How Do I Tile A Kitchen Counter Top?

How do I tile a kitchen counter top? In tiling kitchen countertops you first have to take all your old countertops off. When asked "How do I tile a kitchen counter top?" Jason Flippo, who is the owner and...

When asked "How do I tile a kitchen counter top?" Jason Flippo, who is the owner and president of Signature Home Improvement Inc, which is a business that concentrates on remodeling kitchens and living areas, gives these basic instructions: "You have to take all your old countertops off. Disconnect your plumbing, tear out all of your old counter tops, and put down plywood decking. Then, you have to get the dimensions of your sink and cut a hole for your sink. You have to put down plywood decking because you have to have some base to put the tile onto. Then you install the tile, and then you cut the tiles to form a round hole for the sink. You also have to have a front piece of wood hanging down about an inch-and-a-half to two-inches in front of the cabinet to put your edge pieces onto."

The book "Home Project Manager: Kitchen Planner", published in 1997 by Cowles Creative Publishing, says, "Ceramic tile remains a popular favorite for countertops. It gives a custom look without a huge investment (it is less expensive than wood, stone or solid surface countertops) and offers a casual, homey feel. Tile is durable (resisting scorching and also has good resistance to moisture when the grout is properly sealed, especially around the sink) and available in many colors, patterns and sizes...For kitchen countertops, heavy-duty ceramic tile is generally used. Tiles are (also) available in a range of prices. Solid-colored tiles are least expensive, while patterned tiles cost more. You can customize your countertop and cut costs by using a combination of inexpensive solid-color tiles and premium tiles with designer patterns...Though time-consuming; installing ceramic tile countertops is a relatively easy do-it-yourself project that can save you money. (But) for very expensive tile, most homeowners prefer to hire a professional for installation." It goes on to say that the disadvantages include that the "grout joints are susceptible to staining; Can be chipped or cracked by dropped dishes or pans; and that they are not suitable as a work-surface for cutting foods or rolling dough."

If you do decide to tile a kitchen counter top, there are many how-to books available on the subject that offer detailed instructions based on the shape of your counters and size of the tiles. One of the hardest aspects is planning the layout of the tiles themselves. No matter the design you choose, it must be symmetrical at the sink and the counters edges in order to look its best. The more complex the design is, then the more planning must go into incorporating it so it meets this ideal. For the beginner, a simple straight proposal is best, you can add flair by adding a few custom painted tiles of the same size. If you really want an elaborate counter top, it is best to at least consult an expert with the layout or better yet, have a professional install it for you. Tile may be a cheaper option in counter top material, but it won't be if you have to tear it out and start over because of an easily avoidable mistake.

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