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Backsplash

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A beautifully tiled backsplash is often considered the pièce de résistance of any great kitchen. They are often meant to be bold and eye-catching, but they can also be custom installed to fit any design preference — even the more meek. On top of that, they stay true to their name, acting as a barrier against moisture and stains, keeping your kitchen in good working order. These statements of form and function come in a wide range of choices when it comes to price and style, with inexpensive laminate options at one end of the spectrum and natural stone tiles at the other end.

Definition

Typically, the term backsplash refers to the protective surface material, such as tile or laminate, that covers the wall, directly behind the sink and above the countertop, in a kitchen or bathroom. It’s main purpose is to protect the drywall and other building materials from water, grease, and other substances by creating a durable moisture proof barrier. Often, the barrier will extend along the wall above the countertop and below the cabinets and window ledges, creating a decorative but functional design statement. Backsplashes are most commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms but can also be located in laundry rooms and utility rooms. In most cases, they are both decorative and functional.

What Are Some Popular Options For Redoing A Backsplash?

If you’re thinking of redoing your backsplash, you should know that you have a few options when it comes to the materials you use and the price that you pay. Additionally, you should also know that some of those options come with their own pros and cons, which may really impact your final decision.

  • Properly tiled backsplashes are a popular choice for kitchens or bathrooms, where there tends to be a lot of moisture, as they are typically resistant to water. They typically cost more than the peel and stick backsplash options but the look and the quality can be far superior.
  • Peel and stick backsplash options are great for renters or those looking to DIY on a budget. However, cheaper peel and stick backsplashes can have a low quality appearance and can even fall off if the adhesive fails.