All About Acrylic Splashbacks – Stunning, stylish, versatile
Acrylic splashbacks are a hugely popular buy for bathrooms and kitchens, even offices. There's no reason why you can't fit them anywhere it looks good and makes sense! It's a popular contemporary choice that delivers good looks, versatility and practicality. Here's what you need to know about using acrylic for splashbacks.
The benefits of an acrylic splashback
– Lightweight yet durable and strong
– Glossy and smart
– Easy to wipe clean with a soft, damp cloth
– A huge choice of gorgeous, vibrant colours, from subtle to bright and everything in between
– Easy to install
– Can be used as an upstand, a slim band that parallels the worktops instead of an entire wall of glossy acrylic
– Can be pre-cut to size including as many cut-outs for electrical sockets as you need
– Our 5mm and 3mm thickness acrylic splashbacks have a Fire Rating of BS476 Part 7 and comply with British Building Regulations
– Repels fingerprints and dust a lot better than glass and stainless steel
– Never goes dull, very difficult to scratch
– Sheets of acrylic as large as 3m x 2m available
– Cheaper and safer than glass
– Looks awesome!
Go the extra creative mile with laser-printed imagery
Not only is there an enormous choice of plain colours, you can also have images laser-printed onto acrylic sheet, which makes the possibilities literally almost endless. You could think about all this and more to make your splashbacks completely unique:
– Birds, butterflies, beetles and bees, all trending design subjects
– Skulls, skeletons and bones, also very trendy right now
– Fruit, flowers and vegetables
– Ocean scenes with fish and coral
– Abstract patterns and designs showcasing glorious colour combinations
– Hearts, circles, stars, triangles and other shapes
– Spots and stripes
Acrylic splashbacks and gas hobs – What you need to know
There might be a tiny difference between the colour of the acrylic sheet and the glass, simply because glass naturally has a very slight green tinge, but it should be pretty difficult to spot.
Can you use acrylic behind an electric, ceramic or induction hob?
Yes, acrylic wall panels are suitable as long as you keep a gap of at least 50mm between the acrylic itself and the appliance.
How do you prepare the walls for an acrylic splashback?
1. The surface must be perfectly flat
2. Clean the wall thoroughly, removing loose surface material and dust
3. Prime and seal the wall with a PVA solution
4. Peel the protective plastic off the back of the splashback
5. Apply silicone
6. Carefully position the acrylic in place
7. If you have multiple sheets to install, push them together firmly so they're flush at the join
8. Wipe off any excess silicone while it's wet
9. Once the silicone is dry, peel the protective coat off the front of the sheet.
Our expert team members are always happy to help you make the right decision. If you have any questions about using acrylic sheeting for bathroom and kitchen splashbacks and upstands, get in touch for expert advice and support.