Using Stainless Steel For A Kitchen Backsplash When Remodeling

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Image Courtesy of Rigidized® Metals Corporation

Kitchen Backsplash Design - Stainless Steel

When it comes to kitchen design, it's all about finding those elements that can really make a statement and set the tone for the space. One element that can become a major focal point in your kitchen is using an uncommon backsplash material. Consider the urban chic, functionality, and durability of stainless steel!

Stainless steel has been a popular material in commercial kitchens for years. In the home kitchen, it was often relegated to cutlery and utensils. Then stainless steel became a popular finish for home appliances. Today its popularity has extended to tiles, countertops, and backsplashes. The reason is that its beautiful look is only one of the many benefits it offers.

Let's look at the pros and cons of incorporating a stainless steel backsplash into your kitchen remodeling project.

The Benefits of a Stainless Steel Backsplash

Stainless steel is appreciated for the contemporary look it brings to your kitchen. The days of the smooth sheet of stainless steel are over! Today manufacturers are producing sheets and tiles that come in a wide array of patterns, sizes, and finishes. When considering a stainless steel backsplash, think about your kitchen style. The most popular designs feature traditional mosaic tile designs, swirls, and various finishes.

Stainless is totally hygienic. Because it is non-porous bacteria has nowhere to live or reproduce. It is also an extremely durable material that will not discolor so they do not require re-polishing and if you perform basic maintenance a stainless backsplash can last for years.

Because stainless is a flexible material it can be installed almost anywhere. It is an easy to clean surface, heat is not a problem so it's perfect behind the stove and unlike copper, zinc or brass it will never oxidize.

Another benefit of stainless steel is that it is a reflective surface which can make your kitchen appear larger. That's why a stainless steel backsplash can make your kitchen look and feel more spacious, even in a small space.

The Cons of Stainless Steel

Like every material, there are some drawbacks to stainless steel. The main one being cost. You need to make sure that you want stainless. It is one of the costliest backsplash materials and while it is durable, stainless can scratch, dent and is prone to staining from acidic liquids.

A splash of red wine or tomato sauce can leave a stain that can spoil the finish. If the finish is ruined and you use an uncut sheet for a seamless look, the entire sheet will need replacement at an additional cost. You'll also need to be careful when cleaning. While it's an easy to clean surface, you need to avoid abrasive cleansers and use stainless steel cleaning liquids and specialty pads.

Finally, when installed, stainless should be placed on a durable sturdy backing. While it is durable, it is still flexible. Improper installation can make it appear unstable and noisy. It is also cold to the touch and can transmit this into the kitchen.

If you can overlook its minimal drawbacks, stainless offers homeowners many interesting options. It is truly versatile. Experiment before you commit. Check out stainless tiles with marble and glass. It's a great look and with the variety of patterns textures available, you can find the perfect stainless steel backsplash to match and enhance any décor.

So whether you're starting from scratch, or redesigning your kitchen, a stainless steel backsplash is a great material that gives you a winning combination of durability, convenience, low maintenance and contemporary style!

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