So 6 months in and zero issues, the epoxy grout really seems unstainable, plus there are not that many grout lines to begin with and they are 1/16 of an inch. I used the little hook and wedge spacers to install the tiles which were lifesavers for a non pro tile setter. Plus the thin set used for the edge tiles is like a mastic in that it permanantly remains pliable. Really the only trick in doing this is cutting the giant tiles straight. They are heavy and thick. I used a hand held tile saw, like a circular saw but smaller with a 4.5" blade and a straight guide.
I really like the idea of using large tiles for a countertop. Thank you for sharing your success.
What did you put underneath the tiles? What holds them in place?
This looks really cool and I'm intriqued for sure! I'm curious too as to whats underneath (I've never done any tile myself). Do you have any process pics?
standard process. 3/4" plywood 1/4" cement backer board, acrylic modified thin set and the key to a good result is the little plastic hooks and wedges that ensure all the edges are flush. Been installed over a year now and is performing well!
year plus, no issues
I agree with JD Martin. My first thought was how easily those counters will get chipped and cracked. We have laminate in our rental and it's held up just fine. It's coming to the end of its useful life and will probably switch out when the current renters move out--they've been there going on 4 years and may stay for a long time yet. When it's time for a switch, I'd consider going with laminate again. Will also consider composite and granite depending on cost comparison. On an apartment fix and flip we participated in, it turned out that granite was cheaper than any other surface--but that was 101 units. We also participated in an apartment/commercial property new build and again the granite was the cheapest option.
epoxy grout is the way to go for a kitchen. It's a pain to work with in large quantities, but it will hold up ten times better. Most commercial chain restaurants spec it on their floors for just that reason. Never go cheap on grout, it won't pay in the long run
@Will G. I've always had laminate just because of the price but I'll have to rethink it with the Home Depot granite option. If anyone does go the laminate route, go with the rounded edges to avoid some of the peeling. Granted, I only have multi unit properties so the relative "quality" doesn't have to be on par with a house. If I were renting out a place where I live (Encinitas) instead of where I invest it would be granite or quartz all the way because that's what the ecosystem looks for out here.
quartz for me.
tile I removed from the home was there 30 years without any cracks or chips,just ugly
I actually did that same thing on a small cabinet I added between the range and refrigerator. Turned out great. It's only been in a couple of months so time will tell if it holds up but it was only $2 for a 12x24 in a charcoal grey. Can't beat that. For the back splash I had them cut a piece for me right there at the store. If you know your measurements they will cut for you for free. I had a manual tile cutter but these were to big for it.
This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing.
2 years 0 issues!:-)
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