How To Do It The Correct Way
Many manufacture’s of glass splashback’s, including Glass Logic offer a complete design and installation service. However, if you are looking to save a bit of money or simply enjoy DIY projects, then it is possible to install your glass splashback, safely and securely, on your own.
There are two methods used for installing glass splashbacks;
The Adhesive Method
The Adhesive method is very commonly used. Construction adhesives like Gripfill or No Nails are generally used during this process. Below is a list of instructions on how to install your glass splashback using the adhesive method;
- Make sure that the surface of the wall is suitable for fitting your glass splashback by ensuring that it is sound, properly sealed and clean.
- Carefully measure the wall and mark out the correct position for the splashback. Ensure that there is a small gap (approx. 2mm) between the splashback and the rangehood.
- If the splashback is to sit on a bench top, apply a thin line of adhesive/sealer along the back of the bench where it meets the wall. This will seal any gap between the wall and the bench.
- If the splash back is not to be supported by a bench top, it is advised that you fix a piece of timber or board at the correct height and position, so that it supports the weight of your splashback, whilst the adhesive cures. Initial curing takes approximately 24hrs.
- Using caution, lie the splashback face down on the bench top or other suitable surface and carefully apply the adhesive. Do not apply the adhesive too close to the edges of the splashback, as it can cause the adhesive to leak out from the sides. If this happens clean off the wall as soon as you have safely secured the splashback.
- Gently push the splashback onto the wall, ensuring that the adhesive/sealant spreads out on the back to provide a good seal. Pull the splashback away from the wall a little to allow the adhesive to ‘cobweb,’ and then push it back into place. (Cobwebbing helps the adhesive to cure)
- If you have any concerns about your glass splashback falling out of place, then you can secure it using masking tape, while you wait for the adhesive to cure.
- Once the adhesive has cured, remove any masking tape, you may have added and apply a thin bead of sealant around all exposed edges. Note; the adhesive might show through for a few days, especially with certain metallic colours.
The Screw In Method
The other method you can use to install your glass splashback is the screw in method. Screw fixings come in many designs, but you will require screws that have an internal thread to accept a finished screw cover. These have removable, domed heads and are often called mirror screws. This method is only recommended if you have the know-how and experience in glass installation.
You should always check with your cooker / stove manufacture to see whether there is a minimum distance that must exist between your glass splash back and the gas jets or electric heating elements.