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The purpose of a backsplash

Learn what a backsplash is and why it’s important

First things first: What is a backsplash? 

A backsplash is the material that covers the walls in your kitchen or bathroom––usually behind a sink and stove top. Your backsplash typically runs along the length of your countertops and can range from a few inches tall to covering the wall from counter to ceiling. 

What does a backsplash do? 

Your backsplash is designed to protect your walls from the wear and tear of everyday life. 

Where your wall can be damaged by grease, food, and water, your backsplash is highly resistant to these elements and does a great job of protecting your walls from the damage they can cause.

While a backsplash serves a functional purpose, they can also be used for decoration. 

What is a backsplash made of? 

Backsplashes are highly customizable and come in a variety of shapes, designs, colors, textures, and materials.

Typical materials used for a backsplash include: 

  • Glass mosaic (the most popular backsplash of choice due to its variety and design capabilities) 

  • Metal 

  • Tile (porcelain, ceramic, travertine, etc.)

  • Thermoplastic

  • Stone (marble, granite, slate, etc.) 

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