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Copper Backsplash Cost Guide

Homeowners looking to add a rustic design to their kitchen may want to consider a copper backsplash. Copper is one of the best materials to use on a backsplash because it evolves with the passage of time and deepens in design. It's this very characteristic of a rich and deep finish that adds a warm ambience to a kitchen. There is a wide range of options for copper backsplashes including varieties in color, texture and patterns.

The Costs 

Average cost per finished square foot of copper backsplash:

  • Minimum = $30.25
  • Maximum = $48.75 

In addition to the price of materials, homeowners will have additional costs when adding a copper backsplash to their home. These costs include necessary materials such as fasteners, adhesives and surface sealants. The cost of these materials is about $6 to $7 per square foot. Installation is another expense homeowners should prepare for and will largely depend on the size of a kitchen backsplash. Installation is best left to professionals who already have specialty equipment, such as a stone saw and a power motor mixer, and the expertise needed to operate these tools. The average cost of one hour of labor for a professional installation of a copper backsplash is $35 to $50.


Several metals are needed when installing a copper backsplash. Plywood will need to be cut and used as a backing for this type of backsplash. Holes will also be cut on the plywood for electrical sockets and faucets. Additionally, copper sheets will have to be fitted and trimmed to the appropriate size using a carborundum cutting wheel. Afterward, an adhesive will need to be applied to the back of the plywood before it can be mounted on the wall. Construction adhesive will also go on the back of the copper backsplash before setting it on top of the plywood. Installers will need to drill pilot holes and add special copper nails to the copper backsplash. It's crucial to be careful during this step since the copper is still soft and may dent. Finally, the copper backsplash will need to be trimmed and nailed into place using impulse finish nailers.


There are many variations in style, color and texture for copper backsplashes. Common designs and features are discussed below.

  • Solid Copper Backsplash: A plain, solid copper backsplash is a classic design. Tiles of this type have a particular accent, richness and depth compared to other designs. The solid style is best for small kitchens because it gives the illusion of more space in a room. The accents on this backsplash give the design the necessary texture to make it unique and marked. For a more refined look, homeowners may add a decorative border to this flat design.
  • Decorative Copper Backsplash: A decorative copper backsplash can give a kitchen an old-fashioned appeal. Many manufacturers sell ceramic-backed copper. This material is more lightweight than regular copper and recalls tin ceilings from the Victorian age. There are several benefits to using this type of material. Because it's not pure copper, it won't age or change color like traditional copper backsplashes. Additionally, it can give an Old World class to a kitchen that may appeal to many homeowners.


Copper tiles are available in shades of bright, polished colors to dark cherry colors. Both of these colors have a dramatic impact on a kitchen. It's important to choose a color that doesn't clash with other items in a kitchen and also doesn't make a room seem too small. The key is to keeping balance, and when in doubt, homeowners should choose a neutral color.


Many copper tiles use an accent tile. Copper backsplashes are most commonly paired with stone, glass or ceramic tiles. These may be added at the corners of a backsplash or around a border. Choosing an accent that pairs well with copper backsplashes is a matter of color. Often, adding these materials can add a more dramatic aspect to a kitchen's design.

Advantages of Copper Backsplashes

One advantage of using a copper backsplash in a kitchen is its beauty. Few materials are as aesthetically pleasing for a kitchen as copper, and backsplash from this material will be one of the first things guests see. Additionally, copper is an easy material to maintain. There are no special cleaning instructions, and the material may be easily cleaned using a wet rag to remove stains. Furthermore, copper is nonporous and will last a long time. Finally, the material is heat-resistant, and therefore, it won't be damaged by high temperatures in a kitchen.

Disadvantages of Copper Backsplashes

Some drawbacks of using a copper backsplash is that the material can dent or be scratched easily. Although this requires force, homeowners with children may want to be mindful about installing this material. Additionally, copper has a natural oxidation process and eventually turns green. However, quality copper takes a very long time to do this. There are also polishes that may be used to prevent oxidation from occurring.


Copper backsplashes compliment well with many materials. Homeowners have a wide choice in styles, colors and textures when adding a backsplash from this material to a kitchen. It's important to consider budget factors including material, equipment and installation costs when taking on a remodeling project. Copper is a medium price material that can add an elegant touch to a home. Finally, it's the ideal material to use as a backsplash to compliment steel or granite countertops.

Last updated on May 23, 2016

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