Call/Text Mark at 480-630-0102 and your Scottsdale backsplash tile installation will be done right. I've been tiling kitchen backsplashes like yours since 2004 so I'm bringing many years of experience to the table - actually to the countertop in this case.
If you didn't buy your tile yet, you can save 20% on your tile purchase from certain tile retailers. You can still get this 20% discount when you buy your tile even if you end up hiring someone else for your Scottsdale backsplash tile installation project.
Here's a quick 'before and after' view of this kitchen backsplash area. Your Scottsdale kitchen backsplash can go from this 'before' look...
...to this look after the backsplash tiles were installed. Of course, your backsplash will have your own choice of tile, size, design, etc.
And here's the other side of this backsplash area going all the way to the fridge where it ends.
Besides better aesthetics for your kitchen, a quality tiled backsplash area serves other useful purposes including being a contributing factor in increasing your Scottsdale home's value.
The following pictures show the main work steps involved in installing a backsplash and how I treat your kitchen during this process.
Once you have everything removed from your countertops, I use this plastic sheet with tape at the end of it as the first layer in protecting your counters. The plastic sheet also goes down over the face of your lower cabinets, covering the drawers area.
The next layer of protection can be towels and even some cardboard. They get moved around as the tile work progresses.
Even your concrete floor (patio, garage, etc) is protected with a tarp on the area where the wetsaw is placed. This tool has a diamond blade and it's used to cut your backsplash tile to the right size. The use of water makes cutting tile a dustless event. No dust!
As you can see, this type of tile does not have any straight edges. This means that even a piece of tile that goes on an otherwise open area of the backsplash with no obstacles nearby, still needs to be cut straight on the side that goes against the countertop (see cut below).
The only area where a few full tile sheets may be installed without having to be cut in any way is above the stove going up to the ceiling. We'll get there soon but for now, this picture shows the mark on the tile to be cut exactly in the place where there's an electrical outlet or switch on the backsplash wall.
Another meticulous part of professionally installing a kitchen backsplash is cutting tiny tile pieces, almost like making your own custom tile jigsaw puzzle so everything looks perfect around outlets and switches.
The black sharpie mark you see on the tile, needs to be cut out because that's where the tiny bolt holding the cover will have to go through at the end of the job.
It's definitely a delicate part of the process and it's very important to be done right so your outlet will be strong enough to take on the forces of pushing and pulling the things you'll be plugging in there.
Here's the area where the only few pieces of full/uncut tile were installed somewhere in the middle. If this was not a wall mounted range hood but a regular microwave, then there wouldn't have been any full tile in this backsplash which measures almost 60 square feet (SF).
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The tile being installed in such a way that the pattern 'flows' from one wall to the next. There are also small areas where I like to go the extra mile and install tile up in that open corner for a better look than if I were to cut all tile in a straight line under the cabinet.
Here's an even better example of going the extra mile installing tile up there. These void spaces are the result of standard cabinets getting close to the wall but not all the way.
A filler piece of wood covers the front of the cabinet so you don't see a gap there but this view under the cabinets is mostly seen when your sitting down so it's much better to have tile run up the wall there than cut the tile straight and seeing the wall/paint above tile line.
On the left side of the picture you can also see a matching white profile trim piece that covers the ends of the tile which were cut in a straight vertical line where the cabinet ends.
The stove is pulled out a few inches so tile can be installed lower behind the stove to avoid seeing un-tiled wall. Plastic sheets and tape prevent anything from falling behind the stove, including grout.
After all tile installation is complete and the last tile installed had time to dry overnight, it's grouting time! All outlets and switches get protected with (blue) tape so no grout can get in and around them.
Scottsdale backsplash tile - Grout time! Grouting is a messy, muddy work which is the main reason to have the plastic sheets taped over your countertops in the first place. The orange thing is a grout float used to spread the grout and push it down in between the tile.
The faucet is completely taped away in plastic sheets during grouting. A bucket and sponges are needed during grout clean-up and these are placed on a dropcloth on the kitchen floor.
When grouting is done and cleaned up, the tape is removed from outlets and switches and the covers can be installed back in place. See the 2 bolts on the cover? Those need room to get in their place so if the tile was not cut properly at the right time, one could run into problems at this stage.
When grouting is done, the plastic sheets are carefully rolled away from countertops. Clean counters! Your counters are 'given back' to you exactly as they were before the plastic sheets were applied.
Enjoy the following pictures showing the final result of this Scottsdale backsplash tile project and let me know when you want to start yours.
Range hood was installed back in its place and the tile runs everywhere behind it for the best look.
This could be your new Scottsdale backsplash tile installation... or even more. If you're looking for a full kitchen remodeling project, we do all that. Fully licensed to take your kitchen to the next level.
And here's the last picture of this beautiful Scottsdale kitchen backsplash. Hope you enjoyed the walkthrough.
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