Libbie B
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Asked on Aug 16, 2013

Porcelain tile for Kitchen countertop?

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I am thinking of using the large 24 x 24 porcelain tiles with tight grout lines for my kitchen remodel. Anyone out there done this? Pros/Cons? Love it or Hate it? Easy to install?
I fell in love with the Grey.
I fell in love with the Grey.
30 answers
  • Dee
    on Aug 16, 2013

    I have used large procelain tiles. They are hard to set because of the weight. If you use the little level method they will set better. the white plastic X's will not work. The tiles tend to sink into the thin set. I have small grout lines and although I love the finished product we finally went with the experts after replacing the tiles twice. My floor guy told me that these are the hardest tiles for DIYers. Make sure your surface it level and good luck.

  • Porcelain tile is to soft for counter. I suggest you use this for walls but not for counter. It will dull up fast and will scratch with the slightest movement of a glass dish on its surface.

    • Dee Raymond
      on Aug 17, 2013

      @Libbie B I have porcelain floors , looks as good as the day we installed it (* Yrs) and has had many a plate, knife, ect dropped on it.. Only problem my been counter has to be 100% level to butt the edges

  • Dee
    on Aug 16, 2013

    sorry I read your post quickly. I used this for a floor and it was terribly hard to install because of weight and size,if you are doing a countertop go to Lowes, Home Depot, floor and Decor oR floral for living because they are the best. Small grout lines and a great guarantee. I think granite or siltstone or engineered stone would be best for countertop and that you will be happier not cleaning grout on your kitchen counter.

    • Dee
      on Aug 16, 2013

      @Polly Zieper I have granite in the kitchen and LOVE IT. the porcelain is on the bathroom floor, and finally it looks beautiful. Laminate comes in a lot of beautiful colors these days.

  • Kim Hall
    on Aug 16, 2013

    I like the idea after seeing one at a local tile store! I would go with marble or granite tiles if price isn't too big of a deterant! You can also butt your tiles one next to the other with very very small grout lines. just make sure to get the best sealer possible from your tile store. the kind you spray on right after grouting is the best! good luck :)

    • Anna
      on Aug 26, 2013

      @Kim Hall In my opinion, marble stains too easily to be used on a kitchen counter

  • One Man and A Hammer, Inc.
    on Aug 16, 2013

    Libbie, porcelain tiles have a surface that's virtually indestructible. The person that stated the porcelain tile is too soft couldn't be any further from the truth. I have used porcelain for many applications including commercial & industrial areas. It also cleans up easily. Using marble on a countertop is a HUGE mistake, it's way too porous and requires much maintenance. I have installed thousands of square of tile and I promise you that the porcelain is a great choice. Concerning the grout joints, I agree that the large grout joints are installed by hacks - those that pretend to be professionals! For your application, use a 3/16" grout joint and DO NOT use those idiotic spacers! If it looks good to your eye, then it looks good to everyone. Use a grout that has a powdered additive already in the grout. NOTHING is stain-PROOF, NOTHING. the great news is that grout can easily be scraped out and replaced for those areas that get stained. Lastly, I had tile on my counters for 11 years without any problems. My wife is a bit of a clean freak. Had the counters become a cleaning nightmare I would've have been put out with the garbage. The tiles were porcelain and the grout had a latex additive mixed in - problem solved. Some people post their opinions, not facts, and it irks me. They haven't a clue what really works and what doesn't. BTW... I have porcelain tiles as on of the counters in my showroom AND procelain tile all over the floors. Feel free to email me if you've any additional questions. Good luck, Bob

    • Bradley Chun
      on Jul 3, 2018

      Bob,
      I have heard some say granite tiles can be installed without grout lines with a special adhesive. Can porcelain tiles be installe without grout lines to eliminate sealing the grout periodically?
      Thanks,
      Brad
  • Darryl & co
    on Aug 16, 2013

    I would use it. This tile is dense and if you are using it on the floor it would be great and if you are using it on your counter it is okay. Take your time and install it the best you can and you will be pleased. Most tiles are able to be used if you install them correctly. Take a breath, do it right and you will be proud of your project. If you like it then it is meant for you. Go for it. It will be alright.

  • Shari
    on Aug 16, 2013

    Since bathroom fixtures are made out of porcelain, I would agree that it is a tough surface. Look around at all the old toilets available that are decades old.

  • Small Talk Mama
    on Aug 17, 2013

    I think the tiles will hold up fine on your counters, but the grout lines (no matter the size) will be a pain to keep clean. The tiny food particles and such will suprisingly be difficult to keep out of those lines.

  • Leona G
    on Aug 17, 2013

    I did a counter top with a mix of 6x6 and 12x12 tiles with a small grout line. The grout that I purchased had a built in sealer which was a big help. The biggest problem that I had was the bull nose on corners. The people at Lowe's were very helpful with answers and advice as this was my first DYI tile counter top. I like my laminate in my kitchen, not sure I would want tile or granite. Good luck, and take the time to make sure your base is square and level to make the installation easier.

  • Tammy@Deja Vue Designs
    on Aug 17, 2013

    We did this in a kitchen once and were quite happy with it. I would suggest epoxy grout. It won't stain and wipes clean very easily. Small. .. tiny grout lines are the best ina kitchen for sure

  • Satchmo
    on Aug 17, 2013

    I agree with the others that grout lines are a pain to keep clean of debris and very unsanitary for a kitchen counter. If your tiles are even slightly beveled on the edges, crumbs and liquids will quickly get into the grout lines. If your tiles are not beveled, you have small grout lines, and you seal the grout well, it may be worth it. You may want to consider granite tile, with a very small grout line. It is somewhat cheaper than going with granite. Hope this helps.

  • Nola Zusi
    on Aug 17, 2013

    I used smaller porcelain tiles in a previous home on my kitchen counters and LOVED them. They were very durable, I could put hot pots directly on the tile, they were easy to keep clean. That said - the grout can be harder to keep clean. We used a sandy/grey colored grout (the color of dirt....) and it worked well.

  • Kimberly Meadows
    on Aug 17, 2013

    I have granite 12x12 tiles on my counter tops and I LOVE them... I can put anything on them straight out of the oven and they clean up great. Make sure you do a butt joint so that you do not have a bunch of grout lines... everyone thinks it is a slab until they get up close then they realize it is tile. Butt joints will give you NO lines and then you seal everything with a sealer and you are good to go.

  • Tabby
    on Aug 17, 2013

    The larger the tile, the more absolutely FLAT and LEVEL your surface and mortor must be. You have to use cement backer board under the tile -- just using MDF won't work because any speck of moisture that gets through grout will cause the MDF to swell and pop up your tiles. Cement backer board is VERY HEAVY and will add a lot of weight to your counters -- make sure your kitchen floor can handle the weight if you have a 'vintage' home. (So is Granite, etc.) Honestly when I see really large tiles on a counter top, I think the flipper/remodeler just wanted to get it done fast as possible and using large tiles takes less time. But it always looks awkward and 'cheap', in my opinion. [Granite tiles look OK because they are butt jointed and usually the grout lines are 'invisible'.]

  • Bret M
    on Aug 17, 2013

    Libbie, As a professional remodeler, I have seen many different countertops over the years. Everything ranging from laminate, solid surface, tile, synthetic stone, real granite or marble to cement. The only thing constraining you is your desire for a certain aesthetic and your budget. I am personally a fan of granite, but that is just me. Pick what you want and just bear in mind that each surface must be treated in a way that best protects and preserves it. Use the correct cleaning materials and process.

  • Mikell Paulson
    on Aug 18, 2013

    I would never put marble in a kitchen! Vinegar or anything with vinegar in it can cause it to etch the marble. Be sure to ask an expert or buy a tile and put some vinegar on it or pickle juice on it!

  • Gail lichtsinn
    on Aug 18, 2013

    I used porcelin tile for a conter top and it was a MISTAKE..It is soft it stains it cracks and the grout even when sealed can mold over night and even with sealer the grout can stain..I took a hammer and now its gone..I too was told it would hold up and was tough enough but it wasnt.

  • Pat
    on Aug 18, 2013

    I had ceramic tiles with a medium grout spacing in a kitchen. Clean up was not a problem. That wider spacing prevented trapped crumbs. The grout was mixed with a medium dark color (taupe I guess) so staining was not an issue. We just practiced sensible hygiene.

  • Becca
    on Aug 18, 2013

    We installed 12" porcelain tiles on our countertops & island and edged them with travertine & also a travertine backsplash. After the grout had cured we sealed all the lines as well as the crevices in the travertine. It has been 2 years now & no problems. It is beautiful & the first thing people mention when they come in our kitchen. We especially enjoy it because we did it ourselves!

  • CapStone Home Renovations
    on Aug 19, 2013

    Use epoxy grout and eliminate the grout issues.

  • Lornnknaus
    on Aug 22, 2013

    Yes to Above, synthetic epoxy grout, the Grey is my favorite- Porcelain is The way to go for durability, hard stuff to cut as tile goes, Use a new Tile saw Blade.

  • Libbie B
    on Aug 26, 2013

    Okay, everyone has been mentioning Epoxy grout. My separate question is about my bathtub. In Jan/13 we had our bathroom professionally remodeled. They installed a soaker tub (shown below). The grout line where the wall and the tub deck meet along the front and down the side by the window developed a crack a few months ago. We had them come back in and re-grout it. There is now a hairline crack in it again. Would epoxy grout help this? My fear was the tub needed to be reinforced they insisted it did not. What would be causing this? It was quite expensive and the crack (although small) is driving me crazy.

    q porcelain tile for kitchen countertop, countertops, kitchen design, tiling, Sorry I don t have a photo of the actual crack
    • CapStone Home Renovations
      on Aug 28, 2013

      @Libbie B If it's at a corner where two different planes comes together, it was probably a latex grout caulk that was used. Usually those joints crack because two much water was used in the shaping of the grout and clean up. If it isn't along a painted edge, I use a commercial silicone caulk that is made by the grout manufacturer to match the grout color. That shouldn't crack.

  • Cheryl Witte
    on Mar 8, 2014

    Thank you for all the helpful comments. I have to say we are installing our porcelain tile counter top this weekend. I have been using one of the tiles as a hotspot by the stove for the last 4 months, while we did the rest of the kitchen work, and it has held up very well--did not stain, scratch or crack. Some idiot put fake linoleum flooring on my counters, can't wait to get the tiles installed. What I was researching was the grout. Again thank you for all the comments and information.

  • Johanne Clerie
    on Mar 10, 2014

    Cheryl, make sure you post pictures so we can admire your new kitchen!

  • Tile and Stone by Villagio
    on Jun 20, 2014

    I love this, be sure to update us with photos as the remodeling goes on!

  • Sue Anne
    on Sep 8, 2014

    I used porcelain ceramic floor tiles for a kitchen remodel in 1996. When we went to sell the house in 2012, they looked like new. Easy to clean, very durable. Used a dark grey with a similar grout color. All the realtors recommended updating kitchen to sell the house with of course granite. The house I bought has marble in the kitchen which is terrible!!! I'm ready to use the floor tiles.

  • PB
    on Apr 20, 2015

    I put porcelain tiles down over old linoleum countertops. I used 6" tiles from my daughter's kitchen redo. I butted the tiles right up against each other as close as possible. Then just spread the grout over the tiles then washed off. Lotsnof washing g and wringing out sponges, but 15 years have gone by and they still look great. I spray them down once a week with a bleach and water mix. In between, I just use a soapy bar rag and rinse them. I think 15 years is a pretty good run, especially for an first time effort.

  • Libbie B
    on Mar 7, 2016

    I thought I would update this post. We did indeed tile the countertops with the 12 x 24 tile I loved so much (against the advice of some), and 2 years later I ended up replacing the tile with quartz. I hated the grout lines. They were indeed very hard to keep clean even though we butted them as tight as possible and the tile itself chipped anytime something was dropped on it.

    , With the tile countertops, With the new quartz countertops
  • Jacquelyn
    on Aug 8, 2016

    I did exactly that. My area was huge and solid surface would have cost as much as my new cabinets. So I did LG. Tile. Turned out fantastic. Very durable, easy to clean. I used grout the same color as the tiles, which made the surface look like a solid piece.

    • Shirley
      on Mar 3, 2017

      I am getting ready to start our porcelain countertop project. Last year we put in an epoxy countertop. It turned out beautiful. It had a marble look and I was really pretty pleased until it started staining. Also some kind of pigment makes it look dirty all the time. Note to self, stay away from counter top epoxy. Now we are getting ready to put the house on the market this summer and needed to do something. I didn't want to put an investment of $7000 into granite or quartz countertops so we bought porcelain 20 inch tiles. I know buyers like granite and they are beautiful, but all my research indicates that all natural stone is porous, some worse than other such as marble. One of the best materials is porcelain. Hope the home shoppers will find it attractive enough.
  • Ask34178129
    on Oct 2, 2018

    I'm looking at using porcelain barnwood style floor tile planks for my kitchen counter. Looks stunning. Manufaturer's sheet says can be used for floor, wall or countertop. I'm hesitating because this style of tile tends to have a slight texture, slight bumpy feel to them. They are glazed & samples we've tried seem to clean ok. I like porcelain tile: I can put hotpots on them, are 30% stronger than granite, low maintenance. But what about the slightly textured ones & matte finish? Any takes/experience on this?

    • Libbie B
      on Oct 3, 2018

      This is an older post of mine. We did lay the large porcelain tiles andI loved them! My biggest complaint was they chipped if things were dropped on them...which would seem like a very small percentage of time but in fact we chipped ours in several places. We ended up swapping them out for quartz a year and a half later.

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