Three Reasons To Install High-Quality Quartz Countertops In Your Colorado Bathroom

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You work hard, why not reward yourself in a practical way you can enjoy every day. In the Colorado Springs area, Planet Granite is your source for the purchase and installation of high-quality bathroom countertops. Here are a few reasons why you should consider taking the next step to beautify your home today.

Quartz Is Surprisingly Versatile

Many people underestimate the wide variety of textures and colors available under the label quartz. As a result, they may assume that the material cannot match their idea of a dream bathroom. However, quartz comes in rough or smoother textures, and colors to match white, grey, brown, and black schemes.

There Is No Risk From Mismatching Designs

Unfortunately, environmental lighting and other conditions can cause something to look different in a showroom versus your home. For that reason, many people are nervous about refurbishing bathrooms with different materials. However, there are ways to mitigate this risk. Finding a contractor that provides in-home consultations can help you avoid getting locked into something that doesn’t work for your home. You will be able to choose a color and texture that definitely works for your existing or newly designed decor before they start work.

No More Bathroom Design Nightmares

If you have been living with the same bathroom design for a while, you may not be aware of the modern updates. Today, you won’t have to worry about haphazard designs. Modern contractors can create the look and feel you want using software designed to give you the perfect bathroom. They can listen to your ideas and deliver the end result you want without the headache.

Your New Bathroom Awaits

Don’t wait another day to get started updating your bathroom. Since 1998, Planet Granite in Colorado Springs, CO has been delivering quality results. Contact us today for your free in-home consultation.

Three Tips for Choosing Bathroom Countertops

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Every home in Colorado Springs needs great bathroom countertops. Choosing the best option requires you to know a little bit about the different materials available. There are three that stand above the rest in popularity and value. They are marble, granite and quartz. Let’s talk about how those three compare and how those comparisons can help you in your decision.

Bathroom Countertops and Style

Style is often the first thing that comes to mind. You want countertops that look good and make you happy. It’s important to prioritize what you like in this decision. All three materials come in a wide variety of colors, patterns and visual options. You’ll be able to pick a style you like regardless.

What might influence your decision is value. While quartz is a great option, granite and marble have better resale value. If you ever sell the home with the beautiful bathroom, granite and marble get a little more bang for the buck.

Durability of Different Countertops

Then again, resale value only matters if you sell, and if things are in good condition when you do. All three of these stones are tough, and that’s part of their value. That said, marble is the most vulnerable of the three. It’s easier to scratch than granite, and you can’t buff the scratches like you can with quartz. Marble is also more prone to staining than the other two.

Maintenance

In terms of maintenance, quartz is the friendliest material. If the quartz is damaged, it needs to be repaired, but it can be, and that’s a nice bonus. Granite should be sealed, and it needs to be resealed every 6 to 12 months. Otherwise, keeping it clean is pretty basic. Marble doesn’t require much more effort than granite, but spills need to be cleaned more aggressively, as it is more prone to staining.

You can get any of these countertops and more at Planet Granite. Call us today to find the perfect countertops for your Colorado Springs home remodeling project.

How to Paint Laminate Kitchen Countertops

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Bahtroom vanity with white countertops

Many people start their day in the kitchen and having a beautiful kitchen can greatly lift your mood. If you’re looking to install new countertops, our professional and trusted Colorado Springs granite company can help take your kitchen to the next level. If an installation isn’t an option for you at the moment, painting your countertops is another option you may consider.

What Do You Require for Painting?

You may want to choose a color that goes well with the floor and wall. Ensure that your countertops are in good shape. Remove everything that is on the countertop and ensure there is adequate ventilation either from a window or a fan. Turn off the gas cooker. For excellent results, ensure that you are minimally distracted that day.

Requirements

  • Gloves, mask or goggles to prevent touching or inhaling paint
  • Cleaner, water and soap
  • 220 grit sandpaper
  • Paint roller and foam roller cover
  • Painter’s tape to protect walls and sinks
  • Paint primer – helps paint to stick
  • Paint

How Do You Paint?

Step 1: Clean the counter surface with soap and water

Step 2: Use the sand paper to smoothen, then wipe with a wet cloth and let it dry

Step 3: Apply 2 thin coats of primer evenly on the entire surface and allow them to dry for 4 hours

Step 4: Apply the first coat of paint and don’t allow it to dry as you from one side to the other

Step 5: Apply the 2nd coat of paint 4 hours after the first one and allow it to dry

Step 6: Apply the top coat and allow 4 hours to dry

Do not put anything on the counter before 24 hours. It takes 2 weeks for the paint to dry completely. Avoid using abrasive cleaners thereafter.

Conclusion

Beautiful countertops make a beautiful kitchen. Painting countertops also enhances beauty. To find out which countertops are ideal for your kitchen, bar, or vanity, you can contact Planet Granite and we will advise you on what option is best for you.

What Is the Best Countertop for Outdoor Kitchens?

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Bar with granite countertop

As more people start embracing the benefits of outdoor entertainment, the popularity of outdoor kitchens has increased significantly. Finding the right Colorado Springs granite countertop is critical when trying to spruce up your outdoor kitchen. There are lots of options in the market. Some of them include:

1.      Granite

Granite is the most popular countertop for outdoor kitchens for a good reason. It can withstand years of use and it is great outdoors. Granite countertops can withstand exposure to hot and cold temperatures. With the right care, they can maintain their luxurious look for a long time. It doesn’t etch or lose its shine. The popularity of granite comes from its variety of color choices, durability, and ease of maintenance. Some of the most common types of granite include:

  • Tan brown granite
  • Kashmir White granite
  • Black Pearl granite
  • St. Cecilia granite
  • Venetian Gold granite

Granite is classified depending on its appearance and properties.

2.      Quartz

Quartz kitchen countertops are popular for their durability and variety. They come in various colors and styles. The material can withstand prolonged exposure to outdoor conditions. However, the resins used may be unable to withstand exposure to sunlight.

3.      Marble

Marble is a great choice for outdoor kitchen countertops. However, it isn’t the most durable option. The material looks great but it is easily damaged by outdoor elements. It is great for use on other parts of your outdoor kitchen.

What Is the Best Option? 

Granite is the best option for your outdoor kitchen countertops. It is one of the toughest materials. It is weather-resistant, durable, and bacteria-resistant. Granite is beautiful and it retains its appearance for a long time. It is the best option for accentuating the beauty of your natural space. Granite is natural and eco-friendly. It doesn’t have the chemical emissions present in chemicals.

If you are looking for an upgrade to your outdoor kitchen countertops in Colorado Springs, contact us today and schedule a consultation.

Even the Toughest Countertops Need Care: 3 Tips

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kitchen view with countertop and stolls

While your gorgeous countertop is transforming the look and feel of your kitchen or bathroom, it’s also supremely functional. Quartz, granite, and other stones stand up to all kinds of activities. Stone counters are investments that last through the decades, putting them among the most cost-effective upgrades you can ever make for your home.

Still, even a rock can be sensitive to the elements eventually! So, here are the very best of our tips for treating your countertops with care.

 

Keep Your Counter Cool. Avoid setting hot pots and fresh-from-the-oven baked dishes directly on the stone countertop. Placing a trivet or a potholder between a piping hot dish and that stunning quartz countertop is a great habit to keep. Sparing your countertop unnecessary stress is a good long-term strategy for maintaining its lasting brilliance. In bathrooms, avoid leaving heat styling equipment on your counter surfaces.

Wipe Your Countertop Down. Clean up spills as they occur. As a routine, wipe the surface well with sudsy water and a sponge or soft cloth every evening. For best results, don’t forget the edges and corners. Although quartz and other stone materials are non-porous, the perfect shine of your countertop benefits from a regular wipedown. Choose natural soaps, never harsh chemicals. Chemical cleaners can wear on marble and other stone, creating opportunities for stains.

Cut on a Cutting Board. Avert the remote possibility of scratching or dulling the shine of your counter, and avoid damaging your knives. It’s simple to do, by using a cutting board every time. A granite, quartz, or other stone countertop does not substitute for your regular cutting equipment.

Durable stone countertops will outlast your home. With the simplest care routine, you can keep your countertops looking their best for decades to come.

Need More Tips?

We’d be delighted to converse with you! The lasting beauty of your kitchen or bathroom is our passion.

And when you’re ready to put your new countertop in your Colorado Springs home, drop a line to our pros at Planet Granite. We’re committed to working on your terms, with your schedule.

Best Countertops for a Clean and Healthy Kitchen

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Looking forward to some springtime renovating of your Colorado Springs home? Then you’ve come to the right place. At Planet Granite, many of our clients are keen on spring cleaning, and they’re asking how to select the best countertops for a germ-free kitchen. If selecting a countertop for ease of cleaning and disinfecting is an art, your kitchen can be a masterpiece. True, there are some differences among stone choices. Let’s take a look.

Granite

Granite is not only beautiful; it’s heroically scratch-resistant, making it a breeze to sanitize. Your new granite countertop is sealed to reduce porosity. While granite can stand up to harsh chemicals, we don’t recommend putting it to the test! Soapy water washes off germs. Like any natural stone surface, granite is susceptible to seepage, so it’s a good idea to seal a granite countertop yearly to be sure it’s completely bacteria-resistant, with a brilliant shine.

Marble

It’s sleek, cool, and beautiful. Yet marble is a softer stone than other countertop choices. A new marble countertop is sealed, shielded from common kitchen acids including citrus juices, vinegar, and condiments. And, like granite, marble needs to be sealed regularly, using stone sealer intended for marble countertops. Correctly sealed and regularly wiped down, marble offers lasting and classic beauty.

Quartz

This is the winner if your top criterion is hygienic perfection. Quartz is the best-in-class choice for a pristine countertop surface, as bacteria cannot lodge in its tough, impermeable surface. Nor is seepage or staining an issue with quartz. Germs can be easily wiped away with a soapy, wet cloth.

To your health!

Of course, it’s essential to banish viruses and bacteria from the place you prepare nourishing meals. Have sudsy water on hand, and remember to change your sponge or wash your dish towels regularly.

Looking for the perfect countertop? Need advice on sealing your current surfaces? We’d love to help. Please feel free to contact us at your convenience.

Why Choose Granite for your Backyard Bar

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bar countertops and design

 

 

The popularity of outdoor living has many homeowners looking at new ways to utilize outdoor spaces. Consider the wide range of Colorado Springs granite countertops that are perfect options for a dry or wet bar in the basement or in the backyard.  If you’re building an outdoor kitchen or simply want to complement your patio and grilling area, granite is not only a beautiful option but it is also extremely durable and weather-hardy.

Benefits of an outdoor granite countertop bar

1. Granite is easy to clean

Outdoor entertaining can get messy. And when you combine the effect of nature, you certainly need to choose a countertop material that is easy to clean. For a quick clean-up, simply clean and hose off the granite-top bar with a detergent that is nonabrasive. This is the best way to remove food spills, grease, grime, pollen, or dust and dirt.

2. A low-maintenance option

Make sure you talk with your granite countertop installer about sealing your outdoor bar against moisture infiltration, especially if there is no awning or roof above this area. Otherwise, the maintenance on these outdoor bars is quite simple — just cover the counter with a fitted or loose covering when it’s not being used to maintain the beauty of your granite countertop.

3. A weather-resistant material

This all-natural stone can be high in quartz, which is one of the most weather-resistant minerals found in nature. Your outdoor granite-top bar will hold up extremely well in rain, snow, sleet or hail. You can also count on it being highly resistant to the deteriorating effects of the sun and any bacteria left from foods and beverage spills.

Speak with a Colorado Springs granite countertop expert at Planet Granite for more hot trends in 2020 when renovating your indoor or outdoor spaces. You will find the marbleized characteristics of granite are the perfect complement to any outdoor landscape. We offer free in-home measuring and will use professional design software to perfectly shape your new countertops for a custom fit.

Considerations for Granite Countertop Overhang

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granite countertop kitchen overhang with stools

The overhang of a Colorado Springs kitchen countertop installation is the amount of slab that extends beyond the fixed base of the cabinets or the base of the island. Not only will the right amount of overhang add a finished look to your counters; it will also serve a number of other functions:

-provides leg and knee room for those seated at the counter

-prevents liquid and food crumbs from falling into cabinet drawers

-makes standing at a counter more comfortable

When in question, trust a professional cabinetry and countertop installer to recommend the right amount of overhang for any granite-top counters.

Basic Cabinet and Countertop Overhang

For cabinet assemblies that are mounted against the wall and are used for storage, sink support, etc., the amount of overhang is less extreme — as little as 1 to 2 inches is all that’s needed for a finished countertop look. This is enough room from the base of the cabinets to make standing comfortable while prepping or cooking food. You will definitely want some amount of overhang, even though it’s not a seated area, for the purpose of catching food before it falls to the floor.

Granite Island Counter and Overhang

For an island counter, consider a greater amount of overhang. This way, the counter can also be used for sitting while eating, talking or working on a computer. At least 12 inches is the desired amount of overhang for island counters to allow stools to be tucked underneath.

You will also want to consider the edge design at the overhang. You have a number of choices, from flat and squared-off sides to bull-nose or rounded edges. Another consideration is a waterfall edge. This is when one or more countertop edges will not end, but it flows in an organic curve down to the floor.

Trust Planet Granite, a professional Colorado Springs kitchen countertop service provider, to design the perfect granite kitchen countertops with the right style and amount of overhang for comfort and beauty.

His and Hers Divided Vanity

Trending for 2020: Bathroom Countertops

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His and Hers Divided Vanity

Whether you’re planning to refresh your bathroom or are doing a full remodel, one of the largest changes you can make to the bathroom is the countertop. Often the bathroom countertop becomes the main focal point in the room. Let’s take a look at some of the latest trends for bathroom countertops in Colorado Springs.

Freestanding Sinks

Often the freestanding sink does not forgo the countertop, but incorporates it into the design, with the basin sitting on top of a countertop, usually made out of marble or granite.

Console Vanities

The minimalist trend has hit bathroom vanities. Larger and more complex pieces have been replaced by clean lines. Frequently designed in an open style with a granite countertop, there might just be legs and shelves instead of doors and drawers. These console vanities are ideal for small spaces and have the added advantage of making a small bathroom appear larger.

His and Hers Divided Vanity

Installing two sinks into the master bathroom is a great way to raise property values while adding convenience to nighttime rituals. The divided vanity can incorporate the freestanding sink on the countertop, or be sunk into the stone counter.

Bathroom Fixtures

Dark fixtures with a matte finish have become one of the most popular colors. We love how the matte finish plays off of our granite countertops. Additionally, glass and gold have also become highly popular. The shine looks beautiful with our lighter shades of marble and quartz.

Keeping the Marble

Marble has officially migrated into the bathroom, and in 2020 we’re not just seeing countertops but marble walls as well.

If you’re still deciding which direction to go with your Colorado Springs bathroom countertop, we’re here to help. Get in touch, and we’ll be happy to help you choose the countertop that will be both timeless and new.

 

2020 Kitchen Trends to Think About for Your Next Kitchen Remodel

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Kitchen Countertops in Colorado Springs

The new year has been rung in, and we’re seeing some exciting trends for kitchen design this year, including some beautiful Colorado Springs kitchen countertops. Let’s take a look at what the new decade is bringing to our kitchens.

More Color

We’re not saying that all-white kitchens are going out of style, but color is being welcomed back. Whether it’s a bright accent wall (or ceiling), natural wood details, or contrasting dark countertops, bright pops and colors that draw the eye are proving a popular choice.

Quartz Is Having a Moment

We’ve seen quartz used more and more over recent years, but it’s never been more popular than right now. It’s an excellent choice for countertops for those who do want the all-white kitchen, but don’t want the care requirements of marble. The non-porous material comes in a wide array of colors and shades, so it’s proving a popular choice for kitchens with other color schemes, and we’ve been seeing it migrate beyond the countertop.

The Slab Backsplash

Eye-catching and simple at once, placing a single piece of stone behind the stove is the perfect way to create a clean center focal point around the kitchen’s “hearth.” It’s a clean solution often preferable to tiles.

Not Too Shiny

High polish so popular over the last decade has begun to give way to more muted mattes. We are seeing more stone countertops with a honed finish that is smooth and more matte than shiny.

Bold Graphics

Not unlike the bright colors, bold graphic lines and shapes are proving popular. Check out the Calacatta pattern in both quartz and marble to get some ideas for how you can introduce these lines into your kitchen.

We’re always happy to discuss design options and the wide array of stone materials available. To find out more about what we offer in beautiful kitchen countertops in Colorado Springs, contact us.

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