Splashbacks are a stylish, yet essential addition to any home. Read on to find out more, and to help you choose the best one for your needs.
Splashbacks are a feature that is designed to both look good and serve a purpose. They are used in areas where water is found – such as the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry, and they protect the wall underneath from damage. They are also found near the stove. Splashbacks also make the surface easier to clean, an invaluable function in the kitchen where food splatters are an everyday fact of life.
Splashbacks are anywhere from 400mm to 600mm high usually, and they are as long as required. Whatever material you choose for your splashback, you should ensure that there is at least 200mm clearance between the splashback and the nearest stove burner or hotplate. If the distance is less, ensure that the splashback material is non-combustible. The joints in the splashback need to be sealed.
There are some things that you will need to consider when you are choosing a splashback. Firstly consider your budget, as some materials are markedly more expensive than others. Think about the style of your home – there is no point using a contemporary material if the rest of the room or home has a country feel. If the splashback is to be installed in the kitchen, ensure that it can stand up to the pressures of heat, food splatters, and stains.
A splashback is a long-term addition to your home so you want to be careful when choosing the colour. Be aware that the colour will date your splashback, so it may be best to choose a neutral colour that can be jazzed up with accessories. Natural, earthy colours are also extremely popular.
There are several different materials that can be used for splashbacks. These include:
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