There is nothing like the feeling of pride you get when you look around at a beautiful, well put together home. Granite backsplashes are one of these elements that will bring joy and luxury for any kitchen area.
Why a granite backsplash is right for you
Anyone who has a kitchen with an attractive backsplash immediately starts receiving comments about how elegant and sophisticated the room looks. Granite not only gives those qualities, but also brings a kind of warmth and earthiness to your kitchen as well.
Granite, which is a rock, is a very durable material (some say that only diamonds are harder than granite) so you can be sure that your granite backsplash will certainly last!
Not convinced? Consider how easy it is to clean granite (hot water and soap – easy enough, right?). They can also be brought to an excellent shine in no time. Granite backsplashes too:
- They resist heat
- Do not collect moisture
- Resist scratches
- It will not crack
- Resists stains
Consider how unique each granite backsplash is. No two rocks are the same, so the granite backsplash you install in the kitchen cannot be duplicated by anyone. You also have your choice of a number of colors: White, Red, Blue, Green, Brown and Black.
Due to the large selection of colors available, there is probably a granite backsplash that will complement your existing kitchen fixtures and designs.
How much does a granite backsplash cost
Granite backsplashes don’t necessarily come cheap, often costing $50 per square foot or more plus the cost of installation. But before you settle for a cheaper type of backsplash, consider how your granite backsplash will stay with you for a lifetime. Consider how it also increases the value of your home. It is a great, low maintenance investment.
The price of your granite backsplash depends on a few factors:
- Current home fashion trends
- Where the granite originates from
- Color choice
- Model selection
- Size of area covered
- Slab thickness
Can’t afford $50 per square foot? What many budget conscious homeowners do is to buy granite tiles rather than large stone. These can be anywhere from about $3 and up per square foot, which is considerably cheaper than $50. The only real difference between the two is, of course, the grouting appears between the tiles and around the edges. For some, however, this look can go very well with their current kitchen decor.
Granite backsplash buying tips
1. In case, you already have a granite floor, you may want to choose the same granite as your backsplash (probably, a smaller size). Or maybe, if you have a granite countertop, just continue the counter to the wall, with the same backsplash – making it consistent in appearance.
2. When you are buying granite tiles, be sure to take a few extra boxes, as you may need them. Be sure to check the lot numbers, as you want to make sure they are the same color and patterns.
3. Make sure you buy only the finest grade tiles. These granite tiles are calibrated and chamfered.
4. If you use large tiles, you will have less to clean as you reduce the number of grout lines.
5. You will find that polished granite is the easiest to maintain and clean.
6. If you want a casual look, keep a rough finish. For an elegant and chic look, go for a shiny look.
7. Dark shades of granite backsplash are great for large, open kitchens. For smaller kitchens, lighter shades are better.
How to install granite backsplashes
I strongly recommend that, if you are paying $50 per square foot for a backsplash, that it be installed by a professional. Professionals will know the correct adhesive, they will be able to take accurate measurements and make models that will help them in cutting the size of the granite. They will also know how to handle the granite in a proper way so that no cracking or breaking occurs.
If you have decided to go with a granite tile backsplash, a professional will be able to arrange the tiles in advance so that they are as attractive and straight as possible. He or she will also apply as little grout and sealant as possible, in order to reduce the spacing between the tiles and try to give the effect of a solid slab of granite.
How to keep your granite backsplash clean
When you have a granite backsplash installed, you will receive instructions on its maintenance and care. As mentioned above, you will only need warm, soapy water to clean it every so often (be sure to avoid abrasive chemicals and cleaning products, as this can ruin the granite backsplash and reduce the gloss). You will probably also be advised on the appropriate sealant to use. Sealing the granite will keep out moisture and other harmful elements that can damage the rock.