Glass Splashbacks can be used anywhere in the home, but are most typically found in the kitchen and bathroom. In the bathroom they may be used around the wash basin and along the wall by the bath, and also around the shower unit. In the kitchen they tend to be used around the cooker or hob in order to catch fat splashes and of course around the sink area. However, if you want true luxury you may cover the full length of a wall depending of course upon your requirements.
Glass Splashbacks – The Cheaper Options
The vast majority of glass splashbacks are made to order, but it is possible to buy splashbacks ready made from outlets like B & Q, Homebase and Wickes. These will come in standard measurements of 60cm, 90cm, and 100cm and are usually designed simply to fit around the cooker or sink. Generally these will be made of plastic or stainless steel. Prices can be as little as £50.00, but more typically £100.
Made To Order Glass Splashbacks
Glass splashbacks made to order will often start at around the £1,000.00 mark and can literally run into several thousands depending on the requirements of the customer. There are several advantages to glass splashbacks, not the least of which is the fact that they are shiny! They will reflect a lot of light which can be a great benefit in a kitchen where the windows are small or for one reason or another the kitchen does not get sufficient natural light. You can have LED lighting installed above the splashback or even behind it for an additional effect.
Cleaning Glass Splashbacks
Glass splashbacks are very easy to clean. The surface is smooth (although you can also have a textured finish) and will not allow moulds, fungi or bacteria to grow on it, unlike tiles where they can breed on the grout. Usually, all that is required is a quick wipe with a damp cloth to keep it clean. Around the cooker or hob area a simple wash with warm water and some washing up liquid will remove any grease or fat splashes.
Glass Splashback Colours
There is a huge range of colours available. Whatever you can imagine can be incorporated into your splashback. You can also have additional features such as a photo-based splashback; a photographer called John Kraft thought it would be a great idea to have a picture of a field of cows in his kitchen and in 2006 he found a printer who could produce large prints and they created the splashback that is now in John’s studio. It looked amazing and started a whole new trend.
The photo is protected from UV light by a laminate. You can also have a glass artist produce a design especially for your kitchen which will quite simply be unique. If you are a talented artist you can even produce your own design. Many companies now produce photographic glass splashbacks, and amongst our members are some of the most established in the UK.
Glass splashbacks come at a cost. Depending on your requirements you could be looking at several thousand pounds and a minimum of £1,000 for a simple, yet comparatively stunning one.
There is also the installation process. To measure up and install will take at least two trips to your home and possibly more. However, the end product will be something that will grace your kitchen for as long as you own it.