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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

How Are They Holding up? Smart Tile Backsplash Review

Have you ever considered adding a peel & stick backsplash in your home?  Are you curious how they hold up over time?  Get all your questions answered and find out how ours are holding up three years later! 

Smart Tile backsplash update 3 years later

I can't believe it's been over three years since I installed our Smart Tiles kitchen backsplash.  At the time, I was looking for an affordable, quick and mess-free update for our kitchen and these tiles were just what the space needed.  They're the next best thing to real tile and perfect for a temporary budget-friendly update.  They were super easy to install (I installed them myself in one afternoon while my husband was at work) and I couldn't be happier with how they turned out.   I get a lot of questions about their durability and thought now would be a great time to let you know how they are holding up and answer all your burning questions. 

Peel & Stick Smart Tile backsplash 3 years later
ARE SMART TILES EASY TO INSTALL? 
Yes!  There's no mess and all you really need is a straight edge, laser level, and utility knife.  
Tips and tricks for installing Peel & Stick Smart Tiles
WHAT BRAND OF ADHESIVE TILES DID YOU USE?
I used Smart Tiles, which can be bought at Home Depot or directly from Smart Tile.  

WOULD YOU INSTALL ADHESIVE TILES AGAIN?
Yes, if I were looking for a temporary update to my home.  I'm no stranger to tiling (I tiled our basement bathroom floor and bar backsplash) and would probably choose real tile over peel & stick for a longer term investment.
Easy and affordable kitchen update with peel & stick tiles
DO PEEL-N-STICK TILES FEEL LIKE REAL TILE?
The tiles are made of a shiny gel type resin that gives them dimension so they definitely LOOK like real tile, but they don't necessarily feel like real tile.
Peel and stick Smart Tiles backsplash installation tips
ARE SMART TILES RENTER FRIENDLY?
Even though the tiles are technically removable they have an extremely strong adhesive backing that can damage walls when repositioned or removed.  The damage is minimal (peeling of paint or drywall), but I would recommend asking your landlord before installing this type of tile.  You can use a hairdryer to heat up tiles and loosen the adhesive to help limit damage.

HOW ARE YOUR KITCHEN TILES HOLDING UP?
I wipe down the walls often, especially behind the sink and there are only a few areas where corners of the tiles are peeling up.   If you look close in the picture below you can see where a small corner of one tile is peeling away.  It also gives you an idea of how the seams look where the tiles overlap and join together.
Seems and corners of Smart Tile backsplash
CAN SMART TILES BE INSTALLED ON TEXTURED WALLS?
I do not recommend tiles be installed on plaster or textured walls as they won't adhere properly.

DO YOUR KITCHEN TILES STAIN EASILY?
I have had everything from spaghetti sauce to paint (yes, I am one of those people who rinse their paintbrushes out in the kitchen sink) splattered on our tiles and they have not once stained or yellowed.
How do peel and stick tiles stand the test of time.
WHAT ARE YOUR BEST INSTALLATION TIPS?
1.  Before applying tiles clean walls with a degreaser and smooth out any uneven areas for maximum adhesion.

2.  A laser level will save your sanity when installing the tiles.

3. Use caulk around windows and corners to seal gaps for a professional and realistic look.

4. Measure and cut out around electrical outlets and windows before removing backing.

5. Use a brand new blade in your utility knife to keep cuts as clean as possible. 



Three years later and I am still happy with how the Smart Tiles turned out and are holding up.  I would definitely recommend them to someone who is looking for an easy DIY project with minimal mess and expense.  There's no need to hire an installer, rent a tile saw or wait for adhesive and grout to dry.  You can have these tiles up in one afternoon and enjoy your updated space right away. 
     

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