Installing glass tiles on the backsplash of your kitchen can change the look and feel of this popular design element. It can also increase the value of your home, making it a desirable investment. Replacing the traditional kitchen backsplash with glass tiles can be more complicated than many homeowners think. There are several options to consider and you should do research before ordering, installation and taking care of the backsplash glass tiles.
One of the first decisions you must make is whether to use a subway tile or a wall to wall finish. Both styles are beautiful but have their differences. Subway tiles are made from a mixture of blown glass and plastic. These tiles will show fingerprints and will have a matte finish that is not as shiny as a wall to wall finish. Many subway tiles are available in different colors so you can match your backsplash tiles to complement the rest of your kitchen.
The next decision is what color to use. Wall to wall tiles are available in virtually any color, although most use a slightly gray, beige or brown. When choosing a color, keep in mind that grout will be one of the most visible aspects of your kitchen so choose a color that will not show dirt or fingerprints easily. Also, be sure that the tiles you choose are sealed and grout is sealed by a professional installer or at least recommended. Tile grout will be the next step after applying the tile sealer.
Some homeowners prefer a more natural look to their backsplash and may choose a stone tile design. Natural stone tile has a very pleasing texture and can create a dramatic backsplash. If you have decided to go with natural stone tile, be prepared for the cost. Compare prices between a tile store and a tile supplier to see the difference in quality and cost.
The final aspect to consider is the finish. Backsplash tiles come in different finishes such as unfinished, mirror finished, matte or impregnated. There is no significant increase in price when using a matte finish or impregnated finish. Finishes are usually based on the amount of grain and can range from light to dark.
Although stainless steel backsplash tiles are very beautiful and durable, they can also be quite costly. Stainless steel is very shiny and can reflect light, which can make the tiles appear dull. A good alternative would be to use semi-gloss glazed tiles. Semi-gloss glazed tiles can be made of recycled glass or wood that is then coated with resin or aluminum oxide. Although these tiles are less shiny than stainless steel, they are still durable and relatively inexpensive. In addition, if you choose the mirrored or beveled finish, the colors will be much more vibrant.
The final aspect to consider is the appearance of the backsplash. The shiny finish of glass can make your kitchen look extremely clean and spacious, but they are not always the most comfortable of looks. If you are not concerned about appearance then you should opt for the matte finish because it does not reflect light, making the space appear larger. Beveled or mirror finish tiles can create an amazing look, but are more expensive than the unglazed counterparts.
When selecting backsplash tiles, it is important to choose the right size for your space. Small backsplash tiles do not take up much room; therefore they should not overcrowd the rest of the room. Also be sure to measure the area where the tiles will be installed. Measuring your space before you order will help ensure that you order the correct size of tile. In addition, stick with unglazed tiles if you want to keep the price down because they are typically cheaper than the glazed versions. Regardless of which type of tiles you choose, finding the right design and material to suit your kitchen will help make your kitchen one that people will love to frequent.