How to tile kitchen countertop 

Step by step instructions how to install kitchen tile countertop. 

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 How to tile kitchen countertops

 

Tile Countertops

 

Tile countertops suggest a cost-effective option used for kitchen counters. You will find a huge selection of colors and designs to select from, consequently it is simple to locate an excellent match to your kitchen. There are many concerns to keep in to remember prior to selecting tile countertops. To begin with, be aware of blending tile countertops along with tile floors. Excessive tile could be distracting, and both surfaces can certainly clash. Wood flooring are a good selection while using tile countertops. Second, tile counters usually are not as even as another selections. Plates also dinnerware is not going to rest level lying on tile, and lots of individuals are not able to accept tile being a viable option. Other people usually do not mind this, and adore the smooth, charming touch of tile counters.

 

 

 

Numerous selections!

Tiles can be found in several measurements, starting from 1 inch squares all the way up to 18inches squares. Also they are obtainable in an assortment of shapes, however be cautious not to overdo things. Your countertops ought to look exquisite, however clean in design. Think about using a attractive granite, quartz, or else wood counter.

If you are going to install tile, a plywood underlayment has to be installed on the top of your cabinets. Determined by the tile and treatment, now and then it is usually highly recommended to put in a product known as concrete board or hardi-backer. Seek advice from the tile maker on the well-liked prepping necessary on your individual tile. This all should be determined ahead of time, to be able to plan for the suitable heights of the cabinets, backsplash, also counter edging.

 

 

 

Edge tile installation

While incorporating tile countertops to your kitchen, you will find other ways of handling the edge treatment. The very first way is to get a wood molding that matches the cabinet finish installed to hide the edge of the tile. The molding is installed before the tile, and then is installed above the top to match the thickness with the tile and mortar. While I've witnessed this process second-hand numerous times, I usually do not suggest it. The wood molding's finish doesn't hold up well for any counter edge. Counter edging requires lots of neglect from people's belt buckles, pots and pans. The popular way to accomplish a pleasant tough edge is using the tile material itself. A number of tile is on the market with an identical bull nose tile, and this edge is not just tough, but gives a very nice accent to your countertop. Often times you will find a tile that you simply adore, but an identical bull nose just isn't obtainable. In this instance, you might have your tile installer cut a number of small strips of identical tile, and install these tiles flat next to the front edge. This treatment seems okay, but just isn't nearly such as good as the bull nose treatment. Because of this, try your best to look for a tile that features a matching bull nose edge.

One other thing about tile! The grout between the tiles frequently gets grimy taking care of a couple of years of use. Because of this, it is suggested to select the darkest color grout that appears good with all the tile, after which you can seal the grout using a grout sealer as soon as the tile is installed. This can help keep the grout more immune to dampness also dirt.

Before deciding on your tile, carefully measure your countertop. When calculating the quantity of tiles required to cover it, make sure you allow for just about any special order tiles, such as those needed for edging or your backsplash. Suppers make a number of edge tiles, the most used being the bull nose. To allow for cutting in addition to breakage, order slightly more than you need; the guideline is to purchase 10 percent extra. Once you have completed your purchase, lay out the tile over the countertop to make sure you have enough for the job along with to see in advance where you will require in making cuts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Building a backer board substrate for your tile countertops

Countertop tiles should lie over a surface that is solid and capable of withstanding dampness. The front edge must be thick enough to match the edging you've selected, and also the wood top must be level in both directions. In most cases, a ¾ -inch plywood topped with ½ -inch or ¼ -inch cement backer board will accomplish the job. Even though a standard kitchen countertop is 25 inches deep including a backsplash is usually 4 to 6 inches high, it's your decision to modify those dimensions slightly to reduce the total amount of cutting that will be necessary. Prior to you begin, cover the base cabinets with plastic sheeting or heavy duty construction paper, position a drop cloth about the floor. Install a flush mounted sink before adhering the backer board. In case you are planning on installing a under mount sink, install it after the backer board or the backer board and tiling. A typical self- rimming sink is installed after the countertop. Cut the plywood pieces so that they  overlap the cabinets by about an inch, and install them using the factory edges facing out. Check the complete surface to make sure it's level since you attach the plywood, if necessary, eliminate screws, install shims, after which re-drive the screws. Backer board is simple to cut and install. You merely scribe and snap it, and then attach it to the plywood foundation with distinctive galvanized screws. Once backer board is in place, cover up the screws with thin set , then tape the entire seams with fiberglass mesh tape, and fill in with thin set mortar.

 

                     How to tile kitchen countertops.         

                                                                                                                          

1. If you are using oak trim on the front of your countertop place the tile to the edge of your top. You may want to do a dry run before spreading your mortar.

 

2. Mix up enough thin set mortar for the complete tile countertop, then allow the mortar to set for A short time. Starting from the inside corner, apply the mortar on the backer board with a notched trowel, try not to work in an area to big when spreading your mortar.

 

 

 3. Working from the corner, of your countertop start laying your tiles. Press the tile into the mortar, wiggling it a little as you press down. Start laying tiles next to each other than using plastic spacers to get even spacing for your grout which you will apply later. After you have use all the full tiles start cutting tiles to fill in the spaces on the countertop. After you have laid all your tile you can remove all the spacers.

 

 

 

 

 

4. Once you have all the tiles set, let the mortar set over night and you will be ready to grout the next day. Then mix up enough grout to fill in your gaps between all tiles. You can apply the grout using a float held at an angle to the tile. Spread the grout until you get in all the grout lines between the tiles. With a sponge and clean water start cleaning your tile. After its clean you will have a haze over the tile take a dry cloth and rub till it is clean. Wait 24 hours and put sealer over the tile work that you have done. The wet saw and tile cutter will make the job easy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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