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Maintaining, Protecting and Repairing Glass: Tips for Everyone

Welcome to my blog. When I was a teen, I started dabbling with coloured glass and stained glass art. Later, I helped work on a number of houses, and my partner and I often changed the windows in those houses. Through that experience, I learned a lot about maintaining, protecting and repairing glass. Currently, I am not working on any projects, so I decided to create a blog full of the information I have learned about glass over the years. Whether you are an artist, a glass installer, a homeowner thinking about new windows or anyone else with a question or concern about glass, this blog is designed for you.

Maintaining, Protecting and Repairing Glass: Tips for Everyone

Some Pros And Cons Of Installing A Glass Kitchen Splashback

by Catherine Smythe

A glass splashback is a section of cut and painted glass that protects kitchen walls during the cooking process. Oils, fats and grease can all eject from the pots and pans on the cooker top, usually ending up on the surrounding walls. This substance is difficult to remove and so glass splashbacks were created to solve this issue. Glass splashbacks are now popular with homeowners everywhere; this article looks at some pros and cons of having a glass splashback installed into the kitchen.

Can Be A Center Piece

 The customer can choose any color and design they wish. Their design is sent off to the glass company, who will then print the design onto the glass. It is also possible to use a good quality digital photograph as the design of your splashback; this opens up the possibility of having your family portrait put onto the glass or a beautiful outdoor scene that you photographed yourself. This gives a really personal touch to the splashback, elevating it into a centerpiece for the kitchen.

Easy To Clean And Maintain

Glass splashbacks are extremely simple to clean and maintain. They require no more than a regular wipe or wash down with a standard glass cleaner. This job takes just a couple of minutes but will keep the glass looking like new. The owner can check for cracks in the glass as they clean, but this is unusual as the glass used has been treated to withstand high temperatures.

Brightens The Kitchen

The surface of glass is extremely shiny. This means that any light hitting the surface will be reflected off the glass, helping to brighten up kitchens that may have shady corners. Kitchens with only one (or a small) window will benefit from the ability of the splashback to reflect the available light across the room.

There are a couple of drawbacks to having a glass splashback installed.

Elongated Installation Process

There can be quite a time delay between you deciding to get the splashback fitted and actually having it fitted. As they are custom designed for each kitchen, engineers will have to visit your property a couple of times, sometimes three or four times. This is because the measurements, including the location and size of any electrical outlets, all have to be checked and re-checked for precision. Also, it takes some time to have the color of your choice put on the glass.

Expensive Cost

Due to the glass being custom made, the cost of a glass splashback can be prohibitive for many homeowners. Compared to other methods, such as using tiles, glass splashbacks are one of the most expensive options available.

A homeowner who purchases a glass splashback usually views them as an investment and improvement to the property. Contact a glazier for more information.