Glass splash backs are an extremely popular alternative to more dated finishes to the wet areas in your home. You can use splashbacks anywhere you might use tiles as a wall cladding, but they excel as a surface in kitchens and bathrooms.
When professionally fitted, toughened, colour-backed glass is perfect for use in wet, high wear areas of your home (like kitchen and vanity splashbacks and shower recesses). This is due to the resilient, non-porous and non-reactive nature of toughened (or tempered) glass.
Since the colour is a paint coating which we apply to the back of the glass, there are virtually no limitations on colour, and the hard-wearing front surface of the glass is very hygienic and easy to keep clean, unlike tiles and grout.
Accurate Glass & Splashbacks offers splash-backs in industry standard 6mm Grade A Toughened safety glass, with options for:
+ Standard “clear” float (has a green tinge, but is slightly cheaper)
+ Starphire (low iron) (the clearest available glass in the industry and highly recommended)
+ Toughened mirror products in plain, grey (smoked) and bronze variants
A trade qualified glazier will manage your project personally. Over the last decade, our splashback design and installation methods have been developed and tested through application in thousands of prestige projects. Many glass companies use sales reps with no trade background and unqualified casual labourers for installation. Using an experienced trade qualified glazier ensures sound design advice and expert installation.
Colour backed glass can be fitted on to any sound and relatively flat substrate, including plasterboard (gyprock); fibrous cement sheet, timber/ply/mdf, concrete and brick. Old tiles, adhesive, grout, and loose/flaky materials should ideally be removed. Do not give the surface ‘a quick paint’ without proper preparation as this can inhibit adhesion. Pre-painting is fine (although usually not necessary), as long as best practices are followed – sand, remove any dust/debri, and use an appropriate primer/undercoat/top coat in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations. Residue (tile adhesive etc) less than 1mm in height is OK as long as it is not loose. Holes in the wall do not generally pose a problem. While the wall does not have to be perfectly flat, any installer can achieve a better finish on a nice flat wall than they could on the same job if the wall is twisted and bowed. (see fit and finish below)
You can install glass splash-backs over existing tiles, remembering the following: You will lose 8mm or so of bench space, and if there are any exposed edges you will see the edge of the tile and the edge of the glass, making it obvious as to what has been done. For this reason, sometimes it is not recommended. If the tiles need to be removed this should be done BEFORE site-measure to ensure the best possible fit and finish.
Accurate Glass & Splashbacks offers a professional colour consultation upon site measure; with access to thousands of colour formulations including metallics. We can suggest the perfect colours for you or custom match any colour to suit your requirements. In addition we can reproduce any standard colour from the Dulux Paints Palette*. We always carry an extensive set of colour samples on glass to make the selection process easier for you.
*Colours may appear slightly different through the glass even on low iron, please ask for a sample to be produced if you are unsure.
Glass is an unforgiving material to work with at the best of times. According to Australian Glass Industry Standards, a variation in size of +/- 2mm is deemed acceptable for processed toughened glass. For these reasons, your kitchen (or other space) needs to be finished to the same state it will be in at the time of glass installation, before a measure can be carried out.
For kitchens, this generally means:
+ All bench tops installed,
+ All overhead cupboards/shelves installed,
+ All power points fitted or locations clearly marked,
+ Architraves fitted to any adjacent windows or doors (if required),
+ Range hood fitted (if having glass splash-backs behind a canopy range hood, it must be fitted and removed prior to measuring)
If you’re not sure whether your kitchen is ready to measure or not, contact us below to find out.
Glass cannot be cut or drilled after toughening, so if you make any changes to the area after manufacturing begins, you may need a whole new piece of glass.
Modern technology allows glass to be processed into almost any shape and size, but there are still some practical limitations. Ensuring your kitchen or bathroom is constructed and installed as straight, square, level and plumb as possible will ensure you get the best possible fit and finish to your glass splash-back. Tell your kitchen supplier in the design stage that you would/might like to use glass splash backs. They may approach your design differently for better integration of glass splashbacks. At Accurate Glass & Splashbacks, we take great pride in achieving the best possible level of fit and finish in any space, including complex, difficult or even poorly installed kitchens. However, if your space is poorly constructed and crooked, bowed or out of level/square, you will probably not get quite as good a finish as you would in a well constructed area. For this reason it is advisable to have your kitchen locally manufactured and installed by a quality Australian cabinet maker, joiner or kitchen company.
Please contact us if you would like us to try and recommend a quality cabinet maker servicing your area.
One of the great advantages of using glass splashbacks is the virtually endless choice of colours possible. Since the colour is achieved by applying a paint coating to the reverse side of the glass, the key limiting factors here are the quality of the paint system used, and the skill and attentiveness of the person(s) mixing and applying the coating. While most companies strive to achieve reasonably consistent results, in practice there will always be some degree of variation from batch to batch, and more consistent results cost more to produce, both in time and in materials. Lighter colours are the most difficult to produce with consistent repeatability, largely due to the tiny amounts of tinters (sometimes as little as 0.01%) which are added to a white base to achieve a light tone. Customers and designers need to be aware that more variation is likely to occur with very light colours. There are also many other variables which we won’t go into here.
The infinite spectrum of colours available can sometimes make selecting “the best” colour seem a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. One common mistake people make is getting ahead of themselves, and trying to finalise the colour selection before their kitchen has even been installed. While it’s always good to plan ahead, the glass is one of the last things to be manufactured and installed, so there is no need to fully commit to a colour in the early stages of planning on domestic jobs. Try and think about your overall colour scheme; for example, if you are going with black bench tops, then you are probably better off using a lighter colour for your splashback, to create contrast. Leave the final selection until your kitchen has been installed. That way you can inspect samples in your own home, under the usual lighting conditions and amongst the colours that the splash back will be subject to. This has a huge impact on the perception of colour. There is so much to think about, so focus on your other materials first. You can always find a splash back colour to complement them later.
Which brings us to an important point… What makes most professionally designed spaces in homes look so good? Usually, simplicity. Most designer interiors are predominantly white, with a couple of colours carefully selected. If you have a brown living space meeting a yellow kitchen, with two more colour tones on your cupboards and a contrasting bench-top, how are you ever going to find a colour for your splash-back to complement all of that? It’s very difficult, and sometimes impossible. When renovating your kitchen, think about the colour of the space. Compared to more expensive hard materials like cupboards, bench-tops and glass splash-backs, painted walls and skirting boards are easy and cheap to change. Don’t let your room colour dictate your other finishes.
Don’t introduce too many colours. Black and white surfaces aside, two colours are usually enough for any space, and three are usually too much! If you plan to use more than one distinct “feature” colour, keep your colours in the same tonal range. Take the neutral/grey/brown colours which have been so popular over the last few years for example. So many colours fall into this range, and you could call almost all of them brown or grey (or browny-grey!). But look at them objectively, and you will see that some of them are yellowish, and some are purplish. Some obviously contain black or red, while others do not. Try and group potential colours like this and choose a couple from the same family, a lighter one and a darker one. Don’t choose two that are too close together, and don’t put a purplish beige with a yellowish-beige, they will clash horribly!
Contrast is another thing to consider. Matching your splash-back as closely as possible to your cupboards or bench-top is almost always a bad idea. They will never quite look the same. Contrast is your friend. If you have a speckled bench-top, choosing a colour that matches the colour of one of the flecks can often work well, if it will contrast with the overall tone of the bench-top material.
Finally, if you plan to put your property on the market in the foreseeable future, try to choose colours that have a wide appeal. If you are planning to stay and enjoy your new kitchen, do what you really like. Don’t worry about what others think! It’s a very personal choice, and yours is the only opinion that matters. Try and remove the emotion, don’t stress, and make an objective choice. Hopefully these tips will help to make your selection easier. If you choose Accurate Glass for your splashback installation we can offer you professional advice on the right colour selection for your home.