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Choosing A Splashback For Your Kitchen Renovation

Kitchen splashbacks are more than a decorative feature. They serve a practical and safety purpose within your kitchen. Before choosing a splashback for your kitchen renovation, consider these points.

1) Safety Regulations

If you are planning on a gas cooktop, there are specific Gas & Fuel regulations that pertain to a splashback. On the surface these appear straight forward, but there a couple of surprises. So before you begin, it pays to know the safety regulations that apply. These will impact on the choices that are available to you.

Gas & Fuel Regulations

A non compliant Kitchen Splashplack must be a minimum of 200mm from the burner to a combustible material (side & back).

The surprise is what is combustible!

If you are planning on an electric or induction cooktop, these regulation do not apply. That said, there are still the practical and aesthetic considerations.

2) Practical Applications

Kitchen Splashbacks act as a waterproofing barrier to the walls. Without this barrier, water ingress would lead to a varierty of issues over time. Chief among them are:

  • a build up of mould
  • plaster and paint damage
  • rot

The splashback also provides a protective barrier from cooking oils and food.

3) Types of Kitchen Splashbacks

There are many splashback options available in today's market. Each has their own set of properties to take into account. The following list gives a quick breakdown of the main features or each:

  • Laminate Splashbacks
    • This is an old style and not common now
    • Does NOT meet gas & fuel regulations, so minimum distances from gas flame applies
    • Need to think about exposed edge (top & ends). Exposed edges need to be finished
  • Tile Splashbacks
    • Creative in design and finish
    • Meets regulations
    • Requires grout. This can be an issue with cleaning
  • Porcelain Sheet Splashback
    • Limited range of patterns and colours available at the moment (mainly marble)
    • Meets regulations
    • Large sizes available, so may not need grout (depending on dimensions and lay-out)
  • Stainless Steel Splashbacks
    • Meets regulations with the correct sub-structure.
    • Hardy / durable
    • Industrial look
    • Hard to keep clean
  • Glass Splashbacks
    • Meets regulations
    • Creative in design. Many colours available and can include prints
    • No grout,
    • Easy cleaning
  • Mirror Splashbacks
    • Meets regulations
    • No grout
    • Can help create a lot of space / light in small spaces
    • Hard to keep clean due to reflection
  • Reconstituted Stone Splashbacks
    • Does NOT meet gas & fuel regulations, so minimum distances from gas flame applies.
    • Generally a thicker material so will sit proud from wall
    • No grout, easy cleaning
  • Natural Stone Splashbacks
    • Meets regulations
    • No grout

Note: many people erroneously believe that reconstituted stone meets Gas & Fuel regulations. This is not the case.

The following images are a few examples of kitchen splashbacks from projects designed by Jenefer at eat.bathe.live

Porcelain Sheet Splashback

Mirror Splashback

Tile Splashback