You may have heard people talking about them as they have become very popular in recent years. Splashbacks! In this article, we will cover all things to do with splashbacks so you will be right up to date with one of the latest kitchen must-haves.
So what is it?
A splashback effectively is a layer of sheet material that sits on your wall between your base and wall cabinets, as well as behind your hob. The main purpose of the splashback apart from giving your kitchen a smart alternative to tiles is to protect your exposed walls from anything splashing on them, for example, when you are cooking.
The growing range of contemporary and classic finishes and range of designs of splashbacks means despite their practical application, they really do look good as an addition in their own right!
So what are they actually made of?
The three most common materials on the market are Glass, MDf & Acrylic.
Glass: There really is no end to the options alternatives, and finishes that can be achieved here. Everything from simple plain glass that allows the existing covering to show thorough, to bespoke finishes showing pictures of your favourite people places, or even possessions! Because of its durability, glass is an excellent choice.
Then there’s MDF substrate. These are normally in colours and finishes that match or complement your work-surfaces. If you like uniformity these would be an ideal choice.
The third most popular finish is acrylic based and like glass can be plain or painted in a colour of choice. There are some limitations with acrylic, particularly in gas-based cooking zones, but overall their effect can be quite striking.
Outside of these three finishes, there are other options like Stainless steel, and granite, etc but this should give you an idea of how versatile the idea and options can be.
Things to note:
Points worth noting:
As I just mentioned, some splashbacks have limitations around the cooking zone. The reason for this is because intense heat or an open flame can be a potential hazard. An acrylic or other combustible wall coating would therefore need additional protection to ensure safe use. The last thing anyone needs is a preventable accident so in areas near gas hobs we would recommend a stainless steel or toughened glass splashback. It doesn’t have to necessarily go around the entire work surface area, as ‘hot zone’ splashbacks on their own are very popular -but it does look equally good when it does.
Why are they so popular?
As I mentioned before, splashbacks have become the latest must-have to brighten up your kitchen. It is truly amazing what theme you can create with the vast variety of colours and styles available.
Yet unlike tiles which are a more traditional look, splashbacks will give you that gorgeous modern look that you desire. They are also so easy to maintain. By picking a splashback, there is no need for any maintenance after installation, because unlike tiles they don’t have any grout seams. They can be extremely easy to wipe down after using your kitchen and if you choose a less textured surface, they are substantially easier to clean than tiles.
Hopefully, the information above has been useful however if you have any further questions on splashbacks or if you are looking for a wide range of splashback options to choose from, click the link below to speak to one of our team.
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