Glass splashbacks for kitchens offer many advantages, but for a quick breakdown of the key reasons why people choose glass kitchen splashbacks over the many alternative materials available, here are 10 key benefits.
First of all there's the installation. Because glass splashbacks are manufactured either in one piece or in large sections, with screw holes predrilled, and the sections of glass attached to the wall using a secure bonding agent, they are incredibly quick and easy to install into your kitchen. There is no messing about with grout, no trying to keep lengthy lines of tiles even, and no cutting and chipping away to try to work your way around pipes or sockets.
The second advantage is durability. Splashbacks are made from toughened glass, and this material is incredibly resilient. After all, toughened glass is used for things such as the door on your oven, and many popular casserole dishes, not to mention chopping boards. Glass can withstand knocks, bangs, scrapes, acidic juices, sharp knives and the daily onslaught typically thrown at the average family kitchen.
Thirdly there is the fact that glass splashbacks can be crafted in an astonishing range of colours. In fact in many cases you can use the same sort of colour chart as you do in any good quality graphics program on a computer, choosing exactly the colour you want, rather than a close approximation. This means that you can choose your splashback colour to either match existing decorations within the kitchen, or simply to reflect who you are.
The fourth benefit of glass as a material for kitchen splashbacks is that they can often be produced to include LED lighting for a truly outstanding effect. Glass worktops can also be made in this way, and with a frosted finish to the glass the LED lights create a diffused lighting effect that looks strikingly modern and sophisticated.
Fifthly we should mention cleaning. Glass is incredibly simple and easy to clean. After all, cleaning your windows doesn't take very long, simply requiring a quick spray and wipe. No matter how enthusiastic your cooking techniques might be, when it comes to cleaning up afterwards all that is necessary is to give your splashbacks a quick spray and wipe, and they are back to their former glory in seconds.
Advantage number six is to do with hygiene. No matter how visibly clean your kitchen may be, microbes, bacteria and mildew can accumulate, hide and breed in even the smallest cavity. The edges of tiles, and the grouting, offer many opportunities for bacteria to escape your cleaning. But glass offers such a smooth surface, and such an even one, that mould and bacteria are simply not interested. This means that a glass kitchen splashback helps to keep your family safer and healthier.
The seventh benefit is the sheer versatility of glass as a material for kitchen splashbacks. It can be moulded and cut to almost any shape, integrating holes for sockets and pipes, raised cooling racks and even integrated bowls. It can be curved, straight, and made to measure easily. This is why it is often used not only for kitchen splashbacks, but also for bathrooms, receptions and many other locations where versatility and style are important.
Benefit number eight relates to the way in which coloured glass splashbacks can help to transform your kitchen incredibly quickly and easily. Because they can be manufactured in bold colours, and quickly cover a large area of space, it is possible to completely change the look and feel of the entire room in a very short space of time.
Nine is the fact that toughened glass is extremely resistant to heat. This is important, because many tiles popularly used as splashbacks actually offer a very low resistance to heat, and grout even less, which means that over time weaknesses can occur, damage can occur, and as well as looking unsightly this also represents a hygiene risk. The glass used in splashbacks is able to cope with temperatures up to 400°C, which is hotter than the melting temperature of lead!
Finally we come to one of the most obvious features of coloured splashbacks. Whereas tiles and other opaque surfaces absorb light and reflect very little, glass reflects and refracts light in a way which imbues the entire room with a soft coloured glow which creates an amazing atmosphere, bringing your kitchen alive with light and colour.