Tile Backsplash

CHOOSING THE RIGHT TILE BACKSPLASH

As a general rule, it is important to choose a tile that will effectively work the condition of the wall. Wavy or uneven walls require small and short tile patterns; whereas, larger and longer tile patterns require flat and straight walls, otherwise, the tiles will not lay flat against the wall. If you choose a tile without taking into consideration the condition of the wall, then wall preparation may cost significantly more and add several days to the project. Before heading out to look at tiles, make sure you check to see how straight and flat your walls are to share this information with our Design Consultant.

 

 

 

Bamboo Marble Tiles

Narrow bamboo marble tiles are one of the hardest to install because walls must be absolutely straight and flat. Wall preparation is critical. Recommend placing a 6 foot straight bar or level against the wall before applying tiles. Fill any uneven areas with drywall compound, then prime with paint. Un-sanded grout is recommended. Tiles must be sealed. 

 

 

 

Pencil Glass & Marble Tiles

Pencil glass and marble tiles are more forgiving than Bamboo tiles, but it is still important to have straight and or flat walls. Cutting glass tiles without chipping is not easy. Extreme care is required when cutting and handling. Un-sanded grout is recommended. Sealing is required when natural stone is part of the pattern. 

 

 

 

 

Small Mosaic Glass Tiles

Small glass mosaic tiles are more forgiving when walls are not straight and or flat. Tiles can be easily manipulated to take the shape of most uneven walls. Cutting glass tiles without chipping is not easy. Extreme care is required when cutting and handling. Un-sanded grout is recommended to avoid scratching the glass. No sealing is required. 

 

 

 

Tumble Marble Tiles

Irregular tumble marble tiles are also more forgiving when walls are not straight and or flat. Tiles can be manipulated to take the shape of uneven walls. Also, cutting is much easier with less chipping compared to glass tiles. Sanded grout is recommended when gaps are wider because the thicker consistence fills in the spaces more evenly, while reducing the number of air bubbles. Sealing is required. 

 

 

 

Slate or Natural Stone Tiles

Slate or natural stone 2” x 2” tiles are very easy to install when walls are not straight and or flat. Small tiles can be manipulated to take the shape of uneven walls. Larger tiles require straighter walls. Cutting stone tiles are easy to cut. Sanded grout is recommended when gaps are wider because the thicker consistency fills in the spaces more evenly, while reducing air bubbles. Sealing is required.

 

 

 

Ceramic or Porcelain Tiles

Ceramic or Porcelain tiles are the easiest to install, however, the larger the tile the straighter the wall needs to be. Cutting is easy and fast. Un-Sanded gout should be used if the gaps are small. Use sanded grout when the gaps are large because the thicker consistency fills in the spaces more evenly, while reducing the number of air bubbles. 

 

 

 

 

Stone Tiles

Not recommended for kitchen backsplash as grease, dust and electrical outlet are problematic. 

 

 

 

 

Tile Trim is the best way to finish off exposed ends and are available in various materials, finishes and colours. The most important part when choosing a tile trim is confirming the thickness of the tile first.

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