WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GLASS SPLASHBACKS
Toughened vs Untoughened Glass
Toughened (or tempered) glass is the only suitable option for glass splashbacks. Toughened glass is heat resistant up to 220 degrees Celsius and is five times more impact resistant (stronger) than un-toughened glass. It will also never break or split across power points or corner cut-outs.
If your glass has cracked, it is not toughened. Toughened glass does not crack, but shatters into hundreds of tiny pieces.
Nu-Look Renovations only uses toughened glass for all our splashbacks.Standard Glass
Untoughened glass is prone to cracking or splitting, commonly behind the cooktop or range hood due to excessive heat or temperature change. Similar to that of a crack in your car windscreen, the cracks are known to travel across the glass consistent with house settlement.
Untoughened glass cracks into shards when broken
Starphire vs Clearfloat
After you choose a colour for your splashback, it will be painted onto glass. You will have the choice of painting the colour onto either Starphire or clear float glass. On close inspection of each glass sample above, you will notice a slight colour variation
The right sample above is clear float and the left is Starphire. The colour variation between the two is due to a higher lead content contained in the clear float glass (see above right). This is slightly noticeable in light colours, while less noticeable in dark colours. Although clear float does not render the truest colour, this effect can be used to create a more vibrant green, blue etc. It is also more cost effective. On darker colours, clear float makes little to no noticeable difference.
What we provide
At Nu-Look Renovations, we use toughened glass in accordance with the Australian Standards Act. This allows us to stand by our product and offer you a 7 year warranty on the glass. We take pride in our workmanship and so we extend this warranty to the installation process.
We are not limited to one type of glass. We also supply and fit glass in 4mm, 6mm and 10mm thicknesses, in sheet sizes up to 3600mm2, toughened, untoughened, painted in assorted colours, designs and patterns, clear float, starphire, heat-resistant vinyl backing and mirrors. We can also supply wall mounting brackets and frameless glass picture poster or painting holders, and shower screens.