Custom Kitchen Renovations and Designs
Spashbacks form an essential component of any kitchen renovation. They are not only decorative, but protect the kitchen wall from moisture and cooking splashes. They are also a safety consideration as they isolate walls from flammable materials. We've written about this in a separate article on splashbacks if you want to learn more.
Splashbacks are found behind sinks, cooktops or other surfaces where a wall requires protection from cooking preparation.
Laminate splashbacks are not as common these days, but are a consideration if you are on a budget. There is a large range of colours and patterns available, so there is bound to be a laminate that meets your needs. Laminate is either applied directly to the wall or onto backing panel. It is a continuous material with few, if any, joins. A major drawback with laminate is that it is flammable and has limitations when complying with gas and fuel regulations.
Tile splashbacks are definitely back in vogue. There was a time when they gave way to glass, mirror and stone, but they are back bigger (and smaller) and better than ever. With a huge range of sizes, styles and colours to choose form , it's easy to see why. You'll need to factor in cleaning, as grout is porous. The smaller the tile, the more grout, so consider applying a tile sealer to reduce maintenance.
Porcelain Sheet Splashbacks
Porcelain sheet is a heat resistant, non-absorbent material that is easy to clean and available in large sizes, making it is ideally suited as a splashback. While colours and patterns are not as varied as tiles, the large format means grouting will be minimal, if required at all. It's installation is similar to tiles, meaning it can be applied directly to most existing wall materials.
Glass splashbacks are available in huge range of colours and patterns, and are easy to clean and maintain. They are non-porous and hygienic. Manufactured to size, they are seamless and stylish. They allow for maximum creativity in design, and can even include prints. These properties make glass a hugely popular choice as a splashback material.
Similar to glass, mirror splashbacks offer are seamless, stylish surface that is non-porous. The mirror finish is ideal for creating the illusion of size and light to small kitchens. The reflective surface, however, does make it harder to keep clean.
Stainless steel splashbacks are a great choice for bring the industrial look to a kitchen. A hardy and durable material, but it can be difficult to keep clean, readily showing up fingerprints and scratches.
A natural material with heat resistant properties, stone is an easy to clean and maintain surface. Depending on the size of the splashback, minimal to no grout is required.
Reconstituted Stone Splashbacks
Reconstituted, or engineered stone is similar to natural stone but has the advantage of a large colour range, particularly lighter colours, and greater resistance to cracking. It large size format means no grout. Because it is an engineered product, it has some limitations near open flame. See our article on splashbacks for more information.