By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Nothing does a better or more stylish job than a tile backsplash to protect the wall behind a kitchen counter. The hard surface is easy to clean and maintain the space below wall-hung cabinets where they meet the countertop, often prone to splashes of food or sauce during food preparation. With today’s wide selection of tile colors, sizes and designs available, the choice can be staggering and sure to enhance any kitchen whether you choose a plain no-nonsense design or want to create a colorful focal point.
To install a 10-foot-long, 2-foot-high ceramic tile backsplash a tile contractor will charge $383, which includes the material and labor. You can buy the materials and do it yourself for $185 and save 51 percent. An alternative to using traditional mortar or mastic is BonderaTM a tile adhesive on a roll to set the tiles.After the installation, apply a grout sealer to protect it. Use a small paintbrush to apply it following the recommendations of the manufacturer.
While you’ll see plenty of tiles at home centers, you’ll find a larger and more diverse selection at a tile retailer, where you can rent or borrow some of the installation tools, including a tile cutter and nippers, a rubber float and trowel.
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To help you visualize the effect in the room, buy sample tiles or use cut-up colored paper cut to the size of tile you plan to use. But first work on paper or with a design tool to create the pattern using a measured drawing of the area to be tiled.
The average price to install a tile backsplash noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. Tweak the data by adding your ZIP Code to find a local cost.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020