Tile has long been a favorite kitchen countertop material for its affordability, wide array of style options, and classic, aesthetic appeal. In addition, tile is easily replaced or repaired if damage occurs. Here’s some more information to help you decide if it’s the right choice for your kitchen.
While the cost of this countertop can vary depending on the type of tile used, you can expect to pay $35-$40 per square foot, including installation. Find out exactly how much tile countertops would cost to install in your own home, and see if it’s in the budget.
One drawback to tile is its ability to chip or crack if struck by pots, pans, barstools, etc. However, tile as a whole is considered a durable countertop option because one damaged tile can easily be replaced without ripping up the entire counter.
While the tiles themselves may be easy to keep clean with soap and water, the grout surrounding the tile is far more susceptible to stains. You can return the grout back to its original color by using a light bleach and water concentrate on white grout, and a light vinegar solution for colored grout.
Currently the most popular types of tile for kitchen countertops are ceramic, porcelain, and stone. However, concrete tiles are quickly catching on thanks to their tough durability.
Tile is placed by first installing a waterproof board on top of the sheeting on the cabinetry. This layer will offer another layer of protection against any possible moisture seepage. Over this backer the tile is installed using mortar. After the tile is dry, the spaces in between are grouted with a colored grout that matches the tiles. Once the grout is dry, the tile is sealed two or three times for extra protection against staining and damage.
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