Welcome to my blog. Let me introduce myself. My name is Benjamin. I am married to an amazing woman, Pam, and we have two daughters, Sammy and Justine. I am a visual artist who has occasionally worked with stained glass. That has given me an appreciation for other types of glass, and in this blog, I plan to write about buying glass, owning it, cleaning it repairing it and more. If you have any questions about glass, I invite you to explore this blog, and I thank you for reading. If you enjoy my posts, I invite you to share them. enjoy.
Glass splashbacks are a very popular option for homeowners, especially those who want something different than the standard granite or laminate splashbacks, which are all too common. If you're in the market for new splashbacks for your kitchen and are considering glass, you might have a few misconceptions about the material that may be holding you back from your purchase. Note a few of these here and then discuss this option with a remodeling contractor.
1. Glass is heavy
The glass used for splashbacks is typically no heavier than any standard tile you might use. In some cases, it might even be lighter than other materials such as dense granite or other stones. Its lighter weight can mean not having to brace up your counters or the walls where you will install the splashbacks, making for a relatively fast and easy installation.
2. Glass is just for modern décor
Glass used for splashbacks can be tinted just about any color imaginable, and even left clear. If you have a traditional design in warm earth tones, you might opt for a sand color or something in a soft green. A cream color can also be a very neutral choice that goes with any décor. Clear glass won't block the view of any wallpaper you have installed or detract from any style in a kitchen.
3. Glass scratches easily
If you've ever seen a glass splashback with scratches, chances are it was simply cleaned improperly. Glass splashbacks shouldn't be cleaned with any type of coarse, gritty material or any harsh abrasive or chemical. Typically you want to clean the splashback as you would any other glass; use a simple glass cleaner or even a mixture of white vinegar and water, and your splashback should stay clean and without damage to the surface.
4. Glass can only be installed in long, tall panels
Long, tall panels is often a choice with glass splashbacks because homeowners like the look of one long, clean line for their splashback. However, the minimal height and width of a splashback will be determined by each manufacturer, not by the use of glass itself. You may be able to find a contractor who can cut a splashback just a few inches or millimeters high, and just a foot or meter across, depending on your preferences and their abilities. Don't assume that the popular choice you see in splashback sizes is your only choice, but discuss your preferences with a glass installer instead.