There are an increasing number of highly durable porcelain tile lines with large-format options: 18x18", 12x24", 24x24", 12x48", 16x32", 20x40", 24x48", and beyond. As a strong, dense material that never needs to be sealed, porcelain is a great product for countertops.
Large format tiles are desirable for the reduced number of total grout joints in your installation. They tend to cost a little more per square foot than smaller tiles, but far less than a solid surface countertop.
Ceramic tiles come in a wide range of levels of durability, from high-density commercial grade ceramic tiles to glazed ceramic wall tiles. Which type you can use on your countertop depends upon the expected wear you'll put it through. A well-used kitchen countertop with hot, heavy pots and pans requires a more durable tile, while a master bathroom countertop can have more delicate ceramic tiles.
Porcelain and ceramic tiles are easy to clean and maintain. You don't have to seal most porcelain and ceramic tiles, with the exception of some unglazed porcelains, ceramics with a crackle glaze, or tiles that are going to be grouted with a contrasting grout color (for example, a white ceramic tile with a dark charcoal gray grout). Porcelains and ceramics can range in price from $2 to $12 per square foot depending upon quality, durability, and style, with some hand-made ceramic tiles exceeding $20/sqft. They are on average less expensive than natural stone tiles.
Natural stone's natural beauty makes it very desirable for creating high-impact countertops. However, the durability of the different types of natural stone affects where they can be used.
Remember: use a stone-friendly cleaner on your natural stone countertops.
Granite is one of the most durable natural stones, and is one of the most popular countertop materials. There are hundreds of colors of granite available in 12x12" tiles, and they are very easy to install and cut.
However, these materials are available in a wide range of sizes, colors, and finishes, and are a beautiful option for low-wear areas such as bathroom vanities. We always recommend sealing natural stone to protect it from staining.
Slate and quartzite tiles are highly variegated with a vast selection of colors. While not as susceptible to acid damage as marble or limestone, slate is still softer and easier to scratch than granite.
Most slate and quartzite tiles have a natural, clefted finish and can vary in depth. This variation makes it hard to create a level surface, which can be problematic if you plan to set things on your counter (and who doesn't?).
We recommend a honed or polished slate or quartzite for a smooth, level surface. And don't forget a good sealer!
Think of the daily use that your countertop will receive when selecting your material. Certain glass tiles and mosaics are very easy to scratch, and should only be used on low-wear countertops. Some metallic tiles will patina when wet or show smudges and fingerprints. With mosaics, you'll have a lot of grout, which can be hard to keep clean.
While generally more expensive than other tile options, using glass, metal, or mosaics on your countertop creates a beautiful, custom look.
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