Choosing a Kitchen Splashback
Splashbacks are essential in the kitchen to not only protect the wall against moisture and cooking debris but also to create a decorative element. The right splashback can make your entire kitchen say “WOW” so we’ve put together a guide to help you choose the perfect one for you.
What is a Kitchen Splashback?
A kitchen splashback is the material on the wall above the sink, cooktop or other benchtop space that protects the wall from oil, grease, splashes, and other kitchen messes that occur when you are cooking or preparing food.
Types of Kitchen Splashbacks
There are many different materials that 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 so you can create a truly individualised splashback. 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 is the ultimate in elegance without visual interruption. The unlimited colour range makes this the most versatile choice in kitchen splashbacks.
Stainless steel— stainless steel is a very modern, clean choice for your kitchen splashback and it is another material that is very easy to keep clean. Be aware that it will easily show smudges, fingerprints, water marks and other things if you are not careful.
Stone – stone splashbacks create a seamless look and continuity of colour with the benchtop and with the limited joins and minimal grouting the splashbacks provide a low maintenance, easy to clean surface that can be installed with the benchtop. Stone also features the unique properties of stain, crack, scratch, chemical and heat resistance.
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 — mosaic tiles 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 dots, watermarks and other defects that detract from the striking beauty of mirror.
Splashback Precautions – 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 its recommended a minimum 50mm clearance from the back edge of the cooktop to the stone or glass splashback.
Gas Cooktops Standards (Freestanding or bench mounted)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.