Choosing Your Kitchen Glass Splashback

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Modern Kitchen with Splashback

Modern Kitchen with Splashback

How to Choose Your Glass Splashback

Kitchen glass splashbacks have come a long way since the days when they were simply a more hygienic alternative to wall tiles and tended to serve a purely functional purpose; protecting the wall area around the hob or sink from nasty stains or splashes. In fact, there are a growing number of options now available for those wishing to make a bold statement or add that touch of individuality to their kitchen, especially in a society in which the kitchen is very much the hub of the home and becoming more and more central to family life. Glass splashbacks also have the advantage of being primarily manufactured from toughened glass, making them extremely durable and heat resistant; aside from the fact that they are very easy to clean and maintain in that ‘just fitted’ feel.

So, where do you start?

Well, budget is usually a major consideration for most people and this is likely to affect, not only the type of splashback that you choose but also the expanse of wall that you’re going to be able to cover. Standard mirror and coloured splashbacks are some of the most affordable, followed by printed and patterned splashbacks, with toughened mirror and crackle or ‘ice-cracked’ glass splashbacks topping the range. Another factor that is likely to affect the cost is whether the glass needs to be shaped or requires additional cutting; to extend up to an extractor or remove cutouts for electrical sockets. Then, of course, if you’re not particularly DIY savvy and you’re hoping to cover all of the area under the wall cupboards with glass, then you may need to factor in the additional templating and fitting fee; although, we have produced some handy guides that will help you to measure and fit your glass panels yourself. Therefore, by far the simplest and most popular option is a single coloured rectangle behind the hob, under the cooker hood.

Choosing a Colour

Swatch of RAL Colours
RAL Colours

If you’re preferred choice is a coloured glass splashback, then you will need to decide whether you want a neutral or complimentary colour, that matches your walls or kitchen furniture or whether you are looking to make a bold statement, using a contrasting or vibrant injection of colour. It’s always worth remembering that not everyone will share your tastes, so unless you are planning on staying in your home, for a while, you may want to choose a colour with a more widespread appeal.
What’s more your own tastes may change in the years to come, so be sure to opt for a colour that you know you will enjoy for many years. Finally, if you’re the sort of person that detail oriented, then it is at least worth getting swatches of your preferred colours, so that you can compare them in-situ and for those who are very particular, order a sample to make doubly sure!

What About Printing?

Many people like to create a focal point in their kitchens and a great way of doing this is by combining coloured splashbacks with a single printed splashback; particularly behind the hob, under the hood. A digital print provides the perfect opportunity to add a touch of individuality and to truly personalise your kitchen area. What better way, than with one of your own personal digital photos. Alternatively, there are literally thousands of high quality images online for you to choose from, in fact, if you don’t already have a favourite image in mind then you may find the selection a little overwhelming.
Of course, you don’t have to have a combo of colour and print, large panel printed glass splashbacks work very well by themselves and the result is often breath-taking. It is worth mentioning that it is a little harder to find suitable images for these larger panels and that finding that perfect images may require the additional services of a specialist design company or photographer.

Auckland City at Night
Auckland City at Night

Adding Design Features

With glass splashbacks becoming ever more popular, a number of design companies have emerged that are experimenting with shades and textures to create even more variety in colour and style. This has also lead to the development of new technologies that allow the addition of crushed minerals, metal elements and even a combination of different pigments to the back of a toughened glass panel to create a wide range of sparkling and shimmering effects and allow the truly creative among us to have a ‘field day’!

Luxury Collection - Copper Granite
Blue Diamond + Silver Sparkle & Heart Stencil
Italian Collection - CT018
Printed Splashback - Rainbow Waves

 

Our New Launch

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New Website Launch

Announcing the launch of our newly redesigned and updated website.

Here’s some pretty awesome news: we’ve just launched our redesigned website at glasssplashbacksuk.com.

The old site was beginning to show it’s age and was in need of some updating so we went for it…we hope you like it!

New Website Launch

In addition to the changed design and overall layout of the pages, we’ve also made it fully responsive to enhance the user experience on mobile devices and tablets and we think you’ll find that it’s much faster.

We’ve also taken the opportunity to expand the range of products that we have to offer, some of which you can see displayed at the bottom of our homepage.

Keep an eye out for a new video, displaying our new range of finishes.

How to Fit

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How to Fit - Guide

We appreciate that there may be many different techniques for fitting your glass splashbacks but there is a method that we employ that has been tried and tested and that we believe is a relatively simple procedure. Therefore we have incorporated it into the following guide to help you to fit your glass splashbacks with as little difficulty as possible.

 

 

 

If you would like to receive a copy of this Fitting Guide, please complete the form by clicking here and we will send you a copy.

We have also produced a Measuring Guide and a Care Guide which are also available to both view online and download. Simply follow the link at the bottom of the page.

How to Measure

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How To Measure - Guide

Although measuring your kitchen or bathroom for a glass splashback can be a daunting prospect for those who have never attempted the task before, it is not really that complicated. However, there are few important factors that you will need to consider both before and during the measuring process. That is why we have created this Video and Measuring Guide for you, to enable you to measure accurately and to help you to provide us with all of the information that we require to make the whole process run as smoothly as possible.

 

 

If you would like to receive a copy of this Measuring Guide, please complete the form by clicking here and we will send you a copy.

We have also produced a Fitting Guide and a Caring Guide which are also available to both view online and download. Simply follow the link at the bottom of the page.

How to Care

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How To Care - Guide

We take a great deal of pride in the quality of our glass splashback panels and because we recognise that you will also appreciate the value of your purchase and want to keep your coloured glass splashbacks looking as vibrant as the day they first arrived, we have put this simple guide together to ensure that your splashbacks will be afforded the best care.

 

 

 

If you would like to receive a copy of this Caring Guide, please complete the form by clicking here and we will send you a copy.

We have also produced a Measuring Guide and a Fitting Guide which are also available to both view online and download. Simply follow the link at the bottom of the page.

FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions

About UsWe aim to answer all of your questions clearly and concisely

Q. {tooltip}”What are your payment options?”{end-text|h=375}We have chosen to use Paypal to handle our payments as it accepts most major credit cards and is a proven, secure payment solution. Furthermore, you do not need to have, or create, a Paypal account to make a purchase.You will be directed to pay for your glass as you complete your online order.
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Q. {tooltip}”Why are your prices so low?” {end-text}Our prices are so low because we don’t maintain a showroom, we don’t keep stock (all of our orders are bespoke and made to measure) and we don’t need any salesmen to sell our product! More over, rather like Ikea, we cut out all the unnecessary costs of templating and installation with the help of our innovative templating guides and online software, passing those savings directly to you the customer.{end-tooltip}

Q. {tooltip}”How long will my order take?”{end-text}Our standard production time is approximately 7 working days and we expect to deliver your order within 15 working days of the start of production. If you need to receive your order sooner,
then please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate your request.{end-tooltip}

Q. {tooltip}”Is there a min. or max. size of splashback I can order?” {end-text|w=450}The minimum size of the splashback that we can currently produce is 80mm x 80mm; although, there may be a minimum order surcharge. Please also be aware, that the minimum length that we can toughen is 250mm, so if both dimensions of your glass panel are less than this, it will not be toughened!
The maximum size that we can safely deliver is 2950mm x 1650mm. However if your requirements exceed these current limitations please email us at enquiries@glasssplashbacksuk.com and we will happily consider your request.{end-tooltip}

Q. {tooltip}”What is your return policy?” {end-text}Unfortunately, we cannot offer a return service for a custom made item.{end-tooltip}

Q. {tooltip}”Do you offer a survey or installation service?” {end-text}Yes. We offer a measuring and fitting service, although this service is primarily for jobs located in the Greater London area – please call or email us for further information{end-tooltip}

About You

Q. {tooltip}”How do I obtain a quote?”{end-text}Click Here or on our ‘Online Quote’ button and follow the simple 3 step process. You should receive your estimate immediately. If you require written confirmation then please click on the Quote by Email button and we will gladly send you a copy.{end-tooltip}

Q. {tooltip}”Can I get actual samples of the coloured glass?” {end-text}Unfortunately, we are not able to offer samples at this time but this is a service that we intend to resume in the future.{end-tooltip}

Q. {tooltip}”Can I buy only glass upstands?” {end-text}If you only require glass upstands, then we are happy to supply these to you. Please complete your order using our New Order Tool (for regular shaped upstands) or Contact Us via email or phone for irregular shaped upstands.{end-tooltip}

Q. {tooltip}”What condition should the wall be in?” {end-text|w=450}The wall needs to be free of bows, twists or raised areas over approximately 2-3mm. Any sharp areas need to be removed. Any unevenness less than 2-3mm can be taken up by the adhesive. All walls must be sealed using either PVA or emulsion paint. The walls will be obscured by the glass so the surface does not need to look pretty. Wiring must be chased into walls and any light fittings should be fitted allowing at least 10mm for the thickness of the glass and adhesive.{end-tooltip}

Q. {tooltip}”Can I fit glass on top of my existing tiles?”{end-text|w=380}This is not something that we would recommend, due to the unstable nature of tiles. It is always better to apply the glass directly onto a prepared wall. See our Free Guide for more information on how the walls should be prepared.{end-tooltip}

Q. {tooltip}”How will my splashback be fixed to the wall?”{end-text}Generally coated glass is attached to the wall using a special adhesive that will not react to the coating.
We recommend Clear “LOW Modulous” or “Neutral” Silicone Adhesive.
Please see our ‘How to …’ reference guide.{end-tooltip}

Q. {tooltip}”How do I clean my glass splashbacks?” {end-text}The glass can be cleaned with normal household window cleaner. If you haven’t received a copy of our Free Measure, Fit & Care Guide then please click here.{end-tooltip}

About the Glass

Q. {tooltip}”Is the glass safe?” {end-text|w=375}Our coloured and printed glass splashbacks are 6mm toughened glass so that they can be used behind hot appliances. They are extremely robust and very safe.
All of our glass meets the following safety standards:
a) Thermal toughened soda lime silicate safety glass BS EN 12150:(parts 1&2):2000
b)Impact test BS EN 12600:2002
c)Four point bending test BS EN 1288-3:2000{end-tooltip}

Q. {tooltip}”How are the glass edges finished?”{end-text}Our glass edges are all polished so are ‘finger friendly’!{end-tooltip}

Q. {tooltip}”Is there a warranty on your product?” {end-text}We offer a 10 year warranty against discolouration, fading and peeling{end-tooltip}

Q. {tooltip}”Can I have holes or cutouts in the glass?”{end-text}Yes. Glass can be cut in many ways to allow for sockets, drill holes or a cutout for a cooker hood for example. The accuracy of these is vital because we cut prior to toughening and once toughened no changes can be made.{end-tooltip}

Q. {tooltip}”How far apart should sockets be placed?” {end-text}Cutouts for electrical sockets or internal cut outs for anything else should generally be at least 50mm from the edge of the panel and 20mm from each other. Please also be aware that all internal corners will have a 6mm radius. If sockets are placed side by side, the boxes must be placed so that the socket covers sit tightly against one another as the face plates sit on top of the glass. Please also ensure your electrician leaves plenty of wire so the sockets can be fed through the glass.{end-tooltip}

Q. {tooltip}”Can you cut shaped pieces?” {end-text|w=375}Glass can be curved or shaped to accommodate cooker hoods, etc. Certain shapes are less practical, such as ‘L’ or ‘T’ shaped panels as it could increase the risk of breakage. Consequently, we recommend producing each piece separately for ‘T’ and ‘L’ shapes. You must also consider that any internal corner will not be cut square but will have a 6mm radius, so if you require a square internal corner, once again we suggest that you produce each panel section as an individual piece.{end-tooltip}

Q. {tooltip}”What colour can we have the glass painted?”{end-text}We have increased our standard colour range from the RAL Classic Range  and we now colour-match to any colour of your choosing!{end-tooltip}

Q. {tooltip}”Will the colours look the same as on my computer screen?”{end-text}They will look almost the same but don’t forget images on screen look different from the real glass as contrast and brightness settings of a monitor could be different. The same is also true for any print out you may have as printer settings also vary from printer to printer.{end-tooltip}


If you have any questions of your own that we have not answered here relating to your glass splashbacks or any
of the services we currently offer please feel free to email us your question or use the contacts form.

 

January 2015

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New Quote Tool

Glass Splashbacks UK are proud to announce the launch of our new quotation and ordering tool, as from January 13th this year. The “Quick Quote” Tool has been in the development stage for many months and has been specifically designed with you, our customer, in mind. We appreciate how valuable your time is to you and how frustrating it can be to have to fill out page after page of information for a simple price. So we have worked with our developers to produce, what we hope will be the first in a line of tools that will help to speed up the process and allow you to quickly price up your latest glass splashback project and then simply click on a button to place your order with us.

To read more about the launch please click here

Glass Splashbacks for Kitchens

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Lucy G Design - Printed Glass Kitchen Splashback

Choosing Glass Splashbacks for your Kitchen

Beautiful Kitchen with Glass SplashbackSplashbacks for kitchens and bathrooms are widely available, in an assortment of materials including wood, tiles and glass, not to mention stone of all kinds; both natural and man-made. Whether you are looking to create a bold statement feature or a neutral understated piece Glass Splashbacks UK has just what your home needs. You can choose a colour to match your décor or simply go for a complimentary colour that will create a stunning visual effect.

The obvious place for glass splashbacks in your kitchen is behind or around the cooking area. A splashback behind the hob is a very common choice as there are always going to be splashes of fat and food while cooking. They are the ideal option in this area, or anywhere in your kitchen, as they provide a hygienic and easy to clean surface that doesn’t harbour bacteria or grow mould. Most types of glass splashback are well suited for kitchens as they are not only durable but also heat resistant. Furthermore, they are a great way to enhance the appearance of your kitchen and a sure way to impress any friends that pop in for a visit.

Although tiles can be a great splashback alternative for your kitchen; as they provide a traditional, virtually maintenance free feature, there are some definite negatives when considering tiles as a backsplash option, both for your kitchen or bathroom. They may afford a relatively maintenance free wall covering, however, in time the grout used may become stained or discolour with age. It is often the grout in the kitchen that harbours bacteria which, in time, can result in mould growth; even though you may think that your tiles are clean. Certain tile materials will also need extra protection from fading and to make them heat resistant for kitchen use.

As a natural product, some consider wood as a viable alternative to using glass for kitchen splashbacks but in most cases wood will need special treatment to prevent it from staining. Not only is it likely to stain and discolour quickly but, owing to the humidity that often exists in the kitchen environment, wood is more susceptible to swelling and possibly even cracking, especially when used in the vicinity of cooking appliances.

One of the best materials to use for your kitchen splashbacks is glass. Glass is becoming ever more popular both because of its stunning properties and owing to modern design processes that have made it even more versatile. Not only does the toughening process make it extremely durable and resistant to knocks, fading and the environmental conditions often present in most kitchens, but it is also very easy to clean and maintain (using simple window cleaner). Furthermore, the reflective properties of glass make it a very popular choice because more light is reflected back into the room, transforming what could be a dark and dreary room into a light and airy space; opening up all sorts of possibilities.

Purchasing glass splashbacks for your kitchen is one of the most obvious solutions but glass can also be used in a variety of locations including, the hall way; as a focal point in the lounge; in the bathroom and even in the office environment.

Why not take a look at our Testimonial Pages today to see how many ways you can make a style statement using glass splashbacks.

We have also now added a video and updated our measuring and fitting guides to make it even easier for you to achieve that professional finish yourself, saving you both time and money.