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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.

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.

Think Outside the Box: Granite Pavers

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If you live in Colorado Springs, you know how stylish and beautiful Planet Granite’s countertops are. However, you may not be aware that Planet Granite can also provide granite pavers in Colorado Springs, for use in residents’ backyards. After our custom installations, we always end up with extra granite pieces. In the past, those pieces might have been thrown out, but we recognize the value and beauty of repurposing material. With this eco-friendly perspective in mind, we are happy to transform these granite pieces into beautiful pavers for the backyard, walkway or driveway.

Choose Beautiful Repurposed Granite Pavers

Repurposing says  a lot about you. It says that you care about our environment while you beautify yours. Don’t settle for river rock or brick when you can have the amazing elegance of granite. You have lovely granite kitchen countertops and bathroom countertops inside your home, so why not have sleek granite walkways that mirror the colors of the Rocky Mountain West? Whether you choose our pavers for a main pathway or to create a special nook where you can put aside your travails from a busy day, you’ll love the look that our granite pavers will bring to any home.

For Home or Office — Nothing Beats Granite

When it comes to sheer magnificence, nothing beats granite. Whether you have a commercial project or you want to beautify your residential home, our granite pavers can add richness and color to any plan. You will love how they add sophistication not found with other pavers, and still fit in with the Western motifs we’ve come to expect living here. Think of how lovely your home will look with custom granite pavers in your yard with the majestic backdrop of the Pike’s Peak and the Rocky Mountains. It’s hard to imagine a more perfect setting than Colorado Springs.

When you think of custom granite countertops or quartz countertops, you think  PlanetGranite for all your countertop needs. Nonetheless, when you think about granite pavers, you should also think  PlanetGranite for your paver needs. Contact us today about our luxurious granite pavers.

Caring for Your Granite Countertops (or Quartz Ones)

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

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!

 

 

How Granite Increases Home Value

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

graniteDeep inside the earth’s crust, feldspar and mica reacted with each other and became molten as a result. The molten mixture showed up on the earth’s surface as it cooled down. Such interesting origins of granite and its aesthetic aura have made it popular in homes across the globe. The real-estate industry swears by it due to its beauty and longevity. Quite predictably, these qualities of granite are known to increase the economic value of homes.

  • Granite counters in a kitchen can boost its visual appeal. – When you walk into a kitchen as a prospective buyer or as its proud owner, the sight of granite countertops is a reflection of other details of the home. Granite stands out due to its striated look and natural beauty. The compelling shades and colors can bring about a sense of calm and peacefulness to a kitchen. Undoubtedly, a kitchen is close to the owner’s heart, playing host to quality family dinners, a central hub for dinner parties with friends, and the one place everyone can gather and spend time together. Deciding to install granite to your countertops in this sacred part of the home reflects the attention and detail the owners have put into the rest of the home as well.
  • The overall ability to sell is boosted. – Aside from its aesthetic qualities, granite brings with it economic benefits. A well-sealed granite countertop is as durable and long-lasting as they come; its hardness is second only to diamond.  Its heat-resistant properties and ability to remain scratch-free gives it an advantage as a choice of countertops. Homes with granite countertops and details have been known to sell quickly and easily. Almost 25% of granite’s retail value gets added onto the home value. Add to that the durability of granite and we have a win-win situation. For all its qualities and reasonable pricing, granite countertops become an indispensable part of any modern-day home.

The Importance of Stone Sustainability

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Using natural stones on countertops is an elegant way to design your interior, and they come with numerous benefits, like an enduring life-cycle, easy maintenance, and durability just to name a few.  However, the reason why natural stones have been increasingly used as building materials of late is largely credited to their sustainability.

Sustainability is a crucial factor in any process, as it yields long term financial benefits.  It also establishes a smooth and well-structured system unlike the ones lasting for a short span of time.  A sustainable process facilitates a better understanding of the requirements of the end user, builds credibility in the market, and improves overall process through implementation of effective measures.

Natural stone is one of the materials that provides energy efficiency, conserves natural resources, and reduces waste and pollution.  Well-known quarries where stones have been processed for many years have a better understanding of the process and hence, importing stones from these quarries has become a regular practice.

It has already been established that granite, limestone, marble, sandstone, travertine or slate improves the sustainable level in architecture and design.  Natural stone has a longer life cycle as they can endure many variables such as water, heat, cold, and dust– another reason why it’s considered an environment-friendly material.  It reduces energy consumption and emission of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Using natural stone as building material has been preferred over brick or wood as of late owing the reason to various favorable factors, such as their unique character, elegance, durability, and variety.  Natural stones come from the earth, so there would never be any dearth of resource when they are required.  There are numerous other benefits associated with the use of natural stones as building material which is why we see more and more homes and offices are designed with them.

All in all, sustainability supports your purchase as more of an investment. It is one of the most significant factors to consider when choosing a countertop for your interior.

Recycled Granite: The Pros of Going Green

Written by Planet Granite, Inc. on . Posted in Granite, Interior Design

The environmentalists of the stone architecture industry are figuring out ways to use their resources to continue their efforts in improving Mother Earth. It has been discovered that a lot of stone design companies are disposing of tons and tons of excess rock every year. In other cases, homes are being knocked down or renovated where the stone used in the design will be thrown out. When this happens, the stone inevitably goes into landfills.

Why does this matter? When we dispose of granite, whether it’s extra unused material or the byproduct of a house or building, we are throwing away money. As clients, we spend a lot of money to install granite fixtures in our homes be it countertops, floors, fireplaces, or stone accents. Stone is a precious resource for many reasons.

Stone is durable, indestructible, and ultimately a very valuable material in construction and interior design which is why it comes with a price. Given that it is indestructible, that leaves little reason to throw it away into a landfill where it will sit and take up space. The money and time you put into constructing with granite will be buried in the landfill right next to the granite itself when it’s thrown away.

Recycling granite is the newest thing to hit the stone design industry. More and more industry experts are catching on to the notion that saving unused granite and reusing it is creating a new industry in and of itself. Recycling granite vastly decreases the amount of it going into landfills and recreates the product into new countertops, floors, pathways, fixtures, and structures. Consequently, new jobs are created. Employees and businesses are needed to gather, build, sell and install the recycled granite.

As more people learn of these opportunities, the recycled granite industry will begin to benefit many people. The more companies that embrace this practice, there will be more jobs created and an improving economy. Most importantly, the cost of recycled granite is more affordable than the original product. Instead of throwing money away, use it to benefit the environment, the economy and your wallet.

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Granite: Thinking Outside The Countertops

Written by Planet Granite, Inc. on . Posted in Granite, Home, Interior Design

When spouting off all of the great things about your home, granite usually tops the list especially in reference to countertops. If you’re not adding granite countertops to your kitchen, consider yourself late to the party. On the other hand, granite holds a lot of value and will therefore increase the value and appearance of your home. Why should we limit that to just kitchen counters? Here are some alternate ways to use granite throughout your home.

  1. Floors- These days, carpet is growing more scarce in some cases and is only found in the bedrooms. Living rooms, kitchens, entryways, and dining rooms are adapting a smoother, more solid texture. Not only are non-carpeted floors easier to clean, but they give a sleek finish to the interior design. Granite floors, or even just granite accents to a stone floor, provide elegance and taste to any floor.
  2. Basin/Sink- Kitchen countertops aren’t the only ones to embellish in the house. Bathrooms are another style-driven, household room that people tend to put a lot of detail and work into. Whether you’re hoping to mold just a basin or the entire countertop, granite is a great way to go. Just as in the kitchen, it provides sophisticated detail while its neutral colors leave plenty of room for creativity and decor.
  3. Fireplace- Your home’s fireplace also doubles as an altar of sorts, in that while it’s burning, everyone is turned towards it and hoping to receive its warmth. Fireplaces tend to be areas in the home that we want to put a little extra work into. Using granite to form a fireplace mantle– or even a decorative mosaic on the mantle– is a great way to incorporate a beautiful, stone finish.
  4. Backsplash- While we know countertops usually take the cake in granite usage, what if we switched things up a bit? The backsplash is another very significant kitchen feature. In pinpointing all of the ways granite is a good candidate for countertops, we can say the same for backsplash. Challenge yourself to get creative by leaving granite off the countertops and instead incorporating it into the backsplash for a memorable and distinct kitchen.

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