Backsplash Removal & Tile Removal

Backsplash Removal is a demo project that should be taken with great consideration. A backsplash tile removal can be easy or difficult depending on how well the existing tile was installed. Most backsplash removal projects are performed in the kitchen.

Backsplash removals involve the removal of the entire wall covering the tile. When tile is installed on a kitchen wall, either mastic or quickset mortar is used. The decision to use mastic or mortar depends on the type of surface the tile is installed on. That is, is the wall painted or is it just bare drywall or cement board?

Backsplash Removal

In any case, most backsplash removals yield great damage to the existing wall. Generally, clients who perform the removal themselves will try to save the wall. However, new backsplash tile will need to be installed on leveled wall and the amount of work needed to patch and level the wall surface is sometimes more expensive than removing and replacing the entire wall. Additionally, when a proper backsplash removal is performed – and new walls are installed – the future installation quality will be far superior to that of a patched wall.

At Wesley’s Backsplash, we always remove the entire wall in order to install the next backsplash with the higher possible quality. This allows the next installation to be far superior to that of our competitors who may not be as well versed in the demo process. We also pride ourselves in our work and will demo with great care. We understand that countertops are very expensive and will cover all surface areas with protective materials. Finally, when we remove existing backsplash, we use tools that do not spread dust – this is what sets us apart from others!

Backsplash Removal

Are you looking to remove and upgrade your backsplash? Here is the general process:

  1. Countertop surface area is well covered and protected against damage.
  2. Other surface areas and floor is protected against damage as applicable.
  3. Backsplash tile is removed starting from the outside corners. Ideally two workers start on each end and meet each other in the center of the demo area. Tools that generate minimal or no dust are used. Angel grinders are never used.
  4. Existing tile and wall are both removed at the same time
  5. New wall is installed. Additional wood may be installed on the studs to add extra support for future backsplash. New wall cannot move when force is applied.
  6. Wall has leveled surface, ready for new Backsplash Installation. The new wall must be rigid for the next backsplash installation.
  7. Old material is hauled and recycled.

A backsplash removal project can take as long as a new backsplash installation project and great care must be given in order to avoid damage to kitchen countertops and surrounding areas. When a backsplash removal is performed, the entire wall should be removed and new wall should be installed. The quality of the removal process can greatly affect the next backsplash installation project.

Are you still thinking about removing your backsplash tile? Let us know, we are happy to help.