What Is the Best Countertop for Outdoor Kitchens?

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Bar with granite countertop

As more people start embracing the benefits of outdoor entertainment, the popularity of outdoor kitchens has increased significantly. Finding the right Colorado Springs granite countertop is critical when trying to spruce up your outdoor kitchen. There are lots of options in the market. Some of them include:

1.      Granite

Granite is the most popular countertop for outdoor kitchens for a good reason. It can withstand years of use and it is great outdoors. Granite countertops can withstand exposure to hot and cold temperatures. With the right care, they can maintain their luxurious look for a long time. It doesn’t etch or lose its shine. The popularity of granite comes from its variety of color choices, durability, and ease of maintenance. Some of the most common types of granite include:

  • Tan brown granite
  • Kashmir White granite
  • Black Pearl granite
  • St. Cecilia granite
  • Venetian Gold granite

Granite is classified depending on its appearance and properties.

2.      Quartz

Quartz kitchen countertops are popular for their durability and variety. They come in various colors and styles. The material can withstand prolonged exposure to outdoor conditions. However, the resins used may be unable to withstand exposure to sunlight.

3.      Marble

Marble is a great choice for outdoor kitchen countertops. However, it isn’t the most durable option. The material looks great but it is easily damaged by outdoor elements. It is great for use on other parts of your outdoor kitchen.

What Is the Best Option? 

Granite is the best option for your outdoor kitchen countertops. It is one of the toughest materials. It is weather-resistant, durable, and bacteria-resistant. Granite is beautiful and it retains its appearance for a long time. It is the best option for accentuating the beauty of your natural space. Granite is natural and eco-friendly. It doesn’t have the chemical emissions present in chemicals.

If you are looking for an upgrade to your outdoor kitchen countertops in Colorado Springs, contact us today and schedule a consultation.

Even the Toughest Countertops Need Care: 3 Tips

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kitchen view with countertop and stolls

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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bar countertops and design

 

 

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.

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.

 

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