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     There are literally a million combinations you can use for your backsplash.  So for the sake of time, here are the basic categories and some of the characteristics of each.

Ceramic and Porcelain Tile


These are the mainstays of kitchen backsplashes, offering limitless design options and styles.  These tiles have a hard, non-porous finish which makes them easy to clean and very durable.  They are also very do-it-yourself friendly so you can install them without too much fuss.  However, if you desire a more elaborate design you may want to enlist a professionals help.  Laying out a full scale mockup drawing and taping it in place beforehand can really give you an idea of how the finished product will look.


Stone Tile


Stone tile also has a variety of designs, and it is equally easy to install.  The only issue with stone is that it's porous, so it will need to be sealed periodically to avoid staining.  Stone is also heavy, so depending on the thickness of the pieces, certain measures must be taken before installation.  However, if you have a certain stone you love, and it cannot be used as a countertop since it's not user friendly, a backplash may be the perfect place for it!


Mosaic Tile


A tiled backsplash made from smaller pieces of glass, ceramic, or stone tile can be designed to create a image, scene, or pattern.  This adds an element of art to your kitchen and provides a detailed aspect to the design.  Nowadays these tiles usually come in 12"x12" sheets for easy installation.


Glass


This can be a really unique look that is not usually found in kitchens.  Glass is durable, easily cleaned, and available in both tiles and panels.  Perfect look for a modern kitchen!


Metal


Metal backsplashes come in a variety of forms.  Some are in tiles, while others are sheets or smaller panels.  Metal choices include stainless steel, tin and copper, or pretty much any type of metal that can be fabricated.  Some metal backsplahes, like pressed tin, can add texture and design to the metal.  This can provide depth and an antique element to your kitchen.


Plastic Laminate / Thermoplastic


Usually a simple installation, laminates are cut and adhered to the wall in sheets.  These come in a variety of colors and patterns and are extremely durable and user friendly.  Thermoplastic panels are similar, but mimic the look of pressed tin.


Solid Surface


This material is usually found in countertops, but can also be used as a backsplash.  Several manufacturers make wall panels designed to mimic wainscot, tile, etc.  Solid surface is easy to clean and can also be repaired if any scratches or stains occur.

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