Advantages of Glass Splashbacks over Tiles
Glass splashbacks are growing in popularity as alternatives to tile-and-grout for kitchen and bathroom surfaces. They are usually made from a different type of glass – one that's tougher and heavier than regular glass. It allows many benefits, top of which is the ease of cleaning – important for kitchen surfaces that are prone to splashing and staining.
Glass splashbacks can be a modern kitchen and bathroom's best asset – you have so much choice regarding size, colour and even customization, which allows you to infuse your space with your uniqueness.
Glass splashbacks vs. Tiles
1. Installation and Cleanliness
Tiles must be attached to the wall with grout. Measuring and cutting tiles is tedious, and it is a process that produces a lot of dust. You then have to wait for the grout to dry before filing the spaces in between and polishing, which produces even more dust.
However, its biggest downside comes with keeping it clean. Not only does grout look untidy in between the tile-work unless it is professionally done, these joints make prime ground for bacterial proliferation, even if the tiles themselves are kept clean.
Glass splashbacks are very easy to install and require no grouting. The space is simply measured and then the glass is cut into the exact size – including provisions for electricity sockets. When joining from one wall to the next, this is done with a seamless, tight and invisible joint that looks just like one continuous piece of glass. Holes are pre-drilled and then the glass is simply fastened to the wall.
Being one continuous piece of glass, there is no room for growth of bacteria/accumulation of dirt. In addition, glass is much easier to keep clean compared with ceramic tiles. Simply wipe down with anti-bacterial spray after every use and you're good to go.
Both glass and tiles come in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes, but glass is a much more versatile material compared with ceramic tiles. They can be cut to the precise shape and size of the space, which means you don't have to put up with half-cut tile pieces to fill up spaces whose dimensions are not multiples of the tile's dimensions.
In addition, being clear, you can do a lot more with customization, like adding a high-definition image behind the glass – whether it's your family photo or some other image your find pleasing. You can get light or deeper colours and use lighting to bring out different aspects of the glass panel.