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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does a tile backsplash cost?

It typically costs between $10 and $40 per square foot to install a tile backsplash. However, there are many factors that can drive prices up and down, including:

  • The type of tile you want. 
  • The area and size of the surface.
  • The project’s complexity. 
  • The labor rates in your area
  • Much more.

Because there are so many factors that impact tile backsplash prices, it’s important to get cost estimates from installation professionals near you.

How long does it take to install backsplash?

The time it takes to install a tile backsplash depends on the size of the area and the type of materials you’re using. But generally, it’ll take a few days to finish the project. Porcelain or ceramic tile may take less time than that, while very small glass tiles or complicated designs are likely to add time. 

Chat with the best tile specialists to find out how long it will take to install a backsplash in your home.

Can you tile over a tile backsplash?

Yes, you can tile over your existing kitchen backsplash if you want a fresh, new look. This will only work if the surface is smooth and there are no cracked or uneven backsplash tiles in the wall. If you have a few problem tiles, simply remove and reinstall them before you tile over the wall. 

In general, it’s better to start with a blank wall. However, you may save time by simply tiling over your existing tile backsplash. When in doubt, always consult a tiling professional.

What is the easiest backsplash to install?

Peel-and-stick tiles are the easiest to install. They don’t require any materials or preparation work besides measuring. 

Ceramic tile, a popular choice for many homeowners, is a fairly simple installation choice for backsplash, and it comes in almost any color and pattern. Glass tile is a bit more difficult to install than ceramic, while stone or marble tile tends to be the most expensive. 

Contact the best tiling contractors near you to determine the best type of backsplash to install in your home.

How many tiles do I need for a backsplash?

To figure out how many tiles you need for your backsplash, grab your measuring tape and calculator. Measure the area where you plan to add the backsplash and figure out how many tiles you need based on that calculation. Tile boxes often indicate the total square footage the tiles inside will cover. 

If you need help determining how many tiles you need (and what types of tiles you should use), you can always get advice from a backsplash installation professional.

What is backsplash tile?

When a homeowner says they want to install a tile backsplash in their kitchen or bathroom, they’re usually referring to that area on your wall that’s located between your cabinets and counters. Thanks to all of the different tile materials, textures and patterns you can choose from, a backsplash can add elegance, charm and color to your kitchen and bathroom.

Where can you buy backsplash tiles?

You can find backsplash tiles — including glass, ceramic, porcelain, marble, natural stone, etc. — at various home improvement stores and online retailers. If you plan to have a professional install your tile backsplash, you can also ask them if they supply the tiles. Just make sure you understand how much it will cost you.

Can you tile over drywall?

Yes, it is possible to lay tile over drywall. If you’re looking to lay a tile backsplash in your kitchen, you can certainly do it yourself — but hiring a professional may save time. 

Before you tile over your drywall, make sure the wall has a smooth surface with no bumps or cracks. Start by using a compound to seal up any crevices, then sand the drywall and clean up the dust. Then, lay a coat of primer on the drywall to get it ready for your tile. 

Can you tile over tile floors?

Yes, you can lay tile over existing tile floors (or a backsplash). Although it’s generally best to pull up your old flooring, you can simply place tiles on top if your existing floor is in good condition.

Before you start, examine your tiles carefully for mold, cracks or unevenness. Provided none of these is an issue, you can begin laying your new tiles. 

But if this is your first time laying tile — or if you want to ensure that the job is done right — save time by hiring a tiling professional near you

What do you need to lay tile?

If you’re laying a new tile floor, you’ll likely need an assortment of tools and supplies, including (but not limited to):

  • Tile
  • Tile adhesive
  • Tile trim
  • Tile spacers
  • Underlayment
  • Sealer
  • Caulk
  • Level
  • Goggles
  • Gloves
  • Trowel
  • Carpenter’s square
  • Grout
  • Sponge
  • Tape measure
  • Etc.

If you don’t have all of the tools, equipment and skills necessary to lay tile in your home, consider hiring one of the best tile contractors in your area.

Reviews for Ashburn tile backsplash installers
Russ C.
Excellent in every way. Timely, efficient with a focus on detail at a good price. Terence installed a glass subway tile backsplash in our remodeled kitchen. The tile was set on day one and the grouting on day two. I would/will hire him again. Very punctual too.
Terence TibbsTerence Tibbs
John s.
Terence installed my kitchen backsplash. I had a lot of light switches and outlets on the wall, so it required a lot of delicate cuts. He did a quality job and cleaned up afterwards. I would use him again for tile work.
Terence TibbsTerence Tibbs
Deborah E.
We LOVE the work that K&M did for us!! They tore out and then reinstalled a new kitchen backsplash and remodeled our Powder Room which included tearing out and reinstalling a new tile floor, installing beadboard, and installing a new vanity and mirror which we had purchased. Both rooms look incredible!! We could not be happier and highly recommend them.
Remodeling K&M LLCRemodeling K&M LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Yong and his crew were amazing. We replaced the cheap wood with large tile on the entire first level. The job included pulling up the wood which was glued down and installing the tile which had previously purchased. Yong responded to my request for an estimate on the same day came by to look at the job and provided an estimate well below others. The job actually became a lot more involved than expected but he kept to his original estimate and did a great job. We'd definitely use him again and recommend him for any of tile and backsplash needs!
Oak's Floor Inc.Oak's Floor Inc.
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