Today Tom writes:

Diva, I’ve been looking at installing a granite tile countertop in my kitchen. I went back and forth on whether or not it would be better than simply going with a solid natural stone countertop, like quartz. But before I make the leap into the project, are there any issues outside of normal installation I should be aware of? Thanks.

Well Tom, generally speaking installing a granite tile countertop will prove to be more cost-effective than installing a quartz countertop, or some other kind of solid surface option. But there are some things to be aware of. So it’s good you inquired before getting started. Using granite tile countertop type surfaces is quite different from going with the usual solid surface approach. Fact is, I’d even go so far as to say it’s apples and oranges.

Okay, so what specifically are the differences you should be looking out for?

1) Price. The pricing on granite tiles differs from that of a solid surface countertop such as quartz or granite slab. And if you happen to be in the mindset of doing it yourself, the financial savings can prove to be substantial.

2) Installation. Trying to install granite tile countertop material is very different from a solid slab of granite or other solid countertop material. Perhaps the biggest challenge stems from getting a handle on installing the corners of the countertop.  Thankfully, there are some options for handling granite tile countertop corners.

Installing A Granite Tile Countertop

3) Grout lines. This might seem overly obvious and even a bit trivial, but you need to be comfortable with the fact that grout lines will be a major part of your kitchen countertop. So if at all possible, make sure you are aware and comfortable with the color and size of the expected grout lines that will be appearing on your countertop.

Remember Tom, you’re not locked into using granite tile for your countertop. You do have the option of using what is referred to as leftover remnant slabs. Basically they are remnant  slabs of granite that might be perfect for use. Yes, you will indeed have some seams if going with the remnant granite slabs. After all, these were custom cut for someone else and not designed for your kitchen. But unlike going with granite tile, using a remnant  slab means you will have what looks like a solid countertop surface, end to end. But you may want to hire some help for getting those seams as invisible as possible. Taking this approach provides the kind of cost savings you’re likely looking for, without having to deal with heavy grout lines and the challenges of granite tile on countertop corners.

Do you have questions about the selecting or the installation of: tile, carpet or wall treatments (window blinds, etc)? Then email me your tale of woe (diva(at)homemakeoverdiva.com) and perhaps I will be able to answer your questions right here at the Home Makeover Diva Blog.

Written by Amanda Hartley