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Granite Tile Kitchen Countertops

Photo features Tropical Brown Granite Slab on countertop and backsplash Tweet // WHAT EVERYBODY OUGHT TO KNOWABOUT GRANITE TILE COUNTERTOPS Thinking about installing granite countertops in your kitchen or bathroom? They add elegance to your home now and value to it throughout the years. Granite is a great choice for many reasons. With the proper selection and care, granite will continue to welcome you home for many decades. ABOUT GRANITE Granite is a naturally occurring stone. Mainly igneous rock, it is formed by the crystallization of molten rock and undergoes huge amounts of heat and pressure over time. Several different types are sold commercially including other volcanic-origin stone sold as “granite”: • True granite • Pegmatite • Syenites • Diorite • Larvikytes (labradorite) Favored above many other stone countertops, granite is valued for its resistance to acids and its hardness. It is a porous stone and can be stained or damaged if not sealed before use. On the other hand, tiles are easier to work with because they are smaller and lighter. They come precut and perfectly square. You can pick from several different shapes and measurements. Photo features Slab countertop from the Granite Collection in Tropical Brown The main difference between slab and tile are the seams. Tiles obviously have many seams or grout lines. Slabs generally have seams unless your get a slab large enough for your entire counter. But slabs have far less seams than tiles. Photo features Ion Metals™ Oil Rubbed Bronze 4-1/4 x 4-1/4 with Oil Rubbed Bronze Rope Liner and Tumbled Slate Copper 1 x 1 mosaics on the backsplash. Countertops feature Marron Cohiba Granite GRANITE CARE Granite countertops in your bathroom or kitchen will last a long time and look great with the right care. They maintain their polished surface and look new even a decade later. Sealing After your countertop is installed, protect it with a sealer. Sealing it doesn’t make it impervious, but it does help it repel stains and resist cloudiness or scratches. Ensure that the counter has been dry for at least 6 hours then apply a liquid or spray sealer, let sit for 30 minutes and wipe the excess with a soft, clean cloth. You can apply a second coat 24 hours later if you desire. Reseal your countertops about every two years. Daily Care Granite is porous so it’s a good idea to keep counters as dry as possible. Use coasters under drinks-especially drinks with alcohol or citrus juice-and clean up spills promptly. Do not place hot items directly on the countertop. Clean countertops with a non-abrasive, neutral cleaner. You can buy stone soaps or simply use a mild dishwashing detergent. Rinse it and dry well to avoid streaks. Keep acid and abrasive materials away from your granite. Polishing A couple times per year you’ll want to polish your granite countertops so they remain smooth and reflective. Use a granite polishing compound and apply with a clean, soft cloth. Take a look at Daltile’s selection of granite tile and slabs for your kitchen or bath countertops. You’ll never regret their lasting beauty and resilience. //
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Granite Tile Kitchen Countertops

Regarding the post made on May 22nd, 2009 by ben. Ben-i cant agree with you more. Ive read almost every post in this forum. If anyone would like to know if you can tile over existing formica, dont post it. Read the other posts. Its been asked, and answered, many many times. I wouldnt recommend doing it. rip it out. start from the beginning. do it CORRECTLY. get a nice tile saw, get quality tiles, get the granite bullnose finishing pieces, and THINK. If you have 24″ of counter and 1″ overhang, do some math. find the center, and measure the the edges. allow for grout lines. dont try to hide them. if you dont want grout lines, then dont do granite tile. get a granite slab. FYI- to sum up the correct way to tile a counter top as shortly and simply as possible, id put it like this… -remove old top to check level and integrity of cabinets -lay a bead of adhesive (PL Premium) then 3/4″ plywood down. -spread mortar over plywood with notch trowel, and screw 1/2″ durock down on top of that every 6″ -find centers of counter tops. start with full tiles in the middle, and work away so you end up with even pieces on the ends. be sure to include 1/16″ grout line (because of unsanded grout) in every measurement. measure and make all cuts, and lay everything out with no mortar. then mix “marble and granite” mortar. dont use other mortar. -spread mortar with notch trowel, lay tiles with slight pressure to “squish” the mortar under the tile, keep all edges flush. if it isnt flush and its extremely difficult to get flush, remove the problem tile and set it later. it’ll be easier. set bullnose edges in place with stone construction adhesive and tape in place for 24 hours. -24 hours later grout with unsanded grout. the grout needs to have moisture in it while drying otherwise it wont cure correctly. after grouting, come back in 25 min with a semi wet sponge and wide the surface of the top. Do this again in 25 or so min, and repeat about 5 times. work on something else in between. -72 hours later use granite countertop cleaner, then wait an hour and use natural stone sealer. yes, you need to seal it. it is a food surface. granite tile will absorb any stains or spills if not properly sealed. Enjoy your finished top- its hard. Not recommended for anyone who has never done tile before.
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Granite Tile Kitchen Countertops

Thinking about installing granite countertops in your kitchen or bathroom? They add elegance to your home now and value to it throughout the years. Granite is a great choice for many reasons. With the proper selection and care, granite will continue to welcome you home for many decades. ABOUT GRANITE Granite is a naturally occurring stone. Mainly igneous rock, it is formed by the crystallization of molten rock and undergoes huge amounts of heat and pressure over time. Several different types are sold commercially including other volcanic-origin stone sold as “granite”: • True granite • Pegmatite • Syenites • Diorite • Larvikytes (labradorite) Favored above many other stone countertops, granite is valued for its resistance to acids and its hardness. It is a porous stone and can be stained or damaged if not sealed before use. On the other hand, tiles are easier to work with because they are smaller and lighter. They come precut and perfectly square. You can pick from several different shapes and measurements.
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Granite Tile Kitchen Countertops

Daily Care Granite is porous so it’s a good idea to keep counters as dry as possible. Use coasters under drinks-especially drinks with alcohol or citrus juice-and clean up spills promptly. Do not place hot items directly on the countertop. Clean countertops with a non-abrasive, neutral cleaner. You can buy stone soaps or simply use a mild dishwashing detergent. Rinse it and dry well to avoid streaks. Keep acid and abrasive materials away from your granite. Polishing A couple times per year you’ll want to polish your granite countertops so they remain smooth and reflective. Use a granite polishing compound and apply with a clean, soft cloth. Take a look at Daltile’s selection of granite tile and slabs for your kitchen or bath countertops. You’ll never regret their lasting beauty and resilience.
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Granite Tile Kitchen Countertops

Ok so after doing some extensive research from tile experts, asking granite experts, and flooring experts, I’m going to answer most of the recurrent questions. To all the people that have existing counter tops and want to use them as a base for their project. . . The point of tearing it off of your existing cabinets is to be sure and double sure that your project is going to be successful. Some cabinets in bad condition cannot support a heavier countertop such as granite. Also, weak or loose spots in your fornica joints are nightmares. Check the integrity of your countertops joints, your cabinets joints etc before considering putting new on top of old. If everything seems good and sturdy, follow through by screwing the backer to the fornica. To all the people that want to skip the backer. . . You can, but be careful. The reason you want the backer is because it is specifically made to bond to the thinset. Fornica is a very smooth surface and doesn’t bond as well as the backer. If you want the job done right and you want it to last, use the cement backer. It’s an extra 10-30 bucks and a little extra work cutting, but it’s worth it. Water is going to get in the grout. Period. If water gets to that thinset and starts eating away at it on top of fornica, the integrity of the thinset is compromised, and the last thing you want is for trim pieces around the sink to be falling off. . . in short, no cement backer = tiles will become undone from the counter over time. Sanding it down may help, but it won’t be as good. As far as camouflaging the grout lines in the tile go, I got a few different perspectives. Home Depot guy said the closest thing that he could think of was color-matching the grout color to the granite. IE Coffee brown granite to coffee brown grout. One tile expert guy (entrepreneur) said that one could possibly add color flakes or other soft additives to the grout to help, but he wouldn’t advise it because it’s not exactly easy to find the right combination of colors. The end result would be tacky if it weren’t a perfect match. He said to void adding hard things to the grout also (broken glass, pebbles, stone pieces etc.) because of the potential for jagged surfaces and compromising the integrity of the grout. Basically, over time the grout will wear down, but whatever you add will stay there. Nobody had anything to say about epoxies besides the potential mess and difficulty of clean-up. I hope this helps everybody.

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