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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!

What Are the Differences Between Granite and Marble Countertops?

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Planet Granite Kitchen

They’re both made of natural stone and serve similar purposes, but marble and granite are different in terms of durability and how much maintenance they require. When deciding which material to use in your kitchen or bath, here are some points to consider.

Heat Resistance

You can place hot baking dishes on a granite counter without damaging it. Marble is somewhat heat-resistant too, but placing a hot pan directly on the surface may leave an etching or discoloration that can’t be restored.

Staining, Scratching and Chipping

Granite is such a hard stone that it doesn’t absorb spills. Marble, however, is porous and prone to staining. Oily substances and liquids, such as vinegar, alcohol and citrus juices, can be especially damaging.

You can cut directly on granite countertops without scratching them (but you will dull your knife blade quickly). Because marble is considerably softer, it should not be used as a cutting board.

Granite is generally not prone to cracking or chipping during the course of normal everyday use. Because it is less durable, marble is more susceptible to chipping when subjected to regular use.

Styles and Upkeep

Both granite and marble give your home a look of sophistication and luxury. Because granite is so durable, it requires little maintenance. You may want to apply a sealant for maximum protection, but your counters can still hold up well without it. Manufacturers of marble countertops, however, strongly recommend that you seal the surface because it is so vulnerable to staining. A high-quality sealant should last 10‒15 years.

Both surfaces are relatively easy to clean. Just use a damp cloth, adding a bit of soapy water if needed to get rid of food residue. Avoid ammonia, bleach or other harsh cleaners. Dry off marble counters thoroughly after cleaning.

Thinking about upgrading your Colorado Springs kitchen or bath with granite countertops? Contact us to schedule a free in-home consultation.

Why Granite Countertops are the Best Choice of Countertop

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It’s no secret that granite is one of the most sought-after countertop materials in Colorado Springs. Read on to find out what makes granite the best choice for a countertop in your home:

Why Granite Countertops are the Best Choice of Countertop

  • Granite is beautiful. It’s hard to surpass nature’s beauty. As a natural product, granite has a charm all its own that is both timeless and appealing. Granite will probably never lose its popularity. It also comes in many different shades, so you can get it to match any color palette.
  • Granite is tough. Since granite is made out of stone, it is practically impossible to scratch the surface of granite. It can handle a lot of use and still stay strong and beautiful.
  • Granite can handle heat. You can easily place granite near a stovetop without having to worry. No potholder, no problem. You can set a hot pan down without damaging or weakening the granite. It will not melt or blister when exposed to heat.
  • Granite can resist stains. Although granite might be naturally porous when found in nature, granite countertops are sealed before installation to make them nonporous. You can easily clean up spills and not have to worry about any stains left behind.
  • Granite is nontoxic. There are no dangerous chemicals in granite since it is just made out of stone from nature. Neither does it emit toxic radiation or gases.
  • Undermount sinks. With granite countertops, you can mount a sink underneath the granite. You can have the granite cut to fit the size of the sink hole. This keeps crumbs from being stuck on the lip of a sink that is mounted on the surface. You can also easily wipe spills right into the sink without running into the lip.

Are you ready to find out which granite countertop would work the best for your home? We have a large variety of quality granite to choose from. Stop in our Colorado Springs showroom or contact us.

3 Tips for Maintaining Your Granite Countertops

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Granite countertops are a beautiful addition to any kitchen or bathroom. However, you may have some concerns about taking care of your countertops when you make this type of upgrade. While granite countertops are certainly more work than vinyl countertops, the look and feel definitely make the additional care worth it. You can use the following tips to maintain your granite countertops in Colorado Springs for years to come.

1. Consider adding a sealer to your countertops

Sealers aren’t necessary for every type of granite, but it might be a good idea if you are using granite in your kitchen or bathroom. Granite is a porous material, and having it sealed can help maintain its coloring, repeal stains and enhance the shine of the stone. However, granite is generally moisture-resistant, so it’s up to you to decide whether sealing it is necessary for your situation.

2. Clean up spills quickly

You should make efforts to clean up spills on your granite right away, regardless of whether it is sealed or not. Liquid can go into the stone and change the coloring of your granite if it’s allowed to sit too long. Be sure to regularly clean your countertops with soap and water as well.

3. Avoid setting certain foods or liquids on your countertops

It’s a good idea to avoid putting meats directly on your granite countertops. Acidic products can also be harmful to your granite as well. You should also avoid putting oils directly on your counters. As a rule, use a cutting board or plate to set food on instead of putting anything directly on the countertop. This is not only a good idea for your granite, but it is generally more sanitary as well.

If you’d like specific maintenance tips for our countertops, contact our Colorado Springs office. We can help you decide whether you should seal your countertops and give you general tips on how you can keep your granite looking great for years to come. Call today to learn more.

Should You Upgrade Your Kitchen Before You Put Your House on the Market?

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One of the most difficult things you’ll have to decide when you are selling your home is what work, if any, you will have done to your home. The kitchen is one room of the home that you may think deserves the update or full upgrade treatment. It makes sense—this is one of the most “in-your-face” parts of the home. But does it make sense to upgrade? Would an investment in granite countertops in your Colorado Springs home pay off? We will discuss the pros and cons of making these upgrades.

Why You Should Consider Pre-Sale Upgrading Kitchen Countertops in Colorado Springs

Upgrading your kitchen countertops and kitchen, in general, will add value to your home. Chances are, you’ll be able to ask a higher price, and get a higher price. In addition, having an upgraded kitchen is one of the top things many home shoppers look for, so you will stand out from the crowd, perhaps even bringing in more lookers. You may even get buyers to overlook some of the undesirable features of your home if the kitchen is especially appealing.

One thing to remember is that many home buyers will have specific ideas about what they are looking for in a kitchen, so going for a straightforward upgrade instead of something dramatic or way different may be a better option. Think about appealing to a broad spectrum of buyers rather than a niche market for the best results when the time comes to sell.

Whether or not you decide that a full-scale kitchen renovation before you move is a good idea, you may want to contact our Colorado Springs home remodeling company and talk about making a few repairs or upgrades. Doing this could make a big difference in the ease of the sale and your final sale price.

 

Using Design to Minimize the Look of Seams in Your Granite Countertop

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Planet Granite Kitchen

One of the most challenging things about natural stone countertops is making sure that the seams are well-hidden. Obvious seams not only mar the flawless look of granite and other stone counter materials, but these seams can collect food particles and even promote chipping and wear on the counter. It would be wonderful if you could order your counter in one seamless piece. However, this is rarely possible, except for the smallest counters. The granite or other stone vein may not be that big, and even if it were, it would be so heavy that your installers would not be able to get it in place safely. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to hide those seams with design so that they are less apparent and/or virtually invisible.

Ways to Use Design to Minimize the Look of Your Colorado Springs Kitchen Countertop Seams

1. Opt for a darker color stone. The darker the color of the stone, the less apparent your seams are going to be. With black, the seams are almost invisible. In addition, the less pattern in the stone, the more difficult it will be to see where the seams lie.

2. Work with smaller counter sizes. Stone cutting saws can only handle sizes of up to around nine feet in length. Avoid seams altogether by positioning your sink and appliances so that you have no section longer than this.

3. Ask about book matching. This technique makes sure that all pieces of your counter are cut from the same stone vein, so there is minimal difference in the shade of the stone, making the seams much less visible.

Don’t let those pesky seams mar the appearance of your kitchen countertops. To learn more about hiding the seams on your Colorado Springs granite countertops, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

5 Benefits of Quartz Countertops

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Today, homeowners have a wide range of options to select from for their kitchen and bathroom countertops in Colorado Springs. It’s important to consider several products and to see them up close (and whenever possible, in person).

What Are the Benefits of Quartz?

Choose a countertop material you enjoy and love the look of, but it is also important to know what materials can provide to you. Here’s a closer look at quartz.

#1: It’s very durable against stains

Quartz is an excellent option because it is very durable. Because it is engineered, it is built to resist stains and corrosion. Very high heat can still damage this material, though. It can also become discolored if it is overexposed to chemicals or light.

#2: It’s very flexible in terms of colors

During the manufacturing process, quartz undergoes a transformation. The material is mixed with a pigment to create a wide range of colors and patterns. You will likely find more uniformity with this product than natural stones, too.

#3: They are difficult to damage

The process of creating quartz makes it very hard to damage. If you’ve had marble or granite crack or chip previously, you do not have to worry about it with this product. It is made from quartz and polymer resins to make it very difficult to damage.

#4: It’s easy to maintain

Quartz is also very easy to maintain overall. It requires no sealing like other products. It is also easy to clean — just with a wet cloth most often.

#5: It adds excellent value to the home

Because it is so easy to maintain and beautiful, quartz bathroom and kitchen countertops can be an excellent choice for adding value to the home.

Ready to See Options in Quartz Countertops?

Whether for your kitchen or your bathroom, quartz countertops in Colorado Springs can be an exceptional option. For a free, in-home consultation to learn more and see samples, call Planet Granite for an appointment time.

Choosing Between Granite, Marble or Quartz: Which Is Best?

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Kitchen Granite With Chairs

Investing in the right rock for your home is essential. But, there are a number of fantastic options on the market to select from, including numerous colors, patterns and material types. In Colorado Springs, granite countertops are a common option, but other products are available as well.

Picking Your Ideal Bathroom Countertops and Kitchen Countertops

When selecting between materials such as granite, marble and quartz, you know you are getting a high-quality, natural product that will look stunning. To decide between these three options, take a closer look at the differences.

Granite Countertops

Granite is one of the most popular choices. Granite is slightly softer than quartz, but still provides a longer and more durable lifespan than marble. Granite is a true natural stone, as it doesn’t go through the manufacturing process. Marble is slightly more vulnerable to acidic liquids than other products. It also requires some maintenance over its lifetime.

Marble Countertops

If you are thinking about marble, it is also a natural stone without any type of manufacturing used in the process of making it. Marble is perhaps the most likely to chip or scratch because it is the softest of these three materials. It does require maintenance as well, more so than the other forms. Still, it is heat resistant and will last 20 years or more.

Quartz Countertops

For quartz countertops in Colorado Springs, expect a slightly different material. It does go through a manufacturing process, so it is not true natural stone. Instead, the material is crushed, and then pigment is added to it to create the unique look. Quartz is not porous, and therefore not likely to stain or hold onto bacteria.

Choosing the Best Material Starts With the Right Provider

For Colorado Springs home remodeling you can depend on, put Planet Granite to work for you. Our team provides you with the support you need for kitchen countertops, quartz countertops and much more. Call us for a free in-home consultation today.

The Difference Between Caring for Granite and Quartz Countertops

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Whether you want to install new countertops in your kitchen or bathroom, you can’t go wrong with either granite or quartz countertops. Both types of countertops are aesthetically pleasing and durable. However, the catch is that these countertops require maintenance and cleaning to remain in good condition. Here is some information about the differences between caring for granite and quartz countertops.

Granite Care

Your granite countertops will look beautiful for decades as long as you take the time to learn how to care for them. Granite countertops are porous, which means you need to clean and seal them on a regular basis to keep them bright and shiny.

You should use a pH-neutral cleaner or a soap for granite to clean your granite countertops. Don’t make the mistake of using harsh cleaners, vinegar, lemon juice or abrasive materials. Using these substances or materials will likely damage your granite countertops. If you spill liquid on your granite countertops, you should clean up these spills quickly. Use coasters to prevent stains on the countertops. Use trivets and avoid putting hot things directly on your countertops.

Quartz Care

One of the main advantages of quartz is that it is a non-porous material. Therefore, germs aren’t a huge concern when it comes to quartz countertops. Many brands of quartz are NSF-certified, which means that they meet food safety and public health standards. Quartz countertops are ideal for residential and commercial applications.

To clean quartz countertops, just use a dishcloth or soft sponge with warm water. You can also clean up greasy or stubborn messes with dish soap or a liquid cleanser. Don’t use metallic pads, scrub sponges or other abrasive materials to avoid dulling the surface of the quartz countertops. Cleaners with low or high pH levels may discolor your quartz countertops.

For more information about Colorado Springs kitchen countertops or caring for granite and quartz countertops, don’t hesitate to reach out to us here at Planet Granite.

Matching Your Countertops to the Wood in Your Bathroom

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Designing the perfect bathroom can seem like a tedious project, what with having to match everything from fixtures to faucets. You also need to select the perfect Colorado Springs bathroom countertops to match the wood in the room. Your fixtures may be the focal point, but your countertops and wood will probably be the first items to catch your eye. Make sure you choose the perfect combination for your bathroom remodel by following the tips below.

Black and White, Bright or Muted

The first assessment you need to make is whether you are going for the simplicity of black and white, whether you are utilizing bold and bright colors, or whether you want soft muted tones. This choice will set the starting tone of your design.

Find Complementing Colors

Your room should include two dominant colors and one accent color throughout, but it is important that you choose colors that complement each other, or they could stand out in a bad way. Using a color wheel can help you find colors that are similar in hue, warmness or coolness or color family. Once you have determined your color palette, you will be able to find woods stains that work with your colors.

Select Your Countertops First

Your countertops are not only one of the biggest parts of your remodeling investment, but they will often have the most options in terms of colors and patterns. Your pattern choice for your countertop will lay the groundwork for choosing a wood pattern to complement it. If you go with a busier countertop design, you will want to choose a simpler, less-distracting wood grain pattern.

Make your Colorado Springs home remodeling a breeze by following the tips above. Want to find out more about choosing the perfect bathroom countertops? Call Planet Granite today to schedule your free in-home consultation.

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