Are you installing a granite tile countertop or considering this option? If so, you have probably come across many sites that are trying to sell you tile, or that are trying to get you to click on an ad for someone trying to sell you tile, but you might not have had much luck locating a thorough guide to installing a granite tile countertop. Well, you finally found the right place. I was in the same boat, trying to locate an article online that would walk me through each step and point out the things that I need to consider and/or look out for.
One of the main things that causes the do it yourselfer trouble is the edge detail. This article has a great option that gives you a very custom look.
As I started to write this article. I located the article from Family Handyman Magazine (October 2002). I was going to post the complete details since the back issue was not available for purchase. However, Family Handyman is owned by Reader’s Digest. The rd.com site has the article online. The funny thing is that it is very difficult to locate if you search through a search engine.
Here is the complete article about installing granite tile countertops. It is the best resource on the topic that I have found, and it is Free!
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THANK YOU! I have been looking EVERYWHERE for a how to for this project! This is above and beyond what I hoped to find!
I am very happy that you could use the article about the granite tile countertop. I found one thing in the past and didn’t come across the article until I told a neighbor about my trouble in locating good information. He knew of the article.
Good luck with your project.
PS: The jig that they built for the mitred edges of the granite, was not too tough to build and it worked great! The mitred bullnose looks very cool. I had the same tile saw that was used in the article so, the diminsions were right on and alignment was a breeze.
I AM LOOKING FOR SOURCES FOR GRANITE TILE FOR COUNTER TOPS. ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH THE BENISSIMO SYSTEM OR ANY SIMILAR. IF YOU CAN HELP ME FIND ANY SOURCES I WOULD APPRECIATE IT..THANKYOU
I located the Bennissimo Granite web site. http://www.benissimosystems.com/. They have a dealer lookup at http://www.benissimosystems.com/Dealerlookup.htm
This allows you to search in the U.S. or Canada
Hi again, I emailed you in September regarding doing a granite tile countertop. I so appreciated all your advice, it helped so much. I went to Home Depot for a tiling clinic. The guys picked everything off the shelf I needed, a friend loaned us a wonderful wet saw which made cutting the tiles as easy as wood! Anyway, we got the countertop done yesterday (Saturday) and decided to wait a couple of days before grouting. We went on another shopping trip to Home Depot and got the beautiful wood edging to use instead of a expensive granite edge, which will look nice as I’m redoing my cabinets to coordinate. When we got home I noticed there are many lighter spots, some larger all over the granite tiles! Should I panic or is this how the granite dries from the wet adhesive underneath? Does it dry from the bottom up? It’s been about 30 hours and the lighter spots seem to be getting bigger. The color of the granite is mixed, but mostly on the lighter charcoal gray side. The dry tiles still in the box are the same color as those lighter spots. I’m really new at this tiling thing. I’m sure it will be gorgeous, but should I do anything? I haven’t sealed it yet. I was going to wait till I grouted it, then seal it at least twice. Should I grout it yet when it is spotted like this? Help!!! Thanks again so much! Home Depot is fine, but I don’t think the tile people are nearly as knowlegable as you are. Thanks a million! Valerie
The tile take quite a while to dry. I don’t remember exactly how long. The moisture is coming from the back side, so the front will probably look blotchy for a while. I was surprised at how long it took for my granite to dry. It was a very wet time of the year so the humidity levels were high to begin with.
I honestly don’t know about the effect of sealing while it is still moist, but I couldn’t imagine that it would hurt. If I were you, I would seal after grouting. The grout should be sealed anyway.
I hope this helps. If nothing else, it might ease your concern.
Hi, Thanks again for your expertise. We talked to a tile guy today and he also said to give it several days to dry, he thinks it’s the adheshive drying from the bottom. Last night I couldn’t sleep as I was so worried about my counter so I checked several website for info. I found out about the lemon juice and oil test. I did these on a spare piece of tile and it passed beautifully. So I know nothing got on the tiles. The light blotches are so random. So I’m still waiting, I’ll give it time. It looked a bit better tonight, or wishful thinking! I’ll keep you posted and thanks again soooooo much! Valerie