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There Is A Reason Wood Is Not A Good Back Splash

There is a reason wood is not a good back splash.

Actually there are many more than one!

It swells.  It rots.

It smells.  It spots.

It gets uglier with time.

Is there more I could rhyme?

For the photos I had to remove some things that apparently were habitually stored behind the faucet and beside the back splash in this kitchen.

A sponge and a scrub brush were right against it.

A bowl with a steel-wool pad inside, half full of water were right in front of it.

Another bowl also full of water was on the other side of the faucet.

You put that much water against wood for that much time and

no matter how often you caulk it

or paint it

or clean it

or wash it ...

Wood will continue to swell,

and not look well!

Wood will continue to rot,

and not in one spot!

Wood will continue to stain,

and look quite the pain!

All in all this was one ugly back splash!

And it will continue to get worse.

My clients asked me what can be done about it.

"Granite!  The counter top and back splash.  You might have to do some wall repairs too.  That and some tile on the wall and you will have a beautiful kitchen!"

"Oh yeah, that's what we were going to do anyway."

My recommendation:  sometimes you see something that has obviously been ugly for some time.  People get used to what they see all the time.  In this case I found the splash block to be really ugly (more than I could convey in these photos), but apparently when it gets "too bad" these folks just caulk and paint it again.  Certainly that is not the long-term solution.  But certainly when the wrong material is used in the wrong place, nature will take over, no matter what we try to do to dress it up!

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 83 commentsJay Markanich • November 18 2011 06:29AM

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Thank you for the information. Granite is the most popular material for countertops in my area.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 7 years ago

Hi Jay,

With that type of damage I see a rental unit. It seems when I do a rental inspection, I see this all the time.

It looks great when the remodeling is done, but what about months later?

I would go with a tile backsplash. Properly grouted and sealed. Problem solved.

Have a good day in VA.

Best, Clint Mckie 

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) over 7 years ago

Good morning Jay,

Wow It's surprising to see someone thought wood would be a good medium for a backsplash! I would have thought it would have smelled besides being ugly! Granite would be an excellent choice to go along with new counters tops. I'm sure you see it all Jay:).

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 7 years ago

I think some nice foil tape would really class it up.

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) over 7 years ago

Jay, Not a pretty site at all!  Time to make that repair with something more suitable :)

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) over 7 years ago

Jay: If the kitchen sink is in that kind of condition, that is usually a real turn-off for prospective buyers. But I guess with foreclosures, you see this a lot and the price is right. But yuck. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((831) 626-4000) over 7 years ago

I just took over a rental property with no back splash on the sink in the master bath....my repairman matched the sink counter and did 4x4 tile and it looks awesome!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 7 years ago

Gita - and certainly better than wood!

Clint - for sure.  There are so many things better than wood and caulk!

Dorie - every time I say I have seen it all, I see something to remind me that I will NEVER see it all!  And yes, the first very high-class poem said it smells!

Some people just don't think ahead Reubs.  Then there are the colored duct tapes out now.  Day-glow orange comes to mind.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Bliz - Reuben had a wonderful suggestion.

Hella - these buyers realized they needed to revamp the kitchen.  AND THE HOUSE IS ONLY SIX YEARS OLD!

Wallace - you mean better than wood?  How about a nice pressure-treated 2x4?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Forget how it looks. 

Can anyone say BACTERIA????

Beginning with the smelly, slimy sponge, just imagine the organic materials in that kitchen where moisture breeds all kinds of organisms and where bacteria love to habitate. 

Yuk!

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Yes a good habitat for the black stuff to grow if it haden't already

 

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) over 7 years ago

Doesn't look good, when it's made of wood, Granite is better, even when wetter. Corion is best, you can rhyme the rest. Nice post. 

Posted by Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector, The Home Inspector With a Heart! (SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno) over 7 years ago

Oh, yes, we are adding backsplashes all the time.  But, usually there is at least a 4" backsplash lip there.  Tile/granite combo is preferred, and it's my stylsh to do granite without the lip and tile all the way down and make sure it's sealed.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 7 years ago

Jay,

 

It probably looks good when the builder has it for sale. But, I haven't seen that application for years.

 

Brian

Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 7 years ago

Hence the smell Lenn!  It was pretty ugly and I don't think I was able to convey just how much!

James - I am expecting that the back side of that splash is worse than the front!

I like Corian too Scott.  It's defeat is that it melts and scratches.

The sealing is the key Debbie.  For sure.

Brian - and this house is only six years old.  That stuff didn't last long!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

:)  YUCK is right!  Some day. . . we won't be wrapping windows or doors in wood or using it in any areas where moisture is an issue!  

Posted by Joy Daniels (Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.) over 7 years ago

Jay - Sometimes you have to shake your head and wonder what they were thinking....or IF they were thinking.

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 7 years ago

Jay, not to mention a breeding ground for mold. There my not be any wood left. It could all be paint and caulk.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 7 years ago

Yuck.  I toured a home this weekend for a relo company and thought wow I'd like to let Jay loose in this house!  Wood as a backsplash would never cross my mind but obviously it crossed someone else's.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 7 years ago

Jay, not around the sink area FOR SURE for all the reasons you just mentioned.  I've seen inlaid wood backsplashes on the other walls of the kitchen (between the counter and the bottom of the upper level cabinets -- yet we still call it a "backsplash") --- but usually a (sealed) solid surface is around the sink ...and as others mentioned granite is the favority of the moment.  Great photos!

Posted by Judith Sinnard, The SMARTePLAN Lady (SMARTePLANS; Houston, Texas) over 7 years ago

Jay, for sure ...how about lining a shower with wood...yep, a house I bought many years ago had this...of course we removed it pronto..it was so scary!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Good morning Jay,

Gross...and supposedly clean dishes and food preparation were handled around this...gross!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 7 years ago

Jay, great insight with "people get used to what they see all the time." Whether acting as the listing agent or buyers agent, REALTORS need to make sure they point out the obvious as well as the obscure.

Posted by Karl Hess, on The Jersey Shore (Keller Williams Shore Properties) over 7 years ago

Sorry for the off-topic remark, but I thought you were talking about Tiger Woods return to golf. 

It swells.  It rots.

It smells.  It spots.

It gets uglier with time.

Is there more I could rhyme?

Sorry...just had to do it!

Posted by Bill Kruckenberger, Sapphire Valley & Cashiers North Carolina Expert (Sapphire Valley Real Estate & Rentals) over 7 years ago

Hi Jay - Those are some really ugly pictures! There are so many other great alternatives than wood for a backsplash!

Posted by Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate (Prudential CT Realty) over 7 years ago

Jay, people don't see thier stuff after a while and they get used to the little quirks of their homes. Sometimes it takes a stranger to walk in and say, 'hey what were you thinking?' Great rhyming! :D

Posted by Peg Barcelo, The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC (Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369) over 7 years ago

Jay, is that "wood" or "MDF?"  Either way not an appropriate place for either

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 7 years ago

Jay, wood surely is not a great back splash - and there are many better options (not so expensive) available, too. It's difficult when one gets used to seeing it daily....

Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 7 years ago

Wood is excellent as a flotational material. With you 100%. 

Although I have to say that I do love butcher block as a counter top. Very underrated. 

Posted by J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner (J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY) over 7 years ago

Jay- like putting lipstick on a pig, right? Wood is great to walk on but wood and continuous water contact??? Oh my!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 7 years ago

A thick coat of paint should fix it. Haha I'm sure the wet sponge that sits against it didn't help.

Posted by Rob Ernst, Reno, NV-775-410-4286 Inspector & Energy Auditor (Certified Structure Inspector) over 7 years ago

Cutting corners can be very costly!

Posted by Frank Iglesias, Atlanta, GA Real Estate Investor (Working With Houses, LLC - Atlanta Real Estate Investments) over 7 years ago

Wood and water dont mix!  I would think that the above home would have had similar problems even if they had the cheapo formica back splash... press board and water can be even worse than just wood!

Posted by Robert Rauf (HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ)) over 7 years ago

It's amazing what people can get used to. 

We helped one lady move, who viewed the mice that lived in her home as pets.  GGGRRROSS! In situations like that you just have to laugh.  The funniest part was when the movers picked up the box springs.  The biggest, burliest guy of the bunch shrieked and dropped his end  when one of the "pets" ran up his arm.

My dedicated crew didn't even tell me about it until the next day! 

It was funny one time, but now we have a paragraph in our contract that says that we can quit if employees suspect a health hazard "such as an infestation of live rodents." 

Posted by Katie Munoz (Moving Forward Inc) over 7 years ago

Yucks! I think I see some kichen remodelling in the future....and the future is very soon.

Posted by Mike Yeo (3:16 team REALTY) over 7 years ago

Ewwwww...they really eat in that kitchen...and this was "show ready" to buy...?

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 7 years ago

This can breed so many worse things than just bad looks! Ugh rotting and molding! Certain materials for certain rooms!

Posted by Ben Blonder, Buyers, Sellers, Investors! (Broker/Owner, Keller Williams) over 7 years ago

Jay, That look like faux wood is that correct, even worse!

There are some woods that could suffice for a back-splash but they would take more maintenance.

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Good evening, Jay. I saw one of those wooden one's yesterday. Oye Veh, what a mess...

Posted by Michael Thornton, Nashville Area - Photography & Videography (RadnorLake Video) over 7 years ago

Joy - PVC is being used a lot around here - doesn't warp or rot.

Barbara-Jo - and in this case it was the builder not doing the thinking!  These folks are just trying to cover up and "repair" the mess.

Michael - for sure there is mold, visible on the outside.  But what a yukker the behind must be!

Cindy - the builder!  Would like to know the who the builder was!

Judith - all those places would be appropriate, but not where there is splashing water.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

I see that too Ginny.  My special favorite is the shower with a window, with wood molding, sashes and mullions!

Lisa - that stuff's a problem near dishes too?  Wow, even worse!   ;>)

Karl - that is the kind of thing that should have been repaired prior to the inspection.  But fortunately the clients were going to put in granite anyway, but what a mess.

Bill - I read that in the car waiting for clients today and laughed out loud!  You hit that nail in with one shot.

Peggy - I think so too.  But it was fun while it lasted, huh?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Thanks, Peg - so, I'm a poet and didn't know it?  I think people get used to what they have too.

I think it's MDF, Charlie.  And yes, still not appropriate.

Praful - I don't know.  How about a nice pressure-treated 2x6?  There are many more options!

Joe - not with me.  I have never been able to float!  We used to have a movable stand with a butcher block on top and I liked it.

Kathy - in this case they put caulking and paint on the pig!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay -- How could a builder do that 6 years ago?  What was he thinking?  Oh yeah, six years ago, it didn't have to make sense, it just had to look like a house.

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) over 7 years ago

Robert - enough coats of paint will smooth it out completely, right?

Frank - to say the least.  And this builder left these people with a beauty!

Robert - the front of the counter top had swollen terribly!  Formica...

Katie - that's an interesting addition to the contract!  I would have loved to hear the girlie scream!

Mike - they were actually pretty excited to fix up the kitchen, especially with new counter tops!

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Show ready Sally and David!  Show ready!

Ben - this was a science project, for sure.

Don - a pressure-treated 2x6 with a treatment with Seasonite and some nice shellac and bang, back splash!

Michael - obviously this builder gets around!

Steven - was he thinking ahead toward getting the next job when this one fails?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay, this is another that has to go under the heading, "what were they thinking?"

even if it was painted regularly, all it would be is potential trouble...

 

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Good evening Jay. I can thin k of quite a few back splash choices and none of them even rhyme with wood. Sometimes common sense should prevail.

Posted by Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI (Lake and Lodge Realty LLC ) over 7 years ago

Hi Jay--Yuck, what handyman was turned loose on that project and where did they ever get that idea.  It never ceases to amaze me what people will not only dream up, but execute.  Surprised there was duct tape over the wood rot. 

Posted by Janet Jones, Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii (Just Your Style Interiors, LLC) over 7 years ago

Maybe if they painted it with some good Redskins colors Chris?

Randy - and none of them is "good?"

Janet - that was the dream splash block left by the builder.   I suggested duct tape above to one commenter, day-glow orange.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

I think Reuben had the right idea. Gob some more caulk on it and cover it with foil tape. Classy.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 7 years ago

Wood and back splash should not be allowed in the same sentence. Now I'm trying to rack my brain to try and remember if I have ever actually seen that!

Posted by Jon Quist, Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996 (REALTY EXECUTIVES TUCSON ELITE) over 7 years ago

oh you should see how it is in southern Florida, people here think that their places are worth a fortune when it's a piece of garbage. I recently walked into a place that the mold was so thick, that I had to shove my client out the door for fear of reactions. It was so thick that every wall was covered.

I called the listing agent, told him the problem, and asked him if it would be okay to lock the unit down and give him back the key. I felt that it was a health hazard and he didn't notify us on the MLS.

He told me to remove the lock box, and give her back to him in the next few days. Long story short, he had a child that was very allergic to mold and he didn't want anybody to suffer. The listing went into foreclosure nine months later.

 

Everyone have a great day

Michael Rasch

Posted by Michael Rasch, Michael Rasch 305-741-1819 (Florida Home Sales and Investments ) over 7 years ago

Hi Jay! Congrats on the featured post.

 

Anyhoo... funny, in one home a hand carved wood sink is the *crowning jewel*... but the tawdry, neglected piece of wood you have there... should make it to the circular file soon.

 

 

 

 

Posted by Tim Spargo, Certified Master Inspector, Inspected Rite (Spec Rite Inspections - Lancaster Palmdale CA Inspector) over 7 years ago

Did they use wood paneling in the shower stalls?   There are some things that are just common sense.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 7 years ago

After seeing thousands of homes over the years... I can't say I've ever seen wood used as a back splash. Interesting..

Posted by Paul Francis, Las Vegas Real Estate Agent - Summerlin Homes (Francis Group Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Watch out for all the other intellectual repairs these owners have done ........  None will be water proof that's for sure.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 7 years ago

Your posts are hilarious and informative. Pictures are worth a million words. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Jayson Holland, Jay Holland (Listings.com) over 7 years ago

Hi Jay,

If your inspection business slows down, I’d say you can moonlight as a lyricist.

On the subject, I could not agree more. I don’t even like wood floors in kitchens for the same reason, why we put big 18” tiles on our kitchen floor.

BTW, not a bad looking sink, which makes the wood for backsplash more of a head scratcher…

Thanks for the post!

Posted by Dimitri Matsis-REALTOR® (818) 599-6083 (Troop Real Estate Inc. Westlake Village CA) over 7 years ago

Also a great breeding ground for termites especially for those of us who live in an area where termites are not a question of if but when.

Posted by Judi Monday, CRS-Green Valley AZ Expert, Green Valley Arizona R (RE/MAX Valley Properties) over 7 years ago

Jay:

I even knew that.  Wood can be beautiful in a kitchen, but not as a backsplash.  That much water is not good for wood.

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) over 7 years ago

Wow, those types of issues typically make a property very difficult to sell to an end user. 

Posted by Kate Akerly, Manhattan Beach Residential Sales (Kaminsky Group) over 7 years ago

What Jim, you don't like my day-glow orange tape follow up?

Jon - sure, you see it every day.  Well, maybe not EVERY day...  sure was perty right?

Michael - yummie!  I love those moldy houses.  You do know it tastes like chicken, don't you?

Tim - that back splash could have been hand carved it was so thick!

No Gene, just the shower floors.  Everyone knows you can't use it on the walls.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Las Vegas - I don't see if often, but remember, I live in the smartest area in the country (so "they" say) and I see it now and again.

Lyn - if only they has used some nice pressure treated 2x6s!

Thanks Jayson.  I get a good laugh now and then!

Dimitri - the sink was stainless steel, and in good shape.  The faucet was real loose though.

Judi - maybe, but this was on the second floor of a townhouse.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Evelyn - there are many more materials more suitable!

Mike and Kate - these buyers looked past it, with a laugh.  They intended to re-do the kitchen.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

I don't think I've ever seen a wood backsplash - can't say I ever want to either.  I just loved how you took an otherwise mundane topic and turned it into poetry!  Very clever.  

Posted by Karen Bernetti over 7 years ago

Amazing how some people totally disregard their family's health and safety by not replacing dangerous household materials.

Posted by Kimo Jarrett, Pro Lifestyle Solutions (WikiWiki Realty) over 7 years ago

Looks like poetry might be your thing! A big thank you for sharing!

...I think it rhymes!  Anyway, I got the message and will be watching for that to.

Posted by Lydie Ouellet Dickinson, Realtor (Realty Executives Tri County, Bellingham MA) over 7 years ago

Thanks Karen.  I was being silly really, but making a point.

Kimo - like I said above, people just get used to their stuff.

Lydie - you might not see this too much!  I can't remember the last time I did.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Hi Jay,  Oh yuck!  How can anyone eat and cook in a kitchen like that?

Posted by Bob Miller, The Ocala Dream Team (Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty) over 7 years ago

Wood not the dependable one..

 

 

 

Posted by George P. Cruz Sr., PSL FL CDPE, TRC, CIPS (DR Horton) over 7 years ago

Jay...usually agree with you but let me share a thought or two...

Wood is only as Good as it's maintained in the 'hood by people who could keep it nice if they would.

We have had oak backsplashes in kitchen, bath and laundry for over 8 years at this home and at the home before that.

Like anything...how someone maintains it determines how it withstands the hourglass of time.

Our backsplashes look fine and are in excellent health and condition.  In fact they look swell!

The ones in the above photos are from a home.apartment that has obviously had less than average maintenance over its life and no matter what type of backsplash this home would have, I am pretty sure they would look like what is deposited through the hole sitting a room or two away.

Posted by Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker, Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940 (Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska) over 7 years ago

Hi Jay - I am with Mike in comment #73.

EVERY backsplash needs maintenance even granite and tile (reseal, regarout, etc.)

We have used custom wood backsplashes but they are varnished both sides before installed.  They hold up well if maintained.

Wood with a bit of primer in a wet area?  Not a good idea...

Posted by Margaret Mitchell, Seacoast Maine & NH Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Yorke Realty) over 7 years ago

Bob - apparently these folks did it for a long time!

George - certainly not in this kitchen!

Mike and Margaret - a material made for that application is one MADE for that application.  But even still, as you say, it MUST be maintained over time!  In this case, this material was neither made for this application OR maintained!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Holy Molie the builder created that lovely backsplash? Wonder how his business is doing:)

Posted by Dianne McNeill over 7 years ago

Dianne - believe me, I see this all the time from builders and on new construction.  This is not unusual at all!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago
Great post! Thanks for the info...
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Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Oh my.  I don't think about backsplashes that much but I don't think wood is a good idea at all.  We see a lot of granite and tile in these parts, don't think I've ever seen wood, but that's definitely not good.  What's the point of a wood backsplash anyway? -Kasey

Posted by Kasey & John Boles, Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties (Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com) over 7 years ago

Not sure Kasey!  I guess they thought it set it off nicely, and probably did for a short time.  But not now!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

I cringed when I saw your title. Yes! Wood definitely does not make a good back splash, there is a reason it's not used usually as a back splash! Entertaining post, too bad it was true!

Posted by Sylvie Stuart, Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta (Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765) over 7 years ago

Wow, you found an oldie but a goodie Sylvie!  Yes, this backsplash was a mess...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

We are spoiled here in S. Florida, everything is granite tops w/ full back splashes.

Posted by Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA (Winston Realty, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Winston - you found an oldie but a goodie!  I like seeing full granite back splashes, although that probably adds a boat load to the cost of the counter top!

Wood, I don't like seeing so much...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

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