Glass splashbacks are a brilliant way of adding a bold splash of colour to any kitchen. They come with the added benefit of having a highly reflective surface which light can easily bounce off, making a room feel bigger and lighter. Here’s how to install a glass splashback in 5 easy steps.
Remember, when working with glass you should always take extra care. Don’t leave the glass splashback somewhere where it could be knocked or damaged. At Glass and Stainless we only use toughened glass which is one of the safest forms out there, but it always pays to be careful. Toughened glass is four times stronger than annealed glass but unlike the latter, it cannot be cut once formed. That’s why Glass and Stainless create each glass splashback bespoke to your needs.
How To Install A Glass Splashback
Step 1: Preparing The Surface
Before you try to install your glass splashback you’ll want to double check that the wall is flat, level and dry. We would also recommend that you give the wall a thorough cleaning. Glass is obviously transparent so you don’t want any unsightly marks or smudges showing through.
Step 2: Measuring Up The Space
The vast majority of glass splashbacks only cover a section of the wall, directly behind the hob. From an aesthetic perspective, you’re going to want to ensure that the splashback is fitted central to the hob rather than offset to one side. Getting this right is all in the measurements. Measure the width of the hob itself and then halve that number. This is the centre point of the hob and you should mark it with a pencil. You will also need to mark out the span of the glass splashback, with the width evenly split either side of the hob centre point.
Step 3: Applying The Silicone Sealant
Before applying any silicone sealant, we would recommend that you protect the kitchen top surface as much as possible. This will save you a lot of time on cleaning up later on. For example, you could place a strip of masking tape along the length of the marked out space. Leave a few millimetres gap from the wall though in order to apply the silicone sealant.
When it comes to installing a glass splashback you should only use a clear silicone, not a white one. The transparent nature of glass means that any other type of silicone will simply ruin the look. When applying the silicone to the back of the glass splashback itself, make sure that the front is resting on a clear, clean surface that won’t scratch the glass surface.
First, apply the silicone sealant in a thin strip in the space where the kitchen wall meets the surface top, within the marked out area. With that done you can turn your attention to the glass itself. Apply a thin beaded line on the back of the glass around the edges. Leave a bit of space between silicone and edge however, as you don’t want the silicone to squish out.
Step 4: Putting The Glass Splashback In Place
To fit the glass splashback, work from the bottom onwards. Line up the bottom edge of the splashback with the silicone sealant that you’ve placed at the junction of wall and surface. Double check that the glass is lined up with pencil marks from earlier. From there, ease the rest of the glass splashback upwards whilst pressing it firmly onto the wall.
Step 5: Wait For The Silicone To Dry
We recommend that you leave the silicone to dry for 24 hours before touching it again. This will ensure that the silicone is dry and the glass splashback is secure.
Glass and Stainless can design, install and advise on any glass splashback tiles. Contact us today to discuss how we can help you.