I'm remodeling my kitchen and had to remove the drywall. I'm planning
on installing an 18" high tile backsplash above the counter tops.
Should I install cement backer board in this section or just drywall?
An 18" high backsplash? Seeing that most typical backsplashes are, like,
somewhere around 6" or slightly more than that high, I'm led to wonder
exactly what you plan on doing in that sink to warrant an 18"
backsplash. Bathing wildlife? Kinky water sports in the sink? Water
Jarts? What? Unless your or your wife is a goose, I can't imagine a
backsplash needing to be quite that tall.
What you install as your underlayment -- either backer board or plain
drywall -- seems kinda inconsequential and perhaps overkill since backer
is usually only necessary for high- and continuous-water applications,
like behind shower stalls. In fact, depending on what you have in mind
for that space, I'd be looking more at whether to install backer vs.
some good old-fashioned 1/2" or 3/4" plywood, maybe, not drywall. In
your case, sealing the final layer of tile and grout really well to ward
off the occasional spill or spray would sem to suffice, unless I'm just
all wrong or slightly misguided about this whole thing.
Not odd at all. I have tiled countertops and the same tile up the wall
from countertop to cupboard-bottom. About 18" except under the window,
where it's more like 10-12".
Sorry I can't answer the OP's question. The work was done by a
contractor and I wasn't paying attention.
Yes, about 12 years ago, we redid our whole kitchen. We
have tiled countertops with the tile going all the way up
the wall to the upper cabiniets, i.e. and 18" backsplash.
Anyway, we really like the look and functionality.
John Hines wrote:
As others have pointed out, there are rounded edge tiles,
bullnose, that finish off an otherwise, unfinished edge.
I did this on a verical line from the left side of the upper
cabinet to the left side of the lower cabinet. Where the
lower cabinet goes "past the upper cabinet" you have to run
you tiles which ever way looks best in your setting. Running
up to the ceiling might look good, but I really can't visualize
your particular case. I have a window that 'interupts' the
upper cabints. So, in my case, I ran the tile all the way up
and framed out the window in tile ... looks pretty slick.
John Hines wrote:
Drywall should be fine. Cement backer is overkill for an area that
seldom experiences much moisture.
There are two other options if you decide that drywall is not the right
1. greenboard - water resistant drywall
2. Denshield, a water proof competitor to cement board that is
infinitely easier to work with and the same cost. It water resistant
drywall with a waterproof fiberglass type coating. Available at HD.
There's also Rhino board which is rated to wet locations but for some
reason they never mention using it on walls, just floors and counter-tops.
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