A quartz backsplash adds definition to the wall behind the sink or range. Many clients love symmetry, and a quartz slab on the backsplash creates that balance in your kitchen. A backsplash that complements a range hood creates a focal point in the kitchen that's hard to ignore.
So long as you keep it clean and as dry as possible, you can use any color quartz slab for a backsplash without issues. But if your backsplash is going behind a stove and you do a lot of cooking, granite is probably the better choice.
Grease splatters, steam and even heat from the stove and oven could melt or warp inferior materials, such as the average plastic. For this reason, ceramic, porcelain, glass or metal tiles are a great choice for the area closest to the cooking.
Granite, stone and other natural or composite materials are also commonly used in backsplashes, whether in tile form or as larger pieces. These higher-end materials will mean an increase in budget, but also a stunning and long-lasting stove backsplash. Stainless steel is another popular option for stove backsplashes.
Quartz is non-porous so stain-proof, easy to clean and hygienic. Scratch and Heat resistance further enhances its durability, so you can have quartz splash-backs or kitchen up-stands behind any hob type.
1 or 1.2 Centimeter
The thinnest available option, 1CM (which for the purpose of this article includes 1.2CM) is typically used 2 applications. The first and most popular way 1CM quartz countertops are used is in prefabricated countertops that have a laminated edge.
A traditional quartz backsplash is usually milled to 3cm thickness (or 1 1/4″).
In most cases, you'll need some sort of guard or counter strip between your range and the back wall. So, if in doubt, install one of those first. Some ranges come with a stainless steel piece that sits behind the range. These are a lot easier to install than a countertop strip.
If you are on a tight budget but planning to have a beautiful backsplash, you can always place your kitchen backsplash behind the stove only. When it comes to functionality, the materials you choose for the backsplash should keep food stains off the wall.
Faux Panels. A common way to help protect the wall behind a wood stove and create a backdrop for your stove includes using masonry veneer faux panels. Stone or brick is a common material to use behind a wood burning stove. These panels help create more of a focal point for a room.
Ceramic or porcelain tiles for a backsplash behind the stove provides a durable, heat-resistant surface that combats inevitable oil splatters and sauce splashes, while offering tons of room for a creative kitchen wall décor.
One disadvantage of wood is that it's flammable. You shouldn't install it behind a gas cooktop unless you can guarantee a minimum distance of 18 inches between the backsplash and the back burners. Moreover, unlike tile, stone, and metal, wood can warp.
Quartz Backsplash Thickness
The average thickness of a backsplash of any kind in tile is about 3/16 to ¼ inches. Once you start considering using slabs, though, this thickness increases. The average quartz slab is about 1-¼ inches (or 3 centimeters) thick which is what is often used in a quartz slab backsplash.
Is A Solid Slab Quartz Backsplash Expensive? It depends on your definition of expensive but generally speaking the answer is no. The material is a lot cheaper per square foot than buying tile but since there's really no installation charge it ends up being about the same.
Quartz kitchen countertops are heat resistant and can protect against the spread of fire. However, extra caution should be taken as the countertops can get damaged from exposure to excess heat. Ensure you use heat protectors such as coasters, hot pads and trivets to protect the countertops from heat damage.
Does a slide-in range need a countertop behind it? A slide-in range does not need a countertop behind it. It's a recommended addition to the setup but a slide-in range can be used without a countertop behind it. The slide-in range needs to sit flush against the wall and line up with the cabinetry.
Use a silicone material if there is any height difference between your stovetop and the counter. Silicone is more flexible and will fit the form better. Use stainless steel gap covers to match a metal stove-top seamlessly.
We've researched different range models to get the answer for you. Ideally, a properly installed oven should be flush with the cabinets. When the oven door is closed, both door and handle should stick out only between 1” and 2” from the cabinets.
A stove can go beside a wall. Freestanding ranges do not require spacing between the back of the appliance and a back wall. On the other hand, it is recommended to have a few inches of space between the stove and a sidewall.
The standard clearance recommended by the National Fire Protection Agency is 36 inches. This means that the back of the stove should be 36 inches away from any combustible material, such as woodwork, unprotected walls, furniture and even firewood.
For maximum security, consider using a noncombustible material in your fireplace surround before adding shiplap. Many people will use tile, marble, stone, brick, or steel as surround materials directly around the fireplace opening for their gas or wood-burning fireplaces.
As an answer to the actual question, there's nothing wrong from a design point with using a 3 cm backsplash with a 3 cm counter. The exception may be around your sink area, as some sinks are larger in front to back depth, as well as some faucets.
Generally speaking, quartz costs around $65 to $70 per square foot for entry-level prefabricated stone, getting more expensive if you want a higher-level design or if you request something custom.
In general, the backsplash is installed to the height of four inches from the surface of the countertop.