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5 Reasons To Choose Glass Splashbacks For Outdoor Kitchens & Barbeques

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Outdoor cooking is an Australian institution, and a well-equipped outdoor kitchen or barbequing area can be a fine addition to any home. However, outdoor cooking areas need to be kept just as clean and sanitary as conventional indoor kitchens. Installing splashbacks on the walls of your outdoor kitchen is an effective way to prevent cooking fats and spilled sauces from staining your home's exterior walls. 

Splashbacks can be made from a variety of materials, including inexpensive acrylic plastics and modern stainless steel, but glass splashbacks are especially well-suited for use in outdoor environments. Here are five reasons to consider glass splashbacks for your new outdoor kitchen and/or barbequing area:

Weather Resistance

Acrylic plastic splashbacks are cost-effective, but they tend to fade and perish when exposed to direct sunlight, making them unsuitable for many outdoor applications. Metal splashbacks can be vulnerable to corrosion caused by outdoor humidity and rainwater, and tiled splashbacks can fall apart if their grouting and/or mortar is exposed to too much moisture.

Glass splashbacks are highly resistant to damage caused by adverse weather conditions and are ideal for use in outdoor settings. They are thoroughly waterproof, heavy enough to resist high winds and do not suffer any damage when exposed to intense UV light.

Impact Resistance

Glass splashbacks are made from specialised types of toughened glass that can shrug off heavy impacts. This is a useful quality in any cooking area but is particularly useful when used in barbequing areas. Most utensils used for barbequing are relatively heavy metal implements, and accidental impacts can badly damage acrylic or tiled splashbacks. 

Long-Term Durability

Because glass splashbacks are so physically durable, they represent an excellent long-term investment for any outdoor cooking area and can be expected to last for years. High-quality glass splashbacks are usually more expensive than splashbacks made from tiles or plastics but will also remain useable for longer, saving you money on splashback repairs and replacement over time.

Easy Exterior Installation

Fitting a splashback to an exterior wall can be more difficult than installing a splashback indoors, especially if your home's walls are covered with cement rendering or timber siding. Tiled splashbacks are incompatible with many types of exterior wall covering, and the weight of metal splashbacks can make them difficult to install on top of wall siding.

Unlike most other splashback types, glass splashbacks can be installed using either screw fasteners or liquid adhesives. This versatility allows them to be used with most types of exterior wall covering without issue.

Easy Cleaning

A frequently used outdoor kitchen can be very difficult to keep clean, especially during the summer months when spilled foods and sauces will dry out quickly and become stuck to surfaces. The smooth, non-porous surface of a glass splashback is very easy to clean and can be thoroughly sanitised using regular kitchen cleaning sprays and solutions.