While building a new house or renovating an existing one, people are often inclined to use granite for the features it offers. This poses the question of using granite in the form of slabs or tiles. Here, we'll look into the benefits and drawbacks of both options.
One of the most frequently used items in households is a countertop. It most often combines granite, as it is very sturdy and it can retain its shine for many years. It is also long-reflecting. Although you may choose between tiles or a slab of granite, the price, installation and maintenance in both cases is rather different and they can decide your final choice. Let's compare these factors:
The installation may appear to be the same, but the time, labor and materials required for the installation of the slab and tiles is different. Tiles are small-sized and need to be laid, aligned and joined together with the help of grout. Slab, being a single continuous piece, requires less time and labor. Its alignment and symmetry is easily maintained, as there are not many pieces like tiles, needing to be laid in a particular fashion for making a pattern.
Cleaning and maintenance
The installation of tiles necessarily requires the use of grout. This leads to more problems, compared to the installation of a single slab. You should know that the grout dirt dirt, which causes bacterial growth. When you clean the grout frequently, because cleanliness is important, the finish is adversely affected, and you'll be required to recoat, using sealants. On the other hand, one piece of slab used as a countertop will have very few crevices that could attract micro-organisms, and would ever need infrequent resealing.
You should also consider the fact that it is rarely possible to replace a few tiles, and you'll generally be required to replace all the tiles. The frequent cleaning and scrubbing of tiles makes them prone to getting chipped off around the corners. You can understand that a countertop consisting of many tiles will have more edges, as compared to one slab.
Since the countertop made from one slab has an even surface, it can be cleaned very easily, and you may need to polish it once in a while. Whether you opt to have tiles or a slab, it is imperative to follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer for its maintenance and a long life.
Price is often the most important criteria for making a final decision. Compared to granite slab, the cost of tiles is lower, but you have to spend a lot more towards the labor required for their installation. On the other hand, although a granite slab is often costlier, its installation is simple and needs little time, and far less labor.