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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.

How to Clean Your Granite Countertops

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Good news for granite countertops in Colorado Springs: They’re pretty easy to clean.

Sometimes when you upgrade your interior, you find that the high-end option demands high-end care to avoid staining and damage, but that’s not the case with granite. The only specific things that you really need to do are:

Avoid Abrasive Cleaners

Granite is pretty resilient and very hard to stain, but the sealant used to protect the granite doesn’t much care for bleach, vinegar, ammonia or citrus-based cleaners. Save that stuff for glass and porcelain.

Clean Gently

A soft washcloth with some mild dish soap and warm water is all you need in order to clean your granite countertop. No special chemicals or products required. Because of the sealant, granite countertops don’t really need to be disinfected like more absorbent surfaces. One part water and one part isopropyl alcohol will do the trick under extenuating circumstances, but in general, a daily cleaning with a washcloth should keep your countertop clean enough to eat off of.

Dry With a Cloth

When you want to keep a nice beautiful surface showing, dry the countertop manually with a cloth to prevent streaking. You won’t damage your granite countertop by letting it air-dry, but if you’ve just had your countertops installed or resealed, there’s no blaming you for wanting to keep it looking nice and smooth.

With proper care, your sealant should last for a good long while. You can test to make sure by dropping some water on the surface. If it beads up, your sealant is good-as-new; otherwise, it might be time to reseal it. With regular cleaning and proper treatment, granite countertops will generally go at least three to five years without needing to be resealed. Granite countertops are anything but high-maintenance, they just look that way. If you’re considering granite countertops, give us a call so that we can give you a free in-home consultation.

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.

4 Signs That Granite Countertops Should Be a Part of Your Next Kitchen Remodel

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If you’re like many modern homeowners, you’ll be considering a kitchen remodel at some point in the future. Granite countertops in Colorado Springs provide an excellent way to give any kitchen an extra layer of polish combined with usability. Following are just four good reasons to consider replacing your current countertops with ones made from granite. 

You’re a Busy Professional With Little Time for Cleaning and Maintenance 

Granite countertops are ideal for those with busy schedules because they’re easy to clean with a solution of mild detergent and warm water. When they’re properly sealed, they don’t need complicated maintenance to keep them looking their best. 

You’ve Got Children in the Home

Kitchen counters and sinks take quite a beating in homes with active children. Letting children help in the kitchen is a necessary part of teaching them valuable life skills, and granite’s stain-resistant properties help keep kitchens attractive. Granite is also a nonporous surface, which means it’s far less likely to harbor bacteria than its porous counterparts. 

You’re an Active Home Cook

Granite countertops have more than just aesthetic benefits — granite is also a superior countertop material for those with serious ambitions in the kitchen. Granite is heat-resistant and won’t be easily damaged by hot pots and pans. It’s also great for home bakers because, like marble, it doesn’t absorb atmospheric heat and provides an excellent surface for working with pastry and bread dough. 

You Want to Boost the Value of Your Home

If you’ve got plans to put your home on the market in the near future, granite countertops increase the overall value of the property as well as make it more attractive to potential buyers. As an added bonus, you’ll get to enjoy having a beautiful kitchen for the remainder of your time in the home. 

We’ve got a kitchen visualizer tool designed to help you make plans for your upcoming kitchen remodel. Please contact us for more information. 

4 Care Tips for Your Granite Countertops in Colorado Springs

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To keep your Colorado Springs granite countertops in optimal condition, you must provide them with the care they need on a regular basis. The care techniques and products you use will pay a huge role in your countertops retaining their amazing finish. To get started, keep the following care tips in mind as you work on preserving the finish on your granite countertops.

Use Proven Cleaning Products and Techniques

Although they are made of the toughest types of rock, your granite countertops can lose their finish if you use abrasive cleaning products. Instead, simply clean off your countertops using warm soapy water and a soft sponge. Never use bleach, ammonia or other caustic cleaners on your countertop, or those products could strip the sealant.

Avoid Exposing Your Colorado Springs Countertops to Acidic Substances

Acidic substances can also have a negative impact on the integrity of the granite countertop’s sealant. Therefore, it is important to avoid cutting tomatoes, citrus fruits and other acidic substances directly on the countertop.

Never Set Hot Pans Directly on the Surface

It is also important to never set hot pans on the surface of your Colorado Springs countertops. The hot temperatures can cause damage to the granite, leaving it discolored and in need of refinishing. If you need to place hot pans on your counters, shield the area with a cork or metal trivet first.

Regularly Apply Sealant to the Granite

Since you cannot overseal stone surfaces, you can get away with sealing to the surface up to twice a year. You can test your countertops using water to see if you need to apply sealant. You can also work with a granite countertop expert to determine the level of care your countertops need. Get started by calling 719-522-0748 to acquire support from our team at Planet Granite.

4 Kitchen Design Trends for 2019

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As 2019 arrives, many residents are thinking about new kitchen designs. In Colorado Springs, granite countertops will continue to be a popular choice when redoing a kitchen.

Here are a few of the top kitchen design trends for 2019.

1. Terrazzo Countertops

Terrazzo adds old-school charm to a kitchen, with bits of glass, marble or other materials embedded in countertops or tiles for floors, a backsplash or walls. For centuries, masons have known the value and versatility of terrazzo. Homeowners will love these countertops, which are scratch and stain resistant and do not conduct heat.

2. Dark Colors

For many years, the emphasis in kitchen design was on bright colors. The trend is shifting as dark jewel-toned navy, black, emerald and plum become more popular. That’s an ideal opportunity to contrast with granite counters in Colorado Springs kitchens.

3. Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops in Colorado Springs have been a popular choice that shows no signs of slowing. Quartz countertops offer so many advantages, from easy maintenance to anti-microbial properties. In recent years, manufacturers have expanded the number of colors, patterns, swirls and veining that can mimic other materials. The recent color trends should persist with softer, neutral cream, taupe, grey or white finishes.

4. Multipurpose Islands

Kitchen islands have been a popular choice for decades but were often treated as an afterthought. Not any longer. Kitchen islands are increasingly the focal point and the hub of a bustling kitchen. Islands today make a visual impact with larger sizes designed to carry out multiple uses, from food prep to family dining to homework spots. Thinking about your island as an additional kitchen countertop space opens up many design possibilities.

The possibilities for Colorado Springs kitchen countertops are limitless and can fit into any design. If you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen in 2019, contact Planet Granite for an appointment or free consultation.

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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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.

Ideas for Remodeling Your Kitchen With Granite

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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.

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.

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