Splashbacks are becoming an increasingly important aesthetic kitchen feature. Whereas before people only really cared about the practical aspect of protecting your walls from steam and grease, nowadays splashback ideas focus more on making them pop out and get noticed, almost like miniature statement walls.
Glass is a great choice for splashbacks. Not only is it easy to clean and maintain, it can also provide an easy way to inject some colour into the room, making it perfect for modern kitchen designs.
That said, glass tends to be somewhat delicate. A glass splashback installation will usually be handled by a local tiler and the glass itself should only ever be cut by a Pro with access to the right equipment. Your worktop will also need to be perfectly level before the splashback can be installed, so have this repaired by a local kitchen fitter if necessary.
To install your glass splashback you will need the right equipment:
Start by measuring the area carefully. Your will need to make sure that your splashback will fit properly. If you are having the splashback made bespoke, the manufacturer may even want to take their own measurements.
Use your spirit level to check that the worktop is completely level and secure. If not, you could end up with a skewed splashback.
Give the surface a thorough wash, making sure that it is clean, dry and dust free before you begin. It will also need to be reasonably porous, so sand the area if necessary. If your spirit level reveals any variations on the wall of over 5mm, you will need to compensate for this when applying the sealant.
Hold your splashback against the wall, again making sure that it fits properly. Next, place your spacers at the bottom. Remember: the glass should NOT be resting on the countertop.
Remove the covers of the self-adhesive backing, then place the splashback onto the spacers. Push it against the wall, applying pressure evenly across the whole area.
Apply silicone around the splashback to seal it, using beads no thicker than 2.5mm.
Once the sealant is set you can finally remove the spacers. Finish off by measuring to make sure that the splashback is at least 2 mm from the worktop.