Glass splashbacks are the perfect way to enhance the look of your home while adding a functional element at the same time. There are various applications where glass splashbacks are an effective use of the space, not just in kitchens but also bathrooms, utility rooms and for commercial spaces as well. A cheaper and more manageable alternative to tiling, glass splashbacks are quick to install, cost effective and come in a range of colours and finishes to provide you with plenty of decorative options.
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Where can glass splashbacks be used?
As with other materials such as metal or acrylic, glass splashbacks are ideal for use in kitchens and bathrooms as a way of protecting the walls from water splashes, cooking spills and moisture. One application where glass is a preferable option is as a cooker or hob splashback, as acrylic cannot be used in close proximity to gas hobs due to the heat tolerances and the damage that it can cause to the surface of the plastic. For homes where this is an issue, glass splashbacks are ideal as they can tolerate far higher temperatures without any concern of the splashback becoming damaged or cracking. Toughened glass can withstand temperatures of up to 220oC, so you can cook near it safely without the risk of it breaking.
Benefits of a glass splashback
Glass looks stylish and modern, so it’s perfect for adding a decorative touch to any home or business. Glass is easy to clean and is waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about kitchen spills or splashes damaging the walls of your home. Its smooth surface means that no bacteria or grease can build up in the grouting seams, as is the problem with tiled surfaces, so it’s a more hygienic option too. Glass is reflective and is effective at brightening up the room and giving the illusion of more space.
Alternatives to glass splashbacks
The most popular alternative for use in splashbacks is acrylic, as it’s hardwearing and has excellent durability so there will be no need to replace it for many years to come. The varied range of colours, patterns and thicknesses to choose from mean you can customise your splashback to your exact specifications for a truly bespoke product. Acrylic is also incredibly lightweight, so it’s easier to install and is particularly beneficial for larger areas where the weight of glass might cause an issue.
How does a glass splashback compare to acrylic?
While glass provides a glossy and elegant finish, it is a more expensive option compared to acrylic. Acrylic is more impact-resistant, so it’s longer lasting than glass, and it’s also more affordable while still providing that contemporary, shiny finish. Glass often comes with a safety risk associated with it, as it’s fragile and can break and shatter easily, whereas acrylic doesn’t have this problem. For homes with young children, cut-to-size acrylic is a much safer alternative as it won’t shatter if broken. It’s also easy to maintain and can be cleaned effectively with just water and a soft cloth, so it’s a low maintenance material.
Acrylic also benefits from the same level of optical clarity as glass, so there’s no need to be concerned that choosing acrylic instead of a glass splashback will result in an inferior product. As a more flexible material that’s not as rigid as glass, acrylic does require a completely flat surface in order to ensure a professional and smooth result. If you’re looking to use it as a splashback or surface protector, we recommend installing it on a sheet of MDF for the best possible finish.