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Instrument Glasses | Glass vs Acrylic Splashbacks

Style, sophistication and flair; all things that splashbacks can give to your home. After you’ve

chosen splashbacks over tiling, the decisions get even harder as you have to consider which

type of splashback is the most appropriate for your design preferences.

Our glass manufacturing company in Hertfordshire outlines five factors to take into consideration when it comes to choosing between glass or acrylic splashbacks.


If style is your primary concern, then acrylic splashbacks might be the best choice for you. Both

styles come with a beautiful and unique finish, but acrylic is easier to personalise with a pattern

or photograph of your choosing.


Glass and acrylic are both incredibly durable, but glass is a more heat resistant material, which

is less likely to melt or wilt over time. Glass splashbacks are ideal for the kitchen as heat and

scolding oil won’t ruin the finish. You can place a glass splashback over your cooker to protect

your walls for years to come.


While glass has a luxury finish, acrylic splashbacks are the best option for those on a budget.

They still look high-end but are a much more affordable material. Fitting a bathroom can be

expensive; consider acrylic bathroom panels if you’re hoping to cut costs without compromising

style and quality.

Ease of installation

If you can afford for your bathroom or kitchen to be professionally fitted, then glass splashbacks

are the right choice for you. However, if you’re using your own DIY skills to design your kitchen

then you should consider acrylic splashbacks; not only are they easy to cut-to-size yourself,

they are less likely to crack and break while putting them on the walls.


As non-porous materials, both glass and acrylic are hygienic and easy to clean. Glass is more

likely to harbour dust and fingerprints but is very scratch resistant. Scratches show up more on

acrylic, but the material is easier to wipe clean and doesn’t attract dust. The material you

choose depends on your individual preferences.

Why use acrylic splashbacks?

If you looking for an interior product that can give your new fitted kitchen an attractive upgraded

look on a smaller budget, an acrylic kitchen splashback may be the way to go.

Acrylic kitchen splashbacks offer you the freedom to choose from a range of colours and sizes.

The most popular colour choices include ivory, olive, red, steel and titan. Like their glass

splashback counterparts, they are pretty easy to clean, install and maintain. Here are a few of

the advantages of using acrylic kitchen splashbacks:

  • Acrylic kitchen splashbacks offer a stylish and high gloss appearance

  • Acrylic kitchen splashbacks are generally half the cost of glass kitchen splashbacks

  • Acrylic kitchen splashbacks are lighter than glass splashbacks

  • Acrylic kitchen splashbacks can be smooth or textured according to your needs

  • The acrylic splashbacks can be easily cleaned using a wet cloth

Installing an acrylic splashback is a great way to transform the look and feel of your kitchen. The

product offers you the flexibility to choose from a variety of thicknesses, colours and finishes

which means you can find a splashback that complements the rest of your new kitchen.

We install the splashback using screws, adhesive pads or wall panel adhesives. Before

installing an acrylic splashback behind your stove or hob, it is advisable to check with the

manufacturer about the safe distance for the splashback in relation to gas jets or electric heating

elements, generally you will need a gap of 9 - 10 cm from the acrylic splashback to the

heatsource to prevent warping or melting.

Why use glass splashbacks?

At Instrument Glasses our made to measure glass splashbacks make a beautiful and stylish

addition to your home. Our glass kitchen splashbacks are very easy to fit and keep hygienically

clean, we can make them to suit any style of home from the more traditional to the space age


  • Our toughened glass kitchen splashbacks offer an extremely modern and high gloss

  • appearance

  • Glass kitchen splashbacks really do set your kitchen way above the average for quality

  • and wow factor

  • Glass splashbacks can last a lifetime with proper care

  • Glass kitchen splashbacks can be smooth, textured or coloured according to whatever

  • you require

  • The glass splashbacks can be easily cleaned and polished using a wet cloth

Ultimately the choice is yours. We would recommend a glass kitchen splashback over acrylic as

they are longer lasting and not affected by extreme temperatures as they are made from

tempered high quality glass. Acrylic is a cheaper alternative but we believe you get what you

pay for!

Whatever it is you want to achieve, when it comes to glass splashbacks, Instrument Glasses will

be happy to discuss your requirements and help you find a solution.


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