Why Choose Granite for your Backyard Bar

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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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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.

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Trending for 2020: Bathroom Countertops

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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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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.

Two-Tone Countertops: How to Mix and Match Granite Colors

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The kitchen is the hub of many homes, serving not only as a functional space, but also as a gathering room where families spend a significant amount of time. It’s no surprise then that kitchens are one of the top major home remodeling projects.

Having a granite island or granite countertops installed has long been a major part of remodeling kitchens. Traditionally, the homeowners would go visit a Colorado Springs granite countertop company and choose their granite, but in the last few years, a new trend has started to take hold: Instead of picking just one color to be uniform throughout the kitchen, people are picking two, typically one for the island and one for the counters.

This deviation from tradition is a great way to add texture and depth to the kitchen. Here are some tips for how best to mix and match granite in the kitchen.

Consider Other Factors

When choosing granite colors, decide on the overall look you are going for and consider the cabinets, wall color, and lighting. You want to select colors that will complement not only each other but the rest of the room as well.

Match Colors or Patterns

One strategy is to select two types of granite with similar patterns or from the same color family. This takes some careful consideration, as you want the colors to look complementary but not too much alike. If the colors are too similar, it will seem accidental.

Mix Colors or Patterns

Another tactic is to choose very different types of granite: one dark and one light or one with a bold pattern and one with a very subtle pattern. The striking difference creates a modern, elegant look and brings balance to the room.

Selecting two different granite colors for the kitchen doesn’t have to be complicated, but professional guidance can certainly make it easier. We’re happy to help mix and match your new Colorado Springs granite countertops, so contact us today.

 

Hot Trends in Granite for 2020

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Granite is revered for its durability and beauty, and it’s arguably one of the most appealing options that home and business owners can consider for countertops. Easy to clean and highly versatile, it’s no surprise that Colorado Springs granite countertops are widely popular. However, times are changing, so those considering remodeling or a new installation should know about these inspiring granite characteristics for 2020.

Popular Color Options for the New Decade

Whether you’re looking for bathroom granite countertops or new surfaces for the kitchen or other spaces, gear up for bold colors to dominate this decade. The hue of countertops can bring life to a room, so trending colors from nature such as petrol-green and deep blues are predicted to be popular. Hot choices in the future are also likely to include brilliant oranges.

Diversity in Granite Patterns

The immense diversity of patterns amid the realm of countertop granite can be explored at Planet Granite in Colorado Springs. Some designs expected to surpass past favorites include marbleized veining, highly dominant swirls, and interesting characteristics. With the blues and greens expected to surge in demand, interior professionals are likely to lean heavily toward options such as Lapidus granite and the speckled Verde Peacock granite.

Exploring Prime Finishes

Color and patterns aren’t the only aspects of granite trends changing, as honed finishes that give granite a matte appearance are surging in popularity. Matte finishes are now available in a specialized “leathery” finish that offers greater realism without sacrificing resilience and longevity. However, don’t expect the traditional look of high-gloss granite countertop surfaces to lose any customers, as their smooth polished look isn’t going anywhere on the design scene any time soon.

Planning Granite for Your Home? Call Planet Granite

Planet Granite is the go-to source for Colorado Springs home remodeling. Let us help you become a neighborhood trendsetter with these up-and-coming 2020 granite trends.

 

4 Easy Ways to Maintain Your Granite Countertops

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Granite is a long-lasting, durable stone that needs little maintenance. If you follow these easy steps, your granite will perform better and continue to look beautiful for years to come. Here’s what you need to know.

1. Wipe Down Granite Regularly

Granite needs to be cleaned in order to look its best. In the kitchen, granite needs to be cleaned nightly to prevent the transfer of bacteria from the countertops to food. In the bathroom, granite should be cleaned once or twice per week to allow its beauty to shine. Use an all-purpose cleaner for your granite.

2. Use a Hot Pad When Needed

Granite, like many other materials, should be protected from the hottest surfaces. Put a hot pad down on your counters before setting a hot pan on the stone.

3. Seal Your Counters Periodically

Granite is a porous material that can absorb liquid and oil. Sealant prevents this absorption from happening. Seal your granite periodically as the old sealant wears off.

You’ll be able to tell when more sealant needs to be applied because your granite will start to absorb water when it gets wet. For example, if your granite absorbs water from a wet glass, you’ll see a shadow of the moisture left on the granite even after it is wiped away.

Sealant is available for sale at granite suppliers and hardware stores. If you’re not sure what kind of sealant is right for your granite, talk to your granite supplier for advice.

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Granite is a beautiful, easy to maintain countertop material. To find out more about how you can take care of your granite countertops in Colorado Springs, contact Planet Granite. We can answer your questions and help you choose a new granite countertop for your kitchen, bathroom or any area of your home where you’re hoping to install stone.

4 Reasons To Install Granite In Your Kitchen

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Granite has been the top-selling kitchen countertop material for years. Homeowners love granite for its beauty, durability and its easy maintenance. If you’re a homeowner who is thinking about installing granite in your home, knowing the benefits can help you decide whether granite is right for you. Here’s what you need to know.

It’s Attractive

Granite is a naturally occurring type of stone. Different types of granite come in different colors and markings. Whether you’re looking for something dark and minimally patterned, or something lighter and more colorful, there’s a type of granite to meet your needs.

It’s Natural

The push to install natural materials in the home is going stronger than ever, which makes granite a go-to choice for homeowners who like the look of the natural world. Granite fits in perfectly with other natural materials like other types of stone, wood, clay, and bamboo. No matter what other natural materials are found in your kitchen, you can find a type of granite to match.

It Lasts Forever

Granite is among the hardest, strongest materials found in the home. It’s difficult to scratch or crack. Your granite countertops will outlast most of the other fixtures in your home.

It’s Easy to Maintain

It’s a good idea to seal your granite from time to time, to protect it from water and oil stains. However, on a day-to-day basis, your granite need only be maintained with a wipe from a damp washcloth or a rag and all-purpose cleaner. Clean your granite daily to keep your kitchen counters sanitary.

Contact Planet Granite

Are you looking for granite countertops in Colorado Springs? Planet Granite invites you to contact us or stop by our showroom to see all the latest types of granite. Whether you’re remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, we can help you choose the right type of granite for you.

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Countertop Materials Comparison Guide

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Kitchen island countertopEach countertop material available at Planet Granite offers a unique, beautiful look for the Colorado Springs kitchen countertops or bathroom countertops available in your home, condo, or apartment. Aside from looks, there are differences between each of the countertop materials. This mini guide will cover the benefits of each type of material. If you are ready to learn more, read on to learn the difference between granite, marble, quartz, and quartzite.

Granite

Your Colorado Springs granite countertop can come in a fairly large range of colors. As one of the most durable and heat-resistant stones available in countertops, you can serve meals on them without any issue. The natural stone doesn’t come in every color under the sun, but there is enough variety for everyone to enjoy.

Marble

When you desire a unique look that can’t be replicated anywhere else, marble countertops are the way to go. Due to the unique veins in marble, no one can copy the exact countertop you have in your bathroom or kitchen. Be sure to keep acidic liquids and dark-colored items off of marble due to its porous nature. Wine will stain, so wipe it away quickly!

Quartz

Quartz countertops are a popular option for many homebuyers who need a strong countertop that isn’t prone to chipping. Because of the flexibility of the stone, quartz is resistant to minor bumps and scratches. If you prefer neutral tones, quartz is sure to provide you with a pattern you enjoy.

Quartzite

Beauty and durability perfectly describe Colorado Springs quartzite bathroom countertops and kitchen countertops. Stronger than granite, quartzite is able to withstand the “uh ohs” and “oh nos” of family life. Be sure to keep quartzite sealed to ensure it keeps its beauty for years to come.

Selecting the right kind of countertop for you and your family takes time. When you’re ready to get started, contact our experts to schedule your countertop upgrade!

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Your Guide to Granite Countertop Varieties

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Granite countertopGranite comes in a wide array of types and colors. For those who are buying granite countertops for the first time, it’s possible you may not know what the difference is between all of the varieties. This will be a mini guide that helps you through the A to Z of all granite countertop colors and selection tips. Read on if you’re ready to learn about the best way to choose your Colorado Springs granite countertops.

Match Granite With Cabinets

Your kitchen countertops in Colorado Springs will look best when they match your cabinets. Try to select countertops that have veining or accents that are similar colors to your cabinets. The granite will stand out and tie the whole room together, all at the same time.

Choose Your Colors

For a natural stone look, granite comes in a range of colors. You have the option to select natural tones like black and white, or you can go with bolder, darker colors such as green and blue. You can even select warm hues that enhance the sunlight coming in through the windows. It helps to know what atmosphere you want to bring into your kitchen or bathroom before you select your granite countertops.

Tile or Slab Granite

When deciding between tile or slab countertops, it boils down to preference and budget. Slab countertops can be installed with virtually no grout lines, whereas tile granite will have grout lines. If you can afford it and don’t like grout, go with a slab countertop. However, both options offer the same beauty and durability.

Once installed, your Colorado Springs granite countertops will last for years to come. We understand it’s an important decision when you are selecting your new kitchen or bathroom counters, which is why our experts are ready and available when you choose to move forward with your countertop upgrade. Contact us to schedule your appointment.

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