Easy Granite Tile FAQs
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Glossary Part 2
Why did I come up with a smaller number than what the Easy
Tile Calculator came up with when I measured the area of my countertop
There are several mistakes commonly made when calculating the amount
of tile required for a granite tile countertop. These mistakes include:
failure to include material for self edge and/or backsplash, using
exact countertop square inches to determine the number of tiles,
and measuring the countertop incorrectly. However, the most common
mistake made by homeowners (and sometimes even granite tile installers)
is just not ordering enough tile. The result is a shortage of tiles
or machined edges necessary to complete the installation. The problem
of tile shortages can be much more significant than just the cost
of ordering and shipping replacement tiles. Finding replacement
granite tiles that match the color of the original order can be
a real problem because granite color can vary from lot to lot. And,
consider the frustration when an entire installation is put on hold
for just one tile or edge while ordering additional tiles or edges.
The Easy Granite Tile / Easy Tile Calculator was designed to minimize
these errors by providing enough extra tile and edging in our formula
to ensure that you will have enough tile and edging to complete
your job, even if you encounter minor difficulties. It is also a
good idea to have extra tiles on hand after the installation is
complete in the event of an accident in which tiles are damaged.
How do I know for sure that the color of tile I select
will be the color I get?
Color variability is one of the realities of working with any
natural stone, and granite is no exception. Easy Granite Tile has
gone to extra lengths to provide a color-consistent line of granite
tile, but the challenge of providing our customers with the exact
granite product that they want does not end there.
In doing business over the internet, we are all limited in our
ability to compare colors by the degree of calibration of our own
video displays. That is why Easy Granite Tile has developed our
Color Assurance Program (CAP.) With our CAP Program we are able
to ensure that there is no misunderstanding between EGT and our
customers with regard to the actual color of granite tile that will
be in your order.
Once your order is placed and your tile has been selected, a sample
tile from your order is pulled and express-shipped to your doorstep
for your approval. This ensures that the color of tile you wanted
is the color of tile you receive. (We also polish one edge on the
sample tile.) No fabrication of any kind will be performed on your
tile order until we have received your color confirmation.
Why is there no provision for sink or oven on the layout
The location of the sink in the layout has no impact at all on
either the amount of tile or edging needed for the completion of
the counter top, since the cutout for the sink will be taken from
each of the tiles impacted. The impact of the oven on the layout
is similar. With the loss of tile due to overlapping, the impact
on the number of tiles can be as little as two tiles and, less frequently,
as much as four. Our experience with granite tile countertops has
always been that it is always better to have a few extra than being
short of tile on a job.
Why is a machine polished edge so important?
Precision manufacturing machinery is what makes possible a consistent
standard of quality in any business, and even more so when working
with a material as hard as granite.
EGT has perfected the most precise tile-edging technology available
anywhere. Our quality is unsurpassed. The surfaces of our bull-nosed
edges match precisely the face of our natural stone tiles in both
dimensional consistency and finish. A consistent 5/16’ radius
bull-nose is used for all for standard 12 x 12 tiles. Every edge
is precisely machined and polished by our unique machining process.
Only with precision FACTORY EDGING, is it possible to achieve a
truly professional looking installation. The accuracy of our machining
and polishing equipment ensures that the finish on the bull nosed
edge, not only matches the finish on the top, but it also makes
an exact edge-to-edge fit of your tiles possible. All of the edges
match up precisely so that your countertop will look straight and
Who will cut my tile?
It is the job of the tile installer to cut the tile. Tile saws
are generally available thru rental companies and some hardware
stores that cater to do-it-yourselfers.
Why should I purchase my granite tile from EasyGraniteTile.com?
For three reasons: first, we only supply the highest grade of
granite tile available and we hand inspect each piece to ensure
it meets our high standards. Secondly, only Easy Granite Tile can
offer the highest quality edging on the tile we sell. And finally,
we provide the tile with the highest quality edging to your doorstep.
Questions About Granite Tile Answered in Our Blog:
about granite tile and radon gas?
Radon is a cancer-causing natural
radioactive gas that you cant see, smell or taste. Radon comes
from the decay of uranium in soil and rocks. Uranium is present
naturally in all soil and rocks. Since granite is a rock, there
is some concern about granite as a source of radon. This blog post
shows that granite countertops are not a significant source of radon
and pose no danger.
Other Topics From Our Blog:
polishing granite tile.
Tile Not Too Tough for the Right Machine!
Tile - Machine Edging means you get professional looking counter