Pros And Cons Of Tile Countertops

Posted on: 17 August 2016

Tile countertops are classified as a traditional ceramic tile and porcelain tile, which is fired at a higher temperature. Porcelain tiles are harder and less porous, making it a great choice to ward off moisture and stains. However, both have advantages and disadvantages.


Do-It-Yourself (DIY): This can be an excellent project for the DIY individual by using a bit of imagination if you have the right tools and knowledge of the work required.

Appearance: If you have a 'good-eye' for details and customizing the tile, you can make a beautiful countertop. Many textures are available, as well as tiles with unique designs. Mix and match your way to a beautiful space with a bit of experimentation. Lay out the design before you start to ensure that you can complete the desired pattern.

Budget-friendly: Purchasing a ceramic tile countertop can range from $1 to $225 per square foot. Most types of glazed ceramic tile are chosen from $1 to $30 per square foot. Installation can range from $35 to $40 per square foot. The tile should last for many years and is more affordable versus other types such as granite.

Glazed Ceramic Tile: Durability features include heat, scratch, and stain resistance. It is also resistant to moisture, since it is glazed. The tiles should last for a minimum of ten to twenty years. As long as the glazing remains intact, dust and dirt are easily removed, making it a huge advantage for individuals who suffer from allergies.


Cracked Tiles: Unfortunately, the tiles can chip or crack if something heavy or hard is dropped on its surface. You need to be careful and also not slide objects over the surface because they can scratch.

Grout Damage: Once you have a beautiful countertop, you need to ensure that it will stay that way. The grout will need to 'cure' for approximately 48 to 72 hours before you apply a sealant. Routine cleaning is a must because the grout can become stained or mildewed even though it is resistant to staining

How to Clean the Countertop

If you have colored grout, you shouldn't use chlorine bleach because it will become discolored. You can use two cups of warm water and two tablespoons of oxygenated bleach to clean the grout. Apply the mixture with a toothbrush and let it soak. Wipe it clean, but if you still have some stains, you can try using a cleaning spray. You need to reapply a grout sealer annually.