People have always had an intense interest in glass. Glass for the table, glass for the windows and even glass for some ornaments, but glass for a wider range of uses around the home or office, surely not!
The marked increase in interest of glass around the home seems to have started back in 1949, when the 'The Glass House' or 'Johnson house' was built in Connecticut, USA. It was designed by Philip Johnson as his own weekend residence and was made predominantly of toughened glass. It has been said that in a house of glass, the views of the landscape are its wallpaper.
So popular have homes made from large amounts of glass become, many films have them as the residence of the main characters. The Twilight Saga has the Cullens hillside house with huge windows set in the cladded fascia and in The Returned, the main characters family live in a similarly glass fronted property.
What we are seeing here is much less use of bricks, blocks or timber and far more use of steel and toughened glass. However, it's not just the exterior walls of some properties that are being replaced with toughened glass, the interior of many properties are discovering just how attractive and versatile glass really is.
In a word, anywhere! We are quite used to seeing glass windows and the occasional glass coffee or dining table, but toughened glass is being made good use of in quite a few other parts of the home.
Probably the most common use of toughened glass in the home is for a glass kitchen splashback instead of traditional tiles and grout. At Splashbacks of Distinction we offer a seemingly endless array of clear and coloured glass splashbacks for your kitchen. You can order them from our 'Buy Online' page or we can even make a glass splashback to your size specifications with cut outs for electrical sockets.
Our toughened glass kitchen splashbacks give your kitchen a clean, unfussy and elegant finish with a luscious modern and easy to clean surface.
A glass kitchen splashback from us is the perfect way to transform your kitchen with a beautifully hygienic and strong practical surface.
Glass in the bathroom or even a small washroom make the whole area light up. These are often the smallest rooms in the house and will always benefit from glass to maximise the passage of light.
The glass can be coloured, textured, frosted or even have high resolution images incorporated into the panels. What's not to like about them?
Another fantastic feature of glass in the bathroom setting is the fact that it is so easy to keep hygienically clean. Hard water marks often build up on tiled surfaces without us even noticing until it's caked on so hard that it almost takes an angle grinder to remove it. Glass is supremely smooth so it makes cleaning limescale an absolute breeze.
So this is where it's really at these days! No more are many trotting off to their local DIY store and settling for the same tiles or shower screen as the Jones family down the road. Now you can have the most amazing images incorporated into your glass splashback, the sky really is the limit!
Essentially you will have a glass splashback or shower screen that is quite simply a unique and personal work of art that will be a genuine focal point to any room. You can let your imagination run riot with whatever design you want. Any image with sufficient resolution can be made into a glass printed splashback and you don't need to be a professional photographer either. The file sizes produced by even a mid range mobile phone can produce an image that is sufficient to be incorporated into your new glass splashback.
You can have huge designs that spread the length of the kitchen, or just a square splashback that goes behind the cooker itself.
Another type of digitally printed glass that is taking the interior decorating world by storm at present is the glass wall mounted printed panels. These allow you to have that wedding day or baby picture immortalised in glass forever. So easy to dust or polish and the picture will never fade either, unlike an unprotected picture can in sunlight. This is because the UVB rays of the sun are effectively blocked by glass.
Now this is a part of the kitchen that really does benefit from the hygienic properties of toughened glass. Worktops are where we prepare our food, so they need to be spotlessly clean. Splashbacks of Distinction can produce a toughened glass worktop in any colour. Your new toughened glass worktop is suitable for kitchens or bathrooms and will have a minimal amount of joins and cuts. In a nutshell, we supply you with the most beautiful glass kitchen and bathroom worktops and surfaces on the market.
Our premium toughened glass worktops are incredibly strong and can withstand temperatures of up to 400°, so when you're cooking up that gourmet meal you can rest assured that your glass worktop is not going to shatter into thousands of little pieces.
We have heard of a few other companies who try to toughen their glass sheet products by adding a foam backing, but this doesn't cut the mustard when it comes to intense direct heat contact. All the foam backing will achieve is a reduction in the risk of injury should the glass break, but with our toughened glass worktops, the glass simply isn't going to break, now that's got to be good news for everyone.
We are all used to seeing wooden spindles or balusters on staircases, maybe even wooden panels that form the balustrade, but toughened glass balustrades are really taking off these days.
The glass balusters may be more like panels or they could be made up of smaller sheets of toughened glass, but whatever style you choose, you can be assured that the finish will be superb and the maintenance and cleaning will be a piece of cake.
Another great thing about glass balustrades is the fact that you will never need to paint, stain or varnish them ever again. Anyone who has ever painted a stair spindle will know how fiddly this job can be and how many hours can be soaked up completing the entire run. With our toughened glass balustrades, all that's required is a quick wipe, dust or polish and you're good to go.
So if your looking for a new staircase with glass balustrades or just the glass balustrade panels to transform your existing staircase then we can help you to achieve the look you've always dreamed of.
Toughened glass shelves are a fantastic way of displaying your favourite ornaments. Because the shelves are manufactured from toughened glass, they are tough and will allow light to pass through, showing off your decor in a whole new way.
We can design and manufacture everything from an individual shelf to a bespoke shelving system. Although most of our toughened glass shelves will have a standard polished edge, we can also offer a nibbled edge detail for that really distinctive finish.
Splashbacks of Distinction use only the highest quality toughened glass to produce our shelves giving it a very clean look, which requires hardly any effort to clean. Our toughened glass shelves provide very little obscurity and full transparency allowing light to pass through from all angles.
All our toughened glass shelves are toughened to British Standards BS EN 121500:2000 for safety as well as making the glass considerably stronger. All our toughened glass products are put through a thorough quality control process in order to guarantee complete customer satisfaction.
A lot of us seem to spend a fair amount of our time in front of the mirror. Whether it's for preening purposes or just to gauge how we look generally, we are lost without them. Seriously, just try going a day or a week without looking in the mirror. Will you look like you've been dragged through a bush backwards, or will you be able to preen successfully without one?
There is no doubt that mirrors form a very important part of our lives, so why not have a bespoke one made especially for you by Splashbacks of Distinction? We are able to manufacture and supply all manner of mirrors from a simple bevelled edge oval mirror to an entire wall sized mirrored panel for gymnasium or dance practice.
Splashbacks of Distinction manufacture and supply the following types of mirror:
Splashbacks of Distinction manufacture and supply the very finest bespoke toughened glass shower screens and enclosures. Our shower enclosures can be made to fit any part of your home, at any size. A dazzling array of colours and textures are available too should you want something a little bit special and we can even incorporate a high definition digital image into the glass.
If you are designing your own bathroom from the beginning, you will probably want something very specific that is unique to you and your surroundings, so why not ask us to make a bespoke shower enclosure just for you.
If you don't need a full shower enclosure, we manufacture and supply a range of shower screens in convenient sizes.
Should you have specific design or size requirements for your bathroom, we can make a completely bespoke shower screen to your exact specifications.
All of our glass shower enclosures and screens are:
All our shower enclosures, use only the highest quality hinges, fasteners and handles so you end up with the finish you desire. We simply do not cut corners on quality or workmanship!
We all get to a point when we suddenly become aware that our home or garden are looking quite dated. This often happens after we have been to a friends house who have opted for the light airy look and feel that glass furnishings can deliver. We then start to compare our property with theirs and yearn for a change for the better.
The kitchen is the heart of any home. It is a place that creativity can flourish and more and more people are spending more time in the kitchen and money in revamping this part of the house than ever before.
Nothing quite beats the beauty of glass. Whether clear, coloured, smooth or textured. Glass has held our fascination for many years, with ornate stained glass windows and Tiffany lamps becoming iconic in some circles. But what is it about glass that makes it fit so well in a modern home?
A debate we hear all too often is the tiles, panels and other wall coverings versus splashbacks argument! Which is best? Which is more hygienic? and which of the choices are easier to maintain?
The world as we know it has changed! Gone are the days when we could go about our daily business without really thinking too much about picking up a nasty virus from the things we touch.
Bacteria can spread anywhere in the kitchen. So it really is important to wash your hands and kitchen surfaces before and after making food. Bacteria can spread from one surface to another without you knowing it. If the bacteria get into food, they can cause foodborne illnesses.
When we think of the ideal colour for a new glass kitchen splashback, the chances are we will be thinking about a light or vibrant colour to brighten our homes. Black is quite possibly the very last colour that springs to mind, but why?
Put simply, a glass splashback is very smooth and hygienic, making them a far superior alternative to traditional tiles. Even though the majority of tiles are glazed to a glass like finish, the grout lines are a major pain to keep clean and will discolour badly in a relatively short period of time.
Take a look at the picture on the right and imagine what it would be like to let that dog into your house, this is every dog owners nightmare!
The summer is now over and we are into the early autumn months, so we have many months of potentially wet and muddy pets coming in and out of our houses. Even during the summer months dogs will frequently roll around on the dry ground, picking up dust in their coat. When it rains, this dust turns back to mud ready to be shaken all over your walls and furniture.
We all know what it's like to come home after a hard days graft, only to be faced with a wall full of filthy tiles that need cleaning. It's a tough job at the best of times, but when the grime has found its way into the grout, it can rapidly become a nightmare.
So you've watched loads of cooking programmes and have looked through endless brochures, but how are you going to achieve that extra special, unique finishing touch to your decor? The answer is clear!
Are you looking for something just that little bit different for your new kitchen? To have something that will really put the top hat on your kitchen design will need to be a bit more than some fancy ceramic tiles!
Glass splashbacks have a number of advantages over the alternatives when it comes to covering and protecting the walls of your kitchen or bathroom. Installing glass splashbacks in the home is a reasonably new development, but already they are fast proving to be the preferred choice by many people. The glass splashback is a very attractive alternative to wooden cladding or ceramic tiles and the people who are discovering it are ralising how glass can become such a beautiful medium for covering a wall.
Should you be thinking seriously about having a new kitchen fitted, you will need to consider what wall coverings are going to compliment the units. So many people will try to copy what the kitchen showroom had done with the display kitchen, only to wish they had excercised a little more imagination when the job was finished.
We all need a splash of colour to brighten up our lives and what better way to achieve this than having a beautiful coloured glass splashback fitted professionally by Splashbacks of Distinction.
A clear glass splashback can look pretty amazing but a coloured one just seems to have a certain je ne sais quoi about it. There are so many different colours to choose from and we can supply swatches to help our clients make up their mind before they commit to a definite choice.
Glass splashbacks are by far the best way to really modernise and brighten up your kitchen or bathroom. Years ago you had the bewildering array of tiles of different sizes, shapes, colours and textures. The one thing that all tiles have in common is that they all need to be grouted onto the wall. This grout can look untidy unless you have the tiles fitted by a professional and they are a magnet for harmful bacteria.
Every so often we all need to think about a spot of decorating around the house. It may be that all that's required is a lick of paint, a sheet or two of new wallpaper or a new floor covering. On the other hand it may be the long overdue task of replacing a kitchen, bathroom or totally revamping your living space. But where do you start?
With so many people wanting to upgrade their kitchens from the traditional ceramic tiled splashbacks to a more durable and attractive alternative, Splashbacks of Distinction are now available in and around the Cambridge area to answer their call.
We have all heard people say that you could eat your dinner off the floor as it is so clean, but did you realise that the kitchen can be one of the dirtiest rooms in the house. Quite frightening considering all the family meals are prepared there.
We would all like a new fitted kitchen! It's that time of year when we start to take stock and notice all those little jobs that need doing around the home. The kitchen is the one room in any home that is used on a regular basis and the one that probably takes the most punishment. Heat, grease and grime build up without even the cleanest of cooks noticing. The worktops, walls and ceilings start to lose there clean look and become dull and dirty. It's not until you thoroughly clean an area that you really notice just how grimy your kitchen has become. Now could be the perfect time to consider doing something about it.
One of the things that many homeowners dream about is having a new fitted kitchen installed. The kitchen has frequently been described as the heart of any house and so many seem to spend an awful lot of time in them. Some may like to potter about testing out new dishes to tempt their friends and families taste buds, whereas others see the kitchen as a sanctuary to get away from the kids.
When you visit the various DIY stores and see how much they charge for their glass shower enclosures and screens, it is hardly surprising why so many of us go home and continue to use an assortment of suspended shower curtains.
If you have you have been trying to decide whether to make the change from a shower curtain to a shower door or shower enclosure made from toughened glass, Splashbacks of Distinction are here to help.
If you have ever had to fix new tiles, repair, replace or even clean the grouting in the existing tiles in a shower enclosure, you will know just what a pain it can be! Having a sparkling new toughened glass shower enclosure is certainly a great investment to make, but why not go all out and have the walls of the enclosure covered in glass too?
Have you ever looked through home design magazines or watched some television makeover shows and envied the beautiful results they achieve? There is one room in a house that is often overlooked for a makeover and it happens to be the smallest room in the house, the bathroom!
Glass is a wonderful medium to use in the home and can look particularly stunning in the bathroom as well as the kitchen. Like Splashbacks of Distinctions coloured kitchen splashbacks, we can also provide you with the same superior quality toughened safety glass for bathrooms and showers. Glass shower splashbacks are so easy to clean using glass cleaner, they will not have the mould issues you get with tiles that have been grouted. Glass splashbacks are not limited to the shower either, depending on your budget they can be used to create stunning glass feature walls.
As a business owner you will know that in the commercial sector, style, cost and low maintenance are all important. You want your premises to look inviting not only for your visiting clients, but your work force too. Working in a drab space does nothing for productivity and our toughened glass commercial balustrades will allow the light to flood into your office or warehouse space. No more dark and dreary stairwells to contend with.
Glass balustrades will look fantastic in your home or office space, allowing every ray of natural light to flood in, lifting your mood and bringing the other health benefits that only natural light can. However, have you considered just how amazing a glass balustrade would look outside?
When the time is right to make improvements to our homes, the list of jobs to do seems endless. That drab paintwork needs brightening, the worn or chipped laminate flooring needes replacing or the carpet has no life or spring left in it. It may even be the kitchen units that have seen better days, but of all the jobs that can be tackled, one seems to be missed out for some strange reason, the balustrades!
Juliet balconies were named after the famous balcony scene from Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet. The shallow balcony is designed to provide a decorative safety barrier in front of French windows.
Glass balustrades are a very popular architectural glazing design feature on so many projects around the home. Glass balustrades create a clear, clean and modern yet strong safety barrier to keep you and yours safe from harm, whilst improving and updating your home.
Stairs are an obvious structural centrepiece of any home, so the way they look is vital. An untidy, tired and old fashioned staircase will make an instant negative first impression on visitors, and can even lower the value of your home should it be on the market.
Balustrades have been used in buildings for many years. Internal and external balustrades support staircases, balconies, and provide much needed safety and security. We have developed a wide range of glass balustrades to enhance your property. As a result, our glass balustrades have become extremely popular with our clients, maybe because they have so many benefits.
There is an exciting new look available for your staircase! Toughened glass balustrades look absolutely fabulous and lift a home into a new dimension.
The mirror is a staple in most houses. They are traditionally found above the fireplace in the front room and in the bathroom and toilet, occasionally they may be found in the bedroom too. This article will demonstrate just some of the clever ways that you can use mirrors around your home to great effect.
Locating a mirror in the correct place in a room allows you to maximise and make the most of the natural light. Placing the mirror close to a window will catch the angle of light and bounce it throughout the room.
When it comes to choosing the right mirror to fit in with your home or office decor, Splashbacks of distinction are confident that we could manufacture and fit the mirror to suit your own individual requirements.
It could be argued that we are all more obsessed with our appearance than we would like to admit. But is this really an indication of vanity? A vain person is meant to be conceited and have excessive pride in their appearance. There is nothing wrong with being concerned about ones appearance, as this is quite normal and understandable. In fact, studies have shown that attractive people have distinct advantages over less attractive people in our society.
We all take them for granted! We brush our teeth, comb our hair, shave and check out how we look in them every day, but we rarely think about the impact a mirror actually has on our lives.
Toughened glass partitions can have a major impact on your business and possibly, even in the home environment too. They allow natural light to flood into any space, avoiding dark dead spots that require artificial lighting.
We all have shelves! Some are to display the odd ornament or curiosity, whereas others have a more specific use for must have or regularly used appliances around the home. Whatever they are for, shelves are a commonplace part of any home or office space. Shelves help us to organise our belongings by providing spaces for functional or decorative use and they prevent work surfaces from becoming cluttered with everyday stuff.
We all have certain items that we want to put on display. It may be an assortment of nic nacs that we have collected over the years, our favourite books or an heirloom that was passed down from a previous generation. Whatever the display item is, the chances are that we will be displaying them on a shelf of some kind. The question is, what type of shelf do we choose to compliment not just the display item, but the rest of the interior of our home?
Shelves are an integral part of virtually every home and office up and down the country. They are a very functional way of making use of walls for storage when one may not want, or be able to use the floor.
Today experts will agree that exposure to natural light during the day is strongly linked to energy, mood, sleep and an overall hightened quality of life. If we deprive ourselves of natural light, we often become down and moody, sometimes even starting to suffer from insomnia.
Glass is bright, clean, creates a light and airy space and although it has been around for centuries, it can make your living and working space look thoroughly modern.
Here at Splashbacks of Distinction we make the most out of glass by crafting it into so much more. We have all manner of shelves, kitchen and bathroom splashbacks, shower enclosures and screens and we even have glass balustrades to take the place of those traditional wooden spindles should the mood take you. But what else can glass really be used for?
We all want our homes to have a unique appearance, because nobody wants their living space to be exactly the same as their friends and neighbours. Sadly this is easier said than done! Think about it, the majority of your friends and neighbours will buy their furniture from the local furniture store and the wallpaper, lamps and flooring are likely to be sourced from the same local DIY shop that you use. This is not to say they will choose exactly the same decor as you, but the chances of it happening are pretty good. So if you want something really different, think glass!
Glass has held a fascination for so many people over the centuries. No other material allows such a wide variety of products to be made that actually appear to change depending on the intensity of the light that shines upon it.
Glass really is an eyecatching medium, and at the same time it is a very functional material to be used as a splashback in the kitchen, bathroom or to highlight a display somewhere else in the home or office. Glass is naturally a very hygenic material as it is not porous so no bacteria can be left on its surface once properly cleaned. But why stop in the kitchen though, the bathroom is another part of the home that can easily be enhanced, come to think of it, anywhere you want colour, design and an easy clean surface can benefit from a toughened glass splashback.
Toughened glass, as its name would suggest, is glass material that has been made much tougher than ordinary glass. Toughened glass are much stronger varieties and are used in various constructions, these can be residential or commercial constructions. The actual strength of toughened glass is up to five times more than that of annealed glass, (see below for an explanation of the annealing process). Toughened glass is not only used for kitchen and bathroom splashbacks, it is also used to manufacture lots of glassware and these products are comparatively safer and offer far more durability.
Some people mistakenly believe that toughened glass is unbreakable, it may be very tough, but it can still be broken. Remember though, if products made of toughened glass are handled in the correct way, there is no reason why they shouldn't last for a lifetime.
If you wanted to eat your dinner from a clean surface, you might want to eat it in your bathroom. This may sound like a ridiculous thing to say when you consider what the smallest room in the house is used for, but read on!
Not all that long ago, people seemed to be going out of their way to get away from wood in and around their home, but instead of going the whole hog, they seemed to opt for wood effect materials, from worktops to flooring. Even shelves and furniture was either veneered or printed to make it look like wood.
Do you want the modern touch that glass brings. Splashbacks of Distinction can advise you what glass additions to your home will not only be functional, look amazing, but what could actually compliment and even enhance your existing traditional furniture.
Glass splashbacks are the product that Splashbacks of Distinction know all about. We have transformed so many homes with our glass splashbacks and seem to get most of our new customers from referrals. All too often we see that people have bought one of the 'off the shelf' glass splashbacks and have never been happy with the quality or fit, that's where we come in.
Having a glass splashback fitted is a fantastic way of brightening up your kitchen, bathroom or living area. They are hygienically clean and come in a wonderfully varied range of textures and colour finishes. To add to the versatility of this product, Splashbacks of Distinction are now able to offer a fantastic new service to our customers, the incorporation of high resolution images into any glass splashback!
We generally take glass for granted. We look out through it every day and unless there is a greasy fingerprint that sticks out like a sore thumb, we don't even seem to notice it. Glass is transparent and can be rather boring when it comes to your run of the mill windows.
The Ral colour system, is a series of systems used to match certain colours in paint. The system is designed to help when you need to choose paint colours, it's effectively a swatch system.
If you would like to know more or are interested in a quote we would be happy to help. Phone us on 01920 830 084, email us at email@example.com or fill in our enquiry form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.
Splashbacks of Distinction is the trading name of RDC Glass Ltd