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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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Granite Tile + Machine Polishing = Professional Looking Countertop!

In my last few posts I have been discussing the various characteristics of granite and how they impact the edging or fabrication process. Today I want to spend some time on the machine polishing process and show how it can benefit the do-it-yourself installer.

A customer recently asked me, “Why can’t I buy tile with your quality edging direct from the factory?” I responded, “You can, at MY factory!”

That just illustrates how Americans expect to be able to get factory quality for just about anything they purchase and edging for granite tile countertops is no exception. The machine polishing process developed by the folks at Easy Granite Tile is here to meet that expectation.

After all, it is the details that make the job professional looking. When someone walks into a room, it is the edges on the countertop that will either highlight or take away from the job's first impression. And, some of the benefits of Easy Granite Tile’s machine polished process include:

• Bullnose edges which always match from tile to tile
• Tiles that are dimensionally consistent from front to back
• The polished bullnosed edge is free of waves and visual defects
• The finish of the bullnosed edge matches the factory finish on the face or top surface.

With these advantages from, you really can do a professional looking job on your own granite tile countertop!

The Granite Tile Guy

Previous Posts:
Granite Tile - Tough To Polish
Granite Tile - Not Too Tough For The Right Machine
Ordering Granite Tile Samples

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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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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Granite Tile Kitchen Counters – Easy, with Machine Polished Edges!

Another customer in our local market recently decided to have the granite tile for his wife’s kitchen countertop machine polished after trying to hand edge and polish the job himself. He told me that an equipment dealer had convinced him that hand-polishing granite tile wasn't that hard to do. And since he considered himself a fairly handy craftsman, it was an easy sale. But, after destroying several tiles and a whole Saturday, he came to the same conclusion that most do-it-yourselfers come to: granite tile is not only hard -- it is hard to work with!

And that’s one of the main reasons the folks at™ developed their precision machine polishing system. They reasoned that since the top surface of the granite tile used for kitchen countertops is machine-ground and polished to a visually perfect finish, why not the bullnosed edge also? Good question.

And since it is a good question, I thought I would make a few posts discussing granite tile and what makes it so beautiful, desirable, and hard to work with all at the same time.
So, in my next few posts, I plan to deal with the subject of granite tile, what makes it so hard to polish, and why you don’t have to worry about it!

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

The Granite Tile Guy

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Granite Tile Counters - Now Is The Time

Now is the time to enhance the beauty and value of your home by upgrading your kitchen and bath counters to beautiful granite tile. When you do-it-yourself you cut the cost by about 30%. But your savings don't end there.

Easy Granite Tile currently has all granite tile on sale at more than 30% off the regular price. That means huge savings for you!

But that's not all. Granite tile is heavy. Granite tile is also difficult to ship. It breaks easily and requires care in handling. This means granite tile is expensive to ship. But for a limited time we are able to offer a special reduced price on shipping costs... a major price reduction. Your savings are incredible!

(Our online tile calculator will automatically calculate your reduced shipping rate.)

Now is the time to upgrade your kitchen and bathroom counter tops to granite tile. The savings have never been greater! Check out our granite tile selection. We'll be happy to send you sample tiles, at the discounted price that normally only applies when tile for entire counters is purchased. You can see for yourself the quality of our tile, plus we'll put a bull-nose edge on one side of the tile, at no cost, so you can see the unbeatable quality of our tile edging. Just send us an email ( listing the tile colors you'd like to receive. We'll get back to you with a price quote for the samples, that includes USP ground shipping.

Now is the time to install luxurious granite tile counters in your home.

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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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