John Edwards Tile
Ceramic - Stone - Glass
Since 1980

Tile Backsplash


A Tile Backsplash is a great way to bring life to any solid surface countertop, and more importantly, your kitchen. Granite, Marble, any other natural stone, engineered stones, Corian, even Formica, all of these countertop surfaces can benefit greatly from the hand crafted look of a tile backsplash. For some tile backsplash ideas check out my portfolio.
 

Before the backsplash installation begins, the following items need to be checked and repaired if necessary.

 

  • Wall board is solid and secure with no holes or bows.
  • Gap between countertop and wall should be less than half the thickness of the tile to be installed.

Backsplash tile installation is fairly simple as far as tile installations go.

You can generally expect the following steps during your backsplash installation.


Day 1

  • Move the stove at least 12 to 18 inches off the wall, (better yet, out of the work area if it is possible) Making that area of the splash more accessible.
  • Put down floor coverings in the area of work and the path to the tile saw and outside.
  • Cover countertops with rosin paper or craft paper.
  • Remove all switch and outlet plates in the area to be tiled. Change box screws to longer screws. Tape off switch and outlet faces.
  • Do a tile layout of the tile pattern, or tile patterns, being used to get working measurements for that layout.
  • Take measurements from multiple points on backsplash, checking against the pattern measurements to determine the best starting point or points.
  • Laying the tile using thinset mortar, or tile mastic. Use tile spacers and wedges as necessary.
  • Let thin set mortar dry over night, leaving floor and counter protection in place. Inconvenient, but the kitchen is usable.

Day 2

  • Remove spacers and wedges.
  • Clean excess thinset mortar from the surface of tiles and joints and any other surfaces.
  • Tape off cabinet surfaces and under cabinet lights to protect from grout.
  • Grout backsplash.
  • Clean excess grout and thinset from around switches and outlets and vacuum electrical boxes.
  • Remove tape from cabinets and lights, and remove paper covering from countertop.
  • Clean up counter surface.
  • Tighten electrical box screws at switches and outlets, and reinstall plates
  • Wipe down countertop and cabinet surfaces with clean dry cloth.
  • Remove floor coverings and sweep work area.
  • Put stove back in to position.
  • Vacuum floor and wipe down as necessary.

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