A prior post gives an overview of kitchen countertop materials and their relative advantages and disadvantages. To access the lead post (sort of the table of contents) please select the link in the preceding sentence.
This post specifically discusses the tried and true use of tile for countertops, stating their pros and cons.
The Solera Group provides kitchen remodeling services in the greater San Jose metro area.
Tile is sort of the tried and true material you can fall back on when you have trouble selecting other materials. It’s been around a long long time and lends itself to people who want what I’ll call more creative designs.
It’s very common and the skills to install it are readily available. You can put hot pot and pans directly on tile surfaces, even to the point of some people putting tile “islands” within laminate countertops. This creates built in pot holders (sort of) directly on those countertops.
Tile is also very inexpensive compared to other solutions.
In terms of repairs, if one tile is cracked, it’s not a huge deal to remove and replace the one tile, provided you have some spare tiles lying around. For this reason I recommend when buying tile, buy extra and store them in case you’ll need them in the future.
Although ceramic tile is not porous, the grout lines between the tiles are and need to be periodically resealed.
The cost will run you maybe $20 a square foot installed. It’s that inexpensive.
Now that you are starting your remodel, we would appreciate an opportunity to be of service. You have access to our services in the greater San Jose metro area. We are experts at kitchen remodeling and will take very good care of you.