Solid slabs hot for backsplashes
May 16 2018
Renovation contractors should take a close look at new trends in backsplashes—a product that can frame a kitchen makeover and make it pop.
There are a variety of new products but it is best to lean towards high-end backsplashes because they can make a huge difference at a relatively low cost.
Options include ceramic tiles, subway tiles, metal, porcelain tiles, wallpaper or terracotta tiles, glass tiles or—a current favourite—big stone (or faux stone) slabs.
A slab backsplash is a backsplash made of continuous material. It can look great with today’s open-floor concept where the kitchen can be seen from the living and dining rooms. The solid surface creates a different visual effect than tile. When matched to the countertop, it creates an especially big, bold look.
A slab backsplash can consist of a pricey solid stone slab, a stone veneer, or engineered materials like Caeaserstone or Corian. It can be tricky to work with if cutouts are required for appliances, cabinets or controls, so it is best to measure and install the slab first. Large panels will have to be braced during installation.
Your can reduce the weight and keep the aesthetic. Companies like Prima Stone, which has dealers across Canada, provide a real marble backsplash that is cut thin, making it lighter and less expensive than a marble countertop. The backsplash can also be matched, or contrasted, with the chosen countertop for a truly stunning, upscale look.