Question: What type of Glass do you use for your Splashbacks?
Answer: 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.
Question: Can Glass Splashbacks go behind a hob?
Answer: 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.
Question: Can Glass Splashbacks be cut and/or drilled?
Answer: 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.
Question: Can I have shaped Glass Splashbacks?
Answer: 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.
Question: How are glass splashbacks fixed to the wall?
Answer: 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 'seemless' finish, as there are no fixing 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 and the other is a flat head screw cap, both in a chrome finish.
Question: How does the Glass Splashback get its colour?
Answer: 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 a matt, even 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.
Question: Can I see through the glass?
Answer: 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.
Question: Will the paint colour fade?
Answer: No, the paint we use is guaranteed to retain its colour for a minimum of 7 years, provided that the glass is well maintained.
Question: Do you offer a colour matching service?
Answer: No, we do not currently offer a specific colour matching service. However we are able to use RAL, British Standard and Dulux colours, so there are hundreds of colour options available.
Question: Can I see colour samples?
Answer: 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.