Granite Tiles - Install Your Own Counters

Tuesday, August 25, 2009™ introduces ESP (our Expedited Sample Program!)

From the very beginning of™, 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,™ 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™ 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?”

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:

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”?

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


Friday, August 14, 2009

Full Height Backsplash and the Easy Tile Calculator’s Easy Tile Calculator has a feature that can automatically calculate a nominal 6 inch backsplash or lower. For years, that has been the standard backsplash ordered by our customers. However, we have recently received a number of questions about how to calculate full height backsplash for kitchen countertops, so I thought it would be a good idea to post my answer.

For full-height backsplash, you need to calculate the area of the wall you want to have covered with backsplash. It is a good idea to divide the wall area into rectangular segments of similar heights and round up to the next square foot for each. You will want to add at least 10% to cover scrap that you do not anticipate.

You also need to carefully determine how many feet of edging you are going to need to finish the exposed edges where the tile does not butt up against the countertop or the bottom edges of the cabinets. Also be alert to any corner trims you will need. You will need to order additional outside corners for those.

When you have figured all of this out, you will be ready to run the Easy Tile Calculator and place an order. After you run the Easy Tile Calculator, load your shopping cart, then Click on the “Process Order…” button which will take you to the final shopping cart. You will want to add the extra tile and edging figures you have come up with.

You call our toll free line when you are placing the order if you are unsure about all of this. We will be glad to help.

With you really can do a great job installing your own granite tile countertops!

The Granite Tile Guy

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