If you're remodelling your kitchen, one of the things you may be considering is adding or replacing your existing splashback, which is useful for protecting the wall behind a stove and also enhancing the visual appeal of your kitchen. Splashbacks make it easier for you to clean dirt and grease from behind your stove because many are coated with stain-resistant material, and they also provide protection against moisture. To help you decide which splashback is right for you, here are some of the popular choices on the market.
Glass splashbacks may be the most visually appealing of all the splashbacks, but they are also the most expensive. Glass splashbacks offer a number of different options in terms of the kind of glass you want to use. For example, frosted glass isn't see-through, but has a misty appearance that can change the look of your home. You can also select textured glass, glass that's etched with designs, or coloured glass, which is coated with coloured material. (However, any coloured glass you buy must have a guarantee against fading.)
Glass splashbacks are typically constructed from tempered glass, which is double-paned glass fired in high heat for additional strength and maximum heat resistance. If you're feeling very bold, you can ask your glazier to add LED lights behind the glass splashback, so that your kitchen dazzles during the evening.
When you choose a stainless steel splashback, you're creating a very modern look, because the clean sheen and polish of the steel can blend in beautifully with your stainless steel appliances, pots and pans to form a harmonious design plan. Unlike iron, stainless steel is coated with anti-corrosive and anti-rust material, so you don't have to worry about the steel fading or degrading over time. Stainless steel splashbacks are easy to maintain, lightweight and long-lasting.
One thing to remember, however, is that stainless steel will show smudges and scratches, so you have to be careful when cooking your meals so you don't mar the steel. Stainless steel is not as expensive as glass, but it's more costly than tile.
The most common types of splashbacks are made from tile, probably because it is affordable, and there are many design and color options to fit a kitchen. Tile splashbacks are available in hundreds of colors, designs and shapes, including square, rectangular and even hexagonal, depending on your taste. Tile is also very stain and scratch resistant, and it's a durable material that is made from clay that has been cured in high heat, so tile splashbacks will last as long as glass and steel splashbacks.
Tile splashbacks are bonded to your wall with adhesive, but if your wall isn't made from plasterboard (drywall), and is made from brick or concrete, you may have to sand down the wall to prepare it for tile installation. In terms of maintenance, you do have to clean the grout, the spaces between tiles, once a week to prevent mold from setting.