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Thursday 12th October, 2017
For contemporary, sleek and stylish kitchen design, painted glass splashbacks are the No 1 choice.
Available in a whole gamut of colour and pattern options, glass splashbacks are durable, hygienic, easy to clean and, to top it all off, they look the business.
But as glass splashbacks have become more and more popular, so the number of cheaper, lower quality products available has risen.
Less trusted glass suppliers have tried to cash in on the trend for the high-end look of glass splashbacks by offering cheaper, budget options. But as you would expect, those cheap splashbacks match rock-bottom prices with rock-bottom quality.
The biggest problem with buying poor quality glass splashbacks, in a nutshell, is that they crack. Often within days of installing them.
This is usually down to them being made in float glass instead of tempered, or toughened, glass. Float glass isn’t capable of withstanding the same high temperatures or changes in temperature as toughened glass, so has a tendency to crack in areas of high-heat such as the hob.
Float glass splashbacks are also prone to cracks from accidental knocks, which can so easily happen in a busy kitchen. The worst-case scenario is that you’re left with a sharp or jagged edge from a cracked splashback, which is liable to cause injury.
Another issue with cheaper glass splashbacks can come when they are made from thinner toughened glass than would be recommended.
Peterlee Glass only supplies splashbacks in 6mm toughened glass, which gives the optimum balance between durability and weight.
Other glass suppliers may use 4mm toughened glass, which is certainly stronger than float glass, but does not have the same durability or impact resistance as 6mm toughened. Any thicker than 6mm and the toughened glass starts to get too heavy to apply to the wall.
The final problem you may encounter by using less reliable glass suppliers is the quality of the paint coating. Peterlee Glass use only high-quality moisture-resistant paint that produces a smooth, uniform and glossy finish and is guaranteed to retain its colour for a minimum of seven years.
Buy your painted glass splashbacks from a trusted glass supplier like Peterlee Glass and you know you’ll be investing in a quality product that will stay looking like a quality product for many years to come.
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