Role Splashbacks Pay Around the Home.
Splashbacks provide an important role in kitchens, laundries and bathrooms; in fact where ever there is a sink or cook top, but can also add a splash of colour to match your rooms theme, with glass, acrylic and stainless steel becoming the alternative to using tiles.
This article will discuss the most popular 3 materials used to make splashbacks around the home; glass, acrylic and stainless steel, in lieu of using tiles.
Glass splashbacks provide a modern alternative to tiles. Glass is easier to clean than tiles, is hygienically cleaner and comes in a range of finishes and colours to match any colour scheme. Glass sheets can be cut to fit any space and allowing for power points and taps is a breeze. Textured glass, with the pattern behind, provides a 3D effect and can also be painted with metallic colours to give a mirror-like effect. Printed glass splashbacks can be customised with any picture for a unique effect.
Acrylic splashbacks are a cheaper alternative to glass, and can be cut to fit on site. There is a limitless range of colours to choose from; including solid and opaque colours, with high gloss and satin finishes available. Digital printing of a unique piece of artwork is easy on acrylic, plus there’s a huge range of ‘off-the-rack’ patterns to pick from.
The draw back to acrylic, compared to glass is that acrylics promote burning and must be kept away from direct flames or any extreme heat source; greater than 80°C, so acrylic splashbacks are not suited behind a cook top.
Stainless Steel Splashbacks
Stainless steel splashbacks provide a good match to the growing number of kitchen appliances in stainless steel. Popular with high end, modern kitchens, stainless steel splashbacks can be attached to Gyprock walls and directly over tiled walls. Ranging from 0.5mm to 1.6mm thick, one big advantage of stainless steel sheeting is that it can be curved and bent or laser cut, catering to curves. With brushed satin or high gloss finishes, stainless steel offers an extremely durable choice; especially in kitchens, requiring a wipe down with a damp cloth to remove any food or liquid splashes.
When choosing splashbacks for kitchens, first consider the theme you are going for. Choosing the colour of your bench top will make selecting the colour for your splashback easier too. If you are wanting to brighten up your kitchen, consider a glass mirror splashback, or light coloured glass.
Often, and especially in second story bathrooms, there is no view to the outside. Even if there is a window, the glass is frosted to stop people looking in, or you from looking over the neighbours fence. A great solution is to add a scene to the wall behind clear glass. Imagine relaxing in your bath next to a beach, or country setting, or brushing your teeth in front of a glass splashback protecting a piece ow wall art.
Acrylic splashbacks are popular in laundry rooms because they offer a cheap yet practical solution. You can play with an unlimited colour range and coordinate to bench tops and appliances with ease.
In Summary, there are many materials to choose from when adding a splashback to your bathroom, kitchen or laundry, and although we have limited the discussion in this article to glass, stainless steel and acrylic, there are other materials that have been used with great effect. When choosing a material for wet area splashbacks, make sure the surface is not going to absorb any water and if a splashback will be near a cook top, the material needs to be non flammable.