All About Glass Backsplashes

Make a Fresh Statement with a Custom Glass Backsplash

Homeowners everywhere love their glass tub and shower surrounds, skylights, and those extra special touches like etched glass doors. When it comes time to design kitchen and bathroom builds, remodels or renovations, glass backsplashes may not be on the top of their radars, but it should be, and here’s why:

Unlike the more expensive granite, stone and ceramic options on the market, glass backsplashes brighten up a space, making it look and feel larger. The way glass bounces light makes it effective at bringing light into even the dimmest spaces between cabinets and it can even create a luminescent appearance. Available in an endless array of tints, tones, textures and patterns, glass backsplash styles can range from natural to dramatic, depending on the colours and finishes you choose.

Glass backsplashes are also moderately priced, making them much more attractive to homeowners than shelling out for stone or tile. Glass is also incredibly durable and easy to maintain.

All these qualities and more make it a fantastic choice for any home.

The Benefits of a Glass Backsplash

When you choose a glass backsplash from Budget Glass, you can rest assured knowing that:

Glass is environmentally sound. Unlike some other materials, glass is 100% natural. In many cases, it’s made from recycled glass products. Free of harmful chemicals and fillers, glass is also 100% recyclable.

It’s been trendy for 20+ years. Glass backsplashes have been popular for decades now, and according to TheSpruce.com, they’re “not going out of style anytime soon.”

It’s a timeless medium. Glass isn’t just limited to one shade or style. It can be created in a wide array of patterns, textures, tints and rich colour tones. It lends itself very well to mixing and matching, and the opaque finishes can add an airy, polished feeling to any kitchen, bar or bathroom.

Glass is super easy to clean. Mildew-resistant, stain-resistance and simple to clean and keep clean, they are an ideal choice for a busy home or commercial setting. The mildew resistance of glass also makes them an ideal choice for allergy sufferers.

Glass has a light and bright look. Especially when positioned correctly with lighting, glass can almost glow. This helps your room to look larger and brighter—perfect for kitchens and smaller bathrooms and powder rooms. Under cabinet task lighting can make a glass backsplash in a rich tone look especially vibrant.

It’s durable. As well as being easy to clean, glass backsplashes are incredibly durable and strong. They are long-lasting and could well be the only backsplash you’ll ever have installed in your home.

Tempered glass stands up to heat. Ideal for behind the oven, tempered glass will not be damaged by heat, making it a great choice for use in the kitchen.

It doesn’t need to be sealed. Unlike stone and tile backsplashes, glass does not need to be sealed, making installation that much quicker and easier.

The look is easily customized. Create an eye-catching design using a variety of colours, textures and patterns. From an etched sea-glass look to a smooth, polished finish, there are so many possibilities for a one-of-a kind design. You can even use metallic colours for a sleek modern edge.

When it comes to sizing, you can choose your custom-sized piece for a seamless look (this will depend on the overall size—larger installations may require multiple panels.) Glass backsplashes can also be customized to fit around existing outlets and light switches.

How to Care for a Glass Backsplash

No One Wants a Backsplash They Have to Worry About

In the bathroom, kitchen, bar or any other suitable area in your home, it’s simple to maintain and clean a glass backsplash. All you need is a standard glass cleaner or mild soap and water. For areas where grease tends to build up (behind the stove for instance) you can use a grease-cutting cleaner.

Glass backsplashes are very low-maintenance and only require sporadic cleaning, or when you notice the surface looking a bit dingy. For the cleanest look, use a primer that closely matches the colour of your tiles before they’re installed.

To keep your glass backsplash sparkling, consider using CRL TPC Surface Protector. Designed to guard against the buildup of dirt, grime, mold and mildew, it’s a coating that can be added to your glass products for long-lasting beauty.

Generating Ideas for Your Glass Backsplash

Once you’ve decided on a glass backsplash, it’s time to narrow it down to the size, style and overall feel you want to create. We recommend browsing different styles on sites like Pinterest and Houzz to view examples and help get your imagination started.

When it comes to glass, the possibilities are pretty much endless. You can choose a backsplash that flows from the countertop to the ceiling, a 6” strip and anything in between. From clear to glass that’s been back painted in a bold tone, installed over a favourite wallpaper, or sandblasted to create texture, your backsplash will renew the beauty of your room.

Installation of Your Custom Backsplash

Glass backsplashes can be installed by a careful DIY’er, but we do recommend you consider hiring a professional team, like our friendly installers here at Budget Glass.

You can also rely on our team of glaziers here at Budget to help you design exactly what you envision – our expert glass gurus can work with you to create the perfect custom-design. To save time and stress and the potential of a botched installation, call us first.

For answers to all your questions about creating your perfect glass backsplash, contact Budget Glass today. We are your full-service glass station and are committed to a quality product and seamless installation, every time. Serving the Nanaimo area since 1983, we’re proud to be able to offer glass products, services and installations for everything from automotive glass to sunrooms and skylights. From concept to completion, you can trust our experienced team for your auto and home glass needs.