The Difference Between Caring for Granite and Quartz Countertops

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Whether you want to install new countertops in your kitchen or bathroom, you can’t go wrong with either granite or quartz countertops. Both types of countertops are aesthetically pleasing and durable. However, the catch is that these countertops require maintenance and cleaning to remain in good condition. Here is some information about the differences between caring for granite and quartz countertops.

Granite Care

Your granite countertops will look beautiful for decades as long as you take the time to learn how to care for them. Granite countertops are porous, which means you need to clean and seal them on a regular basis to keep them bright and shiny.

You should use a pH-neutral cleaner or a soap for granite to clean your granite countertops. Don’t make the mistake of using harsh cleaners, vinegar, lemon juice or abrasive materials. Using these substances or materials will likely damage your granite countertops. If you spill liquid on your granite countertops, you should clean up these spills quickly. Use coasters to prevent stains on the countertops. Use trivets and avoid putting hot things directly on your countertops.

Quartz Care

One of the main advantages of quartz is that it is a non-porous material. Therefore, germs aren’t a huge concern when it comes to quartz countertops. Many brands of quartz are NSF-certified, which means that they meet food safety and public health standards. Quartz countertops are ideal for residential and commercial applications.

To clean quartz countertops, just use a dishcloth or soft sponge with warm water. You can also clean up greasy or stubborn messes with dish soap or a liquid cleanser. Don’t use metallic pads, scrub sponges or other abrasive materials to avoid dulling the surface of the quartz countertops. Cleaners with low or high pH levels may discolor your quartz countertops.

For more information about Colorado Springs kitchen countertops or caring for granite and quartz countertops, don’t hesitate to reach out to us here at Planet Granite.

How to Shop for Granite Countertops

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If you’re planning on updating the kitchen in your home, chances are you’ve considered having granite countertops installed. Not only are granite countertops resistant to damage from heat and cutting utensils, but they can also add to the overall aesthetic appeal of your kitchen. Here are a few tips that will help you shop for Colorado Springs granite countertops.

1. Buy Thicker Countertops

A common mistake that many homeowners make is buying ¾-inch granite countertops for their kitchen. While ¾-inch granite countertops are more widely available and affordable, it is in your best interest to purchase a 1-inch countertop. The reason that ¾-inch granite countertops are more affordable is that they are more fragile than their thicker counterparts and require supports and laminate edges. While you will pay more for thicker granite countertops, you will save money in the long run due to the superior quality.

2. Look for Natural Pits and Hairline Cracks

As a homeowner, you want to get the best quality granite countertops for your money. Therefore, while you’re shopping for granite countertops, you should avoid products with natural pits and hairline cracks. While these features may contribute to the granite countertop’s natural beauty, these features can also add to the fragility of the product. Therefore, you should ask the stone seller or fabricator questions about these imperfections and what they mean when it comes to the fragility of the product.

3. Buy Seamless Granite Countertops

You should buy seamless Colorado Springs granite countertops instead of granite countertops with seams if you can afford it. Over time, seamless granite countertops tend to age better than their seamed countertops. If you install granite countertops with seams, you may feel the need to make replacements in just five or ten years.

Buying granite countertops is a great way to update the look of your kitchen. If you would like to learn more about installing Colorado Springs granite countertops, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Planet Granite.

Matching Your Countertops to the Wood in Your Bathroom

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Designing the perfect bathroom can seem like a tedious project, what with having to match everything from fixtures to faucets. You also need to select the perfect Colorado Springs bathroom countertops to match the wood in the room. Your fixtures may be the focal point, but your countertops and wood will probably be the first items to catch your eye. Make sure you choose the perfect combination for your bathroom remodel by following the tips below.

Black and White, Bright or Muted

The first assessment you need to make is whether you are going for the simplicity of black and white, whether you are utilizing bold and bright colors, or whether you want soft muted tones. This choice will set the starting tone of your design.

Find Complementing Colors

Your room should include two dominant colors and one accent color throughout, but it is important that you choose colors that complement each other, or they could stand out in a bad way. Using a color wheel can help you find colors that are similar in hue, warmness or coolness or color family. Once you have determined your color palette, you will be able to find woods stains that work with your colors.

Select Your Countertops First

Your countertops are not only one of the biggest parts of your remodeling investment, but they will often have the most options in terms of colors and patterns. Your pattern choice for your countertop will lay the groundwork for choosing a wood pattern to complement it. If you go with a busier countertop design, you will want to choose a simpler, less-distracting wood grain pattern.

Make your Colorado Springs home remodeling a breeze by following the tips above. Want to find out more about choosing the perfect bathroom countertops? Call Planet Granite today to schedule your free in-home consultation.

5 Things You Should Know About Granite Countertops

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Updating your countertops from dated materials adds value to your home and makes your kitchen or bathroom appear more modern and sophisticated. If you’re looking to refresh your home with granite countertops in Colorado Springs, CO, you should know a few things before making a final decision.

Understand Your Finish Options

You have a number of options when it comes to the style of the finish of your granite countertops.

Finish Options:

Polished – Features a mirror sheen and provides the best protection against scratches

Honed – Creates a matte appearance and is more vulnerable to nicks and staining

Satin – Gives a smooth appearance that’s more vibrant than the honed look

Leather – Adds a textured appearance to countertops

Choose Your Edges Wisely

Ask your installer for different samples of these options to get a better idea of what they will look like in your kitchen. Think about the effect you want to create when making a choice.

Edge Options:

Eased – Simple squared-off profile with a slightly rounded top edge

Bullnose – Half-circle design

Ogee – Somewhat S-shaped in appearance from the side

Beveled – Angled cut along the edges

Waterfall – Three cascading rounded edges

Chiseled – Looks like it’s been cut fresh out of the earth

Use the Right Cleaning Techniques

You must use the right cleaning materials to maintain the look of your counters. Always use a soft cloth with warm water and a non-abrasive soap. Harsh cleansers erode the countertop surface and diminish its appearance.

Granite Countertops Aren’t Indestructible

The innate strength of granite doesn’t mean it can’t be cracked. Avoid letting objects drop onto the surface.

Get an Up Close and Personal Look

Pick out your granite in person! Planet Granite is happy to walk you through granite countertop options that would fit your home. Call us at (719) 522-0748 for a consultation.

Cleaning and Maintaining Beautiful Quartz Countertops

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cleaning quartzThose who come to the Planet Granite showroom in Colorado Springs will see many options for quartz countertops. Unlike naturally occurring quartzite that requires sealing to keep it stain resistant, the engineered quartz that is widely available today does not need to be sealed because the binding materials used to create it are non-porous. Whether you choose natural quartzite created from sandstone over eons or its manufactured quartz counterpart, you have made a wise investment in a countertop that provides beauty and durability.

Cleaning and Maintaining Quartz Countertops

Follow these easy steps to keep your quartz countertop in top condition:

  • Clean Spills Immediately. Wipe with a soft cloth and mild detergent if necessary. Use plastic putty knives or nonabrasive sponges for stains that have already dried.
  • Avoid Abrasives. Gentle cleansers and nonabrasive scouring pads do the trick. Avoid rough metal scrapers or abrasive sponges. 
  • Stay Away from Acid and Alkaline Solutions. Acidic or alkaline cleaners and other chemicals (everything from nail polish and bleach to drain opening solutions) can erode the bonds in the resin. 
  • Keep It Cool. Resins are formulated with plastic, so extremely hot materials coming from the oven or stove may damage quartz over a period of time.
  • Cut Elsewhere. Although quartz is scratch resistant, repetitive cutting on a quartz countertop may cause scratching. Use a cutting board when you slice and dice. 
  • Occasional Deep-Cleaning Helps. To deal with dust buildup and stains that may occur under microwaves or other appliances, occasionally clean the entire surface with a nonabrasive cleaner and wipe away the residue with a sponge or damp cloth. 

Visit Planet Granite in Colorado Springs to see the varieties of kitchen countertops and bathroom countertops we have available for installation. In addition to quartz countertops, our store in Colorado Springs also has granite and other options that will transform your home. Contact us today for more information or for a quote.

Everything You Need to Know About Waterfall Countertops

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Until fairly recently, waterfall countertops tended to be seen as a very modernist and slightly unusual option. But this distinctive design style, in which the countertop extends down the sides of an island unit to the floor, is now becoming increasingly popular

Why Choose a Waterfall Countertop in Colorado Springs

Hard-wearing, safe and convenient

The kitchen is often the hub of a home. It’s the area which gets the most use and is at the greatest risk of damage from the spills, breakages and scratches which inevitably accompany the daily preparation and serving of food and drink.

So waterfall counters are a great way to protect your cabinets and other installations from this kind of wear and tear. They require very little maintenance. They’re easy to clean, extremely durable and difficult to scratch.

And they’re also safer for children and pets, offering them fewer sharp edges to collide with.

A beautiful focal point for your home  

But in addition to these practical advantages, waterfall counters are also a highly attractive design option.

In a busy kitchen, a waterfall island makes a great visual focal point which can perfectly complement the floors, walls and other fittings.

And the long natural sweep of the waterfall design will also show off more of the beautiful natural veining of the granite, marble or quartz you choose for your countertop.

But with such a wide variety of design options and materials available, it’s a good idea to seek experienced advice before finally deciding on your choice of installation.

Contact Us

At Planet Granite we’ve been designing and manufacturing kitchen countertops in Colorado Springs for 20 years. Excellent and individual customer service is our guiding principle and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

To schedule a free home consultation or to talk with one of our experts, stop by our showroom at 3020 N Stone Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80907 or call us on (719) 522-0748.

What Colors Pair Well With Carrara Marble?

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Carrara marble makes for a beautiful addition to any home. With blue-gray veining, this type of fine Italian marble is most often used in kitchen countertops, stand-alone bar islands, bathroom countertops, or as flooring.

Using Colors To Set Room Tones

Carrara marble is as versatile as it is beautiful. It can be paired with several colors to achieve the desired tone or room setting.

  • Creating A Relaxation Area With An Ethereal Tone: Carrara marble is often used to set an ethereal room tone by pairing it’s cool blue undertones with white walls. To achieve a slightly more modern, yet still delicate tone, Carrara can be paired with light gray walls that feature a crisp white trim. This combination can also add depth to smaller rooms and create an additional layer of architectural complexity.
  • Harmony Can Be Found In Creams And Peaches: Creating a harmonious tone is made easy when you pair Carrara marble with cream or peach colors. The sheen of the marble will complement the pale wall color, while strategically placed hanging glass lights will create a dynamic interplay of shadow, textures, and light.
  • Create Dynamic Contrasts Between Light And Dark: Speaking of light and dark, espresso furniture and crystal light accents can be used to enhance the crisp whiteness of Carrara. A similarly dynamic effect can be achieved by painting walls a warm gray with red undertones, which will complement the red found in espresso furniture, and the blue hues in the marble.

Discover Carrara Countertops In Colorado Springs

It is no secret that Carrara marble is beautiful. Whether you prefer to use marble, or similarly patterned quartz or granite in your home, Planet Granite can help! Set the right tone and discover the perfect Colorado Springs granite countertops for your home, when you call our office to schedule a free in-home consultation.

Do Granite Countertops Add Value to Your Colorado Springs Home?

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Home upgrades: They’re what makes a home a home. Imagine you purchased a brand new house several years ago, but could not afford the upgrades at that time. Later, you decide to upgrade. Those upgrades were aligned to your family’s lifestyle for both functional and aesthetic purposes. Many Colorado Springs homeowners choose to upgrade the kitchen because that’s where they spend all their time cooking, eating, socializing, and working. For the latter, kitchen countertops in your Colorado Springs home can be a centerpiece of your home, and that’s why their upgrade is important. Granite countertops can do that, and simultaneously add value to your home!

Selling Points of Granite Countertops

Granite countertops, which can sustain heavy usage (e.g. placing hot pots or chopping vegetables on the surface), are popular for a reason. Selling points include:

  • Stain Resistant
  • Sanitary
  • Fade Resistant
  • Durable.

Colorado Springs granite countertops can complement almost any home.

Adding Value to Your Home

Many families do not stay in their homes forever, and that’s partly the reason they spend the money on remodeling. They choose projects that can add value both to their lives while in the house and to the worth of the home upon putting it on the market. That’s why choosing to renovate the kitchen using granite countertops is a worthy thing to do: It increases value on both sides of the equation.

Specifically, with regard to the value of your house sale purposes, granite countertops give you back the money you put into it. How? Granite is more appealing. Granite signals durability. Granite generates higher sale prices. Granite is a premium amenity.

Granite countertops are your choice if you want to enjoy their utility and beauty today and benefit from added value later. At Planet Granite, we deliver the beauty of the quarry to your home. If you are looking for granite countertops in Colorado Springs, call us at (719) 522-0748 or visit our Planet Granite showroom to learn more.

Everything You Need to Know About Marble Countertops

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Marble countertops add a distinct beauty and warmth to your Colorado Springs kitchen countertops. Whether contemporary or rustic, ultra-modern or country cottage, the creamy white stone with flowing veins is an economic alternative to quartz or granite countertops.

How is Marble Different?

Marble is a form of limestone (a metamorphic rock), while granite is an igneous rock that forms from molten magma. Marble has a greater porosity and a softer appearance than both quartz or granite. But rest assured, marble is just as heat resistant and scorch-proof as other stone surfaces. Quartz countertops in Colorado Springs are manufactured stone—a created pattern achieved by mixing natural quartz and granite.

Marble Finishes

Marble is available in either a polished or honed finish. For a traditional marble appearance, the polished finish has an impressive shine that gives it a luxurious look and feel. To maintain the classy, high-end look of polished marble, the surface should be periodically re-polished. Expect a cool touch to this finish. Honed marble features a smooth matte finish and is less likely to scratch. For a less formal and contemporary decor, honed marble is the best choice. Keep in mind, that a honed finish can be discolored when in contact with acidic liquids.

Protecting Your Marble Countertop

Polished, and especially honed marble will have open pores that should be professionally sealed upon installation. Afterwards, the homeowner can maintain the marble surface with a penetrating sealant to minimize staining. If your marble countertops stays darkened for a long period of time after being wet, it is time to be resealed.

If are making the choice between quartz, marble, or granite countertops in Colorado Springs, call or visit our Planet Granite showroom to discuss your kitchen countertop needs. We stock a wide variety of natural stones to suit any kitchen or bathroom remodel. We also stock a full line of natural stone cleaners and sealers to keep your new countertop in pristine condition.

Utilizing Gray Tones in Your Kitchen and Countertops

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When selecting a color scheme for your home kitchen or bathroom countertops in Colorado Springs, you may wonder if the gray tones of granite might seem dreary. But actually, the opposite is true when it comes to the appearance of granite or even quartz as a countertop material. Lighter gray tones add a warmth and serenity to contemporary kitchens, while the darker gray tones will impart a sense of sophistication to a modern decor.

Using Gray Tones in Granite Countertops

Gray is a neutral color that can serve as a backdrop for a vibrant color scheme, or provide a blending effect for kitchens and bathrooms that boast muted tones. When gray hues are used appropriately, they can add a heightened sense of calm to an environment.

A wide range of gray tones exist in natural stones: charcoal gray, pewter gray, beige gray, and blue-gray are just a few. Here are a few ways to utilize gray tones in your kitchen and countertops:

  • Cherry or Mahogany Cabinetry – Avoid the dark-gray-toned stone and instead opt for a gray granite pattern that is light-colored with a good amount of marbling. Look for a granite pattern with flecks of burgundy to the red undertones will complement your cabinetry.
  • White Cabinets – For a dramatic kitchen or bath, matte black and gray countertops are perfect for a contemporary styling. The contrast will accentuate white cabinetry and make a bold statement. For less contrasts, opt for brown and beige granite patterns.
  • Warm Wood Cabinets – Woods such as pine, maple and oak will benefit from the peaceful tones of neutral gray patterns that are light gray in color. Honey-toned cabinets mated with light countertops will fill the area with warmth and serenity.

To find the perfect combination of gray tones and color for your next kitchen or bath renovation in Colorado Springs, contact Planet Granite to speak with one of our experienced design consultants today!

Planet Granite

3020 N Stone Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Phone: 719 522-0748 | Fax: 719 522-0754