The focal point of any kitchen is a beautiful countertop. Ceramic tile is perhaps the most suitable option for kitchen countertops. Ceramic tile is also ideal to give an upscale as well as artistic appearance to countertops. In addition, ceramic tile countertops form smart alternatives to kitchen remodeling and cabinet re-facing projects. Ceramic tile countertops are now available in a range of colors, textures, patterns, and shapes.
Ceramic tile countertops are resistant to heat, scratch, and stain. Cost-effectiveness, durability, and versatility are their other advantages. Usually, ceramic tiles can be installed on all types of countertops like those made of plywood, cement, and lightweight aggregates. But, the main thing is the application of the right backing under the tiles. The selection of sink type is also important. Usually, sinks selected for ceramic tile countertops are ’tile in’ and ‘self rimming’ types. The tile in type sink is generally set below the tile surface, and the other type is set on the top of the tile. Typically, the size of ceramic tile countertop ranges from one square inch to six square inches. Today, trim tiles are available to cove backsplashes and front edge treatments.
Installing ceramic tile countertop includes steps such as preparing the counter surface, laying out the tiles, applying adhesives, embedding the tiles, setting the edge tile, setting and spacing tiles, setting perimeter tiles, and applying sealer and grout. Ceramic tile countertops are generally set on mortar bed or cement backer board with thin set mortar. For best results, the field tile, the trim, and accents must be carefully selected. As they are easy to clean, it is always advisable to use cement grouts and epoxy grouts. Finishes such as glazed, porcelain, quarry, and mosaic can be applied to add to the charm of ceramic tile countertops.
Ceramic tile countertops have certain downsides too. Since the grout between the tiles is light color and can harbor germs, they require constant maintenance and cleaning. Ceramic tiles are prone to break, and they cannot be easily repaired.