Splashbacks are a worthwhile investment for your home, offering a protective barrier from water and grease, and adding aesthetic value. There’s a wide variety of finishes, such as frosted glass or patterns and designs, as well as a huge choice of colours to pick from.
What are the benefits of a glass splashback
Glass is resistant to water and has a smooth surface so no grease or bacteria can build up in the grouting seams, as it can with tiled splashbacks. Glass has other benefits too, including reflecting the light to brighten up the room, so it’s a great choice for smaller kitchens or bathrooms where you want to create the illusion of more space. If you’re thinking of installing a cooker splashback but are worried about glass breaking, you don’t need to be concerned. Toughened glass will withstand heat up to 220oC, so you can safely cook near it without it breaking.
What are the alternatives?
If you don’t want to choose a glass splashback, there are plenty of alternatives. Stainless steel is a common choice for splashbacks, particularly in kitchens, and provides a modern feel. Acrylic is also a great option, giving the same high gloss finish as glass but with more durability. Acrylic splashbacks are easier to fit because they’re lighter than glass and steel, but they offer the same easy-to-clean surface and are just as easy to install. If you are looking for a cooker or hob splashback, heat resistant glass should be your first choice, as acrylic would need to be created specifically to handle hight temperatures.
What are the costs compared to acrylic?
Compared to glass, acrylic is a more cost-effective option and is easier to handle as it’s lighter. While glass offers more strength and durability than tiles to justify the cost, acrylic splashbacks offer more impact resistance for a more affordable price. And if you choose a cut-to-size option, such as with a splashback, as opposed to a single sheet at a fixed price, the cost will be even lower. If you’re looking for a more economical option, acrylic is a preferable choice.