Tying Your New Granite Countertop into Your Existing Tile Backsplash

by | Mar 15, 2023 | Blog, Granite | 0 comments

Tile backsplash and granite countertops.

Tile backsplash and granite countertops.

At Granite Unlimited, we understand that your home is your sanctuary, and you want to make it as beautiful as possible. That’s why we offer a wide range of premium granite countertops to enhance the look and feel of your kitchen or bathroom. But, we also know that choosing the right backsplash to go with your granite can be a bit tricky. That’s why we’ve put together some tips to help you make the best decision possible.

Understanding the Importance of a Backsplash
Firstly, let’s talk about the function of a backsplash. A backsplash serves two main purposes. The first is to cover the gaps in your walls created by the installation of granite countertops. The granite is cut straight, but your home’s walls are not straight, so there will be a gap between the end of the countertop and the wall. The size of the gap depends on how straight the walls are. The second reason to install a backsplash is to protect against water damage. If water gets into the wall, it will create mold, especially behind the sink.

Matching Granite Countertops with Your Existing Backsplash
Now, let’s talk about how to tie your new granite countertops into your existing tile backsplash. A well-chosen backsplash can tie your countertops and cabinets together seamlessly, creating a cohesive look that enhances the overall aesthetic of your kitchen or bathroom. The key is to choose a backsplash that complements the color and style of your granite.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Backsplash
When selecting a backsplash, there are a few things to keep in mind. Firstly, make sure your backsplash and countertop are contrasting colors. They don’t need to be black and white contrasting, but they should be different shades. If your backsplash and countertop are too close in color, there will be no sense of separation.

The most popular types of backsplashes are made of natural stone, porcelain tile, or glass. Porcelain tile and glass are easy to maintain, and it’s almost impossible to stain them. The only thing you have to worry about is the grout. Natural stone is porous, very soft, and absorbs whatever it touches. It’s definitely worth using, but you have to seal it every six to twelve months. If you don’t want maintenance, stay away from natural stone. Still, natural stone is the overwhelming leader in pairings with granite countertops.

If you go with a darker countertop, you might choose a lighter gray backsplash. The professional designers at Granite Unlimited will assist you in choosing the best backsplash for your unique style and space. Our extensive photo galleries can help you choose the right one for you.

If you have decided to keep your existing backsplash, then the thickness of your old countertop will be different from the granite you are having installed. The granite countertop will leave a gap between the wall and backsplash, which will need a matching grout caulk. The bottom gap can be re-caulked to match the rest of the grout.

Preparing for the Installation Process: Backsplash Considerations
Finally, when the granite is installed, the current countertop must be removed without damaging the tile backsplash. While we do our best to avoid any damage, having a couple of extra backsplash pieces on hand is a good idea. If not, you may want to have an alternative in mind just in case.

At Granite Unlimited, we pride ourselves on our attention to detail and commitment to quality. We want to help you make your dream home a reality. Contact us today to schedule a consultation, and let us help you choose the perfect granite countertops and backsplash to enhance your space.