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Glass Splashbacks

 

A popular material for splashbacks is painted glass. Painted glass can also be used to create stunning focal points in bathrooms or commercial premises.

The glass must be of the highest quality. Only use either Clear Float or Low-Iron glass:

  • Clear Float Glass - is the most commonly used, comes in various thicknesses and have a slight green hue to it which can affect light and off-white colours. For this reason, pale colors are best done in Low-Iron glass
  • Low-Iron Glass - as the name implies, is made with reduced levels of iron content, avoiding the green hue. This additional processing does make it more expensive, but also allows for light or off-white colours to be available.

The glass must be at least 5mm thick toughened glass to provide the necessary durability and heat resistance, when used behind stove tops. Edges should be polished for a smooth, clean and safe finish.

Glass makes a perfect alternative to tiles, wall paper, plaster and other wall materials, with added durability. It can also be used as benchtops and cupboard doors, in the appropriate fittings and dimensions. The reflective qualities of glass create the impression of more space and light.

Make sure the splashback is made from [min] 5mm toughened safety glass - especially any glass that is within 200 mm of a gas hob.

 

DIY Splashbacks

Glass Art DIY splashbacks are perfectly suited to DIY projects adding style and quality at a lower cost. A few tips:

Color - The color of float glass will not be exactly as the color as portrayed on a standard color chart, it will have a slight green tinge. Darker colours will be about 1/4 shade darker. If you need an exact color match - use low iron glass which has almost no effect on the colour coating.

Tranparancy - you will not be able to see through the glass splashback when it is affixed to the wall

Suitable wall surfaces - splashbacks can be fitted to most clean, dry surfaces including GIB, tiles and wallpaper. This makes them an ideal remodelers and renovators material

Fixing - the coated glass is attached to the wall using a special silicone adhesive that will not react to the coating. Clear or frosted glass must be attached with stainless steel fittings.

Tools required - all you need is a tape measure and a silicone [caulking] gun.

Working around powerpoints - holes can be cut to accomodate powerpoints. The holes are made slightly smaller than the powerpoint plate so that the edges of the glass are covered when installed. Holes must be at least 50 mm from the edge of the glass.

Usability - colored glass can be used for splahsbacks, cabinet doors with aluminium or timber frames, drawer fronts and in some areas of the house they can be used as counter tops. One stunning example I have seen was a thick cork slab encased in glass used as a bathroom vanity. Very stylish. They can also be used as wall tiles in kithchens, bathroom and laundry.

Warranty - make sure the product you get has a guarantee against delamination of the colour-coating for at least 10 years.

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