Learn more about this perennial favorite for countertops and backsplashes.
By Karin BeuerleinMore in Kitchen
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
How to Sew a Fleece Christmas Stocking 12 Photos
Our Favorite Bedrooms From Rate My Space 10 Photos
12 Creative Craft Room Storage Ideas 12 Photos
10 Ways to Upgrade Your Outdoor Spaces 10 Photos
Blog Cabin 2013: Final Stages of Framing 18 Photos
© 2014 Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.