Pros and Cons to Peel and Stick Backsplash

Adding a new backsplash to your kitchen is an easy way to elevate the space and give your kitchen new life, and luckily, there are quite a few options out there, many of which can be affordable as well as easy to install making this upgrade quite common among both homeowners and renters. One of the best things when it comes to backsplash is its versatility as you can find a large range of styles, colors, and installation options which allows for a large range of prices as well. One of the most common DIY methods includes the peel and stick backsplashes that you can purchase from most home improvement stores such as The Home Depot or Lowes. As with all things, there are a few common pros and cons that are associated with the peel and stick tile options.

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  • Installation – One of the biggest perks to this option is that the installation can be quite easy which allows for those with all skill levels to try their hand at the common home improvement.
  • Easily Removed – For many more traditional tiled options, demolition services are often needed for removal, but luckily when it comes to peel and stick backsplashes, you can simply remove the tiles with little to no effort.
  • No Discoloration – Unfortunately many tiles and grout can discolor over time, however, with the peel and stick tiles your tiles are guaranteed to look their best until removed with no discoloration.
  • Renter Approved – Even renters want to do home improvements, unfortunately, many are limited to only temporary upgrades which often eliminates projects that include backsplash, however, with peel and stick tiles, you can easily remove them, which in turn, can often allow renters to enjoy the upgrade as well as homeowners.


  • Edges – Some of the designs will allow you to easily cut the edges to fit around outlets, etc. with a pair of scissors, however, some of the truer tile looking options can contain actual glass tiles that can shatter if not cut with a proper glass saw.
  • Temporary – While a pro for some, the peel and stick tiles are indeed temporary and won’t last long-term like more traditional backsplash options.
  • Cost – If tiling a large space, you may find that purchasing the individual packages of backsplash tiles can surprisingly end up costing more than the more traditional options, making it a costly upgrade for a full kitchen, and yet a good option for smaller spaces.
  • Appearance – Pending on how much you’re willing to spend, some styles of peel and stick tiles do indeed look a little cheap, or fake. While they do have more realistic tile options, many of the more affordable pieces will end up looking cheap upon completion.

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Whether you choose to install your new backsplash on your own, hire a professional, or choose tile, glass, or peel and stick options, your new backsplash is sure to make your kitchen look near new. For any questions regarding backsplash options, installation, or help with your next home improvement project or renovation, please feel free to contact our office and one of our design experts would be more than happy to assist you.

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