Either you’ve just fitted your home with a brand new kitchen and are looking for those finishing touches, or you’ve suddenly realised why you’re getting those marks on the walls and windows – that’s right, you need to get yourself a splashback! You know what you’re after in terms of size, colour, thickness, but you can’t decide on the material – acrylic or glass. Well here are some pointers that will hopefully help you make the right decision.
Now, most people will go with an acrylic splashback in their kitchen (from an online plastic company) over glass for a number of reasons. The main reason being that acrylic is a much cheaper option, both in terms of material cost and labour/machining to make the finished product. It is also lighter in weight which will make it easier to handle and install, and put less strain on the fixings that hold it in place. Acrylic is also easily available in a wide variety of textures and colours should you opt for something a little more stylish!
Acrylic splashbacks do have their flaws however. If acrylic were to be used around the worktop or above the hob, heat from the hob or dishes/saucepans/utensils can cause the splashback to warp or distort, and leave burn marks on the surface should they come into contact with one another. The surface can also become scratched relatively easily, resulting in unsightly marks.
Moving on to glass splashbacks, they’re not as common in kitchens as acrylic options, mainly due to the increased cost. But as I’ll explain now, they do have their own set of advantages as well as disadvantages. The number one reason for opting for a glass splashback would be due to their toughness. They’re resilient when it comes to surface marks and heat, with certain types able to withstand temperatures all the way up to 400°c. Also due to glass being a non-porous surface, it keeps germs and bacteria on the surface, making cleaning a piece of cake. In addition, if you want your glass splashback to look super-stylish, during the creation process, manufacturers are able to add glitter, sparkles, and even rainbow patterns that stand out under light.
However as with acrylic splashbacks, glass also has its drawbacks. As I’ve already stated they are expensive in both material and labour to make. Due to the weight of glass splashbacks, there a certain cases where they simply can’t be used, as the fixing positions are unable to take the weight. For example, in modern houses where hollow walls containing insulation are common, this could be a problem, as opposed to older houses where concrete walls will hold them no problem. Another issue is the ability to use glass on surfaces that aren’t flat. For example, if your walls or kitchen units are slightly curved, acrylic splashbacks have the ability to be eased into this position, whereas glass products are fixed in their finished state.
Well there you have it, hopefully I’ve helped you make that last decision when it comes to buying your splashback. You’d already decided on what size, shape and colour you wanted, and my review on both acrylic and glass splashbacks above should have convinced you to pick the right material for your kitchen.