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Installing granite tile countertops.

Step by step instructions on installing granite tile countertops.

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 Installing granite tile countertops

 

Granite tile is inexpensive and easier to install than a solid slab of granite stone. Granite is among the hardest and least porous rocks you can use for any countertop, that is why it can be the preferred stone surface meant for both interior and patio kitchens. It can be rather resistant to acidic products plus requires only an once a year resealing. It has two kinds of color designs; one is consistent, meaning it has a similar speckled pattern throughout, and another is variegated, with veins that swirl and vary from slab to slab. When you determine narrow grout lines, the finish effect feels like slab of granite, with all of the advantages. Because the granite tiles are 12-inch squares, you may lay a 25-inch wide countertop without having to cut any granite tiles, as long as you utilize a 1/8-inch grout line plus a wood corner molding that insures the front ¾ inch on the top. While creating your layout, make an effort to make use of uncut granite tiles in each corner, then adjust the size in the left over granite tiles to fit. This project uses full 12-inch tiles to make a black splash. You may also cut the granite tiles in half to bring about a 6-inch high back splash. The top edges of all the back tiles need to be bull nosed for any finished look unless they meet the underside of a cabinet.

 

 

 

 

Granite tile countertops

 

1. grip the wood molding alongside the corresponding edges and draw a pencil line along each length, marking the backer board. This line shall be your outer grout line. After that, at the desire grout width 1/8 inch for this project cautiously draw the inner grout line. Working with this line as your guide, sketch your countertop to scale on a piece of graph paper Sketch the tile layout, allowing for the grout lines between the tiles and the edges. Number the tiles and include directional arrows for grain lines or pattern and see if the granite tile has either.

 

 

 

 

 

2. Prior to you set the granite tile, try a dry ran layout for the counter. Make sure you like the way each granite tile looks next to those around it. Mark every granite tile with a piece of blue painters tape marked with the tile number and orientation, matching the number in your tiles to those within your sketch. Cut the granite tiles as necessary and position them inside the layout to make sure they fit, if necessary cut. When the fit is perfect, get rid of the granite tiles.

 

 

 

 

 

3. Apply the thin set on the backer board using the ¼-inch notched trowel, stop short at the inner grout lines you marked in Step 1. Leave a corner tile along the inner grout lines. Place the granite tiles straight down, parallel to the surface. Put spacers at each corner.

 

 

 

 

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