° to 2300° F to start melting granite. Comparatively, steel starts melting at 2498° F.

Prolonging the Life of Your Granite Counter Tops in Colorado Springs

Generally, pots and pans in the kitchen will never reach a high enough temperature to melt your Colorado Springs granite countertops. However, your granite is likely sealed to prevent discoloration and damage. While it is extremely unlikely that you will damage the granite itself with heat, exposure to high temperatures over time could take a toll on your sealant. Problems with the sealant may result in gradual discoloration or gouges on the surface of the material. It could even lead to unsightly black marks.

Granite will actually pull the heat away from hot items. This reaction causes dishes to cool faster when they are in contact with granite. Using a heat coaster or hot pad on your granite will not only help your food stay hot longer, but it will also keep your granite countertops looking great over time.

Some exposure to extreme temperature changes can damage granite. For example, when you use granite in outdoor kitchens, swinging temperatures could result in problems. Thankfully, the temperatures in Colorado Springs are often mild enough to avoid these types of problems entirely.

Repairing Long-Term Heat Damage

If your granite’s sealant appears to be discolored, you can still take steps to restore it without having to replace the slab entirely. You can rub restorative pastes or liquids into the counter, wipe them away, and the granite should look good as new.

Whether you are considering installing granite for the first time or you need help with a repair, our team at Planet Granite can help. Call 719-522-0748 today.

The Importance of Perspective When Choosing Granite

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There are a lot of good reasons for the residents of Colorado Springs to choose granite countertops for their homes. In terms of practicality, they are unsurpassed. Durable and resistant to bacteria, scratches and burns, granite countertops add an average of 25% of their cost to the resale value of a home. Equally important, they provide the opportunity for homeowners to design living spaces as uniquely individual as they are.

Granite Formation

Depending upon where it was formed, each slab of granite possesses its own unique characteristics. An igneous rock formed from magma, granite comes in a wide variety of shades, colors and patterns. Swirls are created by the shifting of tectonic plates during the cooling process. Surrounding minerals in the soil add beautifully colorful streaks. Granite is second only to diamonds in hardness. Since granite countertops last for decades, it’s important to view the entire slab of granite rather than just a sample before your purchase.

Variations

Part of the appeal of granite is that no two pieces are exactly alike. There can even be wide variations in pattern and color within a single slab. Viewing an entire slab reveals any features that an individual might find undesirable. While swirls might create the perfect effect for one design, specks or geometric patterns might work better with another. Some might view a deviation in a mineral pattern as an enhancement to its beauty and originality, while others might view it as a defect. Choosing the right granite countertops for your Colorado Springs home depends on your personal perspective, as well as the dimensions, design and lighting of each individual space.

At Planet Granite, we offer expert assistance in choosing a high-quality stone that will bring your unique vision to life. If you’re thinking of enhancing current décor with the beauty and practicality of granite or quartz countertops, we can help. Come visit us at our Colorado Springs showroom or give us a call at 719-522-0748 today.

Tips on Choosing the Perfect Granite for Your Bathroom

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Planet Granite BathroomYou probably use your home’s bathroom multiple times, every day. Why not make it as beautiful as possible by updating it with real granite? Granite’s appearance and durability make it a natural choice for a high-traffic, damp environment. Whether you are planning to install a granite countertop or backsplash, or use granite tiles as your flooring or in the shower, these tips give you a few guidelines you can use when choosing the perfect granite for your bathroom.

Tips on Choosing Granite for Your Bathroom

  • Granite is a real stone. Therefore, slabs of granite have naturally occurring variations in color and appearance. Although you can choose the general appearance of your granite, you shouldn’t expect a uniform look. This is a good thing. Slight variations will give your bathroom a more natural appearance.
  • Tiles made from granite are typically thicker than those which come from a factory. Don’t be afraid of selecting thicker, heavier tiles than normal, but you have to have a plan for how to install these types of heavier tiles.
  • Don’t use wide grout lines and select a grout color which blends in with the look of your granite. Many people use grout as a decorative element when installing ceramic tiles. Don’t do it with granite. You want your stone to stand out, not your grout.
  • Many designers suggest using larger tiles for flooring, and smaller tile for the walls. The larger floor tiles make smaller bathrooms feel larger, while smaller wall tiles are easier to install than larger, heavier tiles.
  • Everything from toothpaste to make-up remover may spill onto your granite countertop. Granite is good at resisting stains, but it is still semi-porous. That means you need to plan on sealing your granite regularly.

Are you thinking about remodeling your bathroom and adding real granite countertops? The Colorado Springs granite countertop experts, Planet Granite can help. Call 719-522-0748 to learn more.

5 Fun Facts About the Granite Countertop in Your Colorado Springs Home

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Planet Granite KitchenIf you’ve been thinking about upgrading your kitchen countertops, consider the conversational character of granite.

Imagine this: Your dinner guests have abandoned your dining room and gathered in your kitchen — again. And what do they want to talk about? Your beautiful granite countertops. After you’ve told them who installed them, what other granite stories can you tell them?

Plenty! Read on to learn more.

5 Fascinating Facts about the Granite in Granite Countertops

·  Granite is our planet. Most of the continental shelves are made of granite.

· Granite is a huge part of history. It has existed almost as long as the earth, which is a real demonstration as to the durability of the surface! Having granite in your home is like utilizing one of the planet’s most timeless and beautiful treasures.

·  Granite makes rock climbing fun. Mountaineers love climbing granite ledges because granite rarely breaks. Climbing gyms all around the country follow nature’s example and use granite for their rock climbing walls. Nothing keeps you on the side of the mountain like a sturdy handhold!

·  Granite’s hardness is second only to diamond’s. This feature makes it a great countertop. You can use your knives on granite countertops all day long. Unless you’re using your diamond-edged knife, you won’t scratch it.

·  Granite is the choice of monument makers. For millennia, monument makers have chosen granite when they want to make that special statement. The Pyramids of Giza, the Statute of Liberty and the mysterious stone circles of Stonehenge all use granite.

Call Us About Beautiful Granite Countertops

Keep your dinner guests easily entertained with intriguing granite countertops in your Colorado Springs home. Call us at 719-522-0748 or send us a message online to learn more about the fascinating ways you can upgrade your countertops.

How to Mix and Match Your Granite Countertops

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Planet Granite KitchenGranite has been a hot trend in home and business decor for years and for good reasons: it’s a stylish, durable and versatile material. Granite countertops are heat- and scratch-resistant and the fine, non-porous grain makes them stain-resistant as well. They are ideal throughout the house, from the kitchen to bathroom and beyond. If you keep a home or business in the Colorado Springs area, Planet Granite can connect you with the finest granite countertops.

How to Mix and Match Granite to Get the Look You Want

For a modern, contemporary style, consider colors like black or deep grey. Add brighter contrast with pale, creamy tones. This can look great when paired with dark wood accents throughout the space. For a warmer, relaxed appearance, choose neutral browns and mid-tone grey shades with subtle patterns. To make your counter the focal point of the room, look for spectacular green and gold granites.

Colorado Springs’ Granite Countertops Experts

At Planet Granite, our experts will help you find the exact right piece to fit the unique aesthetic of your business or home. We import from both local quarries and sources around the world to offer a wide variety of stunning colors, shades, textures and countertop sizes.

Our design process is easy, from start to finish. Contact us to set up a free consultation at your convenience. One of our talented and experienced designers will come to your home or business to measure the space and discuss your goals and budget. You’ll be given a free estimate and the designer will answer any questions you may have. Once you give the go-ahead, the countertops will be installed quickly.

Planet Granite is the Colorado Springs’ premier granite countertop expert. No matter the size of the project, we can help bring your design vision to life. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your granite countertop upgrade.

Planet Granite

3020 N Stone Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Phone: 719 522-0748 | Fax: 719 522-0754