Every day, more and more homeowners are installing glass splashbacks as a decorative and functional addition to their kitchens or bathrooms. While glass splashbacks can increase your home value and make otherwise dull-looking walls appear modern and chic, some individuals are concerned that they may eventually crack.
Given that they are more expensive than other options such as tiles or acrylic splashbacks, it’s only right that you will want to know that your investment is a wise and long-lasting one.
Well, the good news is that your money is safe. Glass splashbacks will only crack within specific circumstances, and they will outperform almost any other kitchen or bathroom splashback material in terms of durability and longevity.
So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at what may cause a glass splashback to crack and why it’s an extremely durable option for your kitchen or bathroom.
Why Do Glass Splashbacks Crack?
If a glass splashback cracks, it’s usually down to the incorrect glass being used. Cheaper glass products can crack under intense heat or pressure, frequent temperature changes, or through an item hitting the splashback with some force.
The reason they crack is because they haven’t undergone the glass toughening process, which submits the glass to intense pressures and varying temperatures. High-quality toughened glass splashbacks, such as those produced by us here at Direct Splashbacks, are heat resistant and safe. If you are planning on having your glass splashback behind your hobs, then we would always recommend toughened glass.
How Tough and Durable Are Glass Splashbacks?
In short, glass splashbacks are incredibly tough and durable. Our glass splashbacks are heat resistant up to 400ºC. Most hobs top out at around 270ºC, giving you complete peace of mind that your glass splashback won’t crack under the pressure (pardon the pun!).
Our toughened glass splashbacks are also built to withstand the knocks and occasional dings you might inflict with your pots and pans while cooking. Better still, you don’t need to use abrasive cleaning utensils such as wire wool to clean the surface, a damp cloth and a bottle of glass cleaner will more than suffice.
Acrylic Splashbacks Can’t Crack – So Why Choose Glass?
Some homeowners are tempted to save on upfront costs and pursue an acrylic splashback. However, as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. While acrylic splashbacks are cheaper, they don’t boast any near as much durability.
Unfortunately, acrylic splashbacks are not heat hesitant, making them much less safe than glass splashbacks. The melting/deformity temperature of acrylic is between 80-160ºC. As we have mentioned, hobs can and will emit much higher temperatures, meaning you will have to replace your acrylic splashback much sooner than a glass equivalent.
Choose Your Safe, Durable, and Crack-Free Glass Splashback from Direct Splashbacks
While it’s possible for glass splashbacks to crack, this issue only applies to inferior quality products. At Direct Splashbacks, our toughened glass splashbacks are heat and pressure hesitant. Such is our commitment to quality, they come with a 10-year guarantee against chipping, peeling, flaking, and discolouration, giving you total peace of mind.
With our made-to-measure service and thicknesses extending up to 19mm, you are bound to find the perfect splashback for your kitchen or bathroom. All it takes is four simple steps to place your order, and we’ll handle the rest.