Tiled Kitchen Countertops
For an inexpensive solution to replacing kitchen counters, tiled kitchen countertops make for an attractive and often artistic addition to the kitchen.
Cost-effective (ceramic and porcelain tiles start at as little as $10 per square foot installed) tile countertops are also a great way to get an updated look for less.
If you're particularly drawn to the look of granite, for instance, granite tiles offer a much cheaper alternative than a thick slab. Even ceramic and porcelain tiles, though, have designs that mimic the look of stone and metal finishes, or even the feel of leather and other textiles.
For style-savvy homeowners, tile kitchen countertops offer the opportunity to get creative. Consumers may want to work with a contractor, installer or even an artisan to create a pattern, mosaic or an interesting color or textural combination to make the look carry one-of-a-kind appeal.
Despite their low cost, tile countertops are quite durable—though if cracked, a tile must be completely removed to be replaced. Homeowners looking to forgo a complete countertop replacement might consider laying tiles on top of their existing laminate surfaces for a low-cost refresh.