Tile on Countertops!
You Must be Crazy!!
All that grout will be impossible to keep clean! The tile will show water spots and scratches and the grout will turn all kinds of different colors! I'll break everything that falls on the counter - particularly my valuables! It will be terribly expensive! I won't be able to find anyone to install it and if I do the installation will take forever! The installation will make a mess and endanger my cabinets and the rest of my kitchen! I'll have to remove my old cabinets and pay for an expensive remodeling job in my kitchen to get a new countertop!
Wrong, Wrong and Wrong!
We now use 20x20 and larger porcelain and ceramic tiles on countertops directly over the old Formica or over cementious underlayment directly over old Formica counters. With the proper glue and setting techniques the tile can also be installed directly over old tile, wood or even Corian!
The larger tiles result in very little grout and virtually none in the work areas. (See Photo) With 1/8" grout lines and large body tiles the amount of grout on the countertop has been reduced 85%! If the grout is properly sealed and is a color that blends with the multi-colored stone look tiles often used for countertops and floors, it virtually disappears and is not a problem to the on going maintenance of the countertop.
Tile on Countertops Part II