Which Upgrade: Glass Tile, Stone Tile, or Ceramic Tile Backsplash

Selling your home can be a daunting ordeal especially if it is your first time. You have to call a realtor, get your home appraised, and keep it tidy enough for buyers to want to purchase it. But before all that, you must be structurally sound, up to code, and adequately upgraded to insure the home can even be sold.

The moneymaker room in any home is the kitchen. Nobody wants a dingy, dated kitchen and nobody wants a drab, cramped kitchen. Before bringing your home to market, you should create value and appeal by upgrading this room. To maximize the value of your work, your upgrades should be making your kitchen seem larger and much more exciting. A quick and simple upgrade for any kitchen is to add a backsplash. Not only does it cover over bare, boring walls, but it also can add a shine that makes a room appear brighter and larger.

Backsplashes come in a variety of forms, shapes, and materials. Stone tile backsplashes are the industry standard and can be seen in any upscale home. You can purchase these at any retailer dealing with home improvement. Another option are glass tile backsplashes. While stone offer a modern look, glass tile backsplashes offer an interesting multidimensional look. Forbes has even touted the value-adding ability of glass tile backsplashes, whilst comparing them to stone tiles.

Any backsplash glass tiles offer smoothed edges, interesting colors and shapes, and are easy to clean. These benefits make them a compelling addition to any kitchen. The smoothed edges protect inhabitants from rough edges. The interesting shapes and colors add excitement to the space. And, kitchens are notorious for getting messy. Being easy to clean is a must have. Traditional backsplash stone tiles offer all of the same qualities, except they are not as easy to clean. Stone tiles are much more porous, meaning dirt, grime, and oils can build up in hard to remove locations.

If you are still hesitant to install stone tiles or glass tiles but do not want bare walls, a classic option still remains. Ceramic tiles are a good alternative. Ceramic tiles are as easy to clean as glass tiles, but they do not have the steep price tag associated with glass tiles. Out of all three options, they are by far the cheapest. Sadly, however, the tiles themselves are rather uniform. In order to add excitement to a space, a fair amount of creativity would be needed with the tile placement.

The pros of installing a glass tile backsplash is their exciting look and easy cleaning. The con is they are the most expensive out of all the options. They commonly cost twice that of stone tiles. The pros of stone tiles is their modern upscale look. The con is their difficult cleaning. Finally, the pros of ceramic tiles are their easy cleaning and inexpensive cost. The con is their uniformity, leading to more work needed to add excitement.

If interested in installing a backsplash, a variety of resources can walk you through the process. I would recommend exploring this informative tutorial from HGTV’s website. While they focus predominately on glass tile backsplashes, the methods used to install glass tiles is essentially the same as ceramic tiles.