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The Classic Look of Granite as a Backsplash

With durability second only to diamonds, granite is a great choice for a kitchen backsplash. Many people swoon over granite’s high-end appearance, and love its easy maintenance. Here’s a deeper look into why it’s such a popular backsplash choice.

Costs

Certainly not the least expensive backsplash material, granite costs an average of $50 per square foot, plus the cost of installation. This could vary depending on the quality of the granite and the thickness of the slab. Get free estimates from kitchen contractors in your area to learn more.

Pros

Granite offers a wide variety of color choices and styles.

Granite is heat- and scratch-resistant.

It will not crack and is not susceptible to water damage like other backsplash materials.

Cons

Granite requires periodic resealing every 1 to 3 years.

Since it is a natural stone, granite is more expensive than other backsplash materials.

Granite can stain if certain foods are liquids are not removed immediately.

Durability

Granite is an extremely durable material, especially when is incorporated into an area that doesn’t receive a large amount of wear and tear, e.g. a backsplash. Expect it to last for the life of your kitchen.

Maintenance

Maintaining a granite kitchen backsplash is quick and easy.

  1. Find a granite countertop cleaner, stone soap, or a mild dish soap.
  2. Clean the area with your cleaner of choice and a soft cloth.
  3. Rinse the area with water and dry.

If stains occur, make sure to clean immediately to avoid permanent damage.

Common Questions and Answers

Is there a less expensive alternative to installing granite as a slab?

Yes, if you like the look of granite but would rather not pay $50 per square foot, you can install granite tiles instead. You’ll still have the natural stone look, just with grout in between.

Is installing a granite kitchen backsplash a potential DIY job?

Since granite is an expensive natural stone, it’s not recommended that you install it yourself, unless you know exactly what you are doing. A professional will be able to make the right cuts to ensure that it will fit perfectly into your allotted space.



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