As a material with the dual purposes of looking beautiful and protecting the wall from splatters and wear and tear, backsplash tile offers a number of advantages. Chief among them is a huge array of color and style options to choose from. Here are the facts.
Installing a tile backsplash depends entirely on the type and quality of tile used, the cost of labor (if you aren't a DIY'er), and the size of the job. With that being said, expect to pay anywhere from $5 to $100 per square foot, plus the cost of installation.
Tile is a very durable backsplash option, as long as the type of tile used can stand up to the common wear and tear of the kitchen. Avoid using porous, unglazed tile if you don’t want to worry about grease and food stains.
If you want a tile that is relatively simple to maintain, choose a glazed tile that can be easily wiped clean.
Actually, with a wide variety of tile shapes and colors available, it’s a material that can work with virtually any style, whether it’s Tuscan or techno, urban or country, traditional or ultra-contemporary.
Fiberboard is very porous and tends to swell, so it’s not recommended. We suggest that you don’t install tile on any type of thin wood.
Perhaps one of the oldest home-building and decorating materials, ceramic and glass tile have been a mainstay of kitchens on several continents for centuries.
When you're ordering tile for your project, be sure to get enough extra pieces in each style that you'll be prepared for future mishaps. Even if the tile is widely available today, it may not remain so over the life of your kitchen.
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