The Ultimate Kitchen and Bathroom Backsplash Guide
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Kitchen and Bathroom Backsplashes Guide
Backsplashes are an ideal canvas to make your dreams come true, with materials ranging from colorful ceramic tiles to small glass mosaics and traditional subway tiles. Unlike kitchen projects that require technical knowledge, this is a project that can truly be called "do it yourself."
Backsplashes have a high work-pleasure ratio. Simple backsplash installations can be completed in just a few hours, with minimal tile cutting. Installing a backsplash is usually less complicated than other tile projects, as it uses less glued mortar.
What Is a Backsplash?
A backsplash is a vertical extension of a counter, usually a kitchen or bathroom countertop. A backsplash can extend a few inches high or it can reach the ceiling.
The purpose of a backsplash is basically functional. Protects the wall behind the sink from water damage from inadvertent splashes.
In the kitchen, the backsplashes cover other parts of the countertop next to the sink area. They also help protect the wall from grease splatters when cooking or food splatters during meal preparation.
However, backsplashes are more than functional. Constructed with care and an eye for aesthetics, backsplashes can be a beautiful addition to your kitchen or bathroom, almost like a permanent picture on the wall.
Is a Backsplash Necessary?
Due to the amount of water and the abuse that kitchens receive, it is highly recommended that you attach a backsplash to the back of the kitchen counter.
Even if you can control the water, walls can be damaged if objects are accidentally pushed against them: knives, cutting boards, food, and more.
In bathrooms, a backsplash is still recommended, although it is possible to do without the backsplash in some situations. If you have a sink that doesn't touch the wall (a pedestal sink, for example), your need for a backsplash is just cosmetic.
For any kitchen or bathroom application, a backsplash is essentially your last line of defense before water, grease, food, or harmful elements hit your wall.
Even if you are not interested in building an elaborate and attractive backsplash, it is still a good idea to have some kind of backsplash in place.
How a Backsplash Is Installed
A large number of backsplashes are made of ceramic or porcelain. Tile is easy to work with and offers a wide variety of designs. The tile is waterproof and easy to clean.
In the case of tiles, the first step is to apply a fine mortar to the wall. You can apply the adhesive directly to the wall or to the support of a cement slab. After that, press the tile into the wet and thin mortar.
The trick is to start with straight rows of tiles and hold them while the layer set heals.
An inexpensive item that helps: plastic spacers. Made in the shape of a T, these spacers are placed between the tiles. Once the adhesive dries, the spacers are removed.
Pressing the grout into the seams with a rubber float further strengthens the overall structure of the tile.
Types of Backsplash Materials
Ceramic or Porcelain Tile
Ceramic tile and porcelain are common backsplash materials. Vitreous ceramic (smooth surface) or porcelain tiles offer good cleanability, which is no small thing when it comes to grease spills behind the stove.
Ceramics are also inexpensive. While it is possible to buy expensive handmade tiles, you will only find cheap or moderately priced ceramic tiles.
The glass tile conveys a look of elegant urbanity. If you have a modern-style kitchen in mind, consider this material.
Glass is more difficult to cut than ceramic or porcelain. Glass never goes out of style, but certain sizes and colors of glass do.
The standard material offered by some bench installers is the bench material itself. If you have a solid surface countertop, installers can place a 4-inch tall backsplash of the same material along with the countertop.
This helps mask any space between the counter and the wall.
This is generally considered an optional item, so talk to your installer ahead of time about whether a backsplash will be included.
Sheet Laminate or Glass
One of the newest and most modern materials is laminated glass. A big advantage of laminated glass backsplashes is that the back of the glass, the side that faces the wall, can be painted. This layer of paint is protected against wear and tear and is virtually impossible to scrape or scratch.
Backsplashes of this type are mainly found in kitchens and sometimes bathrooms, directly behind sinks, and generally, extend the entire length of the counter and up to the ceiling.
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