Cooker and Hob Splashbacks
Cooker splashbacks are a popular way of adding a modern style to the home while still being functional. If you want to update your kitchen without completely redecorating, a splashback can brighten the room for less money and is easy to install quickly.
What materials are suitable for my cooker?
Glass splashbacks are an easy way to add colour and practicality to your cooker or hob. The reflective surface will help add a contemporary edge, and is easy to keep clean from any cooking spills. They’re heat and stain-resistant too, making them ideal for use in areas where food is being prepared.
If you want an affordable alternative that’s just as practical, acrylic is ideal for using in the kitchen, as it’s shatterproof to avoid any accidents. The wide variety of colours and finishes available, such as transparent, frosted and mirrored. Making acrylic a great option for adding style to your home whatever your colour scheme. Unfortunately it cannot be heat proofed like glass can, but it is applicable in many other areas of your kitchen.
In order to function properly, a cooker splashback should be heat resistant up to at least 220oC to make them suitable for using behind a hob. They should also be a minimum of 3mm thick for smaller panels and 5mm thick for larger panels to provide stability. As well as being practical for use behind a cooker, splashbacks can be used to line the length of your work surfaces and behind the sink for a seamless and uniform look.
Glass and acrylic can be cut to any size or shape, making them practical for any kitchen space. These hardwearing materials can be fitted directly to the wall, even over existing tiles, for quick and easy installation – just be sure that the surface is dry and free of any obvious bumps for a smooth finish.
To measure for the perfect fit, check the size of the largest area first and allow a 2-3mm gap on each side for a secure fit. Remember to allow for sockets if necessary as well, measuring outwards from the centre for an accurate location when it comes to cutting.
The splashback can be fitted using a silicone-based adhesive for use with glass, or a solvent adhesive for acrylic, for a unified result. This is the most common option due to its simplicity. However, if you’re using acrylic and you’d prefer to drill the splashback to the wall then be sure to use a drill bit designed for use with acrylics to avoid cracking or damaging the material.