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Old 06-24-2007, 01:41 AM   #1
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We're in the midst of remodeling our kitchen.

We've already tiled the floor and removed the old cabinets. Now we have to decide whether the acrylic counter top should have a small back splash, or have the back wall completely tiled instead.

In addition, we're trying to decide what type of tile we want for the counter back wall. Glazed tile or ceramic tile? Are natural stones difficult to clean? What's the advantage and disadvantage of each type of surface material?

Thanks for any suggestion.

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Now we have to decide whether the acrylic counter top should have a small back splash, or have the back wall completely tiled instead.
In my books a tiled backslash all the way up to the cabinets has the best look and a lot easier to maintain.

Glazed tile or ceramic tile?
Glazed tile is harder and easy to clean but if you seal the tile on ceramic it becomes easier to clean as well.

Are natural stones difficult to clean?
Natural stone is usally sealed before you even install them so when you are grouting the grout will come off easier and then reseal both grout and tile after 72 hours. This makes it easy to clean.

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Thanks.

I agree that tiling the entire back splash looks nicer, but I am afraid that if the caulking between the tiles and the counter top cracks, liquid might seep behind the counter top.

Whereas a continuous piece of acrylic countertop makes seeping less likely.

Is that true?
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Why don't you install a matching acrylic back splash 3" to 4" high, and do the wall in tile above the backsplash?
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Just my opinion, I agree that a full tile backsplash to the cabs is the best look. Caulk takes a little maintenance. Comparing function to asthetics, re-caulking from time to time is worth the risk...Your top is acrylic so I say tile.
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Why don't you install a matching acrylic back splash 3" to 4" high, and do the wall in tile above the backsplash?
Thanks everyone, for your valuable input.

After much consideration, I decided to have a two-inch acrylic back splash going up from the counter, then tile the rest with glazed tiles in diagonal configuration.

I'll post a picture of the finished kitchen when it's done.
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Thanks everyone, for your valuable input.

After much consideration, I decided to have a two-inch acrylic back splash going up from the counter, then tile the rest with glazed tiles in diagonal configuration.

I'll post a picture of the finished kitchen when it's done.
I'll probably get jumped on here, but I think 2" is too short. It'll have a bathroom look. IMO it will visually appear to be a mistake. It may look too choppy. I like a continuous look. Either do all tile, or all matching countertop material. If you are worried about moisture behind the countertop, just caulk the heck out of the back edge when it is installed.

The only real place you get that much liquid is behind the sink. An occasional spill elsewhere is expected, but not a regular happening. If you can't be convinced, at least make the splash taller than 2". Even 4" looks a little bathroomy. Try a mock up of what something larger would look like, maybe 6". You have great expense in this endeavor and you will be looking at it every day. Setting up samples of the choices is an inexpensive way to make a decision.
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I too vote larger back splash: at least 3", as I stated on an earlier post....
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I assumed there was a backsplash so I also agree with 3".
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Thanks for the suggestions.

I'll go to a furniture showroom, and measure all the kitchen countertops for the height of the backsplash.

But tentatively, I'll go for a higher continuous backsplash, 3" to 4".


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