Granite tile countertop

Опубликовано: 12.05.2017

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Stephanie's step by step Kitchen remodel - Step 2 Installing Granite Tile

Granite is nearly as hard as diamonds, which is why granite is considered the most durable, heat and stain resistant countertop surface available. Engineered quartz countertops are a close second, but hot pans can damage the resin used to make quartz countertops.

Granite is also the most hygienic (tied with quartz) surface and highly resistant to bacteria.

Now of course, you get essentially the same qualities whether installing granite tile or a full-slab, so lets look at the differences.

Generally a granite tile countertop will cost 50% to 75% less than a full-slab. For a full-slab you’ll typically pay between $40 and $125 per square foot (Beware of the very low end quotes).  Most commonly, though, you'll pay $55 - $65 sq.  ft.  

Installing granite tile will only cost about $10 to $30 per square foot. And sometimes, in some areas, and with very cheap granite tile the cost can go as low as $7 sq. ft. saving you a bunch.

This above is also true when installing outdoor kitchen countertop tile.

But a tile countertop is significantly different than a full slab granite countertop.

The big difference
here is in the volume of stone and the cost of fabrication. Granite tiles are much thinner than a slab, so less stone is consumed for the same surface area.

Also, the skill and tools required to work with a slab of granite are more sophisticated and specialized than those required installing tile. In fact, a competent do-it-yourselfer with tile experience can install a granite tile countertop.

Of course, it is necessary to use grout between the tiles when installing a granite tile countertop. The only place you’ll encounter grout with a full-slab is at the back edge where the countertop meets the backsplash.

In general, it is recommended to apply a sealer to granite to retard staining. However, there are several granite varieties that are so dense and stain-proof that they don’t need sealing, in fact, will not absorb a sealant.

But even for those varieties that do need sealing, it’s not a complicated job and it doesn’t need to be done more than every 3-5 years and often much longer.

Grout presents unique challenges mainly regarding care and maintenance. Grout easily attracts dirt and grime, is porous, can crack and break down when absorbing excess moisture. The grout must be sealed, cleaned and maintained more particularly than the granite tiles.

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