Tile Countertops - New Trends
Installation tools you will need
Tiles are the oldest style of surfacing countertops. The geometric appeal of shaped pieces of man-made or natural materials laid out side by side on a surface is universal. A well made and installed tile is a thing of beauty and also a durable surface that will stand the test of time.
Traditionally ceramic tiles have been the most popular type of tile used in kitchens and bathrooms. Their history dates back 4000 years to the oldest pyramids and the ruins of Babylon. The body of ceramic tiles is made from clay and the design surface is made from colored glass. Most people buy neutral-toned tiles such as cream, beige or gray colors. However, hand-painted and antique mural-style tiles are becoming popular again.
A new trend is natural material tiles made from slate, limestone, marble or granite. These tiles are mined directly from the quarry and then simply cut into thin squares and installed like any other tile. Obviously the cost of these natural tiles is quite high, but thankfully there are many engineered tiles that look almost identical to the real thing at a much lower price.
Installation of Tile Countertops
The installation of any tile countertop is a precise and careful job, best left to professional tilers. However, the basic procedure for tile installation involves using an adhesive (such as thinset adhesives or organic mastics) to affix tiles to a solid backing surface such as plywood. There are a number of specialist tools required to complete a professional-looking tiling job. These include a Tile Cutter, Tile Nipper (pliers that nibble away little bites to create a clean edge), Notched Trowel (used for spreading adhesive) and a Grout Float (used to fill joints evenly). Exact measurements of where the sink will go, and where the edges of the tiled surface begin is crucial to a tidy end product.