When the topic of granite or quartz comes up in conversation, most people are talking about countertops! These types of natural and man-made solid surfaces have been used on countertops for years and have become “must-haves” in many kitchens today. Traditionally, a countertop is paired with a complimentary tile backsplash. Here in Lancaster, we find that the classic subway tile backsplash wins out in many kitchens. It’s clean, classic and compliments any style of kitchen or countertop.

Granite or Quartz Backsplash Considerations

If you’re looking for something outside the box, you might want to consider a granite, marble or quartz backsplash! When doing so, here are 5 things to consider before pulling the trigger:

“Hawaiian Leathered” Granite Countertop & Backsplash
“Hawaiian Leathered” Granite Countertop & Backsplash
  1. Thickness

    Granite, marble and quartz is traditionally 1-1/4” (3CM) thick. Keep this thickness in mind when deciding whether or not to use this as a backsplash. It will affect nearby trim, cabinetry trim, outlets and more. Being aware of this thickness will help you plan for (and achieve) the best final result in your kitchen!

  2. Installation

    Unlike a tile backsplash which could be attempted by an ambitious DIYer*, a granite and/or quartz backsplash will need to be fabricated and installed by a professional. Indoor City has state-of-the-art fabrication machinery to give you a precise fit when it comes to a solid surface backsplash.

  3. Seam

    Your backsplash MAY have a seam. Just like your countertops, there are variables in a solid surface backsplash that may create the need for a seam. No worries! Even though seams aren’t invisible, they are usually discrete and won’t distract from the beauty of your backsplash. If you are concerned about seams, the templater will be able to tell you where a seam needs to be placed prior to install so there are no surprises.

  4. Cost

    A solid surface backsplash is most likely going to be more expensive! Granite, marble or quartz is definitely more expensive to supply and install (per square foot) than most backsplash tiles. But keep in mind – a solid surface backsplash will give you a beautiful, unique & custom look! It could kick your kitchen remodel up a few notches. Keep this option in mind when creating your new home or remodeling budget.

  5. Admiration

    Finally, you’ll probably end up being the envy of all of your friends. I know, I know. This can sometimes be such a pain. With a quartz or granite backsplash, you may just achieve that “Houzz worthy” kitchen that most people just drool over when searching for design ideas on their iPad. We think you can handle this though 😉

Zodiac “Calacatta Natura” quartz countertop & backsplash
Zodiac “Calacatta Natura” quartz countertop & backsplash

Now that you’ve learned a little bit about planning for a solid surface backsplash, what do you think? Is it something you’d ever consider? Don’t get us wrong. We still LOVE our tile backsplashes. However, granite, marble or quartz is just another option we love having in the mix!

*Disclaimer: We love the DIYers that come to buy tile from us; however, if you’re looking for a professional installation, check out the services we offer!