An elegant appearance can be brought to your countertops by granite. It has many characteristic benefits such as stain-resistance, durability, and enhanced beauty. However, the only issue with respect to granite countertops is that they are expensive. Still, there is an option for homeowners who wish to get the beautiful granite countertops in affordable range. Granite tiles bring the same appeal of granite slab countertops and are also cheap.
While granite slabs are continuous and laid at once for installation, granite tiles should be arranged in an organized way to install. They are available in sections. Smaller pieces of quarried granite which are not sufficient for continuous sections for solid granite countertops are used for granite tile countertops. These tiles are thinner when compared to the granite slabs. They are also light in weight. So, it is simple to install granite tiles as that of ceramic tile installation.
The only difference between granite slabs and tiles is the finished appearance. Granite tiles deal with grout lines, the grout is used to fill the gaps between the tiles. Colored epoxy can be substituted for grout to hide the seams of the granite tiles. While installing the granite tile, a plywood countertop is first installed as a base above which a cement board or a water-proof gypsum board is laid as a substrate. Then, granite tiles are arranged on them.
Granite tiles, like slabs, come in different colors such as blue, green, gray, black, red, brown, beige. Patterns with single color or several complementary colors can be made to create a unique design on the counters. Though the granite tile countertops are elegant to look, essential care should be taken to maintain their appeal and enhance their durability.