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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.

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.

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 Long Do Granite Countertops Last?

Written by Planet Granite, Inc. on . Posted in Counter Tops, Granite

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.

It’s White, Beige and Blue For This Year’s Best Dressed Countertops

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Homeowners have been aware of the many benefits of granite countertops for a number of years. Next to sapphires, rubies, and diamonds, granite is the hardest substance on the planet, making it an ideal food preparation surface for a variety of reasons. As a nonporous material, granite doesn’t harbor bacteria or viruses, making it one of the cleanest countertop options for both kitchens and bathrooms. Granite countertops also come in a large variety of colors to complement and contrast with any home decorating palette. Following are some of the most popular colors of granite countertops in Colorado Springs this year.

Light, Bright White and Silvers

One of this year’s biggest trends in countertop colors is bright hues such as white and silvers. White and silver granite comes flecked in a variety of colors, including rose, blue, green, gray and black and works extremely well with current trends toward incorporating optimal amounts of natural light into interior living spaces. White and silver countertops offer optimal shimmer and shine, and are ideal for those with small kitchens who want to make them appear larger.

Beige 

Many modern homeowners are gravitating toward beige granite countertops this year because they provide the bright look of white and silver countertops along with a warm, rustic glow. Beige also provide increased decorating options because it pairs with a huge variety of interior color schemes. White is pristine and lovely, but some homeowners prefer to use various shades of beige in order to have more decor color options and to create a warmer ambiance. Like white granite, beige granite is available with multicolored fleck in the surface of the materials.

Blues

Shades of blue are also popular for countertops this year –everything from sky blue through navy. Lighter blues provide an airy, casual look, while dark blues offer a solid, luxurious appeal.

Please feel free to call our office today to schedule your no-cost consultation.

 

When Should You Replace Your Countertops?

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There are several warning signs that indicate it may be time to replace your home’s countertops. If your counters have gashes, cuts, burns and/or stains that look bad and cannot be repaired, it is time to replace them. If the counters cannot be properly maintained, they should be replaced. Additionally, homeowners who are remodeling the home and/or intend to sell the home will want to replace old, outdated counters with new ones that match well with the home’s overall style.

Choosing a Countertop Material

Common countertop materials include wood, granite, quartz, ceramic, steel, slate and laminate. While some materials are more durable than others, the fact remains that a material that is good for one homeowner is not necessarily the best option for another. You will need to consider what style the kitchen or bathroom is meant to have, what the counter will be used for and how easy it will be to maintain. Cost should also be taken into account, as some materials are more expensive than others.

Picking a Countertop Color

Colors make a statement and can give a room a relaxing, flamboyant, bright or muted appearance. Pick a color that will match well with the walls, flooring and appliances in the room while bearing in mind the “feel” the room is meant to have. Light, bright colors are ideal for a kitchen or bathroom that is small and/or does not get much natural light while dark colors can help give a room an elegant ambiance. If you intend to sell the home, pick a neutral countertop color such as brown, black or gray.

Consider giving us a call if you need advice on replacing kitchen and/or bathroom countertops. Our Colorado Springs countertops are available in many sizes, materials, styles and price points and we offer free in-home consultations and estimates.

Caring for Your Granite Countertops (or Quartz Ones)

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Granite and quartz countertops are not only incredibly beautiful, they are also highly functional. However, many people haven’t learned how to properly care for these types of countertops yet. The good news is that Colorado Springs granite countertops and quartz countertops are both very easy to care for. In fact, they are far easier to keep clean than other countertop types like linoleum. Below, you’ll learn the top care tips for these types of countertops.

Protecting and Cleaning Your Countertops

Caring for your quartz or granite countertops should begin with protection in the form of a sealer. One leading choice is DuPont Revitalizer, as it is a sealer that includes a cleaner.  A sealer should always be applied only when the countertop is dry. After the sealer dries, it should be gently buffed with a cloth. This will lend extra shine to the surface while providing stain protection. If residue is already present on the stone, a residue remover like DuPont Klenzall is an excellent way to prepare for the sealer.

Once the granite or quartz has been sealed, it will typically require nothing more than a soapy water for basic cleaning. If you want to avoid mixing up your own soap and water cleanser, options like Stone Pro Finishing Touch or InvisaBLOCK Cleaner provide mild cleaning that also brings out the natural beauty of the stone.

What to Avoid With Granite Countertops in Colorado Springs

Acidic products and materials can be very damaging to granite and quartz counters. Any type of common cleaning chemicals are poor choices for stone counters. The chemicals can quickly strip away the sealer, leaving the stone vulnerable to stains and other damage.

Avoid placing meat or oils on the stone countertops while cooking. The germs from the raw meat can easily absorb into the porous stone, as can the oily residue from foods or cooking oils. These things can be difficult to remove, so a cutting board can provide an extra layer of protection while cooking.

Be sure to wipe away liquids as soon as they are spilled, and try to avoid leaving any wet bottles on the counters. While the sealer can repel liquids, granite and quartz are absorbent stones, so it’s possible that the liquid will sink and and cause stains if it’s not removed immediately.

Learn More About the Beauty and Function of Granite Countertops

Granite and quartz countertops are tremendously beautiful and highly functional. However, it is very important that they are treated properly if you want to get the best use out of them. If you’re considering new counters or need some help with the ones you already have, Planet Granite is here to help. Contact us today!

 

 

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