What is the best metal for my kitchen splashback?
Different Metals suit different kitchens so it is important to understand what would suit your kitchen. Here at London Metal Store we offer splashbacks in copper, brass and stainless steel.
Stainless steel is a steel alloy with excellent corrosion resistance compared to carbon/alloy steel. As an alloy of iron and carbon, steel is one of the strongest and most reliable metals available, with stainless steel boasting even greater strength and usage. Our stainless steel range is great for harsh environments, ideal for catering, providing for hygienic surfaces or applications where a higher level of corrosion resistance is required without the need for additional protective finishes. Stainless steel has also proved as a durable material.
Copper alloys exhibit good to excellent corrosion resistance and high thermal conductivity and very high electrical conductivity. It has great aesthetic appeal with a lovely reddish tinge. Over time, copper occupies a patina appearance due to oxidisation this is a very unique look that many people find fashionable.
Brass is an alloy of both copper and zinc. It has low friction properties and acoustic properties, which makes it one of the most popular metals to use. It is commonly used as a decorative metal because of its resemblance to gold and is used extensively in furniture, interior fit outs, and point of sale display. It is also germicidal which means it can kill microorganisms on contact. Brass splashbacks come off very stylish when mixed with other brass fittings within the kitchen.
Why are Splashbacks used in Kitchens?
The main reason that most people utilise splashbacks in kitchens is because it is highly useful for stopping food stains from getting on the walls on the back of cooking. It's smooth and modern look is perfect for kitchens as it makes them much more easier to clean and hygienic compared to tiles. Splashbacks are cheaper than tiles and have proved to be durable as well creating a perfect alternative. Due to it's size, splashbacks have proven to be a lot more efficient to install with numerous people installing them themselves to save money. Splashbacks are produced in stainless steel, brass and copper meaning there's a splashback for any style of kitchen.
Is it possible to have my metal splashback custom fabricated?
Yes, splashback metal comes in a variety of sizes. Our team can cut sheets to size with great precision. We offer cut to size stainless steel, copper and brass splashbacks that meets the specific dimensions you need for your project. We understand that every metalwork project is different, so you’ll need metalwork supplies that are unique to your needs, including a range of different sizes.
How do I care for / maintain my metal splashback?
It's important to take care of your splashbacks by cleansing them on a regular basis, the more the splashback is used, the more it must be cleaned. It's a good idea to cleanse the splashbacks as soon as any spills or splashes occur to stop any discolouration or stains from appearing.
To clean a splash back you must:
- Start by mixing soap with warm water in a sink.
- Use cloth or sponge to scrub splashback after mixing with water and soap.
- Rinse splashback in warm water do remove any soap.
- Dry Splashback with kitchen towel to stop water spots occurring.
Ensure that you do not use harsh chemicals or leave stains for long periods of time as this could cause potential damage to the splashback.
How can I install my metal splashback?
It's important to note that before installing any splashback yourself that you know whether the material is suitable for where you want to install it. Some splashbacks are not suitable to be in certain places such as behind the hob. Here is a guide on how to fit a kitchen splashback.
- Clean the surface. Regardless of the material of the splashback it is important that the surface is flat, dry and dust free.
- Plot splashback position. Allow a 2mm gap to allow for expansion and pay attention for distance between hob to prevent damage.
- Apply adhesive. Put strips of foam tape to all the sides and middle of the splashback. Then use a silicone gun to apply adhesive to the areas in between, try not to overlap. use masking tape to hold in place whilst adhesive sets.
- Put splashback onto wall. Take off protective strip from foam tape and attach it to the wall. Then apply pressure evenly across splashback and peel any protective film from the front of splashback.
- Seal the edges. Once adhesive is cured you can remove any masking tape and apply silicone sealant around the edges.
Acrylic and laminates splashbacks are easiest to fit and install yourself due to their lightness and thinness.
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