Whether you’re in the exciting process of redesigning your kitchen, or you’re looking for something the lift your existing décor out of the doldrums, splashbacks are probably high on your wish-list. Over recent years splashbacks have gained significant momentum as a kitchen essential, both because of their practical application as protection against stains and splashes, but also as a design feature helping you to create the environment that suits your needs.
Popularity breeds choice, and this is nowhere more evident than in the rapidly evolving area of splashback design innovation. The range of colours and textures are dazzling, but they can be overwhelming, as can the choice of materials which include stainless steel, ceramic tiles, glass, wood, acrylic and granite. Of course the look and the feel of the material is important, but for many people this has to be balanced with the practicalities of whether or not your splashback of choice can withstand the daily challenges of your kitchen, and remain looking good for years to come.
Often the choice of a splashback comes down listing the pros and cons of the materials you’re drawn to, in order to work out which one will serve your needs best and suit your budget. The CreoGlass design team are most often asked about the relative merits and drawbacks of glass and acrylic splashbacks, so we’ve drawn up our own list, based on years of design and installation experience. We hope that these help you to decide which splashback is right for your kitchen design.
- • Acrylic is a clear plastic material which resembles glass.
- • Acrylic is a lightweight, flexible material which is useful if required to work with rounded corners or curved walls.
- • Acrylic comes in a good range of standard colours, textures and sizes, and it can also be cut to fit.
- • Acrylic can be cleaned using household products.
- • Acrylic has a tendency to scratch or mark easily.
- • Acrylic is not heat resistant; contact with cooking pans can cause surface distress.
- • Acrylic cannot be used behind cookers or hobs; a distance of 9-10cm is required from the heat source, in order to avoid warping or melting.
- • Acrylic has a good transparency rating (93%), but it does not share the light enhancing glow experienced when using glass.
- • CreoGlass splashbacks use high-quality toughened glass which is capable of withstanding temperatures up to 400°C and will not crack, or chip – even under the toughest impact.
- • Glass splashbacks are a designer’s dream; there is a huge range of colours and textures available (standard or bespoke), and these can be enhanced with rainbow sparkles, pastel or metallic shimmers, and even your own artwork or patterns.
- • CreoGlass offers a scratch-resistant finish on their splashbacks, which means that they stay looking as good as new for years to come.
- • The non-porous surface of glass means that there’s nowhere for bacteria to hide. Glass splashbacks provide an hygienic solution that’s easy to clean.
- • Glass is a heavier material than acrylic and may not be suitable for walls requiring light loads.
- • For kitchens requiring non-standard fittings we would not recommend you attempt to cut the glass yourself – at CreoGlass we offer a full range of professional services which guarantee a high quality finish for your kitchen.
For a long-lasting finish, which combines tough durability, superb design choice and the WOW factor, we would have to recommend glass splashbacks every time. Investing in your kitchen means creating a space which reflects your individual style, and glass offers you total versatility when it comes to colour, texture and design. The natural translucence of glass makes it an ideal material to light, and we are seeing more and more people getting creative with the LED lighting as a stunning add-on to their splashback. CreoGlass’ backlit splashback back-lit splashback with LED remote-controlled multi-colour changer and dimmable feature puts lighting design at your finger-tips and allows your kitchen environment to shift mood and tone according to the needs of the occasion.
If you would like to talk through your kitchen design options, we’d love to be part of the conversation. Call us on 01923 819684, or email us on [email protected]