Installing a backsplash seems like a tempting DIY project until you dig into the project’s specifics. In addition to obtaining all the right equipment for a one-time project, you also need careful attention to detail to ensure everything goes smoothly. As Austin’s kitchen remodeling company, we recommend that you consider the items below.
Tile installation starts with obtaining accurate measurements. You need to know the square footage your tiles will cover. You also need to purchase the correct amounts of tile and grout to cover the wall.
Many homeowners make mistakes during this step. Not only should the tile cover the wall’s surface, but it also should not overtake counter space or appliances. Factor the tile’s thickness into the equation as well.
#2: Flexible Budget
Your shopping list should include:
- Enough tile to cover the wall and fix mistakes
- Enough grout to hold the tile securely in place
- A tile cutter
- Cleaning products to sanitize wall surfaces
- Tile adhesive
- Handheld tools to apply the grout and tiles
If you aren’t sure how to use any one of these items, you should seek extensive instructions on how to do so. While many homeowners think a DIY project saves money, it could cost them more than hiring a skilled contractor from the start.
#3: Adaptable Itinerary
Installing a backsplash for your kitchen isn’t a straightforward process. If you have a strict itinerary, you’ll encounter lots of disappointment and scheduling issues. Your DIY project requires a learning curve, plenty of research, and time to get used to the process.
You should also familiarize yourself with materials that have resale value in the event you sell your home. An experienced remodeling contractor already has extensive knowledge about the process, market, and how the materials can work for or against you.
#4: Color and Material Choices
If you don’t have an eye for design, you can easily choose colors or materials that clash. Two elements with the same shade of gray won’t necessarily match. If two materials have matching colors but lack complementary patterns, your kitchen will look too busy or off to most visitors.
A professional remodeler can easily identify elements that work well with each other, coordinating countertop and backsplash elements for cohesive results.
#5: Consider Important Details
When you embark on a backsplash project, make sure you:
- Clean the walls with the appropriate cleaning solution; dirty walls or walls washed with corrosive products won’t hold adhesive well
- Double and triple-check your measurements before setting the first tile
- Use caution when applying tiles to ensure straight and even application
- Take your time and don’t try to rush the process
- Use proper safety precautions with equipment like tile cutters
Installing A Backsplash Is Easy With Catalyst Construction, Inc
Does installing a backsplash seem less appealing? Don’t let these considerations dissuade you. There are numerous reasons you need a backsplash for your kitchen.
Instead of stressing over the details, choose our kitchen remodeling team at Catalyst Construction, Inc. We’ll take the guesswork out of the equation for a superior final result. Contact us at 512-535-0544 for a free quote.