When remodeling or building, the kitchen back splash might seem to be a minor consideration. This surface, however, is integral to the look of the kitchen. With a little forethought, the kitchen back splash can contribute a lot to the decor and functionality of the kitchen. Kitchen back splash materials vary widely in cost and upkeep. Ceramic tile has been a favorite material for the kitchen back splash for some time now. New trendy surfaces include metals, stone, and glass.
Ceramic tile varies widely in cost with ready made tiles beginning at about $2 per square feet. At the other end of the spectrum are the tiles designed by professional artists, which cost many times more. In addition to the cost of the tile, there is the installation cost, which varies from $2 to $10 per square foot. Upkeep is easy if the tiles and grout are sealed. Porous clay and stone tiles require a periodic sealing. Grout can yellow over time, and is the most challenging aspect of taking care of a tile kitchen back splash.
A natural stone slab makes a great looking kitchen back splash in the new nature-inspired home decor style. Here, cost is a major consideration, but if it is well installed, a stone kitchen back splash is virtually indestructible. Natural stone forms a surface in the home that hides dirt, making cleaning easier. Another popular stone material for the kitchen back splash is 4 inch squares of tumbled marble which feature a worn, pitted appearance.
The kitchen back splash can also be covered in the same solid surface material used on the counters. Depending on how high you choose to go with this style of kitchen back splash, it can be either one of the least expensive materials, or quite costly. If the kitchen back splash can be covered with solid surface material left over from the counters it is quite cost effective. For the least expense, the back splash might have to end a few inches above the counter surface.
The most expensive kitchen back splash material is metal. Metal workers can make a kitchen back splash from stainless steel, copper, or zinc. The cuts required for electrical outlets and the like must be absolutely exact, and the more such cuts needed to install the kitchen back splash, the more expensive it will be.
Another consideration with metal is the upkeep. If you desire the patina of age, brass or copper can be left unpolished. If you want a gleaming metal kitchen back splash, however, these metals will require frequent polishing. Stainless steel is a nice alternative, since it is resistant to any sort of wear and tear. A stainless steel kitchen back splash will also complement stainless steel appliances.