If you’re considering remodeling your current kitchen or are in the process of designing a new kitchen, you may be wondering if there’s a viable alternative to solid granite worktops that still provides that WOW! factor but without the hefty price tag attached. Let’s take a look at how granite tiles shape up against solid granite worktops.
Granite worktops have long been popular with homeowners looking for premium fittings and installations; they are long lasting, add a touch of elegance, and are highly functional. The downside is the cost involved when it comes to installing solid slabs of granite in your kitchen (or bathroom).
So here’s an alternative – granite tiles, which if installed correctly can provide many of the benefits of solid granite but at a more accessible price.
Is there Any difference in Colours Available?
Yes, both granite slabs and granite tiles are extracted from the earth; however, tiles can be mined from less expansive granite deposits and therefore they may be available in certain shades and tones which larger slabs are not. This offers a slightly wider choice when it comes to colour matching with existing or planned appliances and installations in the kitchen.
Do both look the Same?
Clearly the most obvious difference between a solid granite slab used as a kitchen worktop and granite tiles is the fact that the slab will have no joins and the tiles will typically have grout between each tile. Grout somewhat breaks up the pattern of the granite tiles but can be de-emphasised by using a darker coloured grout or, on the other hand, made to accent the individual tiles, if you prefer.
What About Installation?
One advantage offered by granite tiles is that if you’ve had some previous tile laying experience, then it’s quite possible that installation can be tackled as a DIY project, which will add to the overall saving in comparison to a solid slab of granite which normally requires professional installation. Beware though, it’s incredibly easy to end up with a less than perfect finish laying granite tiles if you’ve never done any tiling before – so best to hire an expert to avoid disappointment. Another factor which may sway you is – granite tiles are easier to install on an uneven surface; for example, uneven kitchen cabinet base units. Solid granite slabs can crack unless they are installed on a perfectly even base.
Although the cost of the granite tiles per square foot (or metre) might be around half that of a solid granite slab, by the time installation is complete, the final cost is virtually similar, as laying tile is a somewhat labour-intensive process. However, if it’s a DIY project, then granite tiles start to look favourable on a cost basis.