Tile can add a beautiful pattern to your countertops, but what are the pitfalls? It seems that there are some very mixed opinions on this subject, so let’s break it down.

Pros

Huge variety: Tile comes in many different shapes, sizes, colors, patterns, and materials. You can get creative with laying tile and not be stuck with just a bland and typical countertop.

The cost: Ceramic tiles are generally less expensive to install than other materials used for countertops. The price usually works out from $1 per square foot to $15 per square foot. With a little research, the homeowner can install certain tiles, but for larger squares, it’s best left to professionals.

Replacement: It’s much easier to replace one tile that has been chipped or scratched than to replace a whole countertop that’s one solid piece of material.

Cons

Bacteria and stains: Grout is a porous surface and must be sealed annually to prevent staining. Depending on the substance that has gotten on the grout, the sealant may not work. More important, the porous nature of the grout can hold bacteria deep inside it, making it difficult to fully sanitize.

Durability: Even though there is a benefit of somewhat easy replacement, ceramic tile is more fragile than a stone or quartz countertop. Dropping something heavy on it, such as an iron skillet, or someone leaning on the edge with an improperly installed tile, will surely have you replacing a tile or two.

DIY vs. professional

The cost of tiles can be a bargain, compared to other marble countertops, but the installation itself will be pricier. Do it yourself can be done, but there is some research that needs to be done to make sure you have all the tools and materials you need.

You may pay a little more by letting a pro do it, but you can be sure it will be set right and last for a long time with the proper care.

Here at Polaris, we care about quality and would love to help you with your kitchen remodel. Contact us today for information and suggestions.