• Redesign Your Home with Planet Granite

    Revitalize your kitchen or bathroom with new, gorgeous countertops and sinks. Choose from a myriad of samples from our granite, marble, and quartz collection, quarried locally and from all around the world. Come visit our showroom or call us today to schedule a free measurement.

    Learn More
  • Redesign Your Home with Planet Granite

    Revitalize your kitchen or bathroom with new, gorgeous countertops and sinks. Choose from a myriad of samples from our granite, marble, and quartz collection, quarried locally and from all around the world. Come visit our showroom or call us today to schedule a free measurement.

    Learn More
  • Redesign Your Home with Planet Granite

    Revitalize your kitchen or bathroom with new, gorgeous countertops and sinks. Choose from a myriad of samples from our granite, marble, and quartz collection, quarried locally and from all around the world. Come visit our showroom or call us today to schedule a free measurement.

    Learn More

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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)

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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!

 

 

Local Stone Color: Quarried in Colorado

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What’s new in the wonderful world of durable, colorful natural stone countertops? A recent choice for local stone color is already making waves in the decorating field. Called Quarried in Colorado, the slabs are cut to fit the requirements of each job.

Stone has an amazing display unique to each portion lifted from the ground. Veining, speckles, and color are unique to the types of minerals that compose the stone, as well as the dynamic natural activity that caused it to form in the first place. Natural slabs can be cut into a perfect countertop for any room in the house, such as the:

  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom
  • Laundry room
  • Office

The saw yields the first view of how each piece will appear. Polishing wheels enhance the completed, natural appearance.

Quarries in Colorado have been operational for centuries, mining and delivering stone locally and around the world. Colors and shades include beige, coffee, burgundy, blue, and burgundy. The beautiful red, pink, and rose shades of the Lyons Sandstones include bits of silicate, quartz, and iron oxides. That formation is thought to have started more than 250 million years ago.

Stone is exceptionally durable. No harm is done if you accidentally set a hot pan on the countertop without a protective mat underneath. It’s natural to have water spillage so near the sink. The top is seldom affected. Just a quick swipe of a dry towel absorbs the water without any damage. On occasion, acidic foods and drinks may leave rings or marks. Stonemasons have the experience and ability to remove or resurface stains and compensate for chipped or nicked areas.

Your home can dazzle family and guests with local stone color like Quarried in Colorado countertops regardless of where you live. Ask questions about where the stone comes from and how it holds up to everyday living. Expect to get expert advice regarding upgrades. The countertop will likely outlast the home. Simply remodel with a change in drapes, curtains, flooring, or paint for the remainder of the room. Meanwhile, enjoy the cost-effective beauty of natural stone.

Colorado Red Stone Countertops

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Granite countertops never go out of style. They have a rich elegance that is a perfect addition to any and all applications, whether that includes a kitchen countertop, a bathroom vanity top or an upscale counter for your business showroom. Though any granite has beautiful veining, the unique and incredible deep red color of the Colorado Red Stone Countertop is a prime example of natural elegance.
Because of its allure, the Colorado Red Stone countertop is on the incline in the countertop industry. The natural color is the perfect addition to any project, and each piece is absolutely one of a kind.

Not only does it look fantastic, but it is durable, scratch resistant and virtually indestructible as well. Thus making it optimal for any utilization. There is no need to worry about ruining your kitchen counter with hot dishes anymore. With Colorado Red Stone, the countertop is heat resistant and safe for those hot pots and pans. The granite countertop will actually absorb the heat where as on an ordinary countertop a hot dish would leave scars or burns.

Each piece of Colorado Red Stone countertop is a beautiful and unique example of natural artistry. That’s why installation into any home or business is a very smart investment. Not only does it look beautiful; it is sure to add to resale value with its timeless charm. Long after installation, Colorado Red Stone will not fade and will retain its natural appearance.

It is not hard to see why Colorado Red Stone is on such an incline in the countertop world. The graceful veining of the deep red rock, the absolute hardness and durability, and the maintained value long after installation make it the impeccable choice for any homeowner or business looking to make improvements on any kitchen, bathroom or showroom.

 

Trending: White Carerra Marbles

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white carreraThe Pantheon, in the city of Rome, stands as a gorgeous tribute to the remarkable architecture that scripted it. Its splendor brings to light the brilliance of White Carrera marbles in transforming the appeal of any monument. The use of White Carrera marbles has since translated over to many different countries and become a popular material for homes. For centuries together, Carrera marbles have been extensively used in homes and public spaces. The reasons why it has such unfailing patronage are predictable.

1. Unmatched beauty makes it a countertop of choice – There are few ways to achieve the look that is offered by White Carrera marbles. We all like marble studded flamboyance for our kitchens; its presence is light, uplifting, and classic. Amidst stainless steel appliances or personalized ornaments, White Carrera marble studded kitchen countertops come across as a breath of fresh air. The overall look is sleek and clean, and it allows for all types of design and decoration routes beyond the countertops.

2. Carrera marbles can be suitably maintained – Homeowners yearn to have Carrera marbled countertops in their household; yet, there has been debate on their longevity due to platina formation and general degradation (triggered by wear and tear ). Lack of timely maintenance could result in platina formation and a reduction in the life of the marble. Since the rise of these concerns, however, many companies have come up with sealants (or spray cleaners) to enhance its longevity. Wiping up spills and stains as soon as possible and not allowing them to seep into the surface has been suggested as a possible remedy to keep the marble neat and lustrous. The love affair that we have with marbles has also been boosted by polishing the marbles and reducing wear and tear considerably.

As do many natural stone materials, each comes with a certain level of maintenance and methods of protection. That is, after all, one of the factors that makes having stone and marble countertops so exclusive and next-level. Check out the White Carrera marble trend that’s sweeping homes by storm.

How Granite Increases Home Value

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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.

Choosing Imported Stones For Your Home

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Interiors designed with stones can transform the appearance of a house and take the overall quality of the interior decor up a notch.  Stones come in various colors and shapes, giving you the flexibility to design your home or office according to your taste and preference.  Apart from their elegance, natural stones also last for a very long time as they’re virtually indestructible.

Over the years, the use of natural stones has significantly grown in popularity.  Wood and brick designs, as a result, are giving way to stone designs for their elegance, durability, resistance, and strength.  Hence, the demand for natural stones has grown manifold.

Stones are found in many parts of the world; however, their quality and appearance vary to a large extent owing to natural factors and processing.  Some of the sources are considered to be better than the rest.

The other factor to keep in mind while procuring stones is the cost of processing.  A few sources have a longstanding history of using natural stones as building materials and hence, have an established system of processing and quarrying them.  Inevitably, the cost of production at these sources is also less.  Many prefer to get the stones shipped from these locations for a cheaper rate.

The primary factor that influences the cost of stone is the denseness because the processing cost for such stones is higher.  The other factor is the method of quarrying.  If stones are quarried above the ground then the cost involved in the process would be less.

Stones are quarried all over the world and one can get the stones of desired quality and appearance by importing them from the locations where they are processed.  After all, no one wants to compromise on the quality, especially when it’s a long-term investment as you do not need to tinker with the interior every now and then.

When you’re making a decision on which stone to use in your interior, consider your favorites and then do a little research on the best places in the world to find them. Then, consider the weather patterns of these places. Details such as these can play a big role in a quality of the stone as well as steer you in a direction to make an educated choice. 

Trending: All Natural Stone vs. Health

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Using natural materials in your home, especially on your counter tops, is important if you are looking for something that is safe for the health and general well being of you and your family. Natural stones have made a big comeback with beautiful, natural materials like marble, granite and soapstone growing in popularity.

Color Your World With Natural Stone Counter Tops

Using natural stones doesn’t have to mean that your counter or table tops in the kitchen will be any less elegant. Take granite, for example: you can find shades and patterns to suit every style. You also have the option of choosing a product with a hint of a blue, a tinge of gray, a warm brown or yellow, or pristine white.

Go Natural For Your Health

When making a choice of stone for your counter tops, going natural is a good idea. If you’re an avid baker or love to cook, you’ll get much more use out of the counter tops than the average person who does not. It can be comforting to know that the surface in which you place the food you feed to yourself and your family is free of synthetic and superficial material. Most foods, especially fruits and veggies, are like sponges as they absorb water and other substances they come into contact with. Natural countertops won’t contain any chemicals, and as a result, we won’t be ingesting these substances. 

Natural Stone Counter Tops & Ventilation 

An important factor to take into consideration when making a decision to install natural stone counter tops or other home structures is an efficient ventilation system throughout your entire home. This could mean anything from your vents, to electrical outlets, to plumbing pipes. Each of these factors allows ventilation of stagnant air indoors to be replaced with fresh air from the outdoors. When using any sort of natural component in your home, it’s important to provide it with proper ventilation as it would be receiving in its natural habitat. This will keep your lungs and overall health clear of dangerous substances. 

 

Market Trend: White Stones

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Interior design mavens are showing a lot of love to white stone counters in Colorado and beyond. Here’s a look at some of the gorgeous ways savvy professionals and design-conscious homeowners are turning this design trend into one that’s here to stay.

Why White

White is instantly covetable with so many emotional connotations and design cues from the world over. Depending on where you live, white counters can channel country chic or laid back beachy, while still being ethereal and subtly luxurious. That’s exactly why so many design houses are backing this trend across the United States, including right here in Colorado.

Instant Boost

White stones on counters can give a home an instant boost. As interior design ideas go, this is one trend that has remained a timeless classic and with good reason. Picture walking into a home with a glistening white stone counter. It immediately opens up the space, gives a feeling of light, and puts you at ease. Because white has always been the preserve of those lucky enough to have people to keep it looking sparkling, it also connotes luxury on many levels. Yet, the beautiful finish of white stone counters means that you can keep it pristine with minimal effort, not unlike what you would do with other kinds of counters.

Modern Effect

Modern minimalism and classic modern both meld well with white stone counters. Steel finish appliances are beautifully offset by white stones on the counters. Pick from a variety of gorgeous white stones, each mirroring your personality and your home.

Beautiful & Affordable

The allure of white stones for counters is that they give the interior design effect of a more expensive marble but still fit within a budget. That makes this a promising trend in times where many are jittery about taking on huge expenses with the economy just getting back on its feet.

Versatile

White stones adapt well to almost any design and decor sensibility. Whether your cabinets are antique or modern, whether you’re looking for something to make your counters look brighter,  or whether you hope to make the  island stand out in your open plan kitchen, chances are you will find that white stones work beautifully in any case. 

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