When it comes to stone kitchen backsplashes, the sky’s the limit. Generally speaking, your backsplash receives far less punishment than the countertops, so there are hundreds of materials available. In addition, the right stone can be an inexpensive way to add an elegant touch to your kitchen. Here’s what you need to know.
If tackled as a DIY project (which requires intermediate-level skills), you can expect to spend $200 on a stone backsplash for a medium-sized kitchen. You’ll pay a bit more if you hire someone to professionally install your backsplash, if you have a bigger kitchen, or if you use higher-end materials. Speak with a local kitchen contractor for exact price estimates.
Stone is perhaps one of the most durable options when it comes to countertops—and the same goes for a backsplash. However, if you want to keep yours looking great for years to come, it’s imperative to have the backsplash properly sealed.
While it's important to keep up with the maintenance of a stone backsplash, it's relatively easy to do so. Here are a few steps to remember:
While there are more options for stone backsplashes than countertops, granite might still be the best choice for both—it's the only stone that has virtually no drawbacks. Granite is second only to diamonds in hardness, and has the ability to withstand extreme heat, ultraviolet lights, acids and abrasions.
That would probably be soapstone. It's low-maintenance and very resilient, although soapstone is susceptible to scratching.
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