Choosing the Perfect Backsplash

What was once purely functional has now become a funky and fun way to express your personality. In the past, backsplashes merely served as a method to protect the wall behind your stove, or the area under your cabinets, from spills and splatters. They were meant to be rugged and durable and rarely conveyed any artistic qualities. And, while the backsplash is still a practical accessory for the kitchen, there are now many material options and styles to chose from. The best part? Depending on your budget, you can spend a little or a lot and still make a bold statement. So, how do you go about choosing the perfect backsplash? We’ve got the lowdown on some of our favorites to help.

Stainless Steel Backsplash

Add a commercial kitchen vibe to your home using stainless steel. The sheets of material are either glued or screwed into the wall. It is affordable, heat resistant, and durable, yet chic. Make sure to clean it using a solvent meant for stainless steel. Over time, conventional household cleaners will leave a residue build-up which will cause fingerprints, watermarks, or other splashes to show more prominently. Stainless steel may also dent or scratch.

Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Backsplash

A very popular choice due to the versatility, tile is also practical, stylish, and affordable. Because of technological printing advances, ceramic and porcelain can resemble natural wood, stone marble, offering a durable backsplash with a designer look. Tile also resists heat and scratches. They are available in a wide range of price points. One of the best features is that should one tile become chipped or cracked it can be removed and replaced.

Glass Backsplash

Glass offers a sleek, streamlined, modern edge to your kitchen. It is available in either sheets or tiles. This material is strong and durable, plus easy to clean and install. You will also find many colors and styles from which to choose. Glass backsplashes tend to be a bit pricier. However, costs have come down due to its popularity.

Granite Backsplash

A popular choice, and with reason, granite provides a classic and unique style to your kitchen. Because it is a natural product, no two slabs are the same. It is available in either a polished or honed finish. Granite is extremely durable. However, it is a porous substance, therefore to resist staining make sure you seal it properly. While it is a costlier option, it’s easy to clean, and its beauty lasts for years.

Engineered Stone Backsplash

This material is made from crushed quartz combined with resin and sometimes referred to as quartz composite. You may recognize name brands such as Silestone or Caesarstone. If you use it for counters, it makes a seamless flow into a backsplash. Teaming the two together may also save on templating and fitting charges. It is non-porous, thus stain-resistant, plus very heat and scratch resistant.

Marble Backsplash

Aw, yes, nothing rivals marble for its beauty and luxury. Its natural beauty is classy and artistic. Once again, because no two slabs are alike, if you use marble, your kitchen will be an original work of art. It will scratch a little easier than other natural materials, and it is porous. Make sure you seal it upon installation, and periodically through its life. While it is a costly option, if it is in your budget, it is awe-inspiring.

Need help choosing the perfect backsplash for your kitchen? The design experts at Friel Lumber are here to help you sort through your options. No matter your budget, whether you aim for functionality or want to make a bold statement, we have all the inspiration you need. Make an appointment or stop in our Kitchen and Bath Design Center, today!

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