Tile Backsplash Process

Measurements for an Estimate

First, a picture or sketch of the spatial layout with length & width measurements is required to build an accurate design and generate an estimate.

Please note:

  • horizontal or diagonal tile layout
  • desired placement of accent areas or different tile types within layout
  • edge trim, i.e. pencil liners, bull-nose, etc.
  • transition between splash and windows (stone? edged tile? granite is easier and looks great)
  • any electrical outlets or other wall fixtures, and how they may affect accent pieces

The color of the tile grout is typically decided by the installer. If the customer wants a specific color, please discuss with your Artistic Stone consultant well in advance of the day of installation. The installer typically also decides spacing between tiles when he or she examines the prepared site and the tile material. Very small gaps (1/8 in.) are harder to perfect for certain jobs; ¼ inch is more common (the minimum spacing is 1/16 in).

Need help with design ideas? Our consultants are experienced stone and tile designers. Contact us to discuss your tile shower ideas.

Choose a Material

Natural stone tile is suitable and functions great for all tile backsplash jobs. Stone can be polished on its exposed edges, has a natural, organic feel, and each piece is unique. Natural stone does require periodic sealing.

Porcelain tile is another great choice for all tile backsplashes. Bathroom and shower floors require a certain graded material. Porcelain cannot be polished, so some trim or bull-nose pieces are needed for the exposed edges. With porcelain tiles, maintenance is easy; there’s no sealing required. Porcelain tiles are also strong.

Ceramic tile is a great choice for walls. It is not suitable for flooring or outside applications. Ceramic backsplash tiles require no sealing, but they do need trim or bull-nose pieces for the exposed edges.

Glass tile is beautiful for accent, splash and bathroom applications. There is no sealing required for waterproof glass tiles, but due to the difficulty in cutting glass into tiles, the labor cost for glass backsplash tiles is higher than other materials.

Artistic Stone Prepares the Final Quote

For the initial estimate, we ask that the customer provide measurements of the layout. To finalize the pricing and material amounts, an Artistic Stone representative will come to your home or office space and take final measurements. We’ll also count how many of your chosen accents are required to fit the space.

Place Tile Order

When ordering tiles for backsplashes, remember to account for any trim, accent or bull-nose edge pieces. For horizontal lays, add 10% overage for any cutting and breakage. For diagonal lays, add 15%. Allow 4-10 days for tile orders to arrive.

Demolition

Demolition for tile backsplash areas is typically done with the countertop demo. Backsplash demolition should only take 1-2 hours. To ensure a smooth installation, note that the area must be completely cleared before it is prepared. Any damaged drywall and/or studs should be removed.

Wall Preparation

There are a few steps to preparing the walls for a tile backsplash install. Some of this information may or may not be relevant to you, but we thought we’d include it for your or your contractor’s reference.

If there is damage to the drywall, the installer may need to replace it at the customer’s expense. Replacement drywall or Hardi-Backer (a waterproof backer board) may be used.  Hardi-Backer is typically ¼ – ¾ inch thick. A small amount of leveling may be performed with the sub-wall. If leveling is extremely off, the installer may level it by ‘floating’ using a thin-set mortar or concrete. For leveling by ‘floating’, our team uses thin-set mortar up to max of ¼ inch and concrete for anything greater than ¼ inch. This is typically not necessary with backsplash tile installs.

Preparation requires about 1-2 hours unless there is major damage to walls, in which case it may take a day or more. Preparation for backsplash installation primarily involves cleaning off any chunks left over from previous splash material and adhesives.

Installation

Tile setting takes ½ to 1 day for most jobs. The installer needs 2-3 hours for grouting, which is usually done 2-3 days after tile setting is complete, and one hour for sealing, 1-2 days after grouting is finished.

 Final Payment

The final balance is collected after the job is finished.

 

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