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Unread 06-22-2007, 12:02 PM   #1
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Tile backsplash above laminate backsplash

Hi Robert from Columbus, OH here.

I'm looking to add a tile backsplash in my kitchen, however our laminate countertops have an integrated backsplash with a curved edge on top.

Here's a rough example of it:


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I'm not too keen to replace a perfectly good countertop (new w/ the house), but still want the tile backsplash running from the countertops to the cabinets.

From what I've read here, should I leave a slight gap (how big?) above my current laminate backsplash so the tile doesn't set on the curved edge of the integrated backsplash? What should I fill the gap with? Or should I not leave a gap?

What about cutting off the integrated backsplash from the countertops? (Sounds like more effort than it would be worth)

Your opinions would be appreciated!

BTW- I'm a newbie.
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Unread 06-22-2007, 01:52 PM   #2
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I know zactly' the kinda' counter top yer' talkin’ bout' Bob and... I've seen tiled backsplashes done both ways you describe. Yer' right.... cuttin' the integrated backsplash off and coverin' the resulting exposed substrate is a pain.

I'll give you a vote of “yes” for tiling above the integrated backsplash.

Leave the first course above the curved counter top high by the same width you've selected for a field grout line.... and calk it when the job is finished.
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Unread 06-22-2007, 02:28 PM   #3
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What Dave said - and it will look just fine that way.
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Unread 06-22-2007, 09:20 PM   #4
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Sounds good. Thanks!
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Unread 06-23-2007, 07:12 PM   #5
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When you caulk the joint between the backsplash and the tile try and find a color-matched silicone caulk. Formica countertops usually have a particleboard base, and can expand in length 3/8" over 10' in response to temperature and humidity changes. I've had several callbacks concerning tearing and crumbling caulk when I used a siliconised acrylic caulking. I have zero callbacks with the silicone.
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