Acrylic splashback specialist, Innovative Splashbacks Pty Ltd recommends
seven useful tips for DIY-ers for selecting the right acrylic splashbacks for
Acrylic splashbacks are popular within the DIY segment for their
advantages over glass splashbacks, which are considered heavy and dangerous,
and notoriously easy to break. Splashbacks made using tiles are time-consuming
to install with mouldy grout creating cleaning problems.
Acrylic material is 25 times stronger than glass, and only half the
weight, making it easy to install and safe to handle as there’s no risk of
shattering. Some acrylic splashbacks even look identical to glass.
7 tips to choosing an acrylic
Tip 1: Is it high quality
The quality of acrylic depends on the manufacturing set-up and nature of
resins used in production. High quality acrylics come from clean, state-of-the-art
factories and use of high quality resins. Lower grade acrylics come from
ordinary factories and use of lower quality resins, resulting in spots and
imperfections in the final product. A visual inspection will suffice when
selecting a good quality acrylic splashback: It should look like glass, not plastic.
Tip 2: Make sure it’s perfectly
Innovative Splashbacks uses only high quality acrylic that looks exactly
like glass and is even clearer than glass with absolutely no green tinge. High
quality acrylic is optically clear, equivalent to optical glasses. When
selecting your acrylic splashback, choose optically clear acrylic, which looks
exactly like glass.
Tip 3: Compare the total cost.
Most acrylic splashbacks are supplied in single sheets of a standard size.
Though the cost-per-metre may be less, the customer has to purchase the entire
sheet, even paying for what they will not use. Alternatively, choosing a cut-to-size
acrylic splashback will be less expensive since one pays for only what one
The total cost should also include the cutting fee. Some suppliers
charge exorbitant fees to cut acrylic splashbacks, while most won’t offer the cut-to-size
option. The delivery or transportation charges also add up to the total cost. Innovative
Splashbacks has sourced the best prices for fast, reliable delivery of its
splashbacks directly to the customer’s door, nationwide. Buyers can benefit
from these special delivery rates; in many instances, Innovative Splashbacks’ delivery
charges to interstate clients are lower than across town hardware store
Tip 4: Does it come with a play
This is particularly relevant for DIY-ers if they are planning to cut
the acrylic sheet themselves. A play piece is a smaller piece that can be used
to trial the cutting process first. A play piece will help the DIY-er avoid
mistakes when cutting the actual acrylic panel for the splashback. Any mistake
during the actual cutting can result in expensive replacement costs.
Tip 5: Does it come with easy to
Clear instructions for installing the acrylic splashback should be
provided to the DIY-er to avoid any mistake. Though acrylic splashbacks are
easy to install, having an installation guide will eliminate any risk of a slip-up
happening because the right information was not available.
Tip 6: Can you get help when you
Enquire about the after-sales support aspect, especially outside of
business hours. DIY-ers typically work on installations in the evening or on
weekends and may need some details to be clarified. Confirm the availability of
afterhours support capable of providing real product expertise.
Tip 7: What is the colour
When buying acrylic splashbacks, one should also understand the difference
between spray painted acrylic and extruded acrylic with a colour layer ‘glued’
to the back. The ‘glued’ process lacks the depth and vibrancy of spray painted
acrylic, and fails to achieve the glass-like appearance. Being mass-produced,
extruded acrylic doesn’t allow colour customisation.
Innovative Splashbacks uses the spray painting technique on their
acrylic splashbacks for a vibrant effect with depth that looks exactly like a
glass splashback. Buyers can also select a colour of their choice to perfectly
complement their kitchen or bathroom decor.
Extruded acrylics with the colour layer ‘glued’ to the back are prone to
yellowing and colour fading over time, which is reflected in the warranty
offered. Where most suppliers limit their product to a ‘UV Warranty’, even
reducing their warranty by 10% each year, Innovative Splashbacks offers a full
10-year warranty on their acrylic splashbacks.
Follow these 7 tips and make sure your acrylic
splashback really is The Affordable Luxury.