A granite or tile backsplash is the perfect complement to your new kitchen. Offering beauty and function, a backsplash not only protects your walls from spills and splashes, but it also brings an extra dimension of color, light and texture to your home.

Granite or Tile?

Backsplashes are typically composed of either granite or tile.   At Artistic Stone, we specialize in both. Our installation teams are qualified to install any backsplash you design.

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Granite is an excellent choice for anyone who loves the look of stone counters and wants to provide a more visual surface area to showcase their selected material. A granite splash also eliminates seams, for those who prefer a pristine look without grout lines. Stone backsplashes serve to unify the counters to their surrounding elements and bring out the stone’s unique details.

Granite backsplashes are also very pragmatic; the 4” and 7” (height) sizes are highly cost effective. Full backsplashes have the lowest maintenance and are usually equivalent to tile splash pricing (with labor).

  • 4” Backsplash: Simple, understated, yet elegant. This shorter backsplash is the most common size for bathroom vanity tops.

  • 7” Backsplash: A charming, rustic look. This size may be customized to any height between four and seven inches. We offer the 7” backsplash to quickly cover drywall damage that may result from removal of an existing 4” or 6” backsplash. With a 7” backsplash, drywall repair by an outside contractor (Artistic Stone does not repair drywall) is typically unnecessary.

  • Full Backsplash: Extends from the counter level up to your cabinets. The height can range anywhere between 15 and 24+ inches. Full backsplashes are more commonly installed in kitchens than in bathrooms. They make a bold statement of luxury and truly showcase the granite’s natural beauty.

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Tile Backsplash

Increasingly popular, tile backsplashes offer limitless expressions of artistry and personal taste. Tiles come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and materials, including natural stones such as granite, marble, slate and travertine, as well as other materials like porcelain, metal and glass. Pre-designed mosaic patterns that come in one to two foot long sections are becoming increasingly popular and may easily be used for a border, accent or an entire wall. Patterns may be tiled horizontally with small off-color inserts at intervals, or they can be tiled diagonally with a top and bottom border — the choices are endless.

Due to the time-intensive requirements for labor and the drying process, tile backsplash installations typically require three days: one day to prepare the surface, place the tiles and allow drying, a second day to grout the spaces and allow drying, and finally a third day to seal the finished product.


Tiles: The average cost of materials is $5-$75 per square foot depending on the type of material you choose. Some accent materials, such as glass and metal, can be the most expensive.

Labor: The cost of labor for porcelain, ceramic, and natural stone tiles can range from $40-$55 per square foot. The cost of labor for glass tiles or some other material may be more due to the amount of blades and how careful you have to cut the material. The cost of demolition and preparation varies based on the type of project. There may be additional costs for more elaborate design layouts.  There may be a minimum charge for small square footage jobs.

Interested in purchasing and installing a tile backsplash? Check out what to expect when installing tile, or get a free estimate fast.