Removing Glass Splashbacks

Seams. Imperfections. Cracks and chips. Although glass splashbacks are both modern and attractive, if they are improperly installed, they will eventually have to be removed and replaced. Splashbacks cannot be reused because each design is specifically rendered for that space. Cutting, or splicing an existing splashback with another will make the new splashback more susceptible to cracks and seams. Also, it is hard to exactly match the new splasback with the old.

Cracks, Chips and Color

Removing a colored glass splashback that has imperfections is important. Do not splice it with a new one as matching the color will be nearly impossible. The tint is unique to each splashback and therefore incredibly difficult to recreate. Gaps are another possibility as affixing another piece of glass to an existing one creates pockets in the adhesive around the borders of the two pieces. Each glass piece is essentially an individual piece of work and cannot be exactly created with another piece.

Removing the Old Piece

No surprises here. Use a jigsaw, chipping tool or small crowbar to lift the edges first. Do not attack the middle of the piece as you might go into the wall behind the splashback. Start at the edges first and gradually work your way to the middle taking pieces away as you move closer to the center. Removing the splashback in pieces is also a good way to make sure the surrounding area isn’t damaged in the process. Removing glass or tile requires the same process but the caution comes with keeping the butting wall damage-free.

Some glass splashback companies include the removal of the previous material in their installation costs, but each company is different. However, if you are installing a new splasback inquire about removal costs first before doing it yourself because if anything happens to the butting wall, you won’t be held responsible. Check glass splashbacks London or glass splashback UK on the web for more inquires.