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The Great Kitchen Debate: Glass Vs Natural Stone Backsplashes

Glass tiles and natural stone remain popular kitchen backsplash choices, gaining the lion’s share of attention in today’s stunning kitchen redesigns. Which offers the best backdrop for the heart of your home? We’ll take a look at common considerations, laying the pros on cons of these materials on the (kitchen) table…

Backsplash Battle: Natural Stone Vs Glass Mosaic

  • Looks
    • Glass Mosaic
      The sparkle and shine of glass mosaic tiles can be quiet dazzling, making a bold or artistic statement with hand-crafted tiles or under the hands of a masterful installer. However with typical, mass-produced warehouse fare, can be labeled as ‘cookie cutter,’ limiting the novelty factor.
    • Stone
      Innately unique, no two stone backsplashes are the same. Adding an exclusive look that won’t ever precisely match your neighbor’s even with stone of the same name/color, the veining of each and every piece of natural stone is one-of-a-kind.
  • Popularity
    • Glass Mosaic
      Glass mosaic tiles are definitely trending now, appealing to those looking for an alternative to stone.
    • Stone
      Time-tested, natural stones such as marble, soapstone, and travertine are far from a passing fad, and well-liked across a broad spectrum of homeowners and buyers, giving them top-notch staying power.
  • Care
    • Glass Mosaic
      The smooth surface of glass tiles is simple and easy to clean, but can be easily marred with visible water spots and debris in kitchen ‘splash zones.’ More intricate styles with mixed materials (stone, metal, glass) and added nooks and crannies can also complicate cleaning procedures.
    • Stone
      Depending on the stone and finish, natural stone backsplashes can offer superior camouflage for splashes. However, they are naturally porous and require regular resealing for protection.
  • Cost
    • Glass Mosaic
      Break open the piggy bank if you’re interested in going with glass mosaic, which costs considerably more than stone at around $10-20 per square foot, and upwards of $50 for high-end options. Be wary of long-term resale value with this stone, which doesn’t have the time-tested lure of natural stone.
    • Stone
      More affordable, most popular natural stone options, such as granite, marble and travertine, come in an array of forms from mosaic to 4×4 and subway-style tiles, at a cost of around $4-8 per square foot – a veritable backsplash bargain.

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