What type of Glass do you use for your Splashbacks?
Where possible, we will always use 6mm Low Iron, Toughened Glass, Polished all round & backpainted.
6mm glass is a standard thickness for splashbacks, as it is more durable than using 4mm and not too heavy to apply to walls. It is also more cost effective and aesthetically pleasing (if glass edges are visible side on) than using a thicker glass. Low Iron glass is the best choice for splashback glass, as it does not interfere with the colour painted on the back of the glass. Standard (float) glass contains Iron, which gives the glass a greenish tint, which you may have noticed when looking at the edges of glass. If this glass is used for splashbacks, the paint will appear to be a different colour when viewed on the glass. For example, if you painted float glass white, it would appear to be a very pale mint green. Low Iron glass, otherwise known as ‘Crystal Clear’ or ‘Optiwhite’ contains much significantly less iron levels, meaning that the colour paint you use will appear the same when viewed on the glass. Toughening the glass will ensure that the splashback can be used near heated areas, such as hobs etc. It also makes the glass around 4 times stronger than float glass. If for any reason the toughened glass was to break, then it will not create sharp shards of glass. This glass is used in phone booths and many public areas for its safety aspects. Having the glass polished all round has many benefits. It aids the toughening process, is safer to manually handle and will provide a smooth finish.
The splashbacks are then back painted to the colour of your choice. Please check your individual quote to see what you are being priced for. You can discuss glass splashback options with a member of staff if you wish to change the glass specifications of your splashbacks.
Can Glass Splashbacks go behind a hob?
Yes, as long as the glass is toughened, it can be placed behind a domestic oven or near a source of heat such as a kettle etc.
Can Glass Splashbacks be cut and/or drilled?
We can produce glass splashbacks which have cut-outs for sockets, switches, holes etc, provided that we are aware of these prior to toughening. Once any glass has been toughened, you cannot make any alterations to it, as it would cause the glass to shatter. If you were to opt for a survey, supply & fit service, then we would measure the appropriate distances between any cut-outs etc within the glass and ensure these were all cut into the glass before we toughen it. If however you were to opt for a supply & deliver or collection service, you would need to provide details of any cut-outs or holes which need to be included in the glass before we begin production. We can also produce glass worktops, with cut-outs for sinks, or drainage grooves within the glass surface.
Can I have shaped Glass Splashbacks?
Yes, we can provide shaped glass splashbacks to fit your surroundings. The most common shaped splashbacks include inverted T panels around the hob area, L panels to match the layout of work surfaces, or even panels with a semi-circular shaped top to compliment curved extractor fans. We are also able to produce Glass worktops and breakfast bars with curved edges or design features.
How are glass splashbacks fixed to the wall?
There are two methods of fixing a glass splashback to the wall. The easiest and most common method is by applying a low module glass adhesive directly to the back of the glass and sticking it to the wall. This is a contact adhesive which will instantly suck to the wall, but will take a minimum of 24hrs to fully bond. This provides a ‘seamless’ finish, as there are no fixings required. However this will make the glass a permanent fixture, as once the adhesive has set, you can only remove the glass by smashing it off the wall. If you would like to use this method and are opting for a supply & deliver or collection service, you will need to ensure that you use a low module adhesive, as this will not erode the paint on the back of the glass. You can purchase this from us, along with low module silicones in a selection of colours. The second option is to screw the glass into the wall. You will need to inform us of this prior to production, as the glass would have to have holes cut into it to allow the screws through the glass and into the wall. This method allows you to easily remove the glass if required. It also allows you to have a clear glass splashback, if you wanted to see the wall behind, for example if you wanted to protect wallpaper etc. We have two types of decorative glass screw fixings for sale, one is a dome head screw cap.
Do we need a site survey?
No, we are happy to produce glass as per our clients specifications, but we cannot be responsible for any glass which does not fit if our staff have not surveyed this. As glass needs to be measured to the millimetre and you need to be aware of processing tolerances, add – ons and knock – offs, unless you have a glazing background, we would always recommend opting for our full survey, supply & fit service. That way all the hassle and worry is taken out of your hands.
What happens during a survey appointment?
Our skilled glaziers would attend site to take accurate measurements down to the millimetre and template if necessary. During this appointment they can also check that layout you wish to implement is achievable. They can then advise you of any adjustments that may be necessary for technical reasons. During this appointment they will also show you a selection of colour swatch cards and samples on actual glass.
Do I need to have my Kitchen completed before you survey?
You do not need to have every finishing touch completed, but all the base units, worktops, cupboards, appliances and any fittings which will affect the splashbacks need to be in place as we measure to the millimetre.
How does the Glass Splashback get its colour?
All of our glass splashbacks are back painted using a specialist glass paint. This is sprayed directly onto the back of the glass, giving it an even, matt finish. The paint is mixed with a specific harder, which causes the paint to set. A protective coating is then applied to the paint, once dry.
Can I see through the glass?
No, unlike stained glass, the paint we use is matt and will give a completely opaque finish. The method of back painting the glass will create an even, smooth finish and prevents you from being able to see the walls or adhesive behind the glass, making glass splashbacks a very effective way to hide unsightly walls.
Will the paint colour fade?
No, the paint we use is guaranteed to retain its colour for a minimum of 7 years, provided that the glass is well maintained.
Do you offer a colour matching service?
Yes, in most cases we can offer a colour matching service. However this would have an additional cost and an extra lead time as the paint being matched will often need to be examined.
Can I see colour samples?
Yes, if you opt for a survey, supply & fit service then when one of our glaziers attend the property to conduct the survey, they will show you a selection of colours, some on swatch cards and some on actual pieces of glass.