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Take a Shine to Stainless Steel Backsplashes

Backsplashes can go in any kitchen; when you choose stainless steel, you going to love the shine!

Backsplashes are practical in function and can be highly decorative as well. They protect walls and are made in a variety of materials. Glass, stone, ceramics, laminates, copper, and stainless steel are among the choices. New selections even include the look of old-fashioned (and beautiful) metal ceiling tiles. These embossed patterns are elegant and add warmth to a kitchen.

Stainless steel brings the look of an updated and modern kitchen. It is a wonderful complement to matching or colored appliances. Stainless will also pair with any countertop. There are both advantages and drawbacks to using stainless, but overall it's a look that is timeless.

These backsplashes are easy to install, but the cutting is best left to a professional. Check your local sheet metal shops to see if they do individual pieces. They'll smooth the edges and give you a formed piece that's ready to install.

Preparing for and Installing a Stainless Steel Backsplash

First, though, you'll have to make a template. Any installation like this requires precision measuring. That means taking the measure and doing it again. You'll need to do this with the electricity off and switchplates removed. The sheet metal openings will also go under the receptacle extensions that stick out at top and bottom. When you're ready to actually place the backsplash, you'll loosen the receptacles and angle the form behind those eyeholes.

Use heavy paper to make the template. Be sure all markings are square. Tape a bottom piece at the edge of the counter and smooth upwards. Use an X-acto knife to make the notches. Tape to the wall as needed. You can straighten lines later. Make the markings for the outlet openings as well.

Depending on the size of your stainless steel backsplash, it may be cut from one piece. That means no seams. If you do have seams, you can use metal molding and screw it into place. Once your template is cut to perfection, head to the sheet metal shop and in no time, you'll have a beautiful piece.

You'll use waterproof silicone caulk to attach the backsplash to the wall. That's really all there is to it. Line the edges and add a few beads here and there on the back. Maybe an extra line or two in the center. Rest the bottom on your counter and edge it against the wall; be careful not to scratch the counter. Gently press from the bottom up and angle around any receptacles. Once it's in place, use duct tape to hold it flat against the wall until the caulk is bonded.

Replace the switchplates and outlets; turn on the electric, and you're done!

Advantages and drawbacks to Stainless Steel Backsplashes

Stainless steel is a durable selection for kitchen backsplashes. Even better, it is resistant to bacteria, which makes it an excellent choice for commercial placement. It does scratch, however. While easy to clean, you should always use a soft cloth and non-abrasive products. Polish is available to keep the shine even in the busiest of areas.




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