I'm new to this and was wondering if natural stone is any good for backsplash and what type of tile is best.
Any tile is sufficient for a backsplash, glass, natural, ceramic, porcelain etc. If you are tiling in a wet area (ie tub surround or shower) then you must make sure that your backerboard is suitable for this situation (we use either Hardie backerboard or waterproof with a product from Schluter). If this is just a backsplash in a non wet area (bathroom walls or kitchen) then any tile installed properly will work.
Hi, to answer your question,
any porcelein or ceramic choice you use for a backsplash with be lower maintenance but natural stone with a little care can last longer than you'll likely need it to and gives a rich look that can last through changes in trends. With natural stone you'll want to seal the material so that it cannot absorb water. In Calgary where we're located, we have harder water and most people dont have water softners inststalled. 1 of the main issues is calcium buildup as well as counter or shower water that has soap residue within it. This can stain the stone over time and alter the colour. In highly exposed ares its wise to seal it once to twice a year with a stone specific sealer. You can choose between a high gloss wet look or a simple natural look that still protects. This process is easy to and sometimes carries a high maintenance stereotype but the reality is its not that difficult or time consuming.
Hopes this helps, if you or anyone has any questions about tiling/sealers and/or stone please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello Yevgeniy, zdravstvuy!
Fact Is that you can use anything nowadays for back splash. Question would be where it is, kitchen, or bathroom. I would not recommend any small size natural stone tiles in area around stove , especially if stove is going to be used a lot (frying), or grout lines are somewhat larger.
Sealers are helping but not much. In the kitchen, I would say glass tiles with small grout lines are not bad choice. Sealer should be used anyway.
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