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Understanding glass splashbacks: Why you need them?
Until the late 1990s, tiles were the most popular way of protecting walls from grease and splashes of water. However, tiles can prove difficult to clean over prolonged usage. In fact, tiles and grouts tend to discolour over time. That’s when the need for a change was felt!
A glass splashback is a clean glass fitted across a wall, especially in kitchens, to protect it from water and grease. In other words, it’s installed because it’s easy to clean and maintain, and because it protects the walls from excessive heat and condensation.
How is a glass/ mirror splashback made?
Whether you opt for a mirror or a colour glass splashback, all of these are made from toughened glass or tempered glass (as it’s popularly known). Toughened glass is heat-treated for additional strength and thus isn’t prone to breakage as normal glass.
To put it into perspective, tempered glass is usually about five times stronger than normal glass! Moreover, it shatters into tiny blunt fragments rather than shards when smashed. This makes it a better option for use as splashbacks.
Is it possible to cut a kitchen splashback?
Like any glass or mirror material, splashbacks can be cut into as well, though we don’t recommend doing so. Once your saw passes through the toughened glass, the tension within the glass layers will instantaneously resolve thus leading it to shatter. So, we strongly advise against cutting a glass or mirror splashback.
That said, we’d advise you to get in touch with us at Sydney Metro Glass for made-to-measure glass splashbacks, thus allowing you to have the splashback of the right size, eliminating the need for cutting or altering the splashback.
Guide to installing splashbacks at home
Before you decide on installing a kitchen splashback, you’d need to measure up the space available. Call in our experts to accurately record where cupboards, sockets, and switches are placed, so that the splashback can be perfectly installed.
When it comes to installing splashbacks, experts tend to leave a little bit of room for marginal error, as altering the size of the tempered glass isn’t an option.
A mirror or glass splashback can be installed in two ways.
• Adhesive fitting
• Screw fitting
Using the first of the two methods is more straightforward, as it requires no holes to be drilled. All it needs is a silicone-based glue, applied to the rear of the splashback. As the process is quite seamless and looks attractive, an increasing number of households prefer the approach over screw fixings.
On the other hand, when you opt for a screw fitting, appropriate holes need to be drilled into the glass before it’s tempered. Moreover, over-tightening the screws can risk damaging the colour glass splashback.
Why should you choose splashbacks?
A glass splashback is an excellent addition to the kitchen, especially because it is sturdy and heat resistant. It reflects light and also gives it a spacious feel. This is all the more evident in the case of a mirror splashback. That is not all! The best part about installing splashbacks is that they can be installed in a day!
Splashbacks are versatile, visually stunning, and quite durable. This is the reason why designers and architects prefer it over tiles.
Here are a few positives of splashbacks.
Flexibility in design
Glass splashbacks create room for creativity. They not only add great value to the kitchen or wherever they are fixed, but also leave room for lots of design manipulations. The fact that they can be customized, makes them apt for bathrooms, kitchens, commercial spaces, and even corporate offices.
Colours and options
You can get just about any coloured glass splashback you desire! Whether you’re looking for metallic colours or simple solid colours, there are tons to choose from. They thus offer complete design flexibility.
Safety and strength
When pitted against tiles or stainless steel options, glass splashbacks prove to be more scratch-resistant and durable. These are hardened for better strength and resistance through repeated intense heating and cooling processes.
As mentioned earlier, splashbacks can withstand a fair amount of heat. So, being near ovens doesn’t affect the mirrored or glass splashbacks at all. So, splashbacks don’t suffer from cracking, warping, discoloration, or blackening.
Why choose Sydney Metro Glass?
As lives become more and more complex for all, people need things that are robust, easy to use, and at the same time, desirable. At Sydney Metro Glass, we offer a variety of Glass Options to choose from, be it Durable Showerscreens, Glass Partitions, or customized Mirrors that are sleek and stylish at the same time are simple to clean and durable. All our products are made to measure, and thus they meet the exact measurements of your kitchen.
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