How to Install a Tile Kitchen Backsplash
A veteran installer shares his priorities and process
Although more modern varieties of tile are also common, the classic look of 3×6 subway tile never seems to go out of style. In this article, veteran tile installer Tim Keefe shares his methods for tiling a backsplash so that it looks right and lasts a long time. The process starts with setting up the work area, sealing the tile, and laying out the running-bond pattern for the backsplash. Keefe identifies his favorite thinset, grout, and caulk, and he shares advice on how to mix and/or apply each. Accent tile is also part of this job, so Keefe offers tips for working with mosaic tiles and sheds some light on how to avoid common layout problems.
Web extra: Preparing for a tile backsplash
Photo: Michael Piazza