Splashback? While the purpose of a splashback is fairly utilitarian — to protect the wall — that doesn’t mean it can’t be put in thoughtfully. Using a splashback to guard against moisture is fairly common, but just because it’s there for a purpose, doesn’t mean it can’t look great while doing so. A glass splashback is a reliable way to elevate the design of the room while still being as practical as ever. They can be produced to be as subtle or as attention-grabbing as desired.
- Where can a glass splashback be installed?
Traditionally, the glass splashback is installed behind the cooker, but it can really be put in or extended anywhere. Popular places include between the counter and cabinets, or behind the sink. Allowances can be made for other things along the wall, including windows and other appliances.To make sure it can be fitted perfectly, a measure is usually required. This is also where notes about other allowances that have to be made can be accounted for. Glass is a perfect choice for splashbacks, which leads to the next question…
- Why should I choose a glass splashback?
There are many materials that can be used as splashbacks, include granite, tile, laminate or acrylic. Alternatively, a fun colour paint could also have an aesthetic effect. However, toughened glass is the superior choice as it is the most resistant to heat and easiest to clean — there’s no grout to worry about. It’s possible to also get the RITEC Clearsheild ® ™ coating applied, which can help decrease the maintenance required even further. All that needs to be done is quick wipe periodically, as well as cleaning up any splashes when they occur.Toughened glass used should meet all requirements in terms of British and European safety and quality standards.
- What are my options when it comes to looks?
Another reason to choose glass is that it can be customized in a variety of different ways. Painting, sandblasting, acid-etching or digital printing can all be applied, providing a virtually endless list of possibilities. Alternatively, mirrored splashbacks can be installed, offering a unique look.For the best colour match, choose a colour from an existing system, such as RAL, to make sure the colour seen is the colour applied.
- How does this fit around existing fixtures?
Since glass splashbacks are custom measured and cut before installation, allowances can be made for anything that is already in place. Sockets, appliances, angles and more can all be accounted for. It is important to have this addressed during the measure, as a glass splashback should be composed of as few separate panels as possible to make sure that the structural integrity of the splashback can be maintained.
- Will this look out of place?
The glass splashback can be customized to be as low-key or as eye-catching as possible. For coordination purposes, other finishings inside the kitchen can be done in glass as well. Upstands, worktops, shelves and more can all be completed in complementary or contrasting colours. There are infinite design possibilities when it comes to adding glass into the kitchen!
From a quick design update to a full-scale refit, considering a splashback is an integral component of any aesthetic change within the kitchen. Toughened glass is assured to last, even in a room as active as the kitchen, due to its low maintenance qualities and high resistance to heat. When making changes in the kitchen and the opportunity to add a splashback appears, make sure the above five considerations are taken into account!