7 Tips – How To Choose Your “Glass Alternative” Splashback
Acrylic splashbacks are becoming very popular for investors. They look identical to glass, are inexpensive to purchase, quick to install and add a wow factor.
And that means higher property rents and less maintenance.
Glass is heavy and notoriously easy to break. And tiles are time-consuming to install and leave grout which discolours, making your house look dates before its time.
They’re common in kitchens, showers, vanities and laundries.
If you’re updating your property, here are 7 tips for checking out acrylic splashbacks.
Tip 1. Is it high-quality acrylic?
Like anything there are always different products you can purchase. Some use high quality acrylics which look identical to glass. Others are lower quality acrylics which appear more like plastic.
High quality acrylics are produced in clean, state of the art factories from high quality resins. This means they’re incredibly clear and free of spots and imperfections.
Your eye is the best judge. Does it look like glass, or more like plastic?
Higher quality products typically have longer warranties. 7 years is required by Australian law, however Plexiglas, the acrylic used by Innovative Splashbacks comes with a 30 year No-UV Yellowing warranty.
The thickness is also important. Glass is 6mm and this gives it depth of colour. Thinner acrylics may not be rigid enough, and could warp around imperfections in walls. 6mm acrylic is more than strong enough to avoid this happening.
The safest thing to do is ask for 6mm PMMA cast acrylic.
Tip 2. Make sure it’s perfectly clear
The acrylic Innovative Splashbacks uses is as clear as optical glasses. It has no green tinge which you often get with glass.
Make sure your chosen splashback looks identical to glass, and is vibrant and colourful. If it’s dull then you could be disappointed with the result.
Tip 3. Compare the TOTAL cost
Acrylic splashbacks are typically supplied in single sheets of a set size. And while the square metre cost may be lower, you’re also paying for wastage.
Cut to size is usually more economical. You only pay for what you use, and as long as your measurements are correct you’ll save time and money on installation.
Watch delivery costs too. Some large hardware stores charge very high prices for delivery, even across town. Innovative Splashbacks have sent deliveries interstate for the same price as hardware stores charge for cross-town deliveries.
Tip 4. Does it come with a play piece?
Having a ‘play piece’ is important. This small piece can be used to check your cutting process first. You don’t want to get this wrong on your ‘live’ pieces; it can get very costly when you begin replacing panels.
Tip 5. Does it come with easy to follow instructions, and is installation quick and easy?
Check you get access to an easy to follow installation guide. No matter how simple it is to install you don’t want to make any mistakes.
Tip 6. Can you get help when you need it?
Many installations happen after hours and on weekends. So check you can get help when you need it. If you’re restricted to office hours it could add a day or two to your installation. And for an investment property this could mean lost rent.
Tip 7. How is it painted?
The best painting process is spray painting the rear of the splashback. Some products have a colour layer ‘glued’ to the back during manufacture. This often appears dull, and you don’t get the glass-like appearance you deserve.
Acrylic is a great alternative to glass for investors.
The many benefits makes it the perfect choice.
Use these tips as a checklist to compare different products, and you’ll have a result you, and your tenants will be delighted with.
About Hugh Thyer
Innovative Splashbacks help builders and renovators create spectacular kitchens, showers and laundries with a splashback which looks identical to glass but is far more economical.
Their acrylic splashbacks are simple to work with, can be cut-to-size or can be cut on-site. This makes them perfect for anyone looking for a touch of luxury for their project while saving time and labour costs.
Innovative Splashbacks are produced in Geelong and delivered nation-wide. They are fierce supporters of supporting our economy, and were the first acrylic splashback company to be awarded the official Australian Made logo.
They also produce splashbacks in high definition digital prints for those looking for something different.