If you’re using a glass panel as your kitchen splashback there are two primary options, acrylic glass or a special ESG safety glass. Kitchen Splashbacks made of acrylic glass are not always suitable for gas cookers with open flames because of the intense heat, which adds stress which will risk damaging the panel.
Acrylic glass is more cost-effective and easier to work with then ordinary glass. Whilst the glass splashbacks are easy to clean, care should still be taken and the use of non-abrasive cloths and cleaners should be observed in order to prevent scratching and potential damage. Glass will sometimes expand slightly once installed, this is due to the high heat from stove. To avoid this potential complication, a reasonable distance of several millimetres to the kitchen stove must be factored in.
When opting in for kitchen glass splashbacks,one consideration that is important is the location of sockets and light switches. If the glass is to go over the sockets then precise measurements should be taken and communicated to the manufacturer of the glass panel. Mounting the glass splashback can be done with special mounting brackets and point and distance holders. The holes for the point holder must be drilled by the manufacturer to precise measurements in order for the glass to mount correctly. If you want to do this yourself, it is advisable to proceed with caution.
Splashbacks made for the kitchen using laminated safety glass
A glass splashback made from toughened safety glass, is particularly shock and Impact resistance. In accordance with the safety regulations. The Glass panels are heat treated and hold substantially higher temperatures than ordinary glass. This makes them especially suited to splashback material due to the heat from the stove. Glass is manufactured in either 6 mm or 8 mm thickness.
Attaching the splashback to your kitchen wall.
To attach the splashback, silicone is used which is applied to the glass panels rear side. However, some larger glass splashbacks instead use special distance brackets or break points that are fastens with stainless steel. The glass drilling is often carried out with in the manufacturing process, hence the importance of pre-measurements that are taken to precision. This is much the same as the assembly of acrylic glass.
There is also a staple strip with clip system, which are first attach with screws to the wall with an upper and lower rail, then the splashback is placed between the rails and clicked into place.
Caution broken glass!
Under no circumstances should screws be turned in glass plates. Glass under extreme tension will break easily, this is specially true in the case of uneven walls.