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.

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.

What’s the Difference Between Granite, Quartz and Marble?

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Granite, quartz and marble are three of the most popular kitchen and bathroom countertop materials available in Colorado Springs.

Granite, Quartz and Marble, Oh My!

While natural and engineered stone seems impervious, proper care is required to ensure the beauty shines on indefinitely. So what are the differences in these incredible stones?

Granite’s Elegant Simplicity

Granite is a natural stone that is quarried in slabs, so your bathroom and kitchen countertops will truly be one of a kind. Quartz, feldspar, mica, hornblende, and biotite create stunning patterns and colors. Clean granite with a mild cleanser and soft cloth as soon as you notice any spills or stains. Heat and dirt are no match for the resilience of granite. Make sure you have your granite countertops resealed at least every 15 years to prevent damage.

Quartz and Its Bold Options

Quartz is an engineered stone that rivals granite and marble in terms of beauty and durability. A special resin binds the quartz crystals together, creating a low-maintenance product. Because of the resin, quartz is non-porous, antimicrobial and scratch resistant. It can be manufactured to look like granite or marble if desired. Color pigments and sparkles can be added to create unique kitchen and bathroom countertops. Unlike granite and marble, most quartz does not require a sealant.

Sophisticated Marble in Colorado Springs

Perhaps the most delicate of the three, marble is the most porous and is susceptible to staining. The added porosity also makes marble easier to chip and ding. A quality sealant is vital to a long-lasting marble countertop. Be sure to wipe up any spills immediately to protect the marble countertops from damage.

Avoid harsh cleaners to protect the sealant on your stone countertops. Use a cutting board to keep bacteria at bay, and wipe up spills quickly to prevent staining. Revitalize your kitchen and bath with dedicated support from the team at Planet Granite. Contact us to get started on your Colorado Springs remodel today!

How to Prep Your Kitchen For New Countertops

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If home is where the heart is, it could well be said that the kitchen is where many of those heartwarming memories are made. From home-cooked meals to memorable dinner conversations, the kitchen is a time-honored centerpiece of many American homes. Simply put, the kitchen is not just any old room in the home.

Freshening up the kitchen with all new quartz or granite countertops in Colorado Springs will leave the kitchen looking more refined and inviting than ever. However, careful planning is an important consideration to make, even though the refinishing process is not as burdensome as you may have been led to believe.

Prepare for the Messy Refinishing Process

Whether you choose to refinish your kitchen counters with quartz, granite or any other material, know that there will be a mess if you do not plan accordingly. Lay down old cloths or carpet that you are willing to let get dirty. That way, debris from refinishing will fall on the pre-designated cloths instead of the floors. This makes cleanup easier on both you and the home remodeling professionals.

Similarly, prepare for refinishing by removing valuable or breakable items from the area where the professionals will be working. This is an easy way to prevent unnecessary damage to valuable items in your kitchen and home.

Make the Job Easier for the Professionals

Making life easier on the professionals who refinish your kitchen countertops will make the refinishing process a better experience for everyone. Provide a parking space as close to the kitchen as possible to prevent unnecessary downtime between trips to the truck. Also, have some old rags to give to the refinishing team. Refinishing the counters will go faster when the team has all the cleanup items they will need during refinishing.

Contact us to learn how our Colorado Springs home remodeling professionals can help you with refinishing your countertops.

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Granite Color for Your Kitchen

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New granite countertops can bring elegance, style and appeal to any kitchen. Granite kitchen countertops are available in about any color palette you can imagine. There are smooth or mottled textures, and finishes that range from glossy to matte. You can simulate the look of marble, stone or just about any design effect.

Avoiding Kitchen Clash With Colorado Springs Granite Countertops

However, choosing the wrong granite countertop style can have a detrimental effect. You’ll want to ensure that your kitchen countertop choice has a complimentary effect with your kitchen cabinets, flooring, window treatments, wall paint color and décor. If your kitchen is in need of an upgrade, consider the following tips and ideas for choosing the ideal granite countertops:

Cabinet considerations. To ensure your new granite counters will be in harmony with your cabinets, take the time to unscrew a small cabinet door and bring it along to the store. You’ll then be able to compare the wood tone and cabinet hardware with a range of options.

Swatches and samples. Snip a small swatch of fabric from an internal kitchen curtain hem and/or borrow one of your blind slats to bring along. A paint and flooring sample can be helpful as well. Consider also bringing a small décor element to the store such as a placemat, chair cushion and wall print to ensure a match.

Photos. If samples aren’t possible for all kitchen elements, take photos of your kitchen to view on your tablet or smartphone at the store. Just be sure that your monitor shows a color-corrected, accurate rendition of your kitchen colors.

Try compelling contrast. Pairing darker granite with lighter existing kitchen elements can be very compelling – and vice versa. Subtle flecks of an artfully chosen contrasting color can really play up this visual impact. However, you can also look for countertops with a bit of the prevalent color(s) in your kitchen.

Bring granite samples home. Once you’ve narrowed down some strong kitchen countertop choices, bring a few granite countertop samples home so that you can see it in its potential new home environment.

While the right kitchen countertop selection can take your kitchen to new heights of style and appeal, a mismatched choice means wasted money and time. Use these tips to make the very best Colorado Springs granite countertop selection, and shop Planet Granite for the top styles and features.

Local Stone Color: Quarried in Colorado

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What’s new in the wonderful world of durable, colorful natural stone countertops? A recent choice for local stone color is already making waves in the decorating field. Called Quarried in Colorado, the slabs are cut to fit the requirements of each job.

Stone has an amazing display unique to each portion lifted from the ground. Veining, speckles, and color are unique to the types of minerals that compose the stone, as well as the dynamic natural activity that caused it to form in the first place. Natural slabs can be cut into a perfect countertop for any room in the house, such as the:

  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom
  • Laundry room
  • Office

The saw yields the first view of how each piece will appear. Polishing wheels enhance the completed, natural appearance.

Quarries in Colorado have been operational for centuries, mining and delivering stone locally and around the world. Colors and shades include beige, coffee, burgundy, blue, and burgundy. The beautiful red, pink, and rose shades of the Lyons Sandstones include bits of silicate, quartz, and iron oxides. That formation is thought to have started more than 250 million years ago.

Stone is exceptionally durable. No harm is done if you accidentally set a hot pan on the countertop without a protective mat underneath. It’s natural to have water spillage so near the sink. The top is seldom affected. Just a quick swipe of a dry towel absorbs the water without any damage. On occasion, acidic foods and drinks may leave rings or marks. Stonemasons have the experience and ability to remove or resurface stains and compensate for chipped or nicked areas.

Your home can dazzle family and guests with local stone color like Quarried in Colorado countertops regardless of where you live. Ask questions about where the stone comes from and how it holds up to everyday living. Expect to get expert advice regarding upgrades. The countertop will likely outlast the home. Simply remodel with a change in drapes, curtains, flooring, or paint for the remainder of the room. Meanwhile, enjoy the cost-effective beauty of natural stone.

Trending: White Carerra Marbles

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white carreraThe Pantheon, in the city of Rome, stands as a gorgeous tribute to the remarkable architecture that scripted it. Its splendor brings to light the brilliance of White Carrera marbles in transforming the appeal of any monument. The use of White Carrera marbles has since translated over to many different countries and become a popular material for homes. For centuries together, Carrera marbles have been extensively used in homes and public spaces. The reasons why it has such unfailing patronage are predictable.

1. Unmatched beauty makes it a countertop of choice – There are few ways to achieve the look that is offered by White Carrera marbles. We all like marble studded flamboyance for our kitchens; its presence is light, uplifting, and classic. Amidst stainless steel appliances or personalized ornaments, White Carrera marble studded kitchen countertops come across as a breath of fresh air. The overall look is sleek and clean, and it allows for all types of design and decoration routes beyond the countertops.

2. Carrera marbles can be suitably maintained – Homeowners yearn to have Carrera marbled countertops in their household; yet, there has been debate on their longevity due to platina formation and general degradation (triggered by wear and tear ). Lack of timely maintenance could result in platina formation and a reduction in the life of the marble. Since the rise of these concerns, however, many companies have come up with sealants (or spray cleaners) to enhance its longevity. Wiping up spills and stains as soon as possible and not allowing them to seep into the surface has been suggested as a possible remedy to keep the marble neat and lustrous. The love affair that we have with marbles has also been boosted by polishing the marbles and reducing wear and tear considerably.

As do many natural stone materials, each comes with a certain level of maintenance and methods of protection. That is, after all, one of the factors that makes having stone and marble countertops so exclusive and next-level. Check out the White Carrera marble trend that’s sweeping homes by storm.

How Granite Increases Home Value

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graniteDeep inside the earth’s crust, feldspar and mica reacted with each other and became molten as a result. The molten mixture showed up on the earth’s surface as it cooled down. Such interesting origins of granite and its aesthetic aura have made it popular in homes across the globe. The real-estate industry swears by it due to its beauty and longevity. Quite predictably, these qualities of granite are known to increase the economic value of homes.

  • Granite counters in a kitchen can boost its visual appeal. – When you walk into a kitchen as a prospective buyer or as its proud owner, the sight of granite countertops is a reflection of other details of the home. Granite stands out due to its striated look and natural beauty. The compelling shades and colors can bring about a sense of calm and peacefulness to a kitchen. Undoubtedly, a kitchen is close to the owner’s heart, playing host to quality family dinners, a central hub for dinner parties with friends, and the one place everyone can gather and spend time together. Deciding to install granite to your countertops in this sacred part of the home reflects the attention and detail the owners have put into the rest of the home as well.
  • The overall ability to sell is boosted. – Aside from its aesthetic qualities, granite brings with it economic benefits. A well-sealed granite countertop is as durable and long-lasting as they come; its hardness is second only to diamond.  Its heat-resistant properties and ability to remain scratch-free gives it an advantage as a choice of countertops. Homes with granite countertops and details have been known to sell quickly and easily. Almost 25% of granite’s retail value gets added onto the home value. Add to that the durability of granite and we have a win-win situation. For all its qualities and reasonable pricing, granite countertops become an indispensable part of any modern-day home.

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