Tips for Overcoming Problems during Backsplash DIY Installation

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.

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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.

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Corner Finish

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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Problems and their answers while attempting backsplash tile installations

A budget friendly upgradation of the kitchen may be achieved by installing mosaic tile backsplashes. DIY would result in more savings as compared to engaging a professional. Yet if installing tiles is not your forte and never attempted before, some difficult situations may arise. Read on to discover a  few tips that would help while facing common problems when they arise. Face them head on like a professional would.

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Putting Tiles Behind Appliances

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The bottom row of the kitchen backsplash tile installation needs solid support. Though it is simpler to place tiles on a backsplash over a countertop, appliance backgrounds are quite different. A backsplash behind the cooking range has no support from a counter. You need to screw in a board on the vacant space on the wall without the counter. Remove the supporting board when the tiles are installed. Allow spaces between the tiles to allow room for caulking.

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Edges That Look Clumsy

Arabescato Carrara Honed Pencil Molding along with Telaio 2″ Hexagon Honed Mosaic

Depending upon the pattern of installation, clumsy edges may appear that seem unfinished. Use the trim pieces for the fine finish, particularly with mosaic and subway tiles not ending at the corners or otherwise framed.

We manufacture products splendidly suited for the task like Arabescato Carrara Honed Pencil Marble Molding with a pretty 3D impact. Matching colors will not be necessary since contrasts are very effective too.

The Bottom Grout Cracking Problem

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Avoid using grout that may crack between the bottom tiles and the countertop edge. Use caulk with its greater flexibility and wait for things to settle across time.

Tile The Spaces Around Outlets

Ice Interlocking Pattern Mosaic Tile

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Several electrical outlets around the kitchen backsplash create problems during tile installation. Pre-meshed mosaic tile sheets like the Ice Interlocking Pattern would help. You need a handheld tile cutter to trim the tiles at the electrical outlets.

Hazy Tiles

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If excessive grout spoils the effect, use a damp cloth for cleaning up.

DIP does save a lot of money, but you might miss the professional spic and span effect. Yet the professionals started by learning the same tricks. Give it a try and it is bound to work. You now know the possible errors and how to fix the problems if they do come up. Are you ready to begin?