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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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 13, 2009

Granite Tile Kitchen Countertops: You Can Do a Great Job Yourself with the Easy Tile Calculator™, Part 2.

Question: “Why is there no provision for sink or oven on the layout plans provided?”

At first glance, the schematic diagrams for Easy Granite Tile’s™ Easy Tile Calculator™ may appear incomplete because there is no provision for sink or oven in the layouts provided. As I will explain below, the impact of the sink or oven on the kitchen layout was thoughtfully considered.

The location of the sink in the layout has no impact at all on either the amount of edging needed for the completion of the counter top and very little impact on the amount of tile. In many cases, the cutout for the sink will be taken from each of the tiles impacted. With larger sinks, the impact is one, or possibly, two tiles. In other words, the potential impact by the footprint of the sink cutout is so small that its impact on the final total is negligible.

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. That is why many professional tile setters use the extra tiles in the stove placement to make up part of extras in their calculations.

Just another reason you can count on Easy Granite Tile™ and our Easy Tile Calculator™ to help you do a great job on your kitchen or bath countertop!

The Granite Tile Guy

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Granite Tile: You Can Do a Great Job Yourself in the Color You Want.

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 Easy Granite Tile and our customers with regard to the actual color of granite tile that will be in your order.

Once an order is placed and the tile has been selected, a sample of tile from the order is pulled and express-shipped to our customer’s doorstep for approval. This ensures that the color of tile our customer wanted is the color of tile he or she receives. (We also polish one edge on the sample tile.) No fabrication of any kind will be performed on the tile order until we have received color confirmation. Once a confirmation is received from our customer, we process and ship the order.

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

In my next post I will be showing you how Easy it is to plan your tile job using

The Granite Tile Guy

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