Splashbacks are essential in the kitchen – not only protecting the walls against moisture and cooking debris but also creating a decorative element. New kitchen splashbacks can provide an entirely new feel, and below is a a guide to help you choose the perfect kitchen splashback for you.
What are Kitchen Splashbacks?
A kitchen splashback is the material on the wall above the sink, cooktop or benchtops that protects the wall from oil, grease, splashes, and other kitchen messes that occur when you are cooking or preparing food.
What Types of Kitchen Splashbacks are Available?
There are many different materials you can choose from when you are deciding on your kitchen splashback. Each will create a different effect so you need to keep this in mind when making your final decision.
Here are some of your choices:
Tiles: Tiles are a common splashback material and you can choose between many different shapes, colours and patterns to create a truly individualised design and feel. However, it can be difficult to keep the grout clean and free of dirt or stains.
Glass: Glass splashbacks are becoming ever more popular as they are extremely hygienic and easy to keep clean. The sleek and seamless surface – without visual interruption – is the ultimate in elegance. The unlimited colour range makes this the most versatile choice in kitchen splashbacks.
Stainless steel: Stainless steel is a very modern, streamlined choice for your kitchen splashback and it is another material that is very easy to keep clean. However, it will show smudges, fingerprints and water marks if you are not careful.
Stone: Stone splashbacks create a seamless and opulent look. With continuity of colour and with the limited joins and minimal grouting, stone splashbacks provide a low maintenance, easy to clean surface that can be installed with the benchtop. Stone is also stain, crack, scratch, chemical and heat resistant.
Laminex/Metaline: Laminex has introduced the Metaline splashback range which is crafted using an advanced fire retardant aluminium composite panel. Combined with a high gloss paint system, the highly durable surface is both heat and water resistant which means the splashback can be used behind gas and electric cooktops.
Mosaic: Mosaics can provide a brilliant feature when used as kitchen splashbacks. These are small tiles that are laid in sheet form and you can create some truly stunning effects. There is a lot of grout to keep clean however.
Mirror: Mirrored splashbacks can really open up the kitchen! The latest in mirror splashback technology eliminates material defects common in toughened mirror splashbacks. You no longer have to put up with spots, watermarks and other defects that detract from the striking beauty of mirror.
Several problems and health risks can be associated with incorrectly or poorly placed cooktops.
- Electric and Induction Cooktops Standards (Freestanding or bench mounted) – For both electric and induction cooktops, it is recommended that there is a minimum of 50mm clearance from the back edge of the cooktop to the stone or glass splashback.
- Gas Cooktops Standards (Freestanding or bench mounted) – It is recommended that there is a 200mm clearance from the periphery of the gas burner to the stone or glass splashback as per the AS/NZ standards, AS5601-2004
These Australian Standard Regulations would in most cases require a non standard bench and cupboard depth of 700mm to be compliant.