For the kitchen area a splashback is a very important piece to install, after all your splashback whether glass or stone will protect your walls when you are cooking meals. But which do you go for, glass or stone?
Here is a brief overview of the pros and cons of having glass and stone splashbacks, to help you with your decision.
Glass splashbacks have a long list of benefits and are a very popular choice for those reasons. Glass has a brilliant light reflecting feature that can help make your kitchen feel much larger than what it is. Glass would be the perfect choice if you don’t have any windows in your kitchen or have very few. Having your kitchen being light will help to make it feel much more welcoming.
When it comes to having a good choice of colours and patterns, glass splashbacks simply cannot be beaten. You will have a huge range of options including plain, personalised, solid colour or photo effect and you can choose which one you would like to blend in with your overall kitchen design or either act as a focal point of the room so that it stands out.
Glass splashbacks are also the easiest when it comes to cleaning away food splatters and grease which is inevitable every day. All you will need to clean your glass splashback is a clean cloth, warm water and some mild soap such as washing up liquid.
However, glass splashbacks are not without their cons either. They can be very expensive to purchase and install as well as being a long process to fit. When it comes to fitting the splashback, your supplier and fitter will usually need several trips to ensure that they have scoped and measured your kitchen correctly before coming back to fit.
Additionally, glass splashbacks can scratch easily which is not ideal, but it may not be a problem for you, depending on how you will use it.
While stone splashbacks offer some similar benefits to glass, ultimately, they are very different and come with their own set of pros and cons.
If you decide to have a stone splashback it would be a perfect match if you already have a stone kitchen worktop as you will be able to match it perfectly by ordering the same material and pattern/colour to complement each other.
Stone splashbacks are also well known for being incredibly strong and hard wearing which means that your splashback will likely last for many years to come and without needing to be replaced.
Stone splashbacks come in a big range of colours and patterns, so you should be able to select the colour and pattern that goes perfectly with your kitchen design.
Much like glass, stone splashbacks are very easy to keep clean with just a mild soap, cloth and warm water but you need to make sure that you do not use anything abrasive.
If you decide to go for Quartz or Granite then you will get a splashback that has ultra heat, scratch and stain resistance which is great to have in food preparation areas. This isn’t something you get with glass splashbacks.
However, as always stone splashbacks are not without their cons. Stone splashbacks can be expensive, but this extends to a long-term commitment as you will need to have it sealed every year, unless you choose Quartz. It is also not possible to fit it yourself unless you are a professional because if it is not sealed or installed correctly then your stone splashback will not last very long at all.
This cost of the initial purchase, installation and long term maintenance will need to be accounted for when you make your decision.
Lastly, stone splashbacks only tend to be used within traditional homes so if you have a very modern kitchen then this may not be for you.