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Thursday, April 22, 2010

What Do We Mean When We Say Quality Granite Tile

When you purchase granite tile for ytour kitchen counters from Easy Granite Tile, you get unbeatable quality. But what does this mean? To start it means you get only the finest granite tile... but on top of that we hand inspect every tile.

If you purchase tile at a big box home improvement store, do you know what to look for when you check your tile? At Easy Granite Tile we do. Every tile is checked for color, to be sure all of the tiles we ship to you match perfectly. Granite tile is natural stone. That means the color varies. Our inspections ensure your counters will have tile of a consistent color.

We also inspect each tile for imperfections, scratches, grain and damage. Sometimes the imperfection can be so slight that the untrained eye will not notice... except it won't look quite right once it's installed in your kitchen.

At Easy Granite Tile we're the experts. Every tile we ship is individually inspected and that means you get unbeatable quality when you buy your granite tile from Easy Granite Tile.

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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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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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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 EasyGraniteTile.com™ 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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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Granite Tile -- Tough! And even tougher to polish!

Sometimes when I am looking at a sample display of granite tiles, I have to remind myself that granite is rock; very hard and tough rock. The variety of colors and crystalline structures that are available in granite tile continues to amaze me. There are over 40 different colors of granite tile on the market today. It is this wide selection of colors that enables the home decorator to find just the right granite tile for any kitchen countertop.

Every tile color has its own distinct mineral content. Differences in the chemical makeup of a mineral not only affect the color, they also affect the hardness of the granite itself. And, this variation in the mineral make-up of each type of granite requires a different technique for polishing.

Until relatively recently, the only option for bullnosing granite tiles was hand polishing. And hand polishing a bullnose to a finish that is close to the finish of the tile face is a skill that requires a great deal of practice as well as instruction. The hand polisher learns that different crystal colors require different hand pressures as well as different rpm settings for the polishing tool. The hand polisher also learns by experience that there are some colors of granite that are so hard, that they are nearly impossible to polish by hand. Some granite minerals have a tendency to burn when they hit a certain temperature making the material dull.

While factories that process granite tile are very adept at taking into account all of these differences in mineral content with their industrial polishing systems, very, very few home craftsmen are.

But with EasyGraniteTile.com™ you can do a great job yourself on your own kitchen (and bathroom) countertops and not have to worry about any of this!
In my next post, I’ll explain why.

The Granite Tile Guy

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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, March 13, 2009

Easy Granite Tile™ has made Granite Tile Counters for Vanities in Bathrooms EASY!

Perhaps you thought that Easy Granite Tile™ was a service that only sold tile edging and granite tile for kitchen counters. That is only a portion of our capabilities. Granite tile is also a great surface for bathrooms and we have made it just as easy to plan your vanity countertop as it is to plan your kitchen countertop. When you come to the Planning Layouts page on our website, just click on the “Vanity” box and our Easy Tile Calculator will guide you through the planning process.
Yes, you CAN do a great job on your Bathroom Vanity countertops at Easy Granite Tile™!

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Monday, February 16, 2009

What about Granite and Radon Gas?

“Is it true that granite is a source of radon gas?” In the past few months that question has come up more and more frequently. So, I thought I would do a little research on the topic.

Since this has become a matter of interest for the public, an extensive series of tests were recently conducted on all of the major types of granite used for countertops. As a result of these tests, it was determined that granite counters are not a significant source of radon gas. And, the small amount of the gas found was far below the level even requiring reporting by the EPA.

According to a report published by Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc., “doses of ionizing radiation emitted from granite countertops are well below levels that would pose a health concern and contributions from granite countertops to radon levels in homes are lower than background levels of radon exposure typically found outdoors and indoors.”

In other words, granite countertops are NOT a radon safety hazard.

The report also states that in a common home, “the surface area potentially emitting radon may be 40 times higher for gypsum (sheet rock) than for granite countertops, and 10 times higher for concrete.”

To read the entire report, log on to http://www.marble-institute.com/industryresources/assessingexposurereport.pdf.

In summary, granite is not a significant source of radon gas. And when compared with other manufactured products commonly found in homes (i.e., sheet rock and concrete) that are sources of radon, it is even less significant.

The Granite Tile Guy

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

With Easy Granite Tile™, You Can Do a Great Job Yourself and Increase the Market Value of your Home.

Granite kitchen countertops have become one of the most desirable features in homes over the last decade. And in today’s tough housing market granite counters have become one of the features in highest demand by the increasingly sophisticated and value-conscious home buyer. The public has become aware of the benefits of natural stone and anyone selling a home these days knows how important it is to have what the buying public wants.

But how is the homeowner who doesn’t have granite countertops going to be able to offer that advantage to the very astute and cost conscious buyer? Granite slab is still very expensive and other alternative granite products, though they cost somewhat less than slab, are still very expensive and can be difficult to install.

The answer is granite tile with a machine polished edge. As I said in an earlier post, granite tile has the same characteristics as slab granite, is well suited for installation by the do-it-yourself homeowner, and the cost can be as much as a third of that of slab. Again, the major drawback to homeowner installed granite tile has been applying a quality bullnosed edge to the tile. But, with Easy Granite Tile’s machine polished edges it is now possible for the homeowner / home-seller to add “granite kitchen countertops” to his sales ad or brochure at the lowest possible cost and offer the quality his potential buyer is looking for.

The home seller needs every advantage he can get to sell his home and Easy Granite Tile is ready with the biggest advantage of all.

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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