A granite tile countertop looks a lot like a full-slab granite countertop but costs a lot less. Being an all-natural igneous rock made up of different minerals like feldspar and quarts, granite is one of the most durable stones for a kitchen countertop. The formation process of a granite stone provides it with interesting and unique patterns and textures. This is also the reason one can find at least 2700 varieties of granite stones. Another thing that makes it desirable is its high resistance to bacteria. Whether you use a whole granite slab or granite tiles, you get the same qualities, but there are still a few difference. Let us examine them.
A granite slab costs twice as much as a granite tile. One full slab of granite may amount to $65 sq. ft. On the other hand, granite tile installation will cost only around $10 per square foot. There are even areas where granite tiles are much cheaper so you can save a lot. This huge variation of prices is caused by the difference thickness of the granite stone. Granite tiles are thinner than granite slab. Another reason for price difference is the difficulty in installing granite slabs. A granite tile countertop can be done on your own while installing a full granite slab countertop requires special skills and tools. The method of installing granite tiles is also different from that of a granite slab. Granite tiles require the use of grout in between each tile while a full slab requires it only at the back edge. Both need the use of sealer to prevent staining; although some varieties of the stone are naturally stain-proof that does not require the application of sealers. The downside on granite tiles is that the grout may attract grime especially when it has cracks and chips. This can be avoided with proper care and maintenance.
Granite stone lords over all other tiles. It is even desired by more homeowners than porcelain because it is more durable and beautiful. In this case, a granite tile countertop is still a great choice. Even with the need for grout, you still save a considerable amount of money given the stone’s many desirable qualities. Because granite tiles weigh less than granite slabs, you can install it on your own. You can have an attractive and durable kitchen countertop that does not dig a hole in your pocket.