Tile a countertop

The tiling of worktops is rather common in our latitudes. That is precisely why it is a real alternative to natural stone or plastic worktops, which is also cheaper. Here you will learn everything about the topic "worktop tiles" and an accompanying instructions for tiling worktops there are also.

The tiles of countertops and vanities is not common with us

Tiled worktops in the kitchen or tiled washbasins are the exception. However, it is widespread in many Mediterranean countries and the United States. From there these ideas come slowly to us. The biggest problem is the one-time advantage: a tiled worktop is exceptional. They thus have a product that stands out from the crowd. But that's where the problems begin. In order to professionally tile a countertop or washbasin, you need special molded parts and edgebanding. However, there are many tile manufacturers who have ceramic parts on offer.

Differences between the tiles of countertops and vanities

The worktop is usually a pressboard, so wood in the broad sense. This also brings the properties of wood to bear, so the absorption of moisture, elasticity of the plate and any twists. On the other hand, washbasins are either made of stone or cast of cement. So you can tile washbasins like traditional floors or walls. With the worktops you need a special glue. Below you will find instructions for the worktop and washbasin tiles in both versions.

Step by step tiling countertops and vanity tops

  • tiling
  • Primer (worktop)
  • Tile adhesive (washbasin)
  • Mounting adhesive (worktop)
  • grout
  • Joint crosses and spacer wedges
  • joint silicone
  • Electric drill with whisk
  • tile cutter
  • Orbital sander or sanding block
  • Brush or puff
  • notched trowel
  • tile cutter
  • rubber hammer
  • Fug board with hard rubber
  • Tile sponge or sponge board
  • rubber gloves
  • Trowel to peel off
  • silicone syringe

1. Preparation

a) Tile washstand
The washbasin made of cement or stones requires no special preparation, but the surfaces to be tiled should be thoroughly cleaned in advance.

b) Tile the worktop
Prepare the worktop with sandpaper in advance. Then apply the primer according to the manufacturer's instructions. It will also tell you how long you need to put in the primer and let it dry.

2. Lay tiles on worktop or washbasin

Not always you can lay whole tiles. However, in addition to edgebanding, there are also molded parts that rest on the worktop over the corner and at the same time cover the front. These dimensions must be considered when calculating the tiles when using such parts.

Outside you should start with whole tiles if possible. But if that is not possible or if you like a symmetrical tile picture better, you have to calculate the center. Depending on how the last tile row would look in dimensions, start with two tiles to the left and right of the center or lay a tile in the middle (halfway to both sides).

They apply the mounting adhesive to worktops and, with washbasins, the tile adhesive with the tooth trowel and form webs. Now push the tiles into the glue. You may need to balance with the rubber mallet. Press the tiles with feeling into the glue and not to the bottom of the plate.

In order to ensure the correct gap between joints, use joint crosses of the appropriate dimensions. To the wall, around washbasins and fittings take into account the expansion joint, which you define with the spacer wedges.

3. Grouting worktop or vanity

Now you can mix the grout and distribute with the Fugbrett. After the grout is still damp, but slightly firm, slightly sponge the joints with a sponge board or a tile sponge. Use rubber gloves because many people can not tolerate the grout on the skin. Finally, grout the expansion joints with silicone.

Tips & Tricks

If you use rounded or oval sinks, you will not get far with a conventional tile cutter. Only with a tiler you can mill perfect curves.

The sinks are installed normally after the tiles. You cut the tiles so that the sink can rest on it. If the basins are already installed, the milling edge must be extremely clean.

Do not forget the cut-outs for the hob in the dimensions you need. You should therefore buy the hob before the tiles. The hobs are then usually a template attached, with which you can cut out the work surface. The tiles are then laid flush with this saw edge.

In particular, assembly adhesives may take up to a week to fully cure. Please take this into account if you want to start regular kitchen work immediately.

The joints on countertops pollute very fast. Some grout manufacturers therefore offer easy-to-clean grout for the worktop.

Video Board: How To Install A Tile Counter Top