Are you tired of repainting water-damaged walls every couple of months? If so, it might be a smart idea to invest in a backsplash for areas behind the sink or your cooking area. If you are not sure on what is a backsplash or what kind of tiles are best for your kitchen, this guide will provide you the answers you need.
What’s A Backsplash and Why Do I Need One?
Every kitchen nowadays is equipped with a sink as well as a food preparation area. As a result, water might be sloshed against your paintwork and repainting might be required after a couple of months. As a result, this is where backsplash comes in. It is a section of tiles behind the sink or countertop.
Ceramic and porcelain tiles are popular options among many homeowners but there are many other sizes and materials you can use. One of the most popular styles of tiles for backsplashes is subway tiles. Subway tiles have been popular as far back as the 1800s and its durability, low-maintenance, timeless design has continued its surge in popularity. Before deciding on a tile though, ensure that they are large enough to contain any water from the sink or cooking splatters.
Types of Popular Backsplash Tiles
Ceramic tiles are available in a large collection of styles and sizes, from brick-like tiles such as Subway to contemporary looking mosaic effect of Broadway. One of the benefits of using ceramic tiles is they are easy to clean as most are glazed and high gloss finished.
Porcelain tile is similar to ceramic tiles but it is baked a bit longer and at a higher temperature than other types of ceramic tile. This makes porcelain tiles more durable and they are more used on floors. However, it is still possible to use them as a backsplash. Porcelain tiles are better at resisting both stains and moisture and will be less noticeable if scratched.
Natural Stone Tiles
Natural stone tiles are very strong and durable because it was made from stones that were created by nature. It has its own unique beauty and thus often pricier than ceramic or porcelain tiles. It is an ideal option to create a high-end aesthetic look. The most common natural stone tiles used for backsplashes are granite, marble, slate, and travertine.
Remember there are still many other options to choose for your backsplashes. There also comes the questions of how to install and reseal these tiles. Contact Upstairs Downstairs Fine Tile and Stone to get answers about any backsplashes products. We can help you pick the tile that would be most suitable for your home and help you reseal them. Call (978) 369-3620 today to learn more or visit our Acton showroom.