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Thursday, April 22, 2010

What Do We Mean When We Say Quality Granite Tile?

When you purchase granite tile for your kitchen counters from Easy Granite Tile, you get unbeatable quality. But what does this mean? To start it means you get only the finest granite tile... but on top of that we hand inspect every tile.

If you purchase tile at a big box home improvement store, do you know what to look for when you check your tile? At Easy Granite Tile we do. Every tile is checked for color, to be sure all of the tiles we ship to you match perfectly. Granite tile is natural stone. That means the color varies. Our inspections ensure your counters will have tile of a consistent color.

We also inspect each tile for imperfections, scratches, grain and damage. Sometimes the imperfection can be so slight that the untrained eye will not notice... except it won't look quite right once it's installed in your kitchen.

At Easy Granite Tile we're the experts. Every tile we ship is individually inspected and that means you get unbeatable quality when you buy your granite tile from Easy Granite Tile.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Easy Granite Tile on TV

Did you see the granite tile installation featured on Do-It-Yourself TV last month? The program producers were in a bind. They needed a granite tile kitchen counter they could install quickly and easily. What did they do? They called Easy Granite Tile, of course. There is no better way to get granite tile kitchen counters that are easy for do-it-yourself installation.

To meet production deadlines they needed the tile ASAP. That's not a problem for Easy Granite Tile. It does not matter if you are a TV producer or a home owner, we get your tile shipped to you ASAP via Federal Express Ground shipping... and we save you a TON OF MONEY with our special low, low shipping rates. (Try our free online tile calculator to see how much you'll save.)

Do-It-Yourself TV got the tile they needed in time to meet the tight production schedule, plus they got expert advice to help them install the granite tile. That's right, even Do-It-Yourself TV programs need assistance, and just like we do for any other customer we were glad to answer their questions and help them get a quality install.

When it was completed they gave us a call to let us know that their Easy Granite Tile counter was the easiest granite tile counter they had ever installed. That's just a normal day for us... all of our customers find that with granite tile from Easy Granite Tile they get superior quality and a granite tile counter that is ready to be installed. No problems!

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Self Edge Dimensions

We received the following question recently by email through support@easygranitetile.com and I thought it might be helpful.

Question:
How wide do you figure the Edge tile is cut? An inch and half or two inches? I'm building cherry cabinets and need to know where to set the top drawer so it will be below the tile line. Thanks for the help.

Answer:
I believe your question has to do with the self-edge trim on the outside edges of the counter. It will be helpful to go to the Tile Edging section of our website and then click on the box titled Self Edge. (http://www.easygranitetile.com/tile_edging/self_edge.htm)
If Self Edge is what you are referring to, the width of the self edge is determined by, you, the installer. We have seen the width vary anywhere from 1” to 2¼”. Factors that influence that dimension are clearance of cabinet doors, appliances, and breadboards, as well as your own opinion as to how much of the granite you want to show on the face. The most common width of self edge is around 1½”.

You really can do a great job installing your granite tile countertops with EasyGraniteTile.com™!

The Granite Tile Guy

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

“How many granite tiles will I need to do my kitchen?”

“How many granite tiles will I need to do my kitchen?”

That is one of the first questions that comes to mind when someone is thinking about upgrading their kitchen with granite tile countertops. My reflexive response is, “Well, just log on to EasyGraniteTile.com™ and use our Easy Tile Calculator™ (ETC) and you will know very quickly!” And, of course, our ETC provides a very accurate estimate of tile requirements as our post-installation surveys have proven.

But for the only casually interested, I am providing the following information. The average kitchen granite tile countertop order this year has been 66 square feet. 80 square feet is a very common number of tiles for a kitchen (and we even had one kitchen this year at 120.) Smaller kitchens typically run in the neighborhood of 50 feet.

Regardless of the size of your kitchen, however, you really can have a beautiful granite tile countertop in your kitchen with the help of EasyGraniteTile.com™.

Have a great Labor Day weekend!

The Granite Tile Guy

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

EasyGraniteTile.com™ introduces ESP (our Expedited Sample Program!)

From the very beginning of EasyGraniteTile.com™, we realized that providing samples of granite tile to customers would be vital. Our CAP (Color Assurance Program) was a part of our earliest website planning. And many of our customers have told us that our CAP program played an important part in their decision to buy from us.

Once we were online, the demand for samples prior to ordering caused us to set up a sample ordering system. However, shipping our samples via UPS Ground caused a significant delay to most of our customers, and the cost of a full sized tile was more than necessary to provide a color sample.

To remedy these short comings in our system, EasyGraniteTile.com™ is introducing ESP, the Expedited Sample Program. We are shipping our samples via UPS Second Day Air® at discounted rates and sending smaller samples to save the cost of a full size tile. Our goal is to have samples in our customers’ hands within two working days of placing their order.

ESP, another way EasyGraniteTile.com™ can help you do a great job installing your own granite tile countertops!

The Granite Tile Guy

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

45 Degree Counter Corners

Customer’s email question:
“Thank you! Now I have a new question…our base cabinets end in a little shelf thing that has a 45 angle cut off one corner…do you do weird corners?”

Answer:
Yes, we do weird corners, although 45deg corners are so common in our local market, we do not consider them weird. We don’t have that feature on our website yet, but it is on our “to-do list.” We just need the face dimension of the 45 corner for either the unfinished deck or the final finished dimension for your countertop. (Note: It is important that you have a true 45 deg. angle on your corner.)

Call our toll free prior to ordering so we can help you make the necessary adjustments to your order.

I hope this is helpful.

The Granite Tile Guy

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Counter Ends: Walls and Cabinets

We received a very good question a while back that think, along with the answer, might be helpful to some of you do-it-yourselfers out there. So, here it is:

Question:
In the calculator, I’m confused about short and long “wall” vs. “cabinet”. In my U shaped kitchen, the counter edge on the left side is exposed and is the depth of my counter (24”) with cabinetry underneath. I don’t want to tile the side of the cabinet, I’m just looking for a finished edge on that end of the counter. So do I say “long wall” or “long cabinet”?

Answer:
Regarding the “wall” vs. “cabinet” cabinet question: the selection of wall terminations, (i.e., Long/Short Wall and Long/Short Cabinet) represent end of counter situations where the counter actually runs up against and contacts a wall or cabinet. The side of the wall or cabinet must be higher than the counter level for these to apply. Your “cabinetry underneath” leads me to think that you are referring to the cabinetry under the counter. If that is the case, you have an open corner and don’t have to be concerned, just leave the end open on the diagram. If, however, I am misunderstanding your question, and the cabinet on the end is above the counter level, the program assumes that you do not want backsplash applied to the cabinet.

I hope this is helpful.

The Granite Tile Guy

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