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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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Granite Countertops in Colorado Springs, CO

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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