Granite Tiles - Install Your Own Counters

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Self Edge Dimensions

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

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.

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. (
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™!

The Granite Tile Guy


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™ 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™.

Have a great Labor Day weekend!

The Granite Tile Guy

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