A kitchen backsplash helps protect your walls and makes clean-up a lot easier – they can also be used to enhance the style of your kitchen. Of course, there’s quite a wide array of options available, from timber to glass to ceramic. That said, most homeowners continue to be attracted to natural stone, and here are just four good reasons why.
The most obvious and compelling benefit of using natural stone tiles is durability. Remember, you’ll be handling heavy pots and sharp knives in your kitchen. If you accidently strike the backsplash, you want to rest easy knowing that chips and cracks are unlikely to result. Natural stone is renowned for its toughness, so it’s naturally a very strong choice.
Stone tiles enjoy a timeless sense of style that few other materials can rival. Sure, you could pick a funky aluminium backsplash for your kitchen, but what looks cool and minimal today could end up looking tired and outdated in just a few years’ time. If you pick a natural stone, chances are great your kitchen will look as good in a few decades as it does when the backsplash is first installed – no need to go through the expense and effort of replacement when the novelty wears off.
- Heat Resistance
Heat resistance isn’t something you need to consider across your whole backsplash, but it’s a major factor when the backsplash is going behind your cooking surface. Some materials will discolour under intense heat, but stone will put up with high temperatures without showing any signs of damage.
- Low Maintenance
Natural stone is pretty easy to clean. All you need to do is pick the right cleaner and rub it down every now and then to have it back in prime condition. You also have the option of pressure washing once every six months or so, and stone backsplashes can be sealed to provide ongoing protection against staining and water damage.