Last Updated on October 19, 2020 by Bryan Fiveash
Aspect Peel and Stick Tiles Overview:
- Easy peel & stick installation.
- No mortar or grout required.
- Made from recycled materials
- Cut and trim with a pair of tin snips.
- No special tools required.
- Available in multiple finishes and colors.
Remodeling our kitchen has been my biggest house project to date in our current home. Our old backsplash was countertop laminate that had come unglued in several places, so replacing it was high on my priority list.
One great thing about backsplashes is the fact that there’s tons of material choices to decide from. For this kitchen, my wife and I wanted to use stone. Installing a stone backsplash, however, can be quite pricey and can be difficult to install. I was up for the challenge, but I found a much easier stone option that only took me a few hours to install!
Peel and stick backsplash tiles from Apsect are a great option for DIY-minded folks like me! These tiles don’t require any mortar or grout and the stone tiles can be cut and trimmed down with a pair of tin snips (use a glass-cutting tool for glass, hacksaw or utility knife for metal).
Tools, Supplies, and PPE
Aspect Peel and Stick Tiles: Planning and Surface Prep
Like any tile project, you first need to calculate the square footage (length x width) of your backsplash. Once you have your square footage, it’s typical to add 10% to that figure to allow for waste.
A thorough surface prep is essential if you want your tile project to be successful. Make sure your drywall surface is clean, free of any debris, cracks, and high spots, and primed with KILZ 2.
As you can see in the photo above, I had a lot of prep work to do before I could install my tiles. Removing the old laminate backsplash resulted in peeled-off drywall paper in some places and the entire area was covered in dried laminate glue.
All of the damage had to be fixed and the glue covered before I could proceed to tile installation. (I covered the glue with joint compound, sanded it smooth, then painted with KILZ.)
Aspect Peel and Stick Tiles: Installation
Before you start working with your Aspect tiles, be sure to thoroughly read the installation instructions that are included with your tile. They aren’t difficult to work with at all, but you should go into your project with a proper understanding of how to install them.
Before I installed any tiles, I laid out several on my counter top to determine spacing and how they’d look on my wall. I also checked my walls and counter top for level, and I was quite surprised to see that they both were quite level and straight. You’ll want to know this ahead of time so you don’t run into alignment issues later on during the installation.
For my layout, I chose to use a subway pattern. I took my time to determine tile placement because once the tiles are on the wall, they are on the wall. This is some high-powered adhesive we’re dealing with there! As a tip, you’ll want to keep the backing on while you make any cuts to the tile. After you make cuts, leave the backing on and put the tile in place to make sure your cut is correct. If correct, remove the tile from the wall, peel the backing off and install the tile.
As I mentioned previously, cutting stone tiles is a breeze! I used a pair of tin snips for the main cuts and also a hammer and chisel to notch out electrical outlet cutouts.
Once my tiles were installed, I applied a tile impregnator/sealer to protect the surface.
Aspect Peel and Stick Tiles: Wow, I’m Finished Already?
Using Aspect peel and stick tiles for my backsplash is one of the easiest remodeling projects I’ve ever had! They really simplify an otherwise time-consuming project that many people hire a professional to handle.
Any DIY-er should be able to install Aspect peel and stick tiles!
Bryan is a husband of 17 years and a father of four. He worked in various construction trades in his younger years and more recently was a General Manager for a hand-forged iron furniture store and restaurant.
For several years he has worked full time on this blog and has partnered with various brands including The Home Depot, QUIKRETE, Ryobi, Sinkology, Rust-Oleum, Wagner, BEHR, Disney, Best Buy, and many more.