Whether you have a large budget or small one you can have a very elegant and breathtaking back splash. Here are a few elements to consider when designing your back splash.
1. Selecting your tile. Subway tile is an excellent choice whether it is the standard 3×6 or an unusual size, like 4×16. It comes in many colors and patterns. Traditional 3×6 subway tile is timeless and adds some luxury to your kitchen. Adding an accent with glass or stone can add a touch of personality to your back splash. Introducing your personal style to the kitchen.
2. Choosing your bullnose edging to finish off your tile can be as important as your tile choice. We suggest a metal bullnose trim. It is economical and pleasing to the eyes. Bullnose trim comes in many different colors. It is simple to install with your tile. But, your traditional bullnose tile can also be a great choice. It is often more expensive and not all tiles have accompanying bullnose pieces. There can be limitations can be finding matching accent bullnose pieces.
3. Grout selection can incorporate design elements from your kitchen with style and utility. The proper grout product can add longevity to your install and easy cleaning. Grout with a sealant incorporated in it keeps your back splash looking fresh and clean.
Every element of your back splash can add elegance and your own personal style to your kitchen and very element can be within any ones budget.
DIY shows and the “do it yourself” stores make it look and sound easy.
If you wouldn’t try to do plumbing or electrical work in your home then maybe you shouldn’t do tile, either. Roofing is a skilled trade. Plumbing, electrical, framing, they all have training programs, certifications, etc. Well, so does the tile industry. But, everyone thinks they can do it themselves.
Being a tile setter is a learned trade and at Legacy Bath and Tile we have spent 11 years learning, training and working at perfecting our trade. Knowledge is the key!
Here are 3 Keys to picking the best quality contractor or tile installer if you don’t have the knowledge or training to do it yourself (and do it right).
1. Ask to see references and or certifications. Previous customers can say a lot about someone. Check out their google reviews or reviews on their Facebook page. Ask about their tile certifications. If they can’t tell you right off, consider that maybe they don’t have a certification.
If you have questions, ASK. They should be very open about techniques and products used and what types of warranties they offer.
2. Know the products. It’s your money and your home. You need to know what you are getting. You should know the products your contractor plans to use for your project. You can always do your own research on products they mention or on products that should be used.
3. Understand the warranties/guaranties. Do your own research; industry recommended products may vary by project type. Appropriate products for your situation and what warranties are offered with those products are things to be aware of and understand.
So, while DIY projects may be within the scope of your knowledge base, if you have never had experience or training in tile setting, these tips will help you hire a contractor who you can trust to have the experience, honesty, and integrity to get the job done right.