Last Updated Sep 14, 2018 · Written by Rob Schneider
Splashbacks are replacing wall tiles in many Australian kitchens. A splashback has a smooth surface and can easily be cleaned, while tiles have grout between the tiles that can become hard to clean. A splashback can be a home improvement, but how much does a splashback cost? It will depend on the type of splashback you buy and whether you have it professionally installed.
There are many types of splashbacks and they come in a variety of materials:
These are some of the more common materials, but a splashback is more than the material it's made from. Splashbacks come in a variety of colours and many are available with patterns, pictures and textures. Choosing a splashback can be difficult, but think about the whole kitchen when choosing a splashback.
How do you choose a splashback? It should complement your kitchen, but you may also want to make a splashback the centrepiece of the kitchen. Some homeowners prefer more muted colours, but others prefer brighter colours. The choice is always that of the homeowner and their sense of style.Splashbacks also come in patterns, which appeal to some homeowners. They can also have photographs attached to the back of the splashback. Photographs usually are behind glass splashbacks because clear glass displays them as they should be displayed. Acrylic splashbacks do not give the clarity of glass.
Splashbacks don't necessarily have a smooth surface. Metallic and some acrylic splashbacks can have a textured surface making them perfect for some kitchens. The texture doesn't detract from making the splashback easy to clean. All you have to do with any splashback is wipe it with a soft cloth to clean it.
It might be best to choose your benchtop before you choose a splashback. The benchtop adjoins the splashback and the benchtop will give you an idea of the colour and style of the splashback you want. In a modern kitchen, a bright colour might be just what the kitchen needs. If you have chosen an older style kitchen with older style faucets and timber doors, a metallic splashback might be perfect for it.
If you have a smaller kitchen, a splashback can make it look larger. If you have a nice view behind the splashback, think about getting a mirrored splashback that will bring the view indoors. If you don't have a view, a bright colour will make the kitchen appear larger and more cheerful.And don't forget: you can use more than one style of splashback in the kitchen. For example, you may want an image on one wall and a colour on the other walls or you may want to combine a metallic splashback with a glass spashback.
There are so many styles of splashbacks, it can be hard to choose the one you want. Start by using our Kitchen Splashback Ideas pages and narrow the field down to your favourite type of splashback.
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There can be two costs involved in installing a splashback. The first is the cost of the splashback and the second is the cost of installation. DIY installation is possible, but acrylic splashbacks are easier to cut than other types of splashbacks. Glass splashbacks are fairly thick and DIY installation is not recommended. However, glass and stone splashbacks can be custom cut for you and DIY installation is possible.
These are some typical prices for acrylic splashbacks:
Acrylic splashbacks are inexpensive, but they may not last as long as other splashbacks. However, better quality acrylic splashbacks are available that are tougher than less expensive splashbacks. The colour should be applied to the back of the splashback, too. It will show through, but won't scratch off in case of an accident.
Laminate splashbacks can be neutral, bright, metallic or look like stone. They can cost anywhere between $45 for a 1.96 metre length to $75 for the same length. Laminate splashbacks can cost as much as $400 for a custom made wall panel, but lower priced laminate splashbacks can be perfect for many kitchens.
Glass splashbacks range in cost:
Plain glass can be a perfect choice if you want to put a photograph behind the splashback. If you have a high resolution photo, it can be made into a mural or some splashback showrooms will have photographs for you to choose from.
Metal splashbacks tend to be thin sheets of pressed metal or stainless steel. They vary in price and only a supplier can give a price for their product. They tend to cost about the same price as more expensive glass or stone splashbacks and are usually custom made for a kitchen.
A less expensive version of a metal splashback is a metaline finish on a laminate splashback. It may not be textured, but it will look like metal.
Stone splashbacks range in price and can be custom cut for you. Some typical prices for stone splashbacks may be:
Real stone is not used for splashbacks. The stone is similar to Caesarstone and other artificial stones used on kitchen benchtops.
With the exception of acrylic splashbacks, which are relatively easy to cut, a DIY approach to glass, metal or stone splashbacks will have to include butting two or more lengths together. This will give the splashback seams and it might be better to have these types of splashbacks cut to size and installed by professionals.Splashback suppliers will charge different rates for installation. The best way to find out how much your splashbacks are going to cost is to measure the spaces for splashbacks, choose a splashback material and get quotes from splashback suppliers in your area. Their quotes should include the cost of the splashbacks and the installation cost.
Splashbacks can cost less than tiled kitchen walls, but some materials can cost more than wall tiles. The difference shouldn't be in the price, but in the effect the splashback will have in the kitchen. You will forget the price after you see the effect a splashback can have in a kitchen.
*Costs and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces.