Although glass splashbacks are functional items that protect your walls and fixtures, they have grown to become statement pieces that reflect your style and bring together your kitchen or bathroom design. Tiles have also always been popular, but they do have their drawbacks too.
So which is best?
Deciding which of the two options will best suit your bathroom or kitchen is no small task – especially since the end result will be in place for years. With that in mind, we’ve put together a comprehensive comparison of glass splashbacks and conventional tiles to help you make an informed decision.
Tile Vs Glass Splashback Costs
When you first look at it, tiles come out on top for this category as glass backsplashes can be considerably more expensive per square metre (depending on your specific choices). However, over the longer term, glass splashbacks often come out on top since tiles (and grouted tiles in particular) take a lot more by way of maintenance and cleaning costs.
You’ve got to decide whether you want to save money today or whether you want to invest more upfront and reap the considerable long-term savings.
Cleanliness and Hygiene
As mentioned, glass backsplashes are about as low maintenance as it gets. Their non-porous service doesn’t allow stains to sink in anywhere, and they have few seams and no grout, which means you don’t need to spend hundreds on fancy cleaning products over the years. Given their smooth surface, all you have to do is wipe off grease, dirt, or food splatter with a cloth and some warm soapy water.
By contrast, tiles inherently have dozens of cracks and crevices (particularly within the surrounding grout), which are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mould. They need regular deep cleaning with expensive cleaning products to maintain their cleanliness.
When it comes to durability, glass splashbacks once again come out on top. During production, glass splashbacks undergo rigorous heating and cooling process, strengthening them exponentially and giving them their signature sleek appearance.
These processes help them become resistant to rapid temperature changes, which is vital in kitchen and bathroom environments. They are also durable and scratch-resistant, meaning you can count on them to last for decades. One of the primary benefits of our glass backsplashes is that they will withstand any level of cooking or baking mess you throw at them!
The issue with ceramic tile splashbacks is that they can crack after prolonged heat exposure, and the grout can become damaged with repeated exposure to water and moisture.
Tile installation is not only a time-consuming process; it’s also incredibly messy. From the initial cutting of the tiles (which gets dust everywhere) to the grouting, filling of cracks, and finally, the polishing, your home is likely to have a layer of dust covering every surface for about a week. And while most tiling companies do their best to clean up after themselves, the installation process is so intricate that installations can last as long as a week.
By comparison, bespoke glass backsplashes are made-to-measure within the factory, meaning no on-site cutting (no dust!). An installer will simply show up, get on with a no-fuss installation, and leave without a trace, besides your stunning glass splashback, of course.
Versatility and Customisation
Tiles have come a long way in terms of customisation – there are more shapes, colours, and textures available today than ever before. But even with this in mind, we still feel that glass backsplashes offer the most extensive range of options for your final kitchen or bathroom design.