Fitting and Fixing Perspex Acrylic Plastic Splashbacks in Kitchens and Bathrooms
Splashbacks are the ideal covering for wall areas that are prone to splashes (think sink areas and kitchen work areas) or getting very wet (i.e. shower cubicles or walls around baths). There are many splashback choices – traditionally tiles and glass – but none that are as versatile, hygienic and easy to clean and fit than acrylic.
Unlike glass, acrylic splashbacks are very light in weight so fitting a large splashback in one section is much easier than a glass equivalent. It is also much quicker than a tiled equivalent. And, because acrylic sheets are typically available as large as 3m x 2m, acrylic splashbacks can be used to cover large areas without the need for joins. The end result is seam free and hygienic as well as visually stunning.
Moreover, unlike glass, acrylic and perspex is fairly easy to sandpaper down if you find that a small adjustment needs to be made. For example, if a socket hole is just a little too tight or a mm needs shaving off for an uneven wall. They offer DIY’ers and installers an easier solution than glass, which would call for specialist knowledge and experience to make any such small alterations.
And, the all important point, if you should happen to drop your acrylic it won’t break like glass or tiles !
Choosing Your Acrylic Splashback
Acrylic sheets come in many styles, thicknesses, colours and finishes. Just like glass there are frosts, matts, prints and patterns as well as the vibrant, high gloss shades Perspex acrylic has become renowned for. The Plastic People recommend 6mm Perspex branded acrylic for splashbacks.
Splashbacks can be produced in 3mm, 4mm, 4.5mm and 5mm. 6mm will give the splashback it’s stunning depth of colour as well as enough rigidity to display well. The thinner the acrylic the less depth of colour and the greater its flexibility too. Flexibility is an important consideration because a flexible splashback on an uneven wall risks a poor distorted appearance. Think fun fair mirrors – that look comes from flexible acrylic.
The quality of acrylic does vary. Some acrylic is produced in clean, state of the art factories from high quality resins while other acrylic is produced in lower quality factories using lower quality resins. The difference typically shows in the flex of the acrylic and in spots and imperfections which affect durability and longevity.
Read how to measure for an acrylic splashback, how to prepare and install an acrylic splashback in our upcoming blogs in the next few weeks. Alternatively email the friendly team at The Plastic People: they know all about acrylic and acrylic splashbacks and will be happy to help.