The Benefits of a Granite Fireplace Surround

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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.

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.

Utilizing Gray Tones in Your Kitchen and Countertops

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When selecting a color scheme for your home kitchen or bathroom countertops in Colorado Springs, you may wonder if the gray tones of granite might seem dreary. But actually, the opposite is true when it comes to the appearance of granite or even quartz as a countertop material. Lighter gray tones add a warmth and serenity to contemporary kitchens, while the darker gray tones will impart a sense of sophistication to a modern decor.

Using Gray Tones in Granite Countertops

Gray is a neutral color that can serve as a backdrop for a vibrant color scheme, or provide a blending effect for kitchens and bathrooms that boast muted tones. When gray hues are used appropriately, they can add a heightened sense of calm to an environment.

A wide range of gray tones exist in natural stones: charcoal gray, pewter gray, beige gray, and blue-gray are just a few. Here are a few ways to utilize gray tones in your kitchen and countertops:

  • Cherry or Mahogany Cabinetry – Avoid the dark-gray-toned stone and instead opt for a gray granite pattern that is light-colored with a good amount of marbling. Look for a granite pattern with flecks of burgundy to the red undertones will complement your cabinetry.
  • White Cabinets – For a dramatic kitchen or bath, matte black and gray countertops are perfect for a contemporary styling. The contrast will accentuate white cabinetry and make a bold statement. For less contrasts, opt for brown and beige granite patterns.
  • Warm Wood Cabinets – Woods such as pine, maple and oak will benefit from the peaceful tones of neutral gray patterns that are light gray in color. Honey-toned cabinets mated with light countertops will fill the area with warmth and serenity.

To find the perfect combination of gray tones and color for your next kitchen or bath renovation in Colorado Springs, contact Planet Granite to speak with one of our experienced design consultants today!

How to Choose the Right Stone to Surround Your Fireplace

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fireplace surround

 

The hearth of the home was once the heart and soul of daily living. From cooking to entertainment, everyone gathered around the heat to keep warm and enjoy themselves. Times have certainly changed, but that doesn’t make your fireplace any less important when it comes to giving your family a central place to connect. Instead of traditional brick, upgrade your hearth with a marble, granite, or quartz surround for a better look. Learn more about how to choose the right look for your home.

Marble

Marble will make a statement in your home, and it’s one of the sharpest ways to offset a fireplace. Just a single glance or touch of the stone will immediately convey luxury and formality. If you already have marble in your home (e.g., kitchen, bathrooms), a marble fireplace surround will naturally fit in your living room.

Granite

Granite is beautiful and comes in a variety of patterns and colors for you to choose from. Choose this natural stone when you want versatility for the look of your home. Granite is also generally easier to take care of than marble due to a better resistance to staining. However, homeowners should know that granite is a porous stone that will need regular maintenance.

Quartz

Engineered quartz is designed to handle the heat without sacrificing on the aesthetics of the stone. Quartz can also come in a variety of shades, textures and patterns, but it can also be customized based on homeowner preferences. Maintenance is generally easier than either granite or marble because quartz is non-porous.

Choosing the right stone for your fireplace depends on not just the design of the fireplace, but also what each homeowner wants out of each room. Whether you’re looking for a warm and cozy living room or a cool and modern space, you can count on Planet Granite to help you find the right marble, granite, or quartz surrounds in Colorado Springs. Give us a call to set up an appointment today!

Picking the Best Backsplash for Your Granite Countertops

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Kitchen BacksplashBacksplashes serve both an aesthetic and functional purpose. They not only cover up the space between the countertop and cabinets but also protect the wall from water and other liquids that may splash while cooking. Backsplashes can prevent staining and even mold development.

These tile accouterments also allow you to add some color, patterns or texture to your kitchen. Backsplashes add an extra dimension to a room that is visually appealing as well as practical. However, pairing your backsplash with a granite countertop can sometimes present challenges.

If you are searching for the perfect backsplash to go with your Colorado Springs granite countertops, you may want to test out some of the latest backsplash trends!

Vertical Tile

Most backsplashes include horizontal tiling. However, vertical tile is starting to make a splash in backsplash trends.

Adding Glass

Granite pairs well with glass, and it adds a modern touch that many homeowners appreciate. Adding it to a tile pattern often makes a statement. It is also relatively inexpensive compared to other materials.

Integration

Some homeowners are choosing to let their granite or quartz countertops steal the show, and allow the backsplash to blend in more with the cabinets.

Classic Subway Tile

Subway tile is a classic look that seems to be in no matter when you redecorate. The plain white variation is perhaps the most traditional, but be careful that it does not “whitewash” the room.

Adding a Pattern

If you really want your backsplash to pop from your granite countertops, you might consider adding stickers or tiling that has bright, fun patterns. Decals provide a unique look that you can design yourself.

Backsplashes made from durable tile seem to last the longest, but they can become dated and dingy over time. Of course, if you change out your granite, you may need to adjust your backsplash to match the rest of the kitchen. If you need to find the perfect granite slab to match your vision for your backsplash, Planet Granite can help. Give us a call today!

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