There are many practical reasons to add a kitchen backsplash. Kitchen backsplashes are far more durable than having plain drywall behind your kitchen counter. This will help prevent your wall from getting damaged by water, steam or foods, that are impossible to prevent using in your kitchen. Without a backsplash water can seep into your walls and cause further damage by turning into mold and mildew, adding a backsplash can save you money in the long run. A back splash will also prevent odors from absorbing into the walls ensuring that your kitchen does not start to smell over time. A good backsplash will be made of a resilient material, which is easily cleanable from spills and sprays. Also look for a backsplash that will resist stains and scratches lasting for a long time. A backsplash cannot only make your kitchen more durable and appealing it can increase the value of your home.
There are many different types of kitchen backsplashes out there and they are not all made equal. Ceramic tiles are the most common choice as they have many benefits. They are water and heat resistant which are two key factors in a good backsplash. They also resist stains and don’t chip or break easily so they will be a long lasting addition to any kitchen. Ceramic tiles are also made from recyclable materials so they are environmentally friendly! Backsplash tiles also come in an infinite supply of options with many variations in color and size that can ensure you will be able to find the right backsplash for you. You can add your own ceramic tile backsplash, however this process can be time consuming especially when waiting for phases to dry or cure.
Similarly to a ceramic tile mosaic tile has many of the same benefits of being heat, stain and water-resistant. It also has the added benefit of hiding any stains or mess better with its small-scale patterning. If you choose mosaic tiles don’t forget to choose a high quality grout that will withstand moisture and staining helping to keep your tiles looking like new.
Glass is becoming an increasingly popular choice. Similarly to ceramic or mosaic tiles they are resistant to heat and water. However, glass tiles can easily leave watermarks and require wiping and cleaning more often. Glass can also scratch if you are not careful permanently damaging you beautiful backsplash. Glass is also light reflective and can brighten up a dark kitchen!
MDF and plastic kitchen backsplashes can be a cheep alternative but they are not water, heat, or stain resistant. They are also not as durable as the glass or tile options so you may need to replace them more often adding to the cost in the long run.