What Is A Backsplash?
If you’ve ever purchased a new-construction home, you may have noticed that the area above the kitchen counters is comprised of a porous material similar to painted drywall. The same is likely true above the sinks in your bathrooms. These areas are called backslashes because they’re frequently exposed to drips and spray from faucets or cooking.
If you’re looking to customize your kitchen and bathrooms, covering the raw surface of your backsplashes with a beautiful, durable facade like stone is a great place to start.
There are no specific rules as to how high your stone backsplash can go–it can start where the counter meets the wall and even go up to the ceiling! Ideally, you’d want a backsplash to end at least 6” to 18” above the counter’s surface. However, 24” tall backsplashes aren’t uncommon either. Depending on the material you choose, a stone backsplash can be a focal point of your bathroom or kitchen.
4 Factors To Consider For Backsplash Materials
There are several factors you’ll want to consider when choosing a backsplash material:
- Appearance – Whether you’re designing or renovating your kitchen or bathroom, your backsplash material must match your counters, cabinets, floors, and tiling. It’s easy to change curtains or towels, but replacing your floors because they don’t match the backsplash is another matter. Make sure to bring home samples of different kinds of stone before making an order. There’s no harm in taking your time.
- Hardness – One of the reasons we’re proponents of stone materials for backsplashes is their strength. Your backsplash doesn’t take as much of a beating as your floors or countertops, but it’s always advisable to use materials can stand the test of time. In some cases, slightly softer materials can be used for backsplashes since they aren’t impacted as frequently as floors or counters.
- Water Resistance – Hardness is different from water resistance, which measures how porous a surface is. Resistance is important because water and other liquids can be absorbed into the surfaces of porous materials and stain them. If you don’t choose the right material, substances like hair dye, pasta sauce, and other liquids with pigment can splatter onto your backsplash and damage it. Stones that are not water-resistant require additional maintenance.
- Cost – Unless you have an extraordinarily large kitchen or bathroom, the surface areas of backsplashes are relatively small. This is one of the reasons they’re an ideal spot to flex your creative muscles. For instance, a 2’ by 12’ backsplash is only 24 square feet of surface area. So if you have a penchant for a quartz or granite, but don’t have the money in your budget for the whole kitchen, the backsplash may be the right spot for this special accent.
Popular Stone Backsplash Materials
As one of the Los Angeles area’s premier stone suppliers, we work with a number of excellent materials that are ideal for kitchen and bathroom backsplashes. Some of our favorite materials include the following:
- Granite – Very hard and nearly indestructible, granite can serve almost any purpose in a kitchen or bathroom, including as a backsplash material.
- Marble – Softer and more porous than granite, the backsplash is the safest place to use this beautiful, but moderately temperamental stone if you are interested in adding it to your kitchen or bathroom.
- Travertine – Like marble, travertine is porous and soft, and while there are areas of the home it’s not recommended for, the backsplash may be a safer place to use this mineral.
- Limestone – Limestone is one of the hardest and most versatile materials we work with. You really can’t go wrong with a limestone backsplash.
- Flagstone – Flagstone, like limestone, is a sedimentary stone that’s formed in the ground from intense pressure and heat over time. While sedimentary rocks don’t work well for every kitchen and bathroom surface, they do work well for backsplashes.
- Slate – Natural slate is beautiful and durable. Although water does stain raw slate, it returns to its natural color when it dries.
- Ceramic – Ceramic tile has become a favorite in modern bathrooms and kitchens because of its resistance to heat and water. Choose a dark-colored grout for minimal maintenance.
Los Angeles Stone Backsplash Installers
For over four decades, Renovo Stone has been protecting and beautifying the walls of kitchens and bathrooms throughout Los Angeles. We help customers choose from a wide variety of elegant and affordable backsplash options. To discuss your vision for your kitchen and bathrooms, contact our Los Angeles company. We know stone and have a reputation for quality.