One of the most in-demand natural stones in kitchen construction, granite is a favourite with home owners looking to add dollops of style to their kitchen. For many granite is a great countertop option, but few know of the beauty it can lend your kitchen as a backsplash.
Backsplashes are, of course, a necessity in your kitchen. But if you plan your kitchen’s aesthetic components carefully a granite backsplash can improve your kitchen’s splendour by leaps and bounds. Let’s take a look at the process that goes into installing a granite backsplash.
A backsplash is designed to complement other elements in your kitchen. So, plan a backsplash that takes your kitchen’s look to the next level. One of the first vital decisions you will have to take when installing a backsplash is the coverage area. Do you want to go all out and cover entire walls with granite? Or do you want to only adorn a portion of the walls? Choose a granite backsplash that fits in beautifully with your countertops while also adhering to your budget. Once you have decided which way to go, professionals will then measure out and recommend the amount of material you will need to construct a backsplash.
When you have received an estimate on the amount of material you will need, you will need to go shopping for your granite. These days, stone manufacturers and fabricators offer home owners an eye-popping variety in colors, styles and textures. You can also source granites that are tailor-made to suit your budget.
Put in place
After sourcing your stone, professionals will start work on your kitchen walls. First, the area of the backsplash is cleared and, then, thoroughly cleaned up. For a granite backsplash to be installed, the wall must be free of any scratches, holes, grooves or damage so that the backsplash can be laid out evenly. The walls also need to be rid of grease and dried thoroughly before the installation work can begin.
The granite tiles are then pre-fit, where the professionals will cuts and prepare the stone to fit into your kitchen wall perfectly. During the final step, mortar is applied to the wall and the granite is then laid out carefully.
Finally, the professionals will finish off the job by applying grout to the backsplash. When the grout has dried up, after two or three days, a granite sealer will have to be slathered on to protect the stone in the long run.