Making a statement in a kitchen can be done in many ways. Adding a new fancy appliance or custom cabinetry may be the trick. But when it comes to making a big statement without potentially breaking the bank, a beautiful backsplash is the way to go. Check out the guide below to help determine which material and design is right for you.
Ceramic Subway Tile
Pros: This has grown in popularity in recent years. It is a classic look that can stand the test of time and fit into a multitude of styles.
Cons: The tile is very strong and durable and will generally outlast the materials used when installing [if properly maintained]. Re-grouting or re-caulking may be necessary.
Approx. Cost: The price can vary due to having many styles, sizes and colours. $2 - $50 per/sq.ft.
Pros: There are many different stones that one can pick for their backsplash. Marble, granite, limestone and even synthetic stone can be used from traditional to modern design.
Cons: Stone can be rough and/or uneven in thickness. This depth and uncertainty can bother some homeowners. Also, depending on the material, style and colour the price can vary significantly.
Approx. Cost: $8 – $65 per/sq.ft.
Concrete or Cement tile
Pros: You may have seen this on type of tile and material on fireplaces and other areas of the home. But this tile will definitely make a statement.
Cons: These tiles are heavy and expensive. They are also porous which can be an issue if you allow moisture to penetrate which means they need to be maintained.
Approx. Cost: $30 - $40 per/sq.ft.
Glass [Tempered] Tile
Pros: Glass tiles give off a modern look to any kitchen. They look amazing when accent lighting under the cabinetry is used. And a major perk is that they are easy to clean and don’t stain easily.
Cons: These tiles are panels are no different than any piece of glass. They can break easily and if screws are too tight during installation, can break and make a mess. Being a more expensive option it’s something to leave to professionals.
Approx. Cost: $20 - $50 per/sq.ft.
Pros: Mosaic tiles are never-ending with the materials and styles. They vary from stone to glass to stainless steel and sometimes even combining all three. The mesh-backed squares are extremely easy to install and are a favorite for DIYers.
Cons: The mosaic tile squares are all designed and limit customization in the pattern.
Approx. Cost: $14 - $20 per/sq.ft.
Tin Ceiling Tile
Pros: Tin tiles are typically used [or seen] in ceiling applications, but can look great as a backsplash as well. They give a vintage look and can take a beating. They do need to be properly maintained with soap and water regularly, and if done so will last a very long time.
Cons: These tiles will most likely need to be cut due to their size and in doing so can alter the pattern and in turn alter the overall look of the tile. This will need to be considered when purchasing these tiles.
Approx. Cost: $5 - $20 per/sq.ft.
Pros: Becoming more popular recently, the hex tile stands up to any kitchen design. They have a Victorian flair, but also bring in a modern element to the design.
Cons: These tiles will need regular cleaning and sealing.
Approx. Cost: $7.50 to $30 per/sq.ft.
Pros: There are different metals that can be used to fit into the design of the space in sheet form. Stainless steel being the most common, but nickel, zinc and copper are also go-to’s. They are very durable to everyday kitchen use. Hey, restaurants and commercial kitchens for a reason.
Cons: It’s an expensive material to work with. The sheets will need to be cut to allow for outlets, cabinetry and any other obstacle which can lead to more labour cost.
Approx. Cost: $25 - $150 per/sq.ft.
Pros: Installation is a breeze as it’s done with a paintbrush. It can be used as a note pad, recipe book and message center in the heart of the home.
Cons: Doing a chalkboard backsplash can get old quick. It’s a trend that may be gone in the future. It also can look somewhat messy with chalk marks and wipes.
Approx. Cost: $5 – 10 per/sq.ft.
Laminate or Wood Planks
Pros: It can be relatively cost affective. The installation is not overly complicated with cutting and gluing and the surface can be cleaned easily. With so many different colours, widths and sizes it can give a modern and rustic look to the kitchen.
Cons: These are porous materials and over time dirt, food, water and mold may derive in the seams. Sealing is a must and maintenance is a must. Going with wood planks may look odd in some kitchen designs and will need to be worked out with the cabinetry colour and material for a great look.
Approx. Cost: $5 - $25 per/sq.ft.
If you have a kitchen or bathroom and need assistance in the design or backsplash selection of the space, contact us and we’ll be happy to help.