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Question DetailsAsked on 6/3/2013

How much does it cost to have backsplash installed? In the kitchen and how long does it take to do the job?

Kitchen area, behind stove, along cuboards.

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This will probably shock you - backsplash is the about the costliest type of tile/countertop material installation becuase of tight working space, alignment is HIGHLY visible, and limited total square footage - there is no high production "field" to bring the average cost down - essentially the entire backsplash is "trim" material, with associated higher labor cost.

For typical backsplash about 2 feet high by 15-20 LF, figure on $300-800 installation cost, PLUS the tile or marble or whatever.

Rough installation cost numbers - for a simple panelized material or metal sheets, around $10/SF to install. For tile and for stone panels, $8-20/sf. For marble pieces, individual stone, etc $15-25/SF. These are all on top of the backsplash material itself.

For the backsplash material itself - can run from $10-15/sf for a panel material, $15-25 for stainless steel or copper, $7-25 for tile, $25-50 for real stone, up to $250/sf and more for custom made pattern or "designer" tile. For truly spectacular (in good and bad ways) multi-finish backsplash and walls I have seen jobs up to $800/SF with designer materials, if you really want to get carried away.

Two things to pay attention to - lay out a strip of test material for match and appearance, not just one piece. Also, consider that where the backsplash meets the countertop, there is going to be relative movement between the two. You cannot tightly butt them together - the backsplash will crinkle or have pieces pop off, because flooring and cabinets move up and down with moisture and temperature changes, relative to the wall. The best solution is commonly a backsplash that continues down behind the countertop an inch or so, so any relative movement does not leave a visible gap. However, this is less waterproof that a countertop that has the backsplash coming down onto the top of it (and caulked). A piece of cove (concave curved piece) transition piece (or cove base on tile) at the intersection can conceal the joint and provide a visible barrier to any seperation.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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