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Beyond Stainless SteelFor years stainless steel was the most common metallic backsplash used in kitchens. These days, bronze, pewter, brass, copper, iron and tin have become striking alternatives. Like most metals, they are durable and resistant to high temperatures, moisture and food stains, making them ideal to use as a kitchen backsplash.In addition to backsplashes, metallic tiles are suitable for walls, bathrooms and even ceilings. Available in numerous finishes, textures, sizes and patterns, the cost of metallic tiles ranges from $10 to $50 per square foot.Things to ConsiderMetal tiles, though durable, can still be dented and scratched. Extra caution should be taken during installation to protect the metal finish. Use nonsanded grout because sanded grout may scratch the finish.Additionally, keep in mind that metallic tiles can be cold to the touch, making them a chilly flooring choice. One option is to lay the metal tile over a radiant heating system. Another is to add them as accents to a ceramic or hardwood floor, rather than making them the main floor material. Remember, too, that metal conducts electricity. Therefore, extra caution should be taken when installing metallic tiles around power outlets to make certain they do not come in contact with any exposed electrical wire. Most metallic tiles come with a protective sealant to make them resistant to scratches and stains. To clean, just wipe them down with a little soap mixed with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.