Back Splash

Written by Adam Blau
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Homeowners who are looking to remodel their kitchens and bathrooms are often faced with a number of terms and concepts that might be unfamiliar to them. The detailed parts and inner workings of a sink or plumbing system, for instance, are vital to the construction of a kitchen, though they often remain unfamiliar to the layperson. Even the little bit of structure that juts up behind a sink has a name: the back splash.

In fact, the back splash is a very real consideration when planning out a countertop surface for your kitchen or bathroom. The main purpose of the back splash is to protect the adjacent wall from water and other damage. By putting a back splash at the rear of a surface with a sink, you can keep water spillage away from your wall surfaces and keep it where it can be properly maintained or cleaned up.

Making a Back Splash

Back splashes pose an interesting construction quandary. Sometimes, back splashes are constructed separately from a countertop and attached later with an epoxy or other connective agent. While this is effective, such a connection can wear away over time, and it can often be difficult to clean the area of connectivity.

Other times, back splashes are constructed as part of the counter itself. This is somewhat easier to do when using a medium such as concrete, which can be fashioned into unconventional shapes in a single piece. By constructing both countertop and back splash in a single unit, you can ensure the structural integrity of the whole unit.

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