The Pros and Cons of Granite Tile
Learn more about this perennial favorite for countertops and backsplashes.
As an igneous rock, granite is formed under very high heat and has a crystalline structure instead of a layered structure like sedimentary rock. Tile made from it is quite dense, with a strength similar to porcelain, says Dave Gobis, executive director of the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation.
Granite is a good choice for kitchen countertops; using tile rather than solid granite cuts the expense drastically. Make sure tiles are spaced closely to minimize grout staining; you can use tinted grout to achieve a more seamless look as well. Both the tile and the grout should be properly sealed.
Install Yourself? No
Best Use: Kitchen countertop
Pros: Durability, density, strength
Con: Limited trim options
Price Range: $7–$15
The Pros and Cons of Glass Tile
Glass tile is becoming a more popular flooring choice. The tile can be picky about where it's installed, but in the right location it's a real show stopper.
Granite Kitchen Countertop Tips
Granite countertops are a good way to modernize a kitchen. DIY experts give tips on granite countertops.
The Pros and Cons of Engineered Stone Tile
Engineered stone tile is a durable choice for countertops and backsplashes and can be found in a wide range of colors.
The Pros and Cons of Terrazzo Tile
This long-lasting tile can be found in many fun colors and is perfect for floors and countertops.
The Pros and Cons of Porcelain Tile
This all-purpose tile is durable, reasonably priced and comes in a wide array of colors and textures.
The Pros and Cons of Concrete Tile
Concrete tile is an outdoor staple that has become an indoor favorite, especially for floors and countertops.
Tile Shopping with Ann Sacks
Ann Sacks shares tips on finding the perfect tile to fit your home. She tells you how to get what you want and love it.
Choosing Countertops: Manufactured Quartz
Low-maintenance quartz countertops suit a variety of design styles.
5 Ways to Personalize Tile Flooring
Here are five quick ways to personalize tile flooring.
Choosing the Right Kitchen Countertops
Searching for the perfect surface doesn't have to be difficult. Here are some pointers about the most popular countertop materials.
We love to DIY. You love to DIY. Let's get together.More DIY Social
See the latest DIY projects, catch up on trends and meet more cool people who love to create.Make It. Fix It. Learn It. Find It.
- 6 Ways to Make a Pumpkin Topiary
- 11 Unique Pumpkin Decorating Ideas
- How to Make an Illuminated Pumpkin Topiary
- How to Make a Natural Pumpkin Topiary
- How to Make Stacked Pumpkin Topiaries
- Make Your Own Preserved Leaf Art