How to Install Granite Countertops (Kitchen Tile)

Granite tile gives you the appearance of a solid-stone slab at one-third the cost. We’ll show you the techniques for a first-rate job.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Miter saw
  • Circular saw
  • Grout float
  • Jigsaw
  • Notched trowel

Tile saw, Margin trowel, Drill, Honing stone

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • 25 lb. thinset mortar
  • 5 lb. unsanded grout
  • Qt. of granite sealer
  • Denshield or cement board
  • ¾-in. plywood underlayment
  • 1 x 4 and 2 x 4 for blocking
  • 1 x 3 backsplash trim
  • Fiberglass mesh tape
  • Color-matching caulk
  • 1 lb. of 1-in. roofing nails
  • 1 lb. of 2-in. drywall screws