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How to Pick a Sink to Match Your Countertops

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

Kitchen Granite With Chairs

Remodeling your kitchen is a great way to update the look of your home, as well as increase the home’s value. During the process, you will need to choose countertops, cabinets, flooring, paint and fixtures. Once you have decided on the countertops to form the base of your kitchen, you will also need to select a sink that will best compliment them. When choosing a sink, it is essential to give consideration to the following:

Installation Type

An essential step in choosing your sink will be identifying the sink installation that will best complement your new countertops. While top-mounted sinks were considered the norm for older, traditional, laminate countertops, under-mount sinks are one of the best choices to complete the stone finish and thickness that you will have when installing with countertops such as granite.

Material

They are a variety of sink types and finishes you can choose from to match your countertops and create the finishing touch for your kitchen. Some of the most common materials you will be able to choose from are:

  • Stainless Steel
  • Composite Granite
  • Enameled Cast Iron
  • Bronze or Copper

When deciding on the sink material, you will want to consider the durability you will need as well as the finish that will best aesthetically compliment your new countertops.

Size and Bowl Configuration

You will want to determine whether you will best benefit from a single bowl or double bowl sink. If choosing a double sink, you will need to decide if you want two full sinks or a large sink and a disposal unit. You will also need to choose the correct size leaving enough depth for the faucet and dimensions of the space.

If you would like more information on choosing the correct sink for your kitchen or are looking to upgrade your kitchen countertops in Colorado Springs, contact Planet Granite today to schedule your consultation.

3 Ways to Achieve Counter Space Freedom

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

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Maximizing the openness of your counter space equals maximizing your enjoyment. After all, you invested into what you thought was enough lovely space to prep meals, create wonderful salads and throw together a sandwich on the run. Somehow, all that glorious space now seems overrun and a tad cramped. Here are three suggestions that may help you reinvigorate your countertops.

Microwave Relocation Plan

The single largest countertop occupier tends to be the microwave, so send it packing. That doesn’t mean you have to give it a one-way ticket out of town, but either find a spot where it no longer takes up high-traffic counter space or make a new plan. Elevating a microwave has provided dividends to many counter re-organizers. Also, moving it to a stationary table may be a good fix, depending on how often and what you use it for.

Shelf the Utensils

Many countertops have a utensil bin or crock of some type. It’s amazing how much space these items negate. This utensil holder can easily be put on a kitchen-handy shelf and brought down when needed. If you have enough drawer space, designating one solely for utensils can be very efficient.

Transform Your Wall Into a Countertop

If you want to free up your countertops, it’s important to embrace a philosophy that they are not a storage area. Many of the items that are making you feel confined and out of space can be fixed to a wall with some strategic planning. If you have a knife block, attach a magnetic knife holder to the wall. Shelves with hooks can help elevate teabag containers, pasta holders, cookie jars and allow you to hang homey ladles, colorful coffee mugs and other items. Walls are a countertop’s best friend.

If you would like more information about Colorado Springs home remodeling and countertop options, contact Planet Granite for a free consultation.

How to Pick the Right Color Granite

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

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If you’re eager to upgrade the counters in your Colorado Springs home, you’re wise to choose a natural stone, such as granite. The strength of stone countertops makes them resistant to scratches and heat marks. With proper sealing, granite is also stain resistant and non-porous.

The beautiful veining of granite countertops in Colorado Springs makes this material a gorgeous choice for both kitchen and bathroom countertops. But did you know that no two slabs are exactly alike? Indeed, granite comes in many color varieties. With this in mind, you have two primary categories to choose from: light granite counters and dark granite counters.

Decide Between Light and Dark

In addition to having different aesthetics, light and dark granite vary in density. Light granite is less dense and therefore slightly more vulnerable to staining. If you prefer this shade, be sure to follow the recommended sealing schedule. You may want to opt for dark granite if the counter is subjected to excessive wear and tear.

Match the Current Color Scheme

Unless you’re completely remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, consider the existing colors. For instance, if you have cream-colored cabinets and maple wood flooring, yellow-hued granite countertops may look stunning. Dark cherry cabinets and light brown flooring could contrast well with a brown-toned countertop. Gray or black cabinets look best with a gray-colored granite slab.

Let the Granite Countertop Set the Tone

Perhaps you’re gutting the kitchen entirely or putting in a new bathroom. If so, you might want to find a granite slab you love and use it as inspiration for the color scheme. This is your chance to put your own personal flair on the design.

For more help picking the right color granite, turn to the experts at Planet Granite. We’ll answer your questions, show you product samples, and provide our expert design advice. For a free in-home consultation, please contact us today.

Tips on Decorating your White Granite Countertop

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

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As the old British saying goes, “Your home is your castle.” This means that your home is your refuge. Your home is sacred space. Your home deserves the very best. Giving your countertops the gift of decorated white granite can be a great place to start.

Let’s look at tips you can use when decorating your white granite countertop for your kitchen or bathroom.

Kitchen Countertops

For many of us, the kitchen is a room we deeply treasure. It holds the most savory of treats and provides a place for us to bake warm chocolate chip cookies with the kids while they share their experiences of the day.

There are many avenues you can take when decorating your kitchen countertop. For a classic, ageless appeal, use pure white granite countertops. This option offers a light, cheerful quality, especially when combined with discreet white cabinets and matching flooring.

A brown, gray or black decorative backsplash can accentuate the natural coloring within your white granite countertop. In addition, inviting in elements of crystal, glass or stainless steel can bring a true radiance to your design.

Bathroom Countertops

For your bathroom, create some flair by adding quartz countertops to the decor. Many varieties are known for their stain- and scratch-resistant qualities. As an added perk, many quartz countertops are made with certain resins that create a non-porous surface, eliminating the potential need for resealing in the future.

While looking for granite countertops in Colorado Springs, keep in mind how a white slab countertop can bring a more trendy feel to the room!

Colorado Springs Granite Countertop

There are many amazing granite and cabinet combinations to choose from, and the possibilities are endless. With so many options, it may feel overwhelming at times. If you’d like help upgrading your granite countertops, give us a call today. Our considerate professionals are delighted to support you with all of your countertop needs!

Tips on Keeping Your Granite Countertops Looking Great

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

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With an array of hues and a reputation of high-end resiliency, it is no wonder that granite countertops remain one of the most common choices for homeowners. However, having granite countertops does mean you have to know how to take care of them to keep them looking like new for the long term. Here are a few simple tips you should remember to keep your Colorado Springs, Colorado granite countertops looking great.

Use Only Granite-Friendly Cleaners for Your Countertop

When your granite countertops are installed, you will be given specific instructions about how to clean them. Make sure you follow these directions and avoid using harsh chemicals when you wipe down your countertops. Avoid cleaners that contain things like:

  • bleach
  • ammonia
  • citric acid
  • vinegar

Instead, use only mild soap and water or a cleaning product specifically designed for granite cleansing.

Incorporate Safe Habits in Your Kitchen to Avoid Damage

We all do things in the kitchen that could possibly cause damage to a granite countertop, even though the stone is known for its resilience and heat-resistance. For example, setting a hot pan directly on the granite surface is not recommended, to maintain the integrity of the stone.

Seal Your Granite Countertops as Needed to Protect Them

Your first line of defense against damage and discoloration with granite is the sealer that is applied after installation. However, with time, this sealer will wear away and will have to be reapplied. If you notice that moisture no longer beads up on the surface, it is time for a sealer application.

With a little extra care and changing a few bad habits, you can easily see your granite countertops last for many, many years. If you need help with the granite countertops in your Colorado Springs, Colorado home, contact Planet Granite for professional assistance and advice.

5 Tips for Fixing Minor Scratches on Your Granite Countertop

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

granite counterSooner or later, something sharp or heavy leaves a scratch or pit on your Colorado Springs granite countertops. Should you fix the damage yourself or call in a pro? Here’s what to do:

Wash the Granite Countertop

But, you say, I do that all the time! This time, really give it a good cleaning with mild non-abrasive cleaner and water to remove grime and grease buildup. Be careful to not scrub too hard and enlarge the scratch!

Inspect the Clean Countertop

Once clean, you’ll be able to see just how deep and long the damage is. This should tell you by sight and touch whether this is a do-it-yourself job or if a pro’s help is needed. (Be honest!).

Try a Granite Repair Kit for Disguising Small Scratches

An acrylic repair kit is designed to fill in small pits or scratches with a clear acrylic patch. The scratches need to be deep enough for the acrylic to take hold – more shallow damage may respond better to a light buffing (see the next step below). A ‘scratch stick’ is also a good place to start as it won’t damage a polished surface but will make the scratch harder to see.

Light Sanding 

This may be an option if the scratch is too deep for surface disguise. Use the lightest grade sandpaper or steel wool to gently abrade the scratch, using linear motions. When the scratch has been sufficiently minimized, treat with rubbing compound and stone sealer.

Call in the Pros

The best idea is to not risk causing further damage to your granite countertops—get the job done right.

Planet Granite has been helping customers in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area with granite installation and maintenance since 1998. Preserve your granite’s beauty while saving time and money by contacting our experts now and keep your countertops looking their best!

Tips on Choosing the Perfect Granite for Your Bathroom

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

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.

The Importance of Perspective When Choosing Granite

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

Planet Granite Countertops

There are a lot of good reasons for the residents of Colorado Springs to choose granite countertops for their homes. In terms of practicality, they are unsurpassed. Durable and resistant to bacteria, scratches and burns, granite countertops add an average of 25% of their cost to the resale value of a home. Equally important, they provide the opportunity for homeowners to design living spaces as uniquely individual as they are.

Granite Formation

Depending upon where it was formed, each slab of granite possesses its own unique characteristics. An igneous rock formed from magma, granite comes in a wide variety of shades, colors and patterns. Swirls are created by the shifting of tectonic plates during the cooling process. Surrounding minerals in the soil add beautifully colorful streaks. Granite is second only to diamonds in hardness. Since granite countertops last for decades, it’s important to view the entire slab of granite rather than just a sample before your purchase.

Variations

Part of the appeal of granite is that no two pieces are exactly alike. There can even be wide variations in pattern and color within a single slab. Viewing an entire slab reveals any features that an individual might find undesirable. While swirls might create the perfect effect for one design, specks or geometric patterns might work better with another. Some might view a deviation in a mineral pattern as an enhancement to its beauty and originality, while others might view it as a defect. Choosing the right granite countertops for your Colorado Springs home depends on your personal perspective, as well as the dimensions, design and lighting of each individual space.

At Planet Granite, we offer expert assistance in choosing a high-quality stone that will bring your unique vision to life. If you’re thinking of enhancing current décor with the beauty and practicality of granite or quartz countertops, we can help. Come visit us at our Colorado Springs showroom or give us a call at 719-522-0748 today.

Planet Granite

3020 N Stone Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80907
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