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Stylish, Modern & Affordable - The Rise Of The Glass Splashback

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Glass splashbacks are becoming more common in modern homes thanks to their easy to clean finish, affordability and stylish simplicity. No grout means no mould, mildew or food stains will ruin the look and keeping them clean is as simple as wiping them over the way you would any other glass surface.

At Nu Look we use a supplier who provides 6mm toughened glass for use in bathrooms and kitchens because it is extremely durable, great quality. Glass is well suited to just about any kitchen or bathroom thanks to the huge range of colours to choose from. A glass splashback in a well chosen colour won’t date the way that tiles have a tendency to and with the range of textures and finishes available you’re sure to be able to find something that works beautifully in your space.

What are the main advantages of glass over other splashback options?

  • Glass always looks brand new
  • Low maintenance - no falling tiles in years to come
  • Looks sleek and seamless
  • Durable
  • Affordable

Glass panels can be installed on any structurally sound surface and needs significantly less preparation than traditional tiled splashbacks. Once painted glass is installed you can’t see through it so the backing doesn't need to look perfect. You may even have the option to install it over the top of existing tilework if it’s in good condition and adhered well, saving time and money.

Most people worry about the cost of using a glass splashback, expecting it to be significantly more expensive but while it’s true that per meter glass is more expensive than tiles, when you factor in the labour and drying time you really aren’t paying a huge amount more. Plus you have the advantage of glass being a better investment thanks to its longevity.

Why do we use toughened glass?

Quite simply because there shouldn’t be shortcuts and cost cutting when it comes to safety! Toughened glass is up to 5 times as strong as standard glass and is designed to withstand much more heat, an essential characteristic when you’re considering it behind a stovetop. Toughened glass also doesn’t splinter into razor sharp shards that can cause serious injury when broken the way normal glass does, it breaks into small and relatively harmless pieces.

 

How do you keep a glass splashback clean?

We’ll let you in on a little trade secret. Use methylated spirits or denatured alcohol to clean your glass and keep it looking like new. Alcohol evaporates quickly so doesn’t leave any residue the way a lot of cleaners do. Just spray the surface, wipe with a clean rag and you’re splashbacks will look brand new for their life.

 

When are glass splashbacks installed during a renovation process?

We generally install glass splashbacks after the cabinets and benchtop have been installed and we’ve identified where you want the electrical outlets to go. This way the splashback integrates into the space seamlessly.

Want to find out more about glass splashbacks and how you could use them in your home? Get in touch today to organise a free consultation and quote