Granite Tiles - Install Your Own Counters

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

“How many granite tiles will I need to do my kitchen?”

“How many granite tiles will I need to do my kitchen?”

That is one of the first questions that comes to mind when someone is thinking about upgrading their kitchen with granite tile countertops. My reflexive response is, “Well, just log on to™ and use our Easy Tile Calculator™ (ETC) and you will know very quickly!” And, of course, our ETC provides a very accurate estimate of tile requirements as our post-installation surveys have proven.

But for the only casually interested, I am providing the following information. The average kitchen granite tile countertop order this year has been 66 square feet. 80 square feet is a very common number of tiles for a kitchen (and we even had one kitchen this year at 120.) Smaller kitchens typically run in the neighborhood of 50 feet.

Regardless of the size of your kitchen, however, you really can have a beautiful granite tile countertop in your kitchen with the help of™.

Have a great Labor Day weekend!

The Granite Tile Guy

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Granite Tile – Not Too Tough for the Right Machine!

In my last post I discussed the characteristics of granite and how the same properties that make granite tile so desirable (i.e., its hardness and varied chemical & mineral composition) also make it very difficult to polish by hand. Today it is my goal to demonstrate why these very same characteristics make granite ideal for precision machining and polishing.

It is good to remember that with granite, as well as other materials, polishing is merely a process of making the surface smooth enough for light to reflect uniformly off the surface, in this case, allowing the unique color of the granite to shine through. Any variations in the surface smoothness will show-up as waves, scratches, or dullness. Automating the process of polishing the face of a granite tile was relatively simple since the surface is flat; essentially two-dimensional. This mechanical polishing process has been around for some time and to know how well it works, all you have to do is hold a piece of granite tile up to the light!

What has not been around so long is a machining process that leaves the same precision manufactured finish on the bullnosed edge that is found on the face of the granite tile. The folks at Easy Granite Tile were among the first to recognize the value and importance of a precision manufactured bullnose for granite tile. By solving the technical problems surrounding the manufacture of a polished, three-dimensional surface they have made it possible for the do-it-yourself home craftsman to install a truly professional looking granite tile countertop.

In my next post I will spend more time discussing the solution to the machine polishing problem and show how machine polished bullnosing can make your granite tile counter installation easier than you thought possible as well as more beautiful.

With™ you really can do a great job yourself on your own kitchen (and bathroom) countertops!
The Granite Tile Guy

Related Past Posts
Granite Tile Kitchen Counters – Easy, with Machine Polished Edges!
Granite Tile -- Tough! And even tougher to polish!

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Friday, February 20, 2009

With Easy Granite Tile’s Machine Polished Edging You Can Do a Better Job on your granite countertop than you ever thought possible.

On our home page we link to a very fine article published by Readers’ Digest’s The Family Handyman entitled, “How to Install Granite Tile Kitchen Countertops.” The first sentence reads, “Granite tiles are as easy to install as ceramic tile, except for the edges.”
“Except for the edges…”

The greatest challenge for any installer is getting a quality edge or bullnose on the exposed edges of the granite tile. Granite is hard – Very Hard. (Maybe that is why they call it granite?) And polishing granite edges so that their finish matches the top face requires training and practice – a lot of practice. That is why the people at Easy Granite Tile™ developed our machine profiling and polishing system.

Precision machinery is what makes possible a consistent standard of quality in any manufacturing business. This is especially true when working with a material as hard as granite. Easy Granite Tile™ has perfected the most precise tile-edging technology available anywhere. Our quality is unsurpassed. The surfaces of our bull-nosed edges match the face of our natural stone tiles in both dimensional consistency and finish. Every edge is machined and polished to a consistent 5/16” radius bull-nose by our unique machining process.

Only with precision, MACHINE POLISHED, 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. And that is the key to a professional-looking tile job.
With Easy Granite Tile™, you CAN do it yourself and have the professional looking job you want and can be proud of.

The Granite Tile Guy

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Granite Tile Countertops: You Can Do a Great Job Yourself with the Easy Tile Calculator™.

As a result of our experience in helping literally hundreds of do-it-yourselfers with their tile edging needs, we found that one of the greatest difficulties the home craftsman has is accurately calculating the amount of tile and edging necessary to complete the job. That is the reason Easy Granite Tile has developed the Easy Tile Calculator™.

The most common mistake made by homeowners (and sometimes even professional granite tile installers) is not ordering enough tile or bullnosed edges. 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 there is also the frustration of the completion of an entire installation being put on hold for just one tile or edge.

The Easy Tile Calculator™ was designed to provide an accurate estimate of your granite tile countertop job while minimizing the chance of making the most common mistakes. These mistakes include: failure to include enough material for self edge and/or backsplash, using exact countertop square inches to determine the number of tiles, or just measuring the countertop incorrectly.

To use the Easy Tile Calculator™, just click on a “BEGIN HERE” button on any of the browse pages, enter your Zip Code, and follow the prompts. The Easy Tile Calculator™ will calculate the amount of tile required, calculate the number and types of edges needed, include additional tiles and edges to cover unexpected shortages, and calculate shipping charges.

Just another reason why with Easy Granite Tile, You Can Do a Great Granite Job Yourself!

The Granite Tile Guy

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Granite Tile: You Can Do a Great Job Yourself at 1/3 the Cost.

In the last couple of decades, America has discovered natural stone as a covering for countertops. Natural stone, especially granite, has characteristics that make it the ideal replacement for older, existing kitchen counters. It has very desirable heat resistance and strength properties, is available in a wide variety of colors, and has a natural beauty that is very appealing.

Slab granite is the choice for many who have opted for natural stone; however, the cost for a quality installation is often prohibitive and because of the specialized skills and tools necessary, is not suitable for the do-it-yourselfer. This is where granite tile comes in. Granite tile has the same characteristics as slab granite, but is well suited for installation by the homeowner and many homeowners and do-it-yourselfers have done just that. But, nearly all of them will agree that the most difficult part of doing a quality job is getting a quality bullnosed edge on their new countertop.

Many homeowners who are very skilled with working with wood confidently approach their new granite tile countertop project only to find out that no one told them that the edges needed to be bullnosed and that getting an accurate radius applied to their tile is a major problem. Just finding someone who is willing edge the tile can be a major problem, and then, how does the homeowner know what kind of quality he is to expect?

The other possibility is doing the edging himself. But, few home craftsmen have the tools necessary to bullnose their own granite, and when they investigate what the cost this equipment is, the economics of this project become very questionable. Then, if the homeowner goes ahead and invests in the equipment to do the job himself, he makes another discovery: granite is not wood! It has a whole different feel to the hands of the craftsman and is much less forgiving.
Another major problem is the planning of the job and knowing for with confidence that he is ordering the right amount of tile so that he will have enough tile to finish the job so that additional tiles (which could come from a different color lot) would not have to be purchased.

That is where Easy Granite Tile comes in. Easy Granite Tile is a business built upon many years of experience providing custom tile edging services for literally thousands of kitchen and bathroom countertop installations using the most accurate machine polishing equipment available anywhere. And, Easy Granite Tile is now providing the best in granite tile with a perfect edge to your door step, so that You Can Do a Great Granite Job Yourself!
I am looking forward explaining how You Can in future posts.

The Granite Tile Guy

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