Granite is one of the most popular options in natural stone countertops because of its luxurious beauty and durability. When you choose granite countertops, you will also need to choose a backsplash in order to achieve a uniform look in your kitchen. Choosing the right granite backsplash can be confusing but these tips can help you choose the one that fits perfectly into your home.
Types of Backsplash
You have many options when it comes to backsplashes. One option is to use additional materials from the slab of granite that was used for your countertop to create the backsplash. This will give you a backsplash of the same thickness as your counter. The backsplash adheres to the counter with silicone and the angles are sealed with caulk where the counter meets walls or other counters. The backsplash is installed after the countertops are in place and measurements are taken to determine what the best height for your backsplash should be. You can also use marble or other natural stone in order to create a contrasting look. This will add to the cost but will add a unique look to the room.
Benefits to Granite Backsplash
There are many advantages to using the same granite for the backsplash as you do for the counters. First, it makes cleaning easier since you can use the same methods on the backsplash as you do on the counters. Tile and grout are other options for a backsplash, but they use different cleaning methods than granite. In addition, using granite as the backsplash gives your kitchen a more uniform look.
When it comes to choosing the right height for your granite, you want to look at several factors. Your individual taste and decorative sense should be the first thing you consider when choosing the height of your backsplash. You also want to think of the convenience, logistics and, of course, cost. A standard height granite backsplash, which is about four inches, will be the least costly and it can be installed at the same time as the countertop. A shorter backsplash also allows your wall space to paint, tile or add other decorative elements between your counter and cabinets. You may notice that the area between the backsplash and cabinets has to be cleaned of food and grease, but you can add a decorative wall covering behind food preparation areas and your stove for easy cleaning. You can also choose a full height backsplash which is more expensive. It is also more difficult to remove if you decide to make changes in your kitchen.
If you are considering granite countertops and need guidance regarding your backsplash, Marble Concepts can help. Give us a call today or fill out the easy form online to learn more.