Backsplash tiles were introduced mainly for protecting the walls but this took a decorative turn. If you like to upgrade the kitchen then backsplash tiles have to be replaced. DIY requires good skills but saves a lot of labor costs. Anyway, professionals are always better to get a good finish.
If you have never tried to install the backsplash tiles then there may be some problems during installation. Here are some problems which you face during installation but you can solve them like a professional.
Support For Tiles
When the wall tiles are installed a solid support is needed until it gets fixed. If there is no support like behind the appliances then fix a wooden board with the help of screws. White glossy subway tile would best for a clear backsplash. After the installation, the board can be removed. Tile spacers should be placed between the tile and support. In between tiles also these spacers can be placed to complete caulking.
For the tiles with different patterns, the edges would give an ugly finish if there are no frames. In corners, these trim pieces are fixed to give a good finish. Arabescato Carrara honed pencil molding is used with Trlaio 2˝hexagon honed mosaic to get that magical finish. These molds have a 3D effect and contrasting colors are also available.
Crack In Bottom Line Grout
When Splitface Travertine is used for backsplash grout has to be used in the bottom row. But there are chances of the grout line cracking. If grout is not necessary then avoid using it. Caulk would be more flexible for using here.
Tiling Around The Outlets
There are many electrical outlets which may be difficult for installing tiles. Ice interlocking pattern Mosaic Tiles are available in pre-meshed sheets. A hand-held cutter is enough to make the necessary electrical connections pop out of the tiles.
The measurement of the outlets has to be taken. The mosaic sheet has to be cut accordingly. The cut tiles have to be trimmed. The sheet has to be installed and the cut pieces can be used around the outlets.
Surface Looking Dull
Left-over grout or the cleaner used may leave a film on the surface of the tile. This has to be cleaned carefully every day to get back the shining. Calacatta Blanco Patterned Marble gives its best look when cleaned perfectly.
It takes time to learn the perfect techniques to install the tiles. Even a professional has to go through this learning process in the beginning.