Backsplash Tile Ideas
Feb 20, 2018
A tile backsplash can take your kitchen design to new levels at an affordable price. Today, we’ll share some ideas and advice on how to choose the latest in kitchen tile trends for your home. We’ll also help you find local experts and installers who can help you through all the steps of the process and make sure your project turns out great!
What is Backsplash Tiling & What Tools Do You Need?
A tile backsplash is a great touch that gives your kitchen a fresh look without spending the time or money of a larger renovation. Backsplashes are an extension of your counter which functions as a protection against liquids, but tile decor can also add a beautiful touch to the design of your space. Most kitchen tile designs can also be installed faster and more efficiently than larger renovations.
What Materials Can You Use for a Backsplash?
With a specialist’s help, you can pick a material and pattern that works for your budget, timetable, and long-term goals. Some materials, like marble, can be difficult to install. Others, like stainless steel, require more upkeep following installation. Whatever you chose, make sure your material compliments your countertop. If you’re looking to sell your home in the future, keep the design simple and timeless.
Picking Your Backsplash Installation Materials
There are two main types of materials used for tile backsplash installation, mastic tile adhesive and mortar or thinset. Your choice of material depends on your tile material preference. Your installation expert can help you find the perfect material for your project.
- Ceramic Tiles are the most popular backsplash tile choice and work great with mastic tile adhesive.
- Stone Tiles, due to their heavy and porous nature, usually require specialty mortar for installation.
- Glass Tiles are transparent and non-porous, so they require mortar along with a selection of additional specialty products for a successful installation.
How to Install a Tile Backsplash
With the help of an expert, the installation process for backsplash tiles is usually straightforward. Here is an overview of the process that an expert would follow:
- First we protect your countertop with plastic sheeting and lay out the location of the backsplash on the wall to assure a proper fit.
- Next, we will remove all outlet covers and sand down the wall, wiping away any dust or debris with a wet cloth and then mark a centerline halfway between you countertop and cabinets using a pencil.
- This is the tricky part, we will apply a thin layer of tile adhesive or mortar on the wall using a trowel, beginning at the center line and working outwards.
- Then we set the tiles, beginning with the bottom row and working out from the center.
- When we reach a cabinet or other area that requires a trimmed tile, we make sure we are using the proper equipment to make our cuts, mark the tile and then cut to a proper fit.
- Once finished with that we’ll let the tile adhesive dry overnight or according to the adhesive instructions.
- Once the adhesive is dry, we will fill in the joints with grout, and clean the area with a sponge and water.
Installing a tile backsplash is a process with many potential pitfalls and problems, but with the help of one of our professionals, you can make sure the beauty, durability, and function of your tile backsplash is protected for the long run!
Our experts are waiting to guide you through the process, so be sure to check out our Kitchen & Bath Projects page and contact us now to begin!