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!

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.

Granite vs. Quartz Countertops for Your Colorado Springs Home

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Planet Granite KitchenChoosing the best kitchen countertops in Colorado Springs may be difficult considering the benefits of both granite and quartz. Each material will increase the overall value of your home while adding class to your kitchen. Although the ideal surface for you ultimately revolves around personal preferences and your budget, you can rest easy knowing that either product will provide years of hassle free use and easy to maintain beauty.

Choosing Between Granite and Quartz

Granite countertops have the following characteristics:

  • Elegant beauty. Granite adds an element of luxury to your kitchen and is available in a variety of colors.
  • Simplicity. Granite surfaces are extremely easy to clean and maintain.
  • A resistant surface. Granite resists heat, dirt and bacteria.
  • Hardness. Short of dropping an extremely heavy object on your countertop, it is very difficult to damage granite.

Some people prefer a quartz surface which offers the following benefits:

  • Stain resistance. Quartz is a material made from stone which is highly resistant to stains and does not need to be sealed like granite.
  • A slightly softer surface. Quartz is highly durable yet more chip resistant than granite due to its slightly softer surface.
  • Seams which are easy to conceal. The seams between slabs of quartz become very subtle once the countertops are installed.
  • Resistance to bacteria. With simple cleaning, you won’t need to worry about spreading germs to your family members.
  • Lower cost. When compared to granite, quartz is less expensive to install and gives your home a more modern appearance.

A Personal Choice Which Adds Value to Your Home

Regardless of which type of countertop you determine will most effectively meet your needs, both granite and quartz will add elegance to your kitchen area and increase the overall value of your home. When you are ready to select the perfect slab for your granite or quartz countertops in Colorado Springs, give us a call at Planet Granite.

The Most Popular Granite Colors For Kitchen Countertops

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Granite CountertopKitchen decorating trends change annually and sometimes in the middle of the year, but there’s one thing that hasn’t changed in centuries, and that’s the timeless beauty of granite. It’s always in style.

It’s an easy choice, but what confounds many people shopping for Colorado Springs kitchen countertops is what color to choose. That’s because they instinctively understand that there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to colors in the kitchen. Here’s a look at the most popular colors and their benefits.

Best Colors For Granite Kitchen Countertops

  • White. A lot of people shy away from white because they feel it’s too plain and sanitized, like a hospital operating room. But granite is never plain, there are always veins and flecks of darker colors within, and there are several shades of whiteness. White also makes your kitchen space look larger.
  • Brown. A great choice for those wishing to create a warm, homey and rustic type of feel. It also works well with many different cabinet tones, especially lighter shades.
  • Beige. This is probably the most versatile color because it works with well many different decor options. Like brown, it’s a great for conveying a rustic atmosphere, and it matches up well with wood cabinets and decorations.
  • Black. If you definitely want granite countertops but also would like a solid color, black is the way to go. No need to have a dark decor with this color, instead let it stand out as the centerpiece of your kitchen.
  • Jewel-tone. For something bit different and exotic, try this interesting type of granite. It’s striking and eye-catching in its appearance, but it requires a bit more nuance when decorating.

Remember, the color of your granite countertops can change the atmosphere, the emotional impact and even the practical utility of your kitchen.

Have questions about choosing the right granite countertops in Colorado Springs? Contact us at 719-522-0748 or drop us a line online for answers anytime.

How to Choose the Perfect Countertop Edge

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Planet GraniteAfter selecting the ideal slab for your granite countertops in Colorado Springs, you’ll need to focus on choosing the best edge profile. The edge profile is that part of the countertop that you and your family and guests will notice first thing as they walk into the room and admire your countertops, so it pays to give the edge profile careful consideration. Here are the various options your granite countertops supplier in Colorado Springs can offer you.

Straight Edges

Straight edges are suitable for kitchens with classic lines and a non-nonsense vibe. When you see a granite countertop with a straight edge, you know the cook is serious about cooking, cleaning and getting the job done with a minimum of frills. It’s not that a straight edge has no style; the style is the straight edge. It’s classic, practical and the easiest to clean of all the edge profile options.

Curved Edges

Curved edges are available in several different profiles, from the simple to the ornate. They lend a smoothness to the countertop and can help to balance out a kitchen or bathroom with a modern design, so they work well in a classic room as well as in a room with a distinct contemporary design. Depending on the ornateness, a curved edge can be simple to keep clean or require a little more detailed cleaning attention.

Fancy Edges

Fancy edges might consist of ones such as a double-curved edge, a chiseled edge, a Versailles step edge, or a Roman Ovollo. Don’t be intimidated by the names. They just help to describe the look so you and your Colorado Springs granite countertops installer can discuss options. Fancy edge profiles will cost more than, say a straight edge profile, but when you consider that you will have your countertop for a lifetime or more, the extra upfront cost is usually something that homeowners consider to be worth it.

Your granite countertop installer can show you drawings and samples of countertop edge profiles for you to carefully examine before making your final decision. For more information about the hundreds of choices available to you for your granite countertops, contact us today.

How To Clean Quartz Countertops

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Installing quartz countertops is a smart choice for homeowners. Not only does natural stonework look beautiful, but it also has relatively low maintenance. When shopping for quartz countertops in Colorado Springs, rest assured that you are purchasing a stain-resistant product with long-lasting attributes.

Keep in mind as you clean the quartz countertops that the material is non-porous. This prevents mold, mildew and dirt from becoming lodged in the countertops and causing problems in the future.

Easy Step-by-Step Granite Countertop Cleaning

The first step is to mop up spills right away on the countertops. When liquids dry, it can be tougher to remove and require scrubbing. Since you don’t want to use abrasive products, try to clean the quartz before any spills dry. Although quartz countertops are non-porous, they can be scratched.

Wipe the countertop with a damp cloth or paper towel. Water is often good enough to address most countertop stains. However, you may use a small amount of non-abrasive cleaner. Never use products that contain bleach or solvents.

Clean up dried stains with a sponge and natural scrubbing power. For resistant stains from gum and food, you may need a putty knife to pry off the debris. To deeply clean after removing the stains, spray the non-abrasive cleaner and allow the product to settle for approximately 5 to 10 minutes before wiping off with the soft sponge. Rinse surfaces thoroughly with warm water and a cloth.

Certain products should not come into contact with your quartz countertops. Keep nail polish removers and permanent markers out of range of your counters. If permanent markers do get on the stonework, you may use a product like Goo Gone to erase any stains.

Quartz countertops are durable and won’t take up a lot of your time to clean. As long as you protect the countertops from sharp objects and extreme heat, the stone will last for years to come. Contact us now to learn more about our line of quartz countertops in Colorado Springs.

5 Unique Cabinet And Countertop Combinations That Work!

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When choosing a redesign for your kitchen, you may be overwhelmed by what color combinations to choose. Many homeowners select neutral shades for their cabinets and countertops to avoid an interior design faux pas. However, you don’t always have to play it safe. These are five unique combinations that work when installing new cabinets and quartz countertops in Colorado Springs.

Black Cabinets and White Quartz Countertops

A black and white theme sounds like a risky design choice for your kitchen, but the end result is a modern and elegant space. The dramatic contrast can really highlight the brand new look of your kitchen.

Brown Cabinets and Green Granite Countertops

Chocolate-stained cabinets paired with a light green granite countertop has a modern appeal. This combination will work extremely well with stainless steel appliances.

Lime Green Cabinets and Brown Quartz Countertops

Lime green cabinets sound like something out of the 1970s, but they can actually be used with browns to create a country kitchen look. The brown quartz countertops and stainless steel accents keep the space from appearing dated.

Oak Cabinets and Gold Quartz Countertops

Although oak and gold sounds too close to create enough of a contrast, the combination can be used to highlight the patterns found within a gorgeous slab of gold toned granite.

White Cabinets and White Granite Countertops

The combination sounds strange, but this mix can actually make your kitchen appear light and airy. This design is especially helpful if you want to give the appearance of more space. Add splashes of color with the backsplash and flooring as well as installing brightly colored cabinet hardware.

Along with the countertops and kitchen cabinets, keep in mind other aspects of the space. The lighting and flooring will also affect your color choices. Flooring should have some of the same color elements of the cabinets. As far as lighting, light colored cabinets will appear better in kitchens with no direct light source while darker cabinets are ideal for brightly lit rooms.

Call today for us to help with all of your Colorado Springs quartz countertop needs.

5 Facts You May Not Know About Quartz Countertops

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If you’re tired of your outdated countertops, you may be debating the wide variety of replacement materials available — from granite to laminate to quartz or even polished concrete. However, when it comes to long-lasting quality and a show-stopping appearance, there isn’t much that can rival engineered quartz. Read on to learn more about this durable material. 

5 Facts on Quartz Countertops

#1: It can be made anywhere.

While you may assume that quartz is mined around the world, engineered quartz (the source of the majority of building-grade quartz in the U.S.) can be manufactured using waste rock just about anywhere. This can mean finding locally-sourced quartz countertops even in urban Colorado Springs.

#2: Engineered quartz is one of the eco-friendliest countertop materials available. 

Because this type of quartz is generated through the recycling of waste products for other stone-based materials and is mixed with a polymer, it’s extremely eco-friendly. In addition to the use of recycled materials, the method of production uses very little energy.

#3: Quartz is more widely used than you think.

If you’ve ever been in an ornate public building like an airport, train station or courthouse, it’s likely you were walking on quartz slabs and stairs rather than marble. Because engineered quartz is made from waste rock, it’s one of the most inexpensive large-scale building options, perfect for the builder that wants to create an attractive and durable public surface on a tight budget.

#4: It has natural antimicrobial properties.

Quartz is an unusual mineral in that it requires no additional treatment to kill many surface microbes. 

#5: It’s easily customizable.

Unlike granite, which is difficult to join at corners, engineered quartz can be manufactured in custom shapes and sizes to fit any kitchen.

Now that you’ve learned more about the benefits of this unique material, if you’re in the market for some new kitchen countertops in Colorado Springs and are beginning to consider quartz, call our office today to schedule your free in-home consultation.

How Long Do Granite Countertops Last?

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More and more people are realizing that granite countertops aren’t just sleek and stylish, but they are durable. It is the combination of these two elements that are making more people consider installing granite countertops in Colorado Springs.

Granite Countertops Are Built to Last

Granite countertops are made using an all-natural stone known as granite. Granite is extremely strong and durable. It can not only withstand extreme temperatures, but it is so durable that it cannot be scratched or dented.

The use of this extremely durable natural stone means that those granite kitchen countertops you have installed in your home could last forever, but only with proper care and maintenance. In fact, your granite countertops will last so long the only time you will need to replace them is when you want to install new ones that have a different pattern or color.

Proper Maintenance Tips for Granite Countertops

With proper care and maintenance of your granite countertops, you will not scratch the surface while cutting fruits and vegetables or dent it by dropping a hard object on it.

The following are some basic granite countertop maintenance tips you can use to help keep your countertops lasting longer:

  • Use a soft sponge and mild soap to clean the surface of your countertop.
  • Avoid using cleaning agents that contain harmful chemicals.
  • Place cutting boards down before cutting vegetables and fruits.
  • Use countertops appropriately. Do not sit on them, stand on them or use them for any other purpose outside of the norm.
  • Replace the sealing on the countertops on a yearly basis.

Homeowners looking for a long-lasting, durable countertop will find granite to be the best option. When you are ready to purchase a granite countertop, let Planet Granite help you. We have one of the largest inventories of granite countertops in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Stop by our showroom to browse our inventory of granite countertops.

Planet Granite

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