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.

 

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.

Decorating with Granite Countertops

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Granite countertops are available in a variety of styles and colors and are quite versatile when it comes to home decor, whether you want to shop for a countertop that matches your kitchen’s style or design your kitchen around your countertop. As always, decor is all about personal preference, and there are no right or wrong answers, but here are some ideas to get you going.

Earth Tones and Wood

When many people think of granite, they think of the modern decor that you tend to use with monochrome countertops. That’s always a great choice, but brown, tan and reddish granite can just as easily be paired up with more earthy, natural colors. Mahogany cabinets with tan and brown granite can be especially stunning.

Decor for Blue Granite

Blue granite can be very easy or very difficult to decorate with, depending on how hard you’re willing to work. It pairs well with white and black tones, but once you add more colors to the kitchen, it can be very easy to start clashing. Generally, you’ll get best results with lighter woods like bamboo, and of course, blue granite beautifully complements a sink made of stainless steel or white porcelain.

Keep Your Scheme Simple

When you have a granite countertop, you likely want it to be the centerpiece of your kitchen. You’re going to get the best results by keeping your color schemes relatively simple. It’s a bit like being a painter in a three-dimensional space: Using every color in the box is great for a children’s book, but you generally want to choose your color range and stick to it.

Again, decor is all about personal preference. The most important thing is that you like the way your home looks with granite countertops in Colorado Springs. Give us a call for a free in-home consultation and we’ll help you find a countertop that speaks to you.

Create a Coffee Bar With a Gorgeous Countertop

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Planet Granite Kitchen

Love your coffee? Need a little more space for it in the kitchen? We get it. From our experience in showing and selling granite countertops in Colorado Springs, we know coffee bars are hot!

A gorgeous quartz coffee bar offers dedicated counter space that does justice to your coffee.

And it adds character to your kitchen or butler’s pantry.

Stop by Planet Granite and Find the Piece You Love

See quartz, granite, onyx, marble and more!

We offer in-home measuring as a complimentary service. Then, we put our state-of-the-art software to work, planning every detail of your installation. You’re just days from taking your coffee countertop home.

Talk with us about attaching a sink for extra functionality. Many of our clients enjoy the convenience of filling the coffee machine and rinsing cups right on the bar.

You’ll love the gorgeous, stain-proof surface. And this just might become the go-to spot in your home.

Decorate Your New Coffee Bar to Add Style to Your Kitchen

Celebrate the joy of coffee:

  • Adorn your new surface with fresh flowers from your garden. Add a contrasting cutting board. Place jugs of sweeteners or other additions on top.
  • Use open glass jars to hold spoons and screw-top apothecary jars for marshmallows.
  • Shakers are great for cocoa, nutmeg, cinnamon and raw sugar.
  • Display your coffee mugs or teacups on the surface or on display shelving over the bar.
  • A bowl of lemons looks great when the weather warms, and you’re making iced tea.

Think still-life art! We love this collection of fantastic coffee bar ideas. Have a look to be inspired and delighted.

We Look Forward to Serving You at Planet Granite

See our selection of granite countertops in Colorado Springs, including coffee bar concepts, at the Planet Granite showroom. Explore our kitchen visualizer to get in the mood anywhere, any time! Or go ahead and request a quote.

Planning an Outdoor Kitchen With Granite

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One of the best things about living in Colorado Springs is the backdrops. There are towering mountains to the west and the beautiful, wide open blue skies of the plains in every other direction. It’s no wonder so many Colorado Springs residents enjoy spending their time outdoors and that when it comes to home renovations, expanding living spaces and transitioning backyards into kitchens and second living rooms is a very popular home remodel here. If you are likewise in the midst of planning an outdoor kitchen, you couldn’t pick a better place or time to do so!

Start in Winter to Grill in Spring

Winter is a great time to start considering this project so that you can get started before the warm weather rolls in and enjoy it once it does. Important aspects to consider in this time include the type of appliance you’re going to install, roof coverings, electrical set-up, and countertops. In the last type of material, we highly recommend the use of granite in outdoor kitchen spaces.

Granite is an excellent choice for the surfaces in outdoor kitchens (and in truth other outdoor living spaces) thanks to its ability to withstand extreme temperatures, fade resistance, and low maintenance.

A Peek at Good Layout Fundamentals for Granite Countertops & Grills

Once you have an idea of the appliances and countertop material you’re going to use, the next step is layout. We recommend starting first with positioning the grill. The grill will be the heart of your outdoor kitchen, and it’s important to position it where it can be readily accessed and in such a way (we recommend perpendicular to the dining spaces) so as promote conversations with family and guests.

With the grill in place, you can start installing countertops and other major items like a sink and refrigeration set-up. A good rule of thumb is to place refrigeration units as far away from the grill as possible, position the sink next to the refrigeration for easy washing of vegetables and the like, and have a long granite countertop next to the grill open and ready for slicing and dicing.

Contact Us to Learn More

Hungry for more outdoor kitchen tips and matching granite countertop suggestions? Contact our Colorado Springs granite countertop team today!

Ideas for Remodeling Your Kitchen With Granite

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Planet Granite Countertops

Granite is a truly versatile product. It comes in an amazing array of colors, from soothing charcoal gray to forest green to emerald red. It is easy to clean, very durable, and has a beautiful, timeless look to it. What’s not to love about granite? Here are a few ideas to consider for Colorado Springs granite kitchen countertops:

Ideas for Remodeling Your Kitchen With Granite

Add a kitchen island with a granite countertop: Kitchen islands are a great way to add a little pop of color to your kitchen, be able to do more things in your kitchen, and offer more places for people to socialize. You don’t have to have the granite on your kitchen island match the granite on your other kitchen countertops. Having it be a different color can be a great way to draw the eye to the kitchen island. White, gray and gold are popular granite colors at the moment.

Freshen up your kitchen with a light-colored granite countertop: Nothing says clean, spacious and bright like a white countertop. If you are tired of mismatched or dark and gloomy colors in your kitchen, or you just want to make the kitchen feel cleaner, more spacious and mood-lifting, try replacing your countertops with white granite. White works well with any color and helps a room feel less stuffy. If white seems too bright, go for a neutral beige color just to lighten things up a bit.

Add lighting to highlight the granite countertops: Lighting can make all the difference in making your kitchen usable, comfortable and beautiful. Don’t be afraid to show off the granite countertops. Find some unique hanging lamps to go above a kitchen island and install some under-the-cabinet lighting for those hard-to-reach areas. Little touches like that can make a huge difference in how your kitchen feels.

Stop by our Colorado Springs granite countertop showroom today to see how we can help you redesign your kitchen to make it look more beautiful, functional and stylish. Schedule an appointment to talk with a professional about how we can upgrade your kitchen using the best design software available.

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