Category Archives: Granite Countertops

Countertop Spotlight: Tips for Using Granite Outdoors

granite countertop outdoor kitchenGranite’s stylish looks and array of colors and patterns make the stone a longstanding favorite for both indoor and outdoor counter and tabletop use. But just how tough is this revered stone? Granite Imports takes a closer look into what granite slabs will stand up to, helping you with tips for ensuring the lasting looks and beauty of your granite season-to-season, year-after-year…

Granite vs. the Weather

Eco-friendly and naturally durable, granite is capable of standing up to sun, rain, snow, and wind. Working in conjunction with Mother Nature, sunshine and rain will naturally wash away stains from food. Unlike other natural stones, such as marble, which will naturally weather and lose their shine when used outdoors, granite maintains its luster, its variety of finishes standing up to the abuse of time and weather with proper care.

Granite vs. Sunshine & Heat

Granite slabs can withstand extreme temperatures including sunshine as well as the heat from a grill or fireplace. But this doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to leave granite countertops exposed to the sun. Shading your kitchen area and countertops with a pergola or awning will ensure a surface that isn’t hot to the touch on a hot summer afternoon. Overheated countertop surface? Cool carefully with lukewarm water to avoid rapid temperature changes that could cause hot granite to crack.

Granite vs. Snow, Sleet & Freezing Temperatures

As with sun exposure, minimizing exposure to snow and sleet will help prolong the life of your counters. As the Colorado area is also at the mercy of frequent cycles of freezing and thawing, take care with installation, relying on the professional expertise that includes adequate space for expansion and contraction that could negatively impact the stone.

Granite vs. Maintenance Effort

Simply hose-off your granite countertops before and after use, relying on a non-abrasive detergent to remove food and outdoor buildup from pollen, dirt, and outdoor grime. Protect against spills such as those from wine or mustard with regular sealing. Want to extend the use of your outdoor granite countertops? Keep countertops covered when they are not in use, or consider a covered outdoor kitchen design, such as a pergola or awning. Though granite easily stands up to the elements, protecting the stone from the wear of weather such as sun, rain, hail, and snow will extend its longevity.

Premium Granite vs. Cut-Rate Imitations

Geologically speaking, many stones qualify for classification as granite, so doing your homework before investing in a slab is key to maximizing return-on-investment. As with many purchases, you get what you pay for, with substandard stone wearing far faster than premium natural stone options.

Which Granite Slab Shade is Right for Your Outdoor Kitchen? (use the product search feature)

  • Monte Cristo
    Veins of jet black against a soft white backdrop provide dramatic flair.
  • Black Pearl
    The matte or brushed finish of Black Pearl Granite emanates elegance. Consider coverage with these darker shades, however.
  • Luna Pearl
    Shimmery and opalescent, Luna Pearl adds luxurious looks.
  • Santa Cecilia
    A popular stone for nearly a decade, its rich brown tones and blacks accents add just the right amount of movement.
  • Bianco Antico
    The perfect balance of light and dark, this stone works well with a variety of kitchen tones.

Looking for ways to maximize your granite countertop investment? Granite Imports is here to help, with the latest industry information and access to an array of stunning, premium natural stone. Shop our amazing selection in-store or online today.

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10 Perfect Granite Countertop & Cabinet Pairings for Your Kitchen Design

It’s not uncommon for homeowners beginning a kitchen remodel to experience a bit of creative block when it comes to choosing a cabinet and natural stone countertop combo for their upcoming kitchen renovation. If you need help finding the perfect pairing to complement your kitchen design, you’ve come to the right place…

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Want Looks that Last? Granite Countertops Deliver Incredible Longevity

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Looking for a natural stone countertop option that will last as long as it took Mother Nature to create it? The same stone portions of Egypt’s pyramids are composed of, granite is renowned for such timeless beauty. Could this stone, known for its ability to weather a millennia of abuse, be the right choice for your kitchen? Continue reading

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What Color Countertop Should I Choose?

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With the countless colors, patterns, and finishing options available in today’s kitchen countertop materials, choosing a countertop that suits the style of your home can be quite overwhelming. Luckily, given other known variables, such as cabinetry, wall, and flooring color and style, you can find your way to your ideal selection. Continue reading

Maintaining Outdoor Granite Counter Tops in Denver is Easy!

Sun, rain, snow and hail. High temperatures, low temperatures and everything in between. Is having a granite countertop in your Denver outdoor kitchen really a good idea? Absolutely! A high quality, granite countertop, in an outdoor, Denver kitchen will last indefinitely with a little, simple maintenance. Continue reading

Tackling the Triangle: Where to Begin On Granite Kitchen Countertop Remodels

Granite CountertopsGood kitchen design is the foundation of every successful kitchen renovation. Whether your goal is a minor facelift or total gut, to ensure top return on your granite kitchen countertop investment and a space you’ll love for years to come, proper planning is key.

Where should you start?
For projects costing more than a few hundred dollars, a kitchen designer, such as those certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), is highly recommended. And happily, they’re less expensive than you think. The services of a kitchen designer are usually around only 4% of your total project budget. A bargain buy for those looking to ensure a stylish, valuable, functional, and satisfying outcome, these valuable virtuoso’s can prevent you from becoming a kitchen design horror story statistic.

What can a kitchen designer do that I can’t?
Kitchen designers have the expertise and experience to help you…

  • Set goals and timing for the remodel

  • Personalize the space to your taste

  • Budget and space plan

  • Sneak-in storage and work with difficult configurations

Designers in action
Certified Kitchen Designer Jan Neiges offers a “Day with Designer” services, taking clients to area showrooms to distinguish between choices from appliances and cabinetry to granite kitchen countertops, and tile. Skirting the typical box store fare most homeowners run to out of habit, Neiges frequents facilities such as Granite Imports, whose service and products offer customers the edge they need to produce stunning results. Her goal? To go beyond design services, guiding customers through the entire design process – to become a trusted advisor.

But it’s just picking out cabinetry and countertops – what could go wrong?
A lot. Renovating a kitchen involves careful planning including design and building knowledge. One of the most important investments you’ll make in your home, it’s not a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants endeavor. Certified kitchen designers have expertise and access to planning tools and technology you do not, and will be able to answer and address issues such as:

  • Structure

    • Is the wall I want to open load bearing? If so, what is the workaround?

    • Can the current structure of my home support the weight of premium granite slabs? Or is additional support necessary for optimal installation?

    • Are all building code requirements being met?

  • Design

    • Will the colors I chose in-store store look the same in my home?

    • Will the style(s) chosen improve resale value and last the test of time?

    • How will the finishes of my appliances, sink, and fixtures uphold or detract from the overall kitchen design?

    • Do the individual components collectively flow, or are they competing to become overwhelming to the eye?

  • Functionality

    • Is my remodel meeting its goal? (Additional space, room from multiple cooks, family gatherings, etc.)

    • Are interior doors and walkways competing with appliances (refrigerators, dishwashers) for space?

    • Will the layout of my kitchen work for me, or will every dinner prep feel like a constant foot race due to poor kitchen work triangle design?

Are you giving the heart and soul of your home the TLC it deserves? Save money, time, and frustration. Handle it right the first time with the help of a certified kitchen designer and the Denver granite kitchen countertops authority. Experience the Granite Imports difference today.

Granite Countertops: Tips for Fix & Flips

Granite CountertopsTaking on your first fix and flip? To make the greatest return on your substantial investment, it’s going to take more than a coat of paint and a “for sale” sign. You need to create an incredible selling point for your property. Wondering where to start? The first places buyers look are kitchens and baths, making granite countertops a superior choice for flipping success.

Mass appeal
It’s essential to remember when dealing with fix and flips, YOU are not living here. While you might be lusting after the blue bahia granite slabs, this is not your home. To appeal to the greater majority of buyers whose taste may vary greatly from yours, you need to think “neutral” so they can think “move-in ready.”

Neutral does not have to mean boring
In creating a color design scheme for kitchens and baths, avoid a flat feel by offering variations in shade and pattern, from solid beiges to wood and natural stone. Then add splashes of color with accents that are more easily altered, like décor, tabletops, and granite tile backsplashes. Ensure each space has a light, medium, and dark shade for visual interest. There are many ways this can be successfully accomplished…

  • Dark cabinets, a light colored granite countertop, and a medium toned floor.

  • Light cabinets, dark granite kitchen countertops, medium floors.

  • Light cabinets, medium granite countertop, dark floors.

  • Medium cabinets, light granite kitchen countertops, dark floors.

Avoid these flipping flubs…

  • Small spaces
    While buyers may be able to move past a small bath, small kitchens can ruin you. Kitchens sell houses. Expand your space, and thus appeal and profits, by maximizing kitchen space – even if it means breaking out the sledge and reworking living space.

  • Outdated materials
    Some cabinet designs reek of yesteryear. If they can’t be refinished, spruce up lower or mid-grade cabinets with really nice granite countertops. And don’t skimp on essentials like backsplashes and tile. Avoid standard issue 4×4 squares, cheap laminates and linoleum. Don’t let your home ferment on the market. Step it up.

  • Light colored floors
    Light colored floors and large swathes of white grout send prospective buyers screaming – in the opposite direction. They aren’t going to stay that way – which you’ll be quick to discover during your renovation.

  • Old fixtures
    In kitchens – and especially baths – be certain to replace essential fixtures like toilets, faucets, vanities, and sinks. Think clean, bright, and modern. Remember the main selling point of bathrooms is the tub/shower, and update that ugly, mildew drenched wall tile accordingly. Neutral stone like travertine, limestone, and other natural stone offer an elegant pop.

Make your investment dollars count
Buyers can be very particular about wall paint colors and flooring, which are easier and more inexpensive to alter than cabinets and counters. They’ll often change them – even if newly installed. Focus your investment dollars wisely on kitchen and bathroom cabinets and countertops instead.

Does your flip have you flipping out? Find your way with the help of the friendly customer service professionals at your Grand Junction, Fort Collins or Denver Granite Imports. Find a great area granite countertop fabricator near you to successfully fix it, flip it, and go for it all over again.

Granite Countertops: The Name Game: How Are Granite Slabs Named?

Granite CountertopsFor anyone who has ever wondered where names like “Cinderella Blue Caressed,” “Golden Thunder” and “Sedna” were dreamed up, you’re not alone. Confounding customers and tripping up fabricators, naming the slabs that ultimately end up as granite countertops is far from a scientific, or even straight-forward process. Continue reading

What Creates the Color of a Granite Countertop in Denver?

Lasting good looks and an array of available colors and patterns make the granite countertop popular for a variety of projects. What creates the dazzling colors and effects in a piece of granite countertop in Denver? An array of rock forming minerals which have slowly crystallized and interlocked as molten rock from below the earth’s crust cools and surfaces. Continue reading