Rated 1 out of 5Â by 1
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Jose Okay but isn't very compatible with the 'Dunes' backsplash pattern
My first issue is the length of the material which the factory sales rep stated can only be four feet because the shipper basically destroys anything longer.....LAME excuse.....have you ever tried shipping in a tube container of hard cardboard that resists crushing?! The butted edges of the molding looks incredibly unprofessional. My second issue deals with the pattern material that I used for my backsplash which is called 'Dunes.' I ordered the four by eight sheet of this backsplash material because I didn't like the way the 18" tiles looked which I thought was rather cheesy. The backsplash material sheet was rather pricey compared to installing the individual tiles but for the area that I was trying to remodel, I probably came out ahead in the long run. The 'Dunes' pattern is rippled throughout the entire sheet of the backsplash material and has only two flat edges, the top and one side. Where the pattern is not flattened (from the factory) the backsplash material is extremely thick, particularly where you must cut the backsplash material to tailor a good fit into the area where you are installing it. When cutting the material to accommodate the width, the j-channel molding is too narrow to fit into the backsplash material...big duh! Unfortunately, there is no way to 'flatten' the backsplash material where the j-channel molding fits into the backsplash material. The thick, rippled pattern does not allow the shallow j-channel modeling to seat either, and I actually had to glue the j-channel molding with Gorilla glue to get the backsplash material to stay in the molding. The distorting problem is personified when, all said and done, the j-channel molding creates huge gaps in sections of the backsplash material where the flat j-channel molding spans the (cut/unflattened) edge of the material. I suppose you could caulk the gaps if you were worried about foods and debris getting into the gaps, but my gosh, that would be time consuming and labor intensive and might still look butt UGLY. I thought this backsplash was designed to be easier to install than tile...not!! Unfortunately, I was misinformed and would have probably gone with tile or something else. I would revert back to tile if I hadn't spent so much money and time installing this pattern and trying to get it to look, at the very most, normal. I'm not real happy with the results but I'll have to learn to live with it. Oh, I used two tubes of the Locktite glue compound on my eight square foot installation and that much compound was still not enough.....you can push on the backsplash material in some spots and it is 'loose' and not attached. Maybe others can learn from my mistakes.
September 2, 2014