Prioritize for Success When Installing a New Backsplash
Prioritize for Success When Installing a New Backsplash

Prioritize for Success When Installing a New Backsplash

Anyone interested in home improvement has likely heard about the benefits of installing a backsplash to refresh the look of a kitchen or bathroom. The simple addition of tiles can allow you to quickly add a personal touch and modernize your space. Here’s how to get started. 

Deciding Where to Install the Backsplash

Most backsplashes are installed to cover bare wall spaces between kitchen cabinets and countertops or to add accents to different areas in a bathroom. Tiles can be used to border large areas, or be limited to one section, such as behind the stove or kitchen sink, as an accent feature. Keep in mind that obstacles such as outlets, light switches, and appliances can make installation more complicated and you may have to cut your tile to accommodate for them. 

To determine how much tile to purchase, you will need to measure the area where the backsplash will be installed. Remember to take into account that new tile should have a small gap between where it meets the edges of cabinets or countertops to serve as expansion areas for grout after install. It is a good idea to order a little more tile than you’ll need to fill the space in case you run into any problems and need spare pieces on hand. 

Choosing Your Tiles

No matter what design preferences you have, there should be a wide variety of backsplashes for you to choose from. Shopping online is a convenient way to compare all the options and find a unique tile that matches the color and style of your kitchen. If you are planning on installing the tile yourself, make sure to also shop for any tools and additional materials you will need, such as a tile adhesive and grout. If the convenience of a professional installation sounds more like the option for you, it can also be a great idea to start looking for a contractor to help with your project sooner rather than later. 

Preparing for Installation

Once you have found the perfect color and pattern for your backsplash, you'll need to decide whether you want to opt for a DIY installation or seek professional assistance. While not the most difficult home improvement project, it can still be beneficial to have some experience with tile before you begin. 

You will need to use an adhesive to affix the tiles to your walls. To simplify the process, you can opt for using an adhesive tile mat that sticks directly to the wall and allows you to place your tiles more easily; however, these can be less durable than other types of adhesives and are not a good option for areas that may get wet, such as inside showers. 

Before the installation can begin, any appliances in the area will need to be moved out of the way and the power in the room will need to be shut off. When installing tile yourself, it can be best to start from a central area and work your way out. It is a good idea to mark the borders of the backsplash area before you begin. Installing a backsplash requires attention to detail and can be a time-consuming process. If you feel uncertain about installing it yourself, going the route of a professional installation is generally the best option to get just the results you want. 

Finishing the Backsplash

After the tile is affixed to the wall, the gaps will need to be filled in with grout and sealed with a grout sealer. Depending on the type of grout, it can take a few days before the backsplash is ready to be sealed and finished. Whether you do it yourself or sit back and let the professionals take over, you should be delighted by how much more modern your kitchen or bathroom looks after the project is complete. Backsplashes are a fairly easy project and should quickly add character and style to a room. Ready to choose tiles for your backsplash? Browse our wide variety of options at


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