How to Add Granite to Tile Countertops How to Add Granite to Tile Countertops

What You'll Need
Granite tiles
Cement board
Circular saw
Tile saw
Reciprocating saw

Adding granite to tile countertops is an easy way to spruce up any room in your house. It not only adds a more appealing look, it also adds a touch of old style design. Placing granite tiles onto tile countertops can easily be accomplished within a couple of hours by any average homeowner.

Step 1: Apply the Cement Board

Measure and cut all of the cement board pieces that you will need to install the granite onto the tile countertop. Be sure to remember to cut the small pieces that will form the edges as well. Push the cement boards into place and secure them with screws.

Step 2: Cut Out for the Sink

Mark the area in which the sink will be installed and trace a pattern. Use a reciprocating saw and cut along the lines.

Step 3: Place the Granite 

Spread a small layer of mortar onto the cement board and begin placing your granite tiles. Work from one corner to the other and use the tile saw when pieces need to be cut.

Step 4: Grout the Joints

After all the granite tiles have been placed on the tile countertops, including the edging and backsplash, allow the mortar to dry completely and then grout the joints and creases where the granite butts up to the piece next to it. Wipe off any excess grout with a wet sponge while it is still wet.

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