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 splashbacks 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.