Face Your Kitchen
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Tile Countertops

by Gabby Hyman
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Types of tile countertops

Tile countertops can give a personalized look to your kitchen. There are so many options when it comes to tile countertops, personalization is a cinch. The four most common types of tile countertops are ceramic, porcelain, stone and concrete. Ceramic is made from pressed clay that has been glazed to give a shiny finish. These usually come in 1-3 inch pieces; they can be very tedious to lie, but gives you a lot of artistic options.

Ceramic is the softest of all the choices, and if it chips it will expose the color under the top coat. For this reason it isn't the ideal choice for everyone. Porcelain is made of a mixture of different types of clays that has low water absorption rate and heated to extreme temperatures for durability. These pieces usually come in 11-14 inch segments. It has the same properties as ceramic, in that, if chipped the base color will show. There are some types of porcelain that has the color running all the way through it; this is used to mold the counter around the sink area.

Stone Tile Countertops

Stone tiles are another option; they come in 12 inch pieces. Granite and marble are the most commonly used stones for countertops. Granite is usually preferred over marble, because of its durability. While the best strength will come from a whole "slab" countertop, you can still get a very nice product using the tiles. The cost is much less when using tiles.

Concrete tiles have just started growing in popularity, and gives a lot of versatility when deciding on the style you want your kitchen to have. The strength is very good with concrete tiles, but the cost is significantly more.

About the Author
Gabby Hyman has written for print and online media for more than 20 years. He has created online content for eToys, GoTo.com, Siebel Systems, Avaya, and Nissan UK. He has also been a web consultant to the Governor of California. As an author of fiction, journalism, and poetry, Gabby is a former English professor for the University of Illinois, University of Alaska, and Old Dominion University. He holds an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Alabama.

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