Glass Splashbacks Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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coloured glass splashbacks
& full colour, digitally
printed glass splashbacks
Coloured glass wall coverings — ideal for internal & external use
Entire walls &
Huge choice of vibrant colours, subtle shades
& special effects
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No more mouldy
or dirty grout
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— the amazing
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Q. Can you cut shaped glass splashback
A. Opticolour glass splashbacks can be can be curved or shaped to accommodate cooker hoods and 'L' or 'T' shapes (i.e., where there is a change in height).
"T" Shaped Glass Splashback Behind a Hob
Extractor Fan Fit to a Curved Glass Splashback
You may fit your extractor fan to the top of a curved or flat glass splashback.
Q. How thick are Opticolour glass
A. Opticolour glass splashbacks are made as standard from 6mm toughened glass. However, Opticolour glass splashbacks are also available in 8mm, 10mm, 12mm, 15mm and 19mm thicknesses. These thicknesses are often used for glass shelves, glass tabletops, glass vanity tops and glass worktops.
Q. Can I fit Opticolour glass splashbacks
A. Fitting a single glass splashback panel is easy, and we would recommend you do this yourself, with the silicone glue that we provide. However, when several glass splashbacks need to be measured to fit together this is much more difficult. Unless you are an extremely competent DIYer, we would recommend that you employ a professional to measure and fit, or take advantage of our fitting service, when more than one glass splashback panel is required.
If you are measuring yourself, we suggest you go to the trouble of making glass splashback templates from 8mm MDF. If the MDF templates fit, the glass splashbacks will fit. From our own experience, we know that there are many pitfalls! Please see our instructions for measuring and templating glass splash-backs.
Q. Does the wall need to be flat and in
Q. good condition?
A. The wall needs to be free of bows, twists or raised areas over approximately 2-3mm. Any sharp areas need to be sanded. Unevenness less than that depth can be taken up by the adhesive. All walls must be sealed using either PVA or emulsion paint.
The walls will be obscured by Opticolour glass splashbacks, so the surface does not need to look pretty.
Wiring must be chased into walls and any light fittings should be fitted, allowing at least 10mm for the thickness of the glass splashbacks.
Q. Can I fit Opticolour glass splashbacks
Q. on top of my existing tiles?
A. We do not recommend this.
Q. How are the glass splashback edges
A. All external glass splashback edges are polished.
Q. Do you supply upstands?
A. We do not supply upstands. Our minimum height is 250mm unless part of a larger job, e.g., under a window sill.
Q. Do you offer a glass splashback supply
Q. only service?
A. Yes. We require templates or detailed drawings showing any socket cut-outs or holes for plumbing, etc. Templates must have straight edges other than a defined shape such as beneath a cooker hood. Please see our Single Glass Splashback and Glass Splashbacks Supply Only Page and our glass splashback templating instructions. Completed orders will normally be delivered to you by carrier.
Q. Where can I see Opticolour glass
A. Please see our Where to See Opticolour Glass Splashbacks Page for an ever growing list of shops that have swatches of Opticolour glass splashbacks and often full size glass splashback displays as well.
Q. How much do Opticolour glass
Q. splashbacks cost?
A. Opticolour glass splashbacks are priced per square metre with additional costs for cutouts (or other glass processing) and installation. To obtain a glass splashbacks quotation please see below.
Q. How do I obtain a glass splashbacks
A. To obtain a glass splashbacks quotation for our supply & fit service please see our measure and fit page. To obtain a glass splashbacks quotation for supply only, please see our single splashbacks and supply only page.
Q. How do I pay for Opticolour glass
A. Opticolour take a 20% payment when we book your appointment, 30% after we have measured and a final payment once the job is completed. We accept most credit cards, debit cards and cheques. Trade accounts can be set up upon application.
Q. Do you make single glass splashbacks?
A. Yes, please see our single glass splashbacks page.
Q. Do you measure and fit glass
A. Yes, please see our glass splashbacks measure and fit page.
Q. Can I obtain actual samples of the
Q. coloured glass splashbacks?
A. We are happy to send you glass splashback samples, but we normally like to agree a job in principle first. If you would provide us with approximate sizes for your glass splashback panels along with details of any cut outs for sockets or plumbing and any shapes, such as under the cooker hood, we will give you an idea of cost. If that is acceptable to you, then we will happily send you glass splashback samples.
Q. What if I want a colour different from Q. your glass splashback samples?
A. We are able to mix colours to order, including sparkle and metallic effects, and will mix as close to your sample as possible. We are able to mix all Ral, BS, Dulux, Farrow & Ball colours. We can also mix bespoke colours if you send us something to match
Please be aware that colours will look much shinier through glass splashbacks, so will not necessarily look exactly the same as your paint. It is often safer to consider a slightly contrasting glass splashback colour! For special colours and effects there is a modest mixing charge.
Q. Can I have holes or cut-outs in the
Q. glass splashbacks?
A. Yes. Opticolour is specifically intended for kitchen glass splashbacks and glass shower walls so cut-outs for sockets and holes for shower fittings are not a problem, but must be cut in our workshop prior to toughening. Once toughened the glass cannot be cut or drilled.
Glass Splashback Drill Holes for a Utensils Rail
Sockets — Cut-outs in glass splashbacks for electrical sockets should generally be at least 50mm from the edge of the glass splashback or from each other. If sockets are placed side by side the boxes must be placed so that the socket covers sit tight against one another. The sockets sit on top of the glass splashback. Please ensure your electrician leaves plenty of wire so sockets can be fed through the glass splashback cut-outs.
Glass Splashback Cut-outs for Electrical Sockets
Q. Are Opticolour glass splashbacks heat
A. Yes the glass splashbacks and splashback coating are heat resistant and will not crack behind the hob. Please see our Toughened vs Untoughened Glass Splashbacks Page for more information.
Q. Are Opticolour glass splashbacks safety
A. Yes. All Opticolour glass splashback panels are toughened glass to BS6206.
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