Stainless Steel Backsplash Tiles

Get all the info you'll need on stainless steel backsplash tiles, and get ready to install a sleek and efficient backsplash in your home.
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By: Sean McEvoy

A new backsplash can liven up any kitchen design—and if you're in the market for one that's attractive, efficient and long-lasting, you'll want to check out ideas for stainless steel kitchen backsplash tiles.

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Stainless steel's durability and design flexibility make it a great choice for just about any kitchen design, from traditional to ultra-modern. And not all stainless steel backsplash tiles have the same look—you'll certainly find tiles in the traditional shiny or matte stainless steel style, but there are also options for punched, rippled or otherwise distressed tiles that can add a distinctive style to your kitchen.

Stainless steel appliances have become common in modern kitchen designs, and with good reason—their sleek, stylish appearance works well in a wide range of kitchens, and they're extremely low maintenance. The same is true of stainless steel backsplash tiles—one of the great added benefits of these tiles is that they're extremely low maintenance and durable. Ceramic or other forms of grouted tile can require extensive scrubbing or specialty products to clean—with stainless steel tiles, homeowners can normally just wipe them clean easily with some disinfectant and a damp rag.

Additionally, stainless steel is more resistant to the corrosive effects of food spatter than most kinds of tile. This means it's likely to hold up well over the years, providing a great return on the initial investment.

If you're in the planning stages of a stainless steel backsplash tile installation, your first task will be to determine how much tile material you'll need for the project. You can calculate this by measuring the surface area you need to cover in the kitchen—usually a portion or the entirety of the walls above your kitchen countertops. Once you've determined the scope of the materials you'll need, you can explore the full range of stainless steel tile backsplash options at your local home improvement, hardware or tile specialty store, or you can browse the almost infinite options online for inspiration. You'll find that the varieties of stainless steel available for kitchen backsplashes are quite diverse in terms of color and hue, texture and reflectiveness.

When you've made a decision regarding the amount and type of stainless steel you'll need, it's time to install your backsplash. You'll have two options here—you can go the DIY route and install it yourself, or you can hire a professional to install the backsplash for you. In most cases, a DIY kitchen backsplash installation will require significant home improvement experience, so it's not recommended that you take this on unless you're comfortable with your level of expertise. If you choose to hire a professional, you'll save yourself valuable time and labor, but you'll pay more for the project in the long run. Whichever route you choose for your stainless steel tile backsplash, you're sure to be enjoying its luster and efficiency for years to come.

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