Tile vs Solid-Pane: The Pros and Cons of Each Glass Splashback Configuration

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Tile vs Solid-Pane: The Pros and Cons of Each Glass Splashback Configuration

13 February 2017
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

If you're having a new home built, one of the features you may want to consider are glass splashbacks. Glass splashbacks are valued for their attractive reflective surface, versatile design options, and excellent heat resistance, so it should come as no surprise to learn that they are popular with homeowners all across the country. However, there are choices to make even after you've opted for a glass splashback, and one of the most important is whether you'll fit a whole pane or use a number of tiles.

There's really no right option; each has its own advantages and drawbacks. All you really need to do is decide which option is right for you.

The Pros and Cons of Solid-Pane Glass Splashbacks

Having your glass splashback fitted as one large pane means racking up several key advantages. Perhaps most importantly, fitting one whole pane means that you won't have any grout lines to deal with. It is these that can become stained and dirty over time, and cleaning them can be a real drag. Without grouting to worry about, you'll be able to return your splashback to pristine condition simply by wiping it over with a sponge and some soapy water.

Additionally, people tend to enjoy the clean unbroken appearance of a single pane a little more, and they can be particularly welcome in smaller kitchens since they won't make a room appear fragmented.

However, solid-pane glass splashbacks are generally more expensive to buy and harder to install, so you're likely to be looking at the need for professional tradesmen. As well as the additional weight, you'll have to deal with the fact that a solid pane of glass will need to be cut around outputs and tricky areas. Finally, any breakages usually mean that the whole splashback needs to be replaced.

The Pros and Cons of Glass Tile Splashbacks

Glass tile splashbacks are a lot easier to install. Instead of having one chunk of glass cut to the right size and shape, you can use glass tiles picked right off the shelves to create the look you're after. The installation process is more forgiving since it's relatively easy to fit smaller tiles, so you'll spend less on materials and less on labour.

You'll also find that using tiles allows for a more versatile appearance. In general, it's easier to find more interesting styles when you use tiles, and you'll even have the freedom to create your own unique splashback by using different tiles to create a mosaic effect. If any damage does occur, you'll only need to replace the damaged tiles, not the whole splashback.

Of course, glass tiles require plenty of grouting, and they don't usually look as upscale as a whole pane of glass.