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.

Even the Toughest Countertops Need Care: 3 Tips

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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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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.

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!

How Frequently Does Sealer Need to Be Applied to Your Stone Countertop?

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Many stone countertops are porous. If something is spilled on them, it can soak into the pores, staining the countertop. Using a sealer on the stone surface helps to fill in pores, preventing these stains from happening. The majority of countertops are sealed immediately after they are installed. However, you may be wondering how frequently your stone countertop needs to be resealed. Read on to learn more.

How Frequently Does Sealer Need to Be Applied to Your Stone Countertop?

Unfortunately, there is not a specific timeframe for when sealer needs to be applied to your stone countertop. Sealer needs to be reapplied when it begins to wear off. Some people have their stone countertop resealed every six months, while other people go a few years between applying a sealer.

What Factors Affect the Frequency in Which Your Stone Countertop Needs to Be Sealed?

There are many factors that affect the frequency in which your stone countertop needs to be sealed. The type of stone countertop you have, the type of sealer that is used, the type of products you clean your countertop with, and the frequency in which you use and wipe down your countertop can all affect how frequently your stone countertops need to be resealed.

How Can You Test Whether Your Stone Countertop Needs to Be Resealed?

The easiest way to tell if your stone countertop needs to be resealed is to do a water-drop test. Drip a few drops of water on the countertop. If the water balls up and sits on the surface, your sealer is still doing its job. If the water soaks into the countertop, your surface needs to be resealed. Do the test on different areas on your countertop, particularly those that get the most use, as sealer can wear unevenly.

Stone countertops can add beauty and style to your kitchen or bathrooms. If you are interested in purchasing stone countertops in Colorado Springs, Planet Granite can help you decide what type of stone is ideal for your home, meets your needs, and fits within your budget. Contact us today to learn more.

What to Expect During Your Granite Countertop Install

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Custom Granite Countertop in Colorado Springs

Granite countertops can beautifully transform your kitchen space into an attractive and functional area for all to enjoy. Before you can move through the install with ease, you need to know what to expect as your granite professionals move through each phase of the job. To help you out, here’s a guide on what to expect during your Colorado Springs granite countertop install.

Removal and Disposal of Existing Countertops

Before installers can install your gorgeous granite countertops, they must remove and dispose of the existing countertops. If you are reusing your existing cabinets, they will work carefully to remove the countertops without damaging those materials. Once the countertops are separated from the mounting surface, granite professionals place them in the waste pile.

Granite Countertop Installation

Granite countertops are much heavier than many of the other materials on the market. For that reason, installers have to verify your cabinets will properly support the extra weight. They may need to modify the cabinets or replace them outright to move forward with your install.

Granite installers will need a lot of room to maneuver the granite countertops from the entryway into your home to the kitchen. They will also likely need space to make the appropriate cut in the countertop to match your sink dimensions. Also, depending on your sink type, they may install clips or rails underneath the countertop at this time.

Once the countertop is ready to install, they will make sure it is level and then secure it to your cabinets. If your countertops have any overhang, they may also install brackets for additional support.

Completion of All Finishing Touches

With the countertop in place, installers can focus on completing the finishing touches. They may need to fill the seams with color-matched epoxy, install the sink and other components, and caulk all the appropriate areas. Once everything is dry, they may clean the countertops to remove dust and debris, and then apply a high-quality sealer to the surface.

Once all the work is done, your installer will have you walk through and approve the final results to complete the job. If you would like to upgrade your countertops, give our team a call at 719-522-0748 to discuss your project.

The Benefits of Soapstone Countertops

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Soapstone is one of the lesser-known natural stone countertop options. If you are looking for a countertop option that is unique and different, soapstone may be a good option for you. Learning about the benefits of this type of stone can help you decide if it will fit in with your lifestyle. Here are three of the benefits of a soapstone countertop.

Soapstone is Heat-Resistant

One of the benefits associated with soapstone countertops is that soapstone is heat-resistant. This means that you can place hot pots and pans directly on the countertop without it cracking or scorching the countertop. You can say goodbye to trivets that are designed to protect your countertop when you select a soapstone countertop.

Soapstone is Non-Porous

The second advantage associated with soapstone countertops is that they are non-porous. This is beneficial in different ways. First, you do not have to use a sealer on a soapstone countertop, as there are no pores to seal. This reduces the amount of maintenance your countertop needs. Second, because there are no pores, your soapstone countertop is less likely to stain if something is spilled on it. Finally, a non-porous surface decreases germ and bacteria growth on the countertop.

Soapstone is a Green Building Material

The final benefit to soapstone countertops is that soapstone is a green building material. It does not use any chemicals during the manufacturing process and it can be 100 percent recycled when it no longer serves its purpose of being a functional countertop in your home. If you want to go green or reduce your carbon footprint, soapstone is a great option.

Soapstone has many benefits associated with it that may make it the perfect natural stone for your new countertop. When you are looking to install a natural stone countertop in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Planet Granite can help you. We can help you select the right type of stone for your countertop and then fabricate and install your new countertop. Contact us now to learn more.

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