Choosing Your Kitchen Counter Tile






Your kitchen counter tile will need to be chosen a lot more carefully than your backsplash tiles. Your countertop tiles do not need to endure the weight that floor tiles do, but they will have to be up for attacks from knife blades, sweating drinks and the erosive acids from every day foods.

In order to get the job done right only tough tiles should be used for your Kitchen counter tile, some of these include slate countertops, limestone tile countertops, granite tile countertops, and ceramic tile countertops. You may want to check out the condition of your kitchen cabinets because installing new kitchen counter tile can make your cabinets appear to be more worn and outdated. In some cases simply replacing the kitchen cabinet hardware can add new life to your kitchen cabinets, or your cabinets may need more of face lift where you may want to think about painting or refacing them.


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Granite Tile Countertop

A granite tile countertop Won't be scratched by knives, scorched by cookware, or etched by household acids. It is a very popular choice for a kitchen counter tile.

A Granite slab countertop can be very expensive, but a granite tile countertop can cost far less than the slab, and by using a matching grout you can give your granite tile counter top the look of a whole slab.

When you are using tiles of stone, concrete, or any other material that also comes in solid slabs, you can match your grout to the tiles, and give them the illusion of being a solid slab.

You can choose from either a polished granite tile countertop, or a honed granite finish. The polished granite tile countertop finish offers a gleaming shine, but will show smudges. The honed finish has a matte look that's easier to maintain.




Limestone tile countertops

A limestone tile countertop is typically pale in color, with an elegant appearance. Limestone tile is often extremely soft, making it easy to scratch. This has given the limestone tile countertop a bad name, but the tiles used for limestone tile countertops come in a range of hardness's that can be as tough as the granite tile countertop.

All limestone tile shares one weakness, The surface will begin to dissolve immediately when exposed to acids, such as citrus juice, vinegar, coffee or wine. If your choice is in a beautiful, elegant limestone tile countertop, just keep in mind you will need to seal it regularly, to protect it.




Ceramic Tile Countertops

Glazed ceramic tile countertops offer a beautiful shiny surface that's easy to wipe clean, but many glazes are so fragile that they'll scratch quickly if used for ceramic tile countertops.

You may want to use a porcelain floor tile as your kitchen counter tile. Porcelain tile actually is a ceramic tile that has been fired at much higher temperatures than other ceramic tiles. This makes them very durable and scratch resistant and an excellent choice for ceramic tile countertops.




Slate Countertops

Honed slate tile makes for the best slate countertops, but It doesn't matter if you choose cleft or honed slate tile for slate countertops, you'll want to treat it with a special slate tile sealer. This makes for less staining and chipping to slate countertops.




Because slate tiles are natural stone tiles, consisting of varying mineral deposits, from different parts of the world, slate countertops can range in beautiful hues of blue, black, green, maroon, red, orange, or any combination of these, but Keep in mind these colors can wear away over time.



Tips For Your Kitchen Counter Tiles

*If you choose a kitchen counter tile that is bumpy, such as a handmade terra cotta tile or a countertop tile that is embossed, or has steep bevels around the edges, you can add another smoother surface to your chosen countertop surface.

You can use the smoother surface for most of your chopping, kneading and mixing and use the rest of your chosen kitchen counter tile to just look beautiful.

*Keep some large cutting boards handy for big holiday cooking projects, when you'll need every inch of your counter for your food prep ares.



Edging your kitchen counter tile

You may want to consider how you will edge your countertop now, while you are choosing your tiles. Many of the clay tiles have matching v cap trim tiles. You can use them to rap around the edges of your countertop tile.

For stone tile you can cut tiles to fit around your edges, and then if necessary use bullnose tiles around the perimeter of the countertop surface.

If your grout blends well with your stone tiles, this will help on maintaining the illusion of a solid slab countertop. If not the grout lines between the edge tiles can highlight the fact that it's a tiled countertop.

Some other edging options are using wood or metal tile trim, designed specifically for this task.

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