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Jun 6, 2008
Deciding Whether or Not to Choose a Tile Countertop

Whether you are building a kitchen from scratch or have just decided to do a bit of remodeling, you are going to need to figure out what material you are going to have your countertops made of. There are a few worthwhile options, one of the most popular being the tile countertop.

There are both advantages and disadvantages of the tile countertop, and you will want to be aware of all of these in order to best decide whether this is the material that is going to be best suited to you and your needs.

One of the biggest advantages is that it is so affordable, and one of the biggest disadvantages is that it is not as resilient as other countertop materials. It also requires more maintenance than most countertop materials, so you will need to be prepared to perform regular and routine maintenance.

How To

Tiling a countertop is actually quite easy, and you may even be able to do it on your own. If you want to create a tile countertop for your kitchen, the first step being to remove the old countertop. Now you will need to put on the plywood, which is going to be the first of three layers of material that are going to be required here.

Next to create the tile countertop you will need to put on the concrete board, which is what the tile is going to sit on. The concrete board is going to help by creating a flat surface, and also ensure that once the tile has been placed that it will not shift or break.

Now comes the tile laying and before you actually begin the tiling you should do a test run without mortar, to make sure you know where all the pieces are going to go and that you have enough. The idea is to come up with a layout that is going to look balanced and for you to avoid unsightly narrow pieces on the outside edges.

The final step is grouting, and this is how you fill in the parts around the tiles and make sure that the entire tile countertop is solid and concrete. Grouting is really a two step process, and so using a rubber float you are going to want to first distribute the grout across the surface and then press it firmly into each joint using a pushing down motion, never up.
About the Author
Charlie Reese likes fixing and writing about countertops. He also likes to give astrology and free psychic advice.
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