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Need to install a Glass Splashback?
Here is our complete guide.

Have you been thinking about updating your bathroom or kitchen splashback? If so, you may want to consider one of the many glass splashback options out there. A glass splashback can offer a more modern aesthetic to your home. Of course, it’s more than just a decorative piece for your kitchen or bathroom. Just like any other splashback, glass splashbacks offer protection for the walls behind your kitchen range and bathroom counter—and everything else within its proximity. 

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A Practical Guide on
Glass Splashbacks

Is a glass splashback better than tiles? How do you choose the right one for your kitchen or bathroom? Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about glass splashbacks.

Why Choose Glass Over Tile?

While tiles are still a suitable choice, glass offers an entire array of advantages for your home. One of the best things about a glass splashback is that there are no gaps or grouting that can be stained or damaged. 

Let’s take a closer look at what makes glass the better choice:

It Provides a More Modern Aesthetic

Regardless of how you choose to decorate your bathroom or kitchen, there’s a glass splashback design and colour that will fit your style. Overall, glass splashbacks offer a very modern and up to date appeal and they can easily serve as the focal point of any room.

Whether you choose a specific colour or pattern, a glass splashback can liven up a room or blend in naturally. It’s your choice. Additionally, they add to your home’s appeal and value. So, if you’re choosing to renovate before selling, a glass splashback can easily add value and up the ante to the buyer’s market.

It's Much Easier to Maintain

Since glass splashbacks don’t require grout, they’re much easier to clean. All you need is a basic glass cleaner or regular old dishwashing soap and water to get the job done. You don’t have to worry about staining or holes in weakened parts caused by citrus fruits and hot oil over time. Plus, they’ll last much longer. 

It's Much Brighter

The way light reflects off glass versus tile is significantly brighter. This gives you the advantage of an airy and free-flowing aesthetic that also can make your kitchen or bathroom appear bigger than it actually is. Glass splashbacks have a glossy finish which can also reflect light giving a clean and fresh appeal to your kitchen or bathroom.

It's Mould-Free

There are zero joints and crevices in a glass splashback. There’s also no porous grout to suck up moisture. That leaves no room and no conducive environment for mould to grow.

Any Mould-free kitchen and bathroom applications are favourable to their mould-welcoming counterparts. Not only does this make cleaning a breeze, but it helps you avoid a mould infestation—which saves you money in the long run on both your health and future renovations.

Choosing the Right
Glass Splashback

If you’ve decided that a glass splashback is the right option for your kitchen or bathroom, there are a few things you need to consider first. There’s much more to choosing the right glass splashback than simply settling on the design, colour, or size. You want to be sure the splashback will work and prove functional with your space beyond your colour scheme and theme.

Here’s what you need to think about:

Power Outlet and Cabinet Locations

Remember, glass splashbacks are not like tiles—they have a different installation application because instead of multiple tiles you usually have one or minimal glass panels. Therefore, you need your splashback to fit exactly around your kitchen or bathroom’s power outlets and cabinets. That means you’ll need to consult with a professional first to locate all the power outlets and cabinets. Measurements must be precise as the glass splasback will be made to measure and cannot be altered once it has been processed. So be sure to always consult a professional first who will then cut and customize the glass splashback to your kitchen or bathroom.

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Cooktop and Oven Type and Location

There will be additional safety precautions to take during the installation process if any part of your new glass splashback has to sit directly behind or next to your cooktop or oven. Glass splashbacks are typically made from Grade A toughened safety glass.

This is especially true when positioned behind gas ovens and stoves. A professional installer will always install a glass splashback in toughened safety glass. It’s the only glass that’s suitable.

Without the proper safety precautions, or enough distance to allow heat to dissipate before hitting the glass, you could risk an explosion or fire.

Safety Glass Regulations

As mentioned above, glass splashbacks are typically made of toughened safety glass. Splashbacks in kitchens and bathrooms need to be sturdy and hard-wearing, otherwise, you run the risk of cracks or broken pieces if you accidentally hit it with another object. In most cases, damaged glass splashbacks can only be fixed by completely replacing them—which can be costly.

The location of your future glass splashback, as well as safety regulations and standards, will determine the type of glass you’ll need for the application. For example, if you plan on putting a glass splashback in your kitchen, you’ll need glass strong enough to withstand consistent heat and steam. 

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Colour and Design Options

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When it comes to your glass splashback options, there are heaps of options you can choose from. Your options range from clear glass to mirrors and everything in between. There is a design and style to fit every theme and colour scheme out there—but your main focus should be on what you’d like to achieve.

For example, do you want one solid colour to be the feature of your kitchen? Or do you want to blend neutral colours so that the entire kitchen becomes the feature? 

You can choose just about any colour from the Dulux Colour Range.

If you’re going with one or more solid colours, it’s also essential that you choose a low iron glass. A low iron glass will allow the true colours to come through, whereas ordinary clear glass has a greenish tint to it which can distort colour. 

Splashbacks aren’t only meant for placement behind your sink or stovetop. You can get glass splashbacks installed in virtually any place you would set tile, stone, or brick. You can go with a simple solid colour or mirror that complements the rest of the elements in the room.

Whether it be for protection from cooking or simply decoration, your glass splashbacks can be customised to fit where needed. You can even add tile or stone around them or behind them to complement your aesthetic. 

You can get some splashback inspiration here if you’re having trouble deciding on what would look best in your kitchen or bathroom.

Splashback Installation

What can you expect from the installation process of your new glass splashback?

The first thing to keep in mind is that your splashback will be made-to-measure. You can expect your specialist will first come out and measure. They have to take precise measurements and map out the area as well as ensure the backing surface is suitable for the glass splashback to be installed on.

From there they’ll have to cut and customize each piece of glass being used, and then make sure that the customized glass fits perfectly to scale. This process is referred to as “templating.” If extra safety precautions are needed, they’ll have to take the extra step of installing the fire-resistant materials before installing the splashback.

The installation process for glass splashbacks ranges from 10-15 days. However, after the appropriate measurements are taken and the surfaces are prepped, the glass splashbacks will be installed and you’re kitchen or bathroom will be fresh and ready for use. 

It’s also important to remember that not all glaziers specialise in glass splashback installation. You want to be sure that you hire an expert in this specific field to ensure that everything is done correctly from the measurements to the installation.

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A glass splashback for your kitchen or bathroom can breathe new life into your home and brighten things up with a splash of colour or some classic artwork.  If you’re thinking about having glass splashbacks installed, you want to make sure that you’re in the right hands. All of our glass splashbacks are made from Grade A Low Iron Toughened Safety Glass for the ultimate heat and impact resistance and longevity. Contact us today or check out our site to get a straightforward quote within minutes!

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