Homeowners will often find themselves forced to choose between glass splashbacks and acrylic splashbacks for their kitchens. Each one provides a nice reflective sheen and can be had in plenty of colour variations, but acrylic splashbacks are a lot cheaper. The lower initial cost often draws people to using acrylic, but glass splashbacks typically represent a better investment.
Here are just four reasons a glass splashback is likely to last longer than an acrylic one.
1. Heat Resistant
Acrylic splashbacks suffer from one major problem: they cannot withstand higher temperatures. Unfortunately, higher temperatures are just what tends to be found within your kitchen. Acrylic splashbacks cannot be used next to stovetops, since they are likely to warp or melt. Even splashbacks that aren't next to a stovetop can suffer heat damage when you place a hot pot or pan close to them. Glass won't suffer from the heat; you can use a glass splashback right next to the stovetop without having to worry.
Even if you never forget to keep hot cookware away from your acrylic splashback, you could still accidentally scratch it. Unlike the vast majority of splashback materials, acrylic can take scratches and marks quite easily. One little accident could see the surface of your acrylic splashback marred for good. In contrast, glass used for splashbacks is toughened to ensure that scratches are very hard to make, even with direct forced applied.
3. Easier Replacement
Of course, glass splashbacks are not invulnerable to damage. A heavy enough strike could still dislodge or crack one of the glass tiles. However, all you'll need to do if that happens is replace a single tile. Acrylic splashbacks, on the other hand, are generally made from one long length of material, meaning that any damage will necessitate the removal and replacement of the whole length. That's going to be more expensive and more inconvenient than repairing a damaged glass splashback tile.
4. More Options
Acrylic can be made in several colours, but it can't beat the astounding versatility of glass. Glass splashbacks can be made in almost any colour you can imagine and with plenty of diverse styles available into the bargain. You can even incorporate your own creativity by using printed glass or creating a mosaic. The point is that you'll be able to pick a glass splashback that is totally your own, so you'll be less likely to want to change it in the future. Going for the cheaper option might just mean that you to replace it in a few years' time, in which case it won't end up being the cheaper option at all.