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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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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picture of countertop and sink

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.

His and Hers Divided Vanity

Trending for 2020: Bathroom Countertops

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His and Hers Divided Vanity

Whether you’re planning to refresh your bathroom or are doing a full remodel, one of the largest changes you can make to the bathroom is the countertop. Often the bathroom countertop becomes the main focal point in the room. Let’s take a look at some of the latest trends for bathroom countertops in Colorado Springs.

Freestanding Sinks

Often the freestanding sink does not forgo the countertop, but incorporates it into the design, with the basin sitting on top of a countertop, usually made out of marble or granite.

Console Vanities

The minimalist trend has hit bathroom vanities. Larger and more complex pieces have been replaced by clean lines. Frequently designed in an open style with a granite countertop, there might just be legs and shelves instead of doors and drawers. These console vanities are ideal for small spaces and have the added advantage of making a small bathroom appear larger.

His and Hers Divided Vanity

Installing two sinks into the master bathroom is a great way to raise property values while adding convenience to nighttime rituals. The divided vanity can incorporate the freestanding sink on the countertop, or be sunk into the stone counter.

Bathroom Fixtures

Dark fixtures with a matte finish have become one of the most popular colors. We love how the matte finish plays off of our granite countertops. Additionally, glass and gold have also become highly popular. The shine looks beautiful with our lighter shades of marble and quartz.

Keeping the Marble

Marble has officially migrated into the bathroom, and in 2020 we’re not just seeing countertops but marble walls as well.

If you’re still deciding which direction to go with your Colorado Springs bathroom countertop, we’re here to help. Get in touch, and we’ll be happy to help you choose the countertop that will be both timeless and new.

 

2020 Kitchen Trends to Think About for Your Next Kitchen Remodel

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Kitchen Countertops in Colorado Springs

The new year has been rung in, and we’re seeing some exciting trends for kitchen design this year, including some beautiful Colorado Springs kitchen countertops. Let’s take a look at what the new decade is bringing to our kitchens.

More Color

We’re not saying that all-white kitchens are going out of style, but color is being welcomed back. Whether it’s a bright accent wall (or ceiling), natural wood details, or contrasting dark countertops, bright pops and colors that draw the eye are proving a popular choice.

Quartz Is Having a Moment

We’ve seen quartz used more and more over recent years, but it’s never been more popular than right now. It’s an excellent choice for countertops for those who do want the all-white kitchen, but don’t want the care requirements of marble. The non-porous material comes in a wide array of colors and shades, so it’s proving a popular choice for kitchens with other color schemes, and we’ve been seeing it migrate beyond the countertop.

The Slab Backsplash

Eye-catching and simple at once, placing a single piece of stone behind the stove is the perfect way to create a clean center focal point around the kitchen’s “hearth.” It’s a clean solution often preferable to tiles.

Not Too Shiny

High polish so popular over the last decade has begun to give way to more muted mattes. We are seeing more stone countertops with a honed finish that is smooth and more matte than shiny.

Bold Graphics

Not unlike the bright colors, bold graphic lines and shapes are proving popular. Check out the Calacatta pattern in both quartz and marble to get some ideas for how you can introduce these lines into your kitchen.

We’re always happy to discuss design options and the wide array of stone materials available. To find out more about what we offer in beautiful kitchen countertops in Colorado Springs, contact us.

Hot Trends in Granite for 2020

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granite countertops in a bathroom

Granite is revered for its durability and beauty, and it’s arguably one of the most appealing options that home and business owners can consider for countertops. Easy to clean and highly versatile, it’s no surprise that Colorado Springs granite countertops are widely popular. However, times are changing, so those considering remodeling or a new installation should know about these inspiring granite characteristics for 2020.

Popular Color Options for the New Decade

Whether you’re looking for bathroom granite countertops or new surfaces for the kitchen or other spaces, gear up for bold colors to dominate this decade. The hue of countertops can bring life to a room, so trending colors from nature such as petrol-green and deep blues are predicted to be popular. Hot choices in the future are also likely to include brilliant oranges.

Diversity in Granite Patterns

The immense diversity of patterns amid the realm of countertop granite can be explored at Planet Granite in Colorado Springs. Some designs expected to surpass past favorites include marbleized veining, highly dominant swirls, and interesting characteristics. With the blues and greens expected to surge in demand, interior professionals are likely to lean heavily toward options such as Lapidus granite and the speckled Verde Peacock granite.

Exploring Prime Finishes

Color and patterns aren’t the only aspects of granite trends changing, as honed finishes that give granite a matte appearance are surging in popularity. Matte finishes are now available in a specialized “leathery” finish that offers greater realism without sacrificing resilience and longevity. However, don’t expect the traditional look of high-gloss granite countertop surfaces to lose any customers, as their smooth polished look isn’t going anywhere on the design scene any time soon.

Planning Granite for Your Home? Call Planet Granite

Planet Granite is the go-to source for Colorado Springs home remodeling. Let us help you become a neighborhood trendsetter with these up-and-coming 2020 granite trends.

 

The Benefits of a Granite Fireplace Surround

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The interior of a home with granite countertops and a fireplace

The materials you select to place around your fireplace can help to make your fireplace pop or stand out. One of the options that you can use for a fireplace surround is natural stone, such as granite. Here are a few of the benefits associated with using granite for your fireplace surround.

Granite Can Withstand High Temperatures

One of the benefits associated with using granite around your fireplace is that granite can withstand high temperatures, such as those that both gas- and wood-burning fireplaces give off. Traditionally, if you are using tile or stone around your fireplace, you must first install cement board before installing the tile or stone. The cement board absorbs the heat, protecting your stone. This is not something you need to do with granite, which cuts out a step. Ultimately, this helps to save time and money.

Granite Is Durable

The second benefit of using granite for your fireplace surround is that granite is durable. When properly sealed and cared for, granite will not stain and it is very difficult to scratch, ding, dent or crack. This makes it a great option for those who may have pets or small children that may play on or around the fireplace surround.

Granite Comes in Different Colors and Patterns

The final benefit associated with using granite for your fireplace surround is that granite comes in a huge selection of colors and patterns. This helps you to find a granite that matches the style of your home, without looking out of place. You can find granite to match a modern space, a rustic space, or a classic space.

A granite fireplace surround can add character, style, and a unique design element to the wall and space surrounding your fireplace. Selecting the right granite for your area is important. When you are looking for granite countertops, sinks, or more in Colorado Springs, Colorado look no further than Planet Granite. Call us today to get started.

Quartz Vs. Granite: What Are the Differences?

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Bathroom Vanity Countertops

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.

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