Cost to Install a Metal Backsplash – 2021

| Last Updated: August 24, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 305

$ 75

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 58% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

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The average price to Install a Metal Backsplash noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much does it cost to a metal backsplash? The DIY cost to install a metal backsplash yourself is $305 compared with hiring a contractor for $75.

To give a kitchen a fast facelift, consider installing a metal backsplash. It will add personality and functionality to the hardworking countertop and cabinets. A backsplash made of stainless steel tiles will protect against water, grease, and food stains, and will be an easy-to-clean surface for years to come.

We found a good selection of peel-and-stick stainless steel tiles at Lowes and online at where installation instructions are available. There are design ideas for laying out the tiles in different patterns, too.

At Armstrong, you’ll find Project Ideas and Metal Backsplash Installation Instructions.

A contractor will install 20 square feet of 3- by 6-inch stainless steel tiles as a kitchen backsplash for $305, which includes labor and material. You can do the job for $75, the cost of the tiles and wall primer.

Measure the space to determine the number of tiles needed and then place them on a flat surface to create the layout design you want. The surface must be a sound substrate that’s clean, flat, smooth, and dry, such as wallboard. Use an oil-based primer such as KILZ to prepare the surface.

You’ll need a chalk line to create a vertical and horizontal reference line to guide the placement. You’ll also need a measuring tape, straightedge, and level. If the tiles require cutting, you’ll need a chop saw and miter box.

That sums it up. Knowing the average cost to install a metal backsplash lets you compare doing it yourself with what you can expect to pay a contractor. 

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