What’s the Difference Between Granite, Quartz and Marble?

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Granite, quartz and marble are three of the most popular kitchen and bathroom countertop materials available in Colorado Springs.

Granite, Quartz and Marble, Oh My!

While natural and engineered stone seems impervious, proper care is required to ensure the beauty shines on indefinitely. So what are the differences in these incredible stones?

Granite’s Elegant Simplicity

Granite is a natural stone that is quarried in slabs, so your bathroom and kitchen countertops will truly be one of a kind. Quartz, feldspar, mica, hornblende, and biotite create stunning patterns and colors. Clean granite with a mild cleanser and soft cloth as soon as you notice any spills or stains. Heat and dirt are no match for the resilience of granite. Make sure you have your granite countertops resealed at least every 15 years to prevent damage.

Quartz and Its Bold Options

Quartz is an engineered stone that rivals granite and marble in terms of beauty and durability. A special resin binds the quartz crystals together, creating a low-maintenance product. Because of the resin, quartz is non-porous, antimicrobial and scratch resistant. It can be manufactured to look like granite or marble if desired. Color pigments and sparkles can be added to create unique kitchen and bathroom countertops. Unlike granite and marble, most quartz does not require a sealant.

Sophisticated Marble in Colorado Springs

Perhaps the most delicate of the three, marble is the most porous and is susceptible to staining. The added porosity also makes marble easier to chip and ding. A quality sealant is vital to a long-lasting marble countertop. Be sure to wipe up any spills immediately to protect the marble countertops from damage.

Avoid harsh cleaners to protect the sealant on your stone countertops. Use a cutting board to keep bacteria at bay, and wipe up spills quickly to prevent staining. Revitalize your kitchen and bath with dedicated support from the team at Planet Granite. Contact us to get started on your Colorado Springs remodel today!

How to Prep Your Kitchen For New Countertops

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If home is where the heart is, it could well be said that the kitchen is where many of those heartwarming memories are made. From home-cooked meals to memorable dinner conversations, the kitchen is a time-honored centerpiece of many American homes. Simply put, the kitchen is not just any old room in the home.

Freshening up the kitchen with all new quartz or granite countertops in Colorado Springs will leave the kitchen looking more refined and inviting than ever. However, careful planning is an important consideration to make, even though the refinishing process is not as burdensome as you may have been led to believe.

Prepare for the Messy Refinishing Process

Whether you choose to refinish your kitchen counters with quartz, granite or any other material, know that there will be a mess if you do not plan accordingly. Lay down old cloths or carpet that you are willing to let get dirty. That way, debris from refinishing will fall on the pre-designated cloths instead of the floors. This makes cleanup easier on both you and the home remodeling professionals.

Similarly, prepare for refinishing by removing valuable or breakable items from the area where the professionals will be working. This is an easy way to prevent unnecessary damage to valuable items in your kitchen and home.

Make the Job Easier for the Professionals

Making life easier on the professionals who refinish your kitchen countertops will make the refinishing process a better experience for everyone. Provide a parking space as close to the kitchen as possible to prevent unnecessary downtime between trips to the truck. Also, have some old rags to give to the refinishing team. Refinishing the counters will go faster when the team has all the cleanup items they will need during refinishing.

Contact us to learn how our Colorado Springs home remodeling professionals can help you with refinishing your countertops.

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Granite Color for Your Kitchen

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New granite countertops can bring elegance, style and appeal to any kitchen. Granite kitchen countertops are available in about any color palette you can imagine. There are smooth or mottled textures, and finishes that range from glossy to matte. You can simulate the look of marble, stone or just about any design effect.

Avoiding Kitchen Clash With Colorado Springs Granite Countertops

However, choosing the wrong granite countertop style can have a detrimental effect. You’ll want to ensure that your kitchen countertop choice has a complimentary effect with your kitchen cabinets, flooring, window treatments, wall paint color and décor. If your kitchen is in need of an upgrade, consider the following tips and ideas for choosing the ideal granite countertops:

Cabinet considerations. To ensure your new granite counters will be in harmony with your cabinets, take the time to unscrew a small cabinet door and bring it along to the store. You’ll then be able to compare the wood tone and cabinet hardware with a range of options.

Swatches and samples. Snip a small swatch of fabric from an internal kitchen curtain hem and/or borrow one of your blind slats to bring along. A paint and flooring sample can be helpful as well. Consider also bringing a small décor element to the store such as a placemat, chair cushion and wall print to ensure a match.

Photos. If samples aren’t possible for all kitchen elements, take photos of your kitchen to view on your tablet or smartphone at the store. Just be sure that your monitor shows a color-corrected, accurate rendition of your kitchen colors.

Try compelling contrast. Pairing darker granite with lighter existing kitchen elements can be very compelling – and vice versa. Subtle flecks of an artfully chosen contrasting color can really play up this visual impact. However, you can also look for countertops with a bit of the prevalent color(s) in your kitchen.

Bring granite samples home. Once you’ve narrowed down some strong kitchen countertop choices, bring a few granite countertop samples home so that you can see it in its potential new home environment.

While the right kitchen countertop selection can take your kitchen to new heights of style and appeal, a mismatched choice means wasted money and time. Use these tips to make the very best Colorado Springs granite countertop selection, and shop Planet Granite for the top styles and features.

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.

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. 

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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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