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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Self Edge Dimensions

We received the following question recently by email through support@easygranitetile.com and I thought it might be helpful.

Question:
How wide do you figure the Edge tile is cut? An inch and half or two inches? I'm building cherry cabinets and need to know where to set the top drawer so it will be below the tile line. Thanks for the help.

Answer:
I believe your question has to do with the self-edge trim on the outside edges of the counter. It will be helpful to go to the Tile Edging section of our website and then click on the box titled Self Edge. (http://www.easygranitetile.com/tile_edging/self_edge.htm)
If Self Edge is what you are referring to, the width of the self edge is determined by, you, the installer. We have seen the width vary anywhere from 1” to 2¼”. Factors that influence that dimension are clearance of cabinet doors, appliances, and breadboards, as well as your own opinion as to how much of the granite you want to show on the face. The most common width of self edge is around 1½”.

You really can do a great job installing your granite tile countertops with EasyGraniteTile.com™!

The Granite Tile Guy

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

EasyGraniteTile.com™ introduces ESP (our Expedited Sample Program!)

From the very beginning of EasyGraniteTile.com™, we realized that providing samples of granite tile to customers would be vital. Our CAP (Color Assurance Program) was a part of our earliest website planning. And many of our customers have told us that our CAP program played an important part in their decision to buy from us.

Once we were online, the demand for samples prior to ordering caused us to set up a sample ordering system. However, shipping our samples via UPS Ground caused a significant delay to most of our customers, and the cost of a full sized tile was more than necessary to provide a color sample.

To remedy these short comings in our system, EasyGraniteTile.com™ is introducing ESP, the Expedited Sample Program. We are shipping our samples via UPS Second Day Air® at discounted rates and sending smaller samples to save the cost of a full size tile. Our goal is to have samples in our customers’ hands within two working days of placing their order.

ESP, another way EasyGraniteTile.com™ can help you do a great job installing your own granite tile countertops!

The Granite Tile Guy

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

45 Degree Counter Corners

Customer’s email question:
“Thank you! Now I have a new question…our base cabinets end in a little shelf thing that has a 45 angle cut off one corner…do you do weird corners?”

Answer:
Yes, we do weird corners, although 45deg corners are so common in our local market, we do not consider them weird. We don’t have that feature on our website yet, but it is on our “to-do list.” We just need the face dimension of the 45 corner for either the unfinished deck or the final finished dimension for your countertop. (Note: It is important that you have a true 45 deg. angle on your corner.)

Call our toll free prior to ordering so we can help you make the necessary adjustments to your order.

I hope this is helpful.

The Granite Tile Guy

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Counter Ends: Walls and Cabinets

We received a very good question a while back that think, along with the answer, might be helpful to some of you do-it-yourselfers out there. So, here it is:

Question:
In the calculator, I’m confused about short and long “wall” vs. “cabinet”. In my U shaped kitchen, the counter edge on the left side is exposed and is the depth of my counter (24”) with cabinetry underneath. I don’t want to tile the side of the cabinet, I’m just looking for a finished edge on that end of the counter. So do I say “long wall” or “long cabinet”?

Answer:
Regarding the “wall” vs. “cabinet” cabinet question: the selection of wall terminations, (i.e., Long/Short Wall and Long/Short Cabinet) represent end of counter situations where the counter actually runs up against and contacts a wall or cabinet. The side of the wall or cabinet must be higher than the counter level for these to apply. Your “cabinetry underneath” leads me to think that you are referring to the cabinetry under the counter. If that is the case, you have an open corner and don’t have to be concerned, just leave the end open on the diagram. If, however, I am misunderstanding your question, and the cabinet on the end is above the counter level, the program assumes that you do not want backsplash applied to the cabinet.

I hope this is helpful.

The Granite Tile Guy

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Full Height Backsplash and the Easy Tile Calculator

EasyGraniteTile.com’s Easy Tile Calculator has a feature that can automatically calculate a nominal 6 inch backsplash or lower. For years, that has been the standard backsplash ordered by our customers. However, we have recently received a number of questions about how to calculate full height backsplash for kitchen countertops, so I thought it would be a good idea to post my answer.

For full-height backsplash, you need to calculate the area of the wall you want to have covered with backsplash. It is a good idea to divide the wall area into rectangular segments of similar heights and round up to the next square foot for each. You will want to add at least 10% to cover scrap that you do not anticipate.

You also need to carefully determine how many feet of edging you are going to need to finish the exposed edges where the tile does not butt up against the countertop or the bottom edges of the cabinets. Also be alert to any corner trims you will need. You will need to order additional outside corners for those.

When you have figured all of this out, you will be ready to run the Easy Tile Calculator and place an order. After you run the Easy Tile Calculator, load your shopping cart, then Click on the “Process Order…” button which will take you to the final shopping cart. You will want to add the extra tile and edging figures you have come up with.

You call our toll free line when you are placing the order if you are unsure about all of this. We will be glad to help.

With EasyGraniteTile.com you really can do a great job installing your own granite tile countertops!

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 EasyGraniteTile.com, 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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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 EasyGraniteTile.com™ 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 EasyGraniteTile.com™ you really can do a great job yourself on your own kitchen (and bathroom) countertops!

The Granite Tile Guy

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Granite Tile: Ordering Samples

When Easy Granite Tile™ was in the development stages, we realized early on that we would need to provide samples to our customers to ensure that they received the color of tile they wanted. That was the reason we developed our CAP (Color Assurance Program), where we Express-Ship a sample of the tile of the same color lot to our customer for final approval prior to edging the tile. The CAP program is activated immediately once an order is received.
However, with the growth in public awareness of Easy Granite Tile™, we have had numerous requests for sample tiles to be shipped prior to placing an order. In response to this demand, and in order to simplify things for both our customers and ourselves, we have set up a sample ordering page which is linked directly to our shopping cart.
To order a sample, just follow the links found on the Home Page and Tile Selection Page. Choose the sample or samples you would like to purchase, fill in the blanks for city and zip code, and click on the “View Sample Tile Order” button. The pricing for the sample tile (or tiles) and shipping and handling charges are displayed on the next page. When you click on the Shopping Cart button, the total is displayed on the screen. To place the order, just follow the prompts.
Ordering sample tiles does not invalidate the CAP program. A confirming sample will still be sent out once an order is placed.
It really is possible to do a great job installing your own granite tile counter top, especially when you have confidence you are getting the color you want! And Easy Granite Tile’s™ easy sample ordering system is there to help you do just that.

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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