How to Care for Onyx Countertops

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Every type of natural stone countertop is unique. This helps to create a different appearance among different types of stone, and also means that you need to care for each type of stone differently. If you are considering having onyx countertops installed, you may be wondering what type of care they require. Here are the care instructions for an onyx countertop.

Sealing

Onyx countertops should be sealed when they are initially installed. Sealing helps to fill in the pores in the stone that absorb liquids. This helps to decrease the chances of your onyx countertop becoming stained. While you can seal onyx yourself, having a professional complete this process is recommended. In addition to sealing the stone when it is first installed, it should be sealed every one to three years thereafter.

Routine Cleaning

Onyx is a soft stone. As such, it will react negatively to acidic cleaners. Most traditional household cleaners, including window or glass cleaners, vinegar, bleach, and regular kitchen cleaners are too harsh for onyx. As such, you should look for a stone cleaner specifically designed for cleaning onyx. Additionally, you can wipe away dust or small spills with a water-dampened microfiber cloth as needed.

Polishing

As an onyx countertop is used, it can develop stains, imperfections or small scratches. Utilizing a cutting board, cleaning up spills immediately, and sealing an onyx countertop can decrease the odds of this happening. If damage is done that cannot be cleaned, polishing can be done by a professional. Polishing buffs out imperfections, leaving you with a smooth, fresh onyx surface.

Are you looking to install onyx countertops in Colorado Springs? Planet Granite can assist you. Whether you are looking to learn more about natural stone countertops and which type of stone may be ideal for you, or if you are ready to get an estimate for a new stone countertop, we can help. Call us now to get started.

Everything You Need to Know About Granite Countertop Brackets

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Everything You Need to Know About Granite Countertop Brackets

As you sketch out the plan for your Colorado Springs home remodeling project, you may set your sights on putting in a granite countertop. If your vision includes an overhang on the counters, brackets will be a necessity. The immensely heavy slabs of granite simply cannot withstand the forces on their own. With brackets installed, you can ensure your overhang remains in place and in one piece. Here’s what you need to know about these important components.

Types of Granite Countertop Brackets

You can choose between two main types of granite countertop brackets for your home remodeling project. Reflecting on the vision for your build will assist in selecting the best option.

Hidden

Hidden countertop brackets are the most popular option since they make the overhang look like its magically floating in place. These brackets go across the bottom of the countertop and use the cabinets for support. They are completely flat to keep them virtually invisible to the naked eye.

Your talented countertop installer will determine the best bracket length to use in giving your countertops additional strength. When installed by a professional, you will not be able to see the brackets from the front or sides of your granite countertops.

Decorative

Decorative brackets remain visible beneath the underside of the countertop overhang by design. Using the corbel layout, these brackets often have a beautifully decorated bar at a 45-degree angle. They attach along the underside of the granite overhang and the supporting base cabinet to provide your countertops with support. You can find these brackets in a wide variety of styles and configurations to match your home design.

No matter what bracket style you choose, your selection will help keep your granite countertops well supported through the years. Before starting your Colorado Springs kitchen countertop project, reach out to our team at Planet Granite to see how we can help. Call us at 719-522-0748 to get started.

Selecting the Best Granite Sealer for Your Countertops

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Selecting the Best Granite Sealer for Your Countertops

If you see dark spots on your countertops when you spill something or wash them up, then it is likely time to apply a sealer to the surface. In completing your kitchen renovation in Colorado Springs, you have many different sealer options to consider. To help you make the best choice, you can use this guide to explore the different types of sealers and when to use them.

Water Based

Water-based sealers penetrate deep into the pores in the granite to repel water and other liquids from the inside-out. This keeps liquids from penetrating the stone materials and causing deep stains to set in. You may also find these water-based formulas labeled as impregnating sealers. It is possible to find these sealers with a solvent base, but their noxious fumes make them a poor choice for use in your living area.

Color Enhancing

If you want to enhance the finish while protecting it, you can use a color-enhancing sealer to complete the job. This sealer starts with an oil-based impregnating sealer and then adds color enhancers that deepen the hues in the granite. Your countertops will have rich tones and a beautiful shine that lasts after applying this sealer to the surface.

Topical

Unlike the other two options, a topical sealer does not penetrate the surface of the granite. Instead, it creates a thick layer on top that protects the stone from stains, scratches, and etching. This type of sealer requires a bit more maintenance than the others since it picks up the damage instead. You will need to lightly buff the sealer to keep the surface looking glossy and free of imperfections.

How to Choose the Sealer for Your Granite Countertops

To determine which sealer to choose, you must reflect on your vision of your Colorado Springs home remodeling project. For assistance in making this important decision, reach out to our team at Planet Granite with a call to 719-522-0748.

 

Quartz Vs. Granite: What Are the Differences?

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Some homeowners feel torn when it comes to deciding between granite and quartz for their Colorado Springs kitchen or bathroom countertops. While both are attractive options, let’s take a look at how the two differ from one another, to see which one makes more sense for your taste and lifestyle.

Appearance and Character

If you are the type of person who appreciates variations in color and slight imperfections, the appearance of granite may appeal to you more than quartz. Quartz countertops are very consistent in their pattern and color. This is because they are manufactured, as opposed to being naturally mined straight from the earth, such as granite is.

Quartz is available in a much wider array of colors. So if you have a specific, consistent color you would like to have, quartz may suit your taste better. Granite has natural variations in color, as opposed to having a uniform appearance. Those who enjoy the look of granite appreciate its potential flaws and see granite as having true character.

Durability

When it comes to a comparison of durability, there are a few areas to consider. The first thing to examine would be is how colorfast both of them are. When it comes to granite, its color may fade, or become blotchy over time if the granite has been dyed. On the other hand, quartz countertops will not lose their color.

Cleanliness Factor

Granite is a porous material that has many capillaries. Let’s say you spill red wine on a light granite countertop. Because it is so porous, it might absorb the color. Quartz is non-porous, so this won’t happen with it.

Because quartz is non-porous, it doesn’t collect germs and bacteria the way that granite can. This means that when it comes to the cleanliness factor, quartz wins out.

Conclusion

Granite is natural and beautiful in its own right. Quartz is more uniform, and it can be kept cleaner. Selecting granite or quartz countertops in Colorado Springs has never been easier. Check out our extensive selection of beautiful styles and colors that are available today.

Choosing the Right Countertop for Your Kitchen — What You Need to Know

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Choosing the Right Countertop For Your Kitchen

If you’re like most homeowners who are in the process of considering starting a kitchen remodeling project, you’re probably experiencing a combination of excitement and apprehension. Who wouldn’t be excited at the thought of an updated meal preparation space and a whole new kitchen ambiance? However, you may also feel apprehensive about aspects of remodeling such as choosing the right countertop to meet your individual needs and preferences. Fortunately, there are strategies to consider if you’re making decisions about kitchen countertops in Colorado Springs. Following are two things that are important to think about before making a final decision about countertops.

How Often You Cook in Your Kitchen

If you generally only use your kitchen to prepare the occasional evening or weekend meal, your countertop needs won’t be the same as someone who routinely feeds a family or who just loves to cook. Stone countertops are a great choice if you regularly use your kitchen because they’re resistant to stains as well as heat damage. As an added bonus, stone countertops such as quartz and granite don’t absorb heat from the air, so they make ideal work surfaces if you like to make your own pie and pastry crusts.

As non-porous materials, granite and quartz are far less likely to harbor harmful bacteria than their porous counterparts.

Maintenance Matters

Some countertop materials require more maintenance than others, so make sure you keep this in mind when making your decision. Natural stone countertops aren’t completely maintenance-free. Granite countertops, for instance, require periodic resealing, but most homeowners consider it to be worth it because of the benefits this material provides. Those who desire a more low-maintenance countertop material often opt for quartz over granite.

Please feel free to contact our office today for a free consultation designed to help you come to the best possible decision regarding your new granite or quartz kitchen countertops.

Questions to Ask Before Picking a Specific Edge Cut Style for Your Granite Countertops

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Granite Countertop Edge Style

You’ve settled on granite for your countertop material, and you’re down to making those final little choices about the color and style. When you work with a Colorado Springs granite countertop provider, they will ask you what kind of edge cut you prefer. There are several choices to pick from, each with its own character and flair.

What to Know Before Picking Your Granite Countertop Edge Style

Straight edge, eased edge, ogee edge, waterfall edge—there are quite a few different edge styles when it comes to countertops. Get to know the different countertop edge cuts, and then ask yourself these questions to help you decide.

What would you say is the primary style of your kitchen?

Your first thing to consider is the overall style of your kitchen. What edge style would really tie together the design or fall right in place without looking odd? For example, contemporary kitchen design with a lot of sleek surfaces and clean lines will be best served by straight edges on your granite countertops.

Do you have small children in the house?

If you have little ones around or if you have occasional youngsters who stay over for a visit, you may want countertop edges that are a bit more softened. For example, a rounded edge or an eased edge that has contoured edges and corners would be a good idea.

What kind of cabinetry do you have in your kitchen?

Do you have cabinetry that is more traditional or distinguished, such as deep-toned wooden cabinetry? If so, a demure-style beveled edge can be a fantastic choice. Is your cabinetry freeform and contemporary? You may want a more simplistic granite countertop edge.

Picking the proper edge style will help ensure that your granite countertops stand out as that gorgeous new kitchen implement but fits right in as well. Schedule an appointment with us to upgrade your kitchen counters with granite countertops.

You’ve Decided on a Countertop – Don’t Forget the Backsplash

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Countertop Backsplash

You’ve made the right decision on your Colorado Springs home remodeling project and chose a granite countertop. That’s great news, but it’s only part of the equation when it comes to a kitchen remodel. What about the backsplash? This is a key component when it comes to kitchen countertops because it can make a big visual impact on your entire remodel. There are a lot of options to consider when it comes to the backsplash.

Backsplash Scope

How much backsplash do you want? Do you want the backsplash to cover a portion of your kitchen walls above the granite countertop? Some people want only a partial backsplash to cover a few inches above the countertop. Others choose to do the entire wall, up to the cabinets, to make a bold statement. Once you determine how much backsplash you will need, you can figure out the square footage for materials (we can help with this).

Type of Backsplash

You have a lot of options in this category:

  • Mosaics
  • Traditional ceramic tile
  • Stainless steel
  • Glass
  • Stone, including granite, quartz, onyx, marble or soapstone

You’ll find a range of pricing options within those categories as well. Ceramic tile is one of the most common and cost-effective options. Granite and some other options will make the materials pricier but more durable and elegant. It’s all about determining what color scheme you want to go with your Colorado Springs granite countertop. Do you want a backsplash that matches the countertop and blends in, or would you prefer a style that creates more color contrast in the room?

Planet Granite has a multitude of elegant options available for you to browse and consider when it comes to your granite countertop and backsplash. Give our office a call today at 719-522-0748 for a free in-home consultation. We’ll even do the measuring to determine how much backsplash you will need.

4 Surprising Uses For Granite Countertops

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A wet bar with granite countertops

Granite is a natural hard surface that’s become popular for its use as a Colorado Springs kitchen countertop material. It’s beautiful, easy to care for, durable and comes in a huge variety of patterns and finishes. Because of all this, granite has practically become the epitome of premium kitchen countertop surfaces.

Despite this, granite is vastly underused as a surface for areas in the home outside the kitchen. When you’re ready to commence your Colorado Springs home remodeling project, consider one or more of these surprising uses for granite countertops.

1. Wet Bar

Wet bars are increasing in popularity in the home. Wet bars inherently see their share of spills and granite is uniquely suited to bear the brunt of that kind of wear and tear. Consider topping a drink cart with a custom cut slab of granite, or topping your wet bar sink countertop with granite instead of another material.

2. Wide Window Sills

Window sills are perfect for plants and cats, but they’re rarely wide enough. Consider replacing the standard window sills in your home with beautiful granite slabs. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, your cat will thank you!

3. Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor kitchens have become a status symbol in fine homes. It’s easy to create a beautiful outdoor kitchen with a simple kitchen cabinet covered in an attractive solid slab of granite stone. If you want, your granite supplier can even cut the granite around your choice of an outdoor kitchen sink.

4. Desk

Do you have a home office? If so, you know how difficult it can be to find a desk with the right configuration and size to fit your home office space. Solve this problem by ordering a custom granite desktop. You can have it turn, curve or fit any configuration you want, with a shaped edge that suits your personal preference.

Finally, consider matching the granite in your kitchen with the other granite uses mentioned above. Granite is a functional material that fits the purpose of so many areas in the home! Please contact us to learn more.

Can You Install Granite Counters on Your Existing Cabinets?

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Granite Kitchen Countertops

Are you about ready to upgrade your old kitchen counters to attractive, modern granite countertops in Colorado Springs? It depends. You can absolutely get the counters that you want, even under the budget you want, but the extensiveness of the operation is going to depend on the existing installation. Here are a few things to consider when upgrading your counters to a heavier material.

Leveling the Counter and Appliances

The first step toward installing a granite counter is to level the existing cabinets. Before the granite is installed, the existing counter will be removed and the cabinets and appliances will be thoroughly leveled. Leveling is of critical importance to make sure that the counter stays in place and that it doesn’t crack over time.

At the same time, the cabinet boxes can be inspected to determine whether they can easily support the granite. Most cabinet boxes are designed to take on a significant amount of weight, but the weight may need to be distributed more evenly across the surface. This isn’t a major concern with laminate!

There’s also another alternative: granite veneers are occasionally installed directly over other counter materials. This is lighter and often doesn’t require a more involved installation, but there are downsides as well: It doesn’t add as much value as a whole counter, and it’s more likely to crack and need repair.

Adding a Base and Supports

Granite counters are much heavier than laminate, tile, wood or other popular counter materials. Some cabinets may already be largely prepped for this weight, especially if the cabinets were made of a strong, solid hardwood. If the cabinets aren’t reinforced, more material may need to be added to the base for support.

An additional structure will also usually be laid over the cabinets to support the piece of granite evenly, which is usually installed in a single piece. The true logistical weight of the granite will depend on its thickness. Granite can be cut with a lip or overhang to add the illusion of being thicker than it actually is.

Ultimately it’s all about the weight of the new material, and it is important to take the appropriate precautions. It’s best to invest in improving the stability of your existing cabinetry rather than experiencing expensive issues later on. Contact Planet Granite for more information about whether granite can easily fit into your home.

How to Clean Your Granite Countertops

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Granite Countertops

Good news for granite countertops in Colorado Springs: They’re pretty easy to clean.

Sometimes when you upgrade your interior, you find that the high-end option demands high-end care to avoid staining and damage, but that’s not the case with granite. The only specific things that you really need to do are:

Avoid Abrasive Cleaners

Granite is pretty resilient and very hard to stain, but the sealant used to protect the granite doesn’t much care for bleach, vinegar, ammonia or citrus-based cleaners. Save that stuff for glass and porcelain.

Clean Gently

A soft washcloth with some mild dish soap and warm water is all you need in order to clean your granite countertop. No special chemicals or products required. Because of the sealant, granite countertops don’t really need to be disinfected like more absorbent surfaces. One part water and one part isopropyl alcohol will do the trick under extenuating circumstances, but in general, a daily cleaning with a washcloth should keep your countertop clean enough to eat off of.

Dry With a Cloth

When you want to keep a nice beautiful surface showing, dry the countertop manually with a cloth to prevent streaking. You won’t damage your granite countertop by letting it air-dry, but if you’ve just had your countertops installed or resealed, there’s no blaming you for wanting to keep it looking nice and smooth.

With proper care, your sealant should last for a good long while. You can test to make sure by dropping some water on the surface. If it beads up, your sealant is good-as-new; otherwise, it might be time to reseal it. With regular cleaning and proper treatment, granite countertops will generally go at least three to five years without needing to be resealed. Granite countertops are anything but high-maintenance, they just look that way. If you’re considering granite countertops, give us a call so that we can give you a free in-home consultation.

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