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Kitchen Backsplashes Demystified

06 May 2013

Believe it, or not, there’s more than just color to consider when picking a backsplash.  Backsplashes come in array of materials.  Bear in mind, that while a backsplash can add some pizazz to your kitchen, its primary function is to save your kitchen walls from sauces and oils used in cooking so that they don’t destroy your kitchen’s paint or wallpaper.  In this blog, we’ll help you understand the various backsplash materials available to you and the ins and outs of each.

Tin: In addition to its eye catching traits, tin can be pressed to create patterns, though this will raise the cost of your backsplash.  Tin backsplashes can misshape or scratch easier than other materials.  An advantage that tin has over stone backsplashes is that it does not need to be sealed to prevent moisture of stains because it is already powder coated.  Tin can easily be cleaned with soap and water; be sure to wipe up any acidic stains as quickly as possible or the tin may discolor.

Stainless Steel: Stainless steel finds favor with homeowners because it is easy to clean.  However, the material can be easily scratched.  Like tin, stainless steel backsplashes can be pressed to create a plethora of patterns.  Stainless steel does not need to be buffed and polished like other backsplash materials.

Glass: Glass is a popular option because the color choices are endless.  You can choose to go with one color or several to form a pattern.  Glass is stain resistant and is often comprised of recycled materials.  Glass is tricky to cut and should be done so by a professional.  It’s recommended that you work with a professional to install a glass backsplash because grout will show through if applied incorrectly.

Slate: Because slate is a natural stone that exists in nature, your backsplash is guaranteed to be one of a kind.  Slate is available in a multitude of colors.  Slate is naturally waterproof, making it quite easy to maintain.

Marble: Marble provides a luxurious vibe to your kitchen and with a backsplash often being a focal point of a kitchen, having one made out of marble will certainly set the tone for the rest of your kitchen.  A drawback to having a marble backsplash is that marble can be damaged by acidic materials.  Should something come in contact with a marble backsplash that is not properly sealed, damage may occur that cannot be remedied without replacing the tiles that have been affected.

Ceramic Tiles: Ceramic tile gets points because it cleans up easily and is long-lasting.  It requires very little maintenance and cost effective options are plentiful.  However, ceramic tile can vary slightly in its appearance between lots so do your best to make sure that your tile is from the same lot so that everything matches up.

Laminate Perks of laminate backsplashes is that they are easily wiped clean and come in oodles of colors and designs.  They are easy to install.  It’s important to know that laminate provides minimal water resistance and can crack or peel if it is continuously exposed to moisture and humidity.  Its lifespan may be shorter than other types due to this fact.  Heat can also cause blemishes.