From Dean Dowd on April 03, 2008 in Kitchen Remodel
Look out for our new kitchen articles, coming your way next week and brought to you by our talented writer, Anna. Also, you may have noticed a new contributing blogger in our growing CalFinder midst. Dan writes sought-for answers to your remodeling dilemmas, as well as helpful tools and tips of the remodeling trade. He graduated from Michigan State University in 2002 with a degree in English and a focus on technical and creative writing. Hes been working in the remodeling trade for the past six years. Check out his latest pieces on maintaining granite countertops, treating lumber with oil-based stain, and window glazing and energy efficiency. And now, to get cooking with some kitchen spirit, heres a summary of our latest articles on kitchen backsplash. Classic Beadboard A mainstay of English and American country style kitchens, beadboard backsplash adds a homey, handcrafted look. It consists of vertical installations of narrow tongue-and-groove boards that require meticulous, piece-by-piece installation. The visual results of hand-set boards are well worth the labor, but beadboard-finished panels, playwood, and fiberboard are now available to imitate the classic look. Stone and Tile Beadboard For something more impervious to moisture, stone and tile blocks moisture and humidity from getting through seams, where backsplash meets cabinets and countertops. Porous natural stone should be sealed for protection against stains, but once thats done, the smooth, continuous surface is durable and easy to clean. Timeless elegance isnt bad either. Tin Backsplash Tin is relatively inexpensive and can be purchased in varying tones of shine and texture. Popular in the late 1890s, tin is back in form. For homeowners who enjoy their pizzazz, tin offers non-fading, non-rusting, and water- and moisture-resistant qualities, as well as permanent color and finish. Stainless Steel Backsplash Stainless steel also reflects light, but less so than tin. It is durable, stain and corrosion resistant, and environmentally friendly. Installed in one solid piece, the material has no grouting or cracks to trap food or grease. In addition, problems with scratching, denting, and noise arent as prevalent for steel backsplashes as they are on countertops. If these options help bring your kitchen possibilities to light, keep reading! Other backsplash articles in our library include those on mosaics, glass, and MirroFlex.