• 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

3 Reasons Every Home Needs Granite Countertops

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Stunning countertops revitalize any room. When you walk into a home and see a beautiful countertop in a kitchen or bathroom, you’re most likely blown away.

In recent years, granite has quickly become one of the most popular countertop stones. Offering all the elegance of soft, cool marble, but also featuring great durability and affordability, choosing granite for your countertops is a decision you won’t regret.

Whether you’re a home builder looking for a solid countertop option or a homeowner looking for something to up your home’s “wow” factor, consider granite countertops.

Read on to learn three reasons that every home needs granite countertops.

Why Granite Countertops?

  1. They increase your home’s value. Adding granite countertops to a home — in the kitchen or the bathroom — has been proven to significantly add to the value of a home.
  2. They’re timeless. Granite is not a trend! Instead, granite countertops are beautiful now and will still be beautiful tomorrow and even 10 years from now. Something so beautiful and classic simply doesn’t go out of style.
  3. Their beauty can’t be rivaled. Granite is made up of many different types of crystals, making it absolutely stunning. The color of granite varies depending on its crystals, but the most common colors include white, gray, black, pink and orange. These crystals — including quartz, mica, feldspar, hornblende and biotite — give granite its unique, exquisite colors.

Make Your Dream of Granite Countertops Into A Reality

At Planet Granite, makers of quartz countertops in Colorado Springs, we have earned a great reputation for our granite countertops. After your free in-home measuring, we perfectly shape your countertops for your unique space. We promise to use only the best stone slabs from top quarries — so you know you’re getting the absolute best stones for your kitchen or bathroom countertops.

Call us today to get your dream countertops started! We can’t wait to work with you!

Finding the Right Kitchen Sink for Your Space

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Most people give little thought to household sinks until they’ve got one that isn’t quite right. Kitchen remodeling projects involve a significant amount of decisions, and it can be tempting to make hasty decisions. If you’re only doing a partial remodel, you’ll probably need to stick with the same size sink that is being replaced so it will fit into the same space as the previous one. However, if you’re going for a full renovation, you’ll be able to pick and choose the best size and shape of sink from a large variety of options.

Single or Double?

Whether you opt for a single or a double sink depends on how you will primarily use the fixture. If you’re going to be hand washing the majority of your dishes, for instance, you’ll probably want to choose a double kitchen sink. However, if you are going to be using a dishwashing machine, a large single sink might be a better choice. Also, if you or no one in your household cooks very often, you can easily get away with a smaller sink than if your kitchen were being used on an everyday basis. The kind of food being prepared should also be taken into account — large meals prepared using large pans require large sinks.

Space Considerations 

As mentioned above, kitchen size plays a major role in the size and even the shape of the fixtures. If you have shallow kitchen countertops in Colorado Springs, for instance, you may be better off with a narrow sink that has enough length to provide plenty of room. If your overall space is small, consider getting a corner sink to make use of every available inch.

Please feel free to call us at your convenience for more ideas on how to choose the best possible sink for the intended space.

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.

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.

Planet Granite

3020 N Stone Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80907
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