Acrylic splashbacks are becoming increasingly popular as a cost-effective and stylish alternative to splashbacks made of traditional materials such as glass and tiles. This is due to the customisability options acrylic splashbacks offer, their ease of installation, enhanced durability and low maintenance requirements. 

But why are so many opting for acrylic splashbacks over traditional alternatives? This is the question we answer in this month’s blog. 

What are Acrylic Splashbacks?

Acrylic splashbacks can be used in kitchens and bathrooms to prevent damage to your walls via exposure to water and grease. Although acrylic splashbacks are well suited for kitchens, they’re unsuitable for placement near heat sources because they will warp when exposed to a naked flame. If you’re looking to install a splashback near a heat source like a cooker, aluminium composite is a great alternative! 

The Advantages of Acrylic Splashbacks Over Traditional Materials

The various beneficial properties of acrylic splashbacks make them a great alternative to traditional materials in all senses. From aesthetics to functionality, acrylic splashbacks are not to be ignored as a contender for stylish interior design.

Acrylic splashbacks, particularly coloured acrylic splashbacks, offer several aesthetic benefits that make them a popular choice for homeowners over traditional materials. The sheer customisability options for coloured acrylic splashbacks include the following finishes:

  • High Gloss - High-gloss coloured acrylic splashbacks offer reflectivity that adds shine and depth to your kitchen or bathroom. Higher light levels and reflection make rooms look bigger, which would be well suited for smaller rooms.
  • Matte - Matte-finished coloured acrylic splashbacks are far more understated than other types of splashbacks, and provide a smooth and non-reflected wall for modern rooms.
  • Satin - Satin splashbacks are a middle-ground between matte and gloss and offer a subtle shine.
  • Frosted - Frosted splashbacks appear diffused, and create a much softer environment.
  • Metallic - We offer a variety of metallic splashback colours and thicknesses, all boasting a shimmer that is likely to be a great addition to any kitchen or bathroom.
  • Printed - Printed splashbacks can create a unique and custom look for your room with the help of designs and patterns to suit any aesthetic.
  • Coloured - Coloured acrylic splashbacks guarantee suitability for any style or preference. Whether you’re looking for something bold and bright, or muted and neutral, coloured acrylic splashbacks are the way to go. 

Here at Sheet Plastics, we offer a range of acrylic splashbacks that tap into any aesthetic you’re interested in. You could choose to have a coloured metallic or printed high-gloss splashback if you’d prefer! This kind of customisability and flexibility is not available for traditional types of splashbacks, making acrylic splashbacks the preferable choice. 

Cost Benefits of Acrylic Splashbacks

One of the best things about acrylic plastic is that the properties it shares with traditional materials are far more enhanced, for a far cheaper price. Acrylic plastic is cheap to manufacture, and thus, inexpensive compared to glass or tile alternatives. 

Aside from the manufacturing costs, if you choose to have someone install your splashback, the labour costs will be far cheaper than they would be for glass or tile alternatives, as acrylic splashbacks are much easier to install.


Durability and Maintenance of Acrylic Splashbacks

High-quality acrylic, like the type we use here at Sheet Plastics, is 17 times stronger on average than glass of the same thickness. Furthermore, acrylic has a non-porous surface, which prevents mould growth that may occur from food splashes.  Furthermore, in coloured acrylic splashbacks, we include a UV-resistant coating which prevents fading and discolouration even in direct sunlight. 

In terms of maintenance, acrylic splashbacks don’t require specialised cleaning equipment to avoid streaking and thoroughly disinfect. Plastic splashbacks need no more than a soft cloth and mild non-solvent based cleaner or soapy water to clean. 

Tiles are prone to staining, and glass requires anti-streaking cleaning solutions to avoid appearing murky. So if you need a low-maintenance alternative, acrylic plastic is the way to go. 


Installation Process of Acrylic Splashbacks

Acrylic splashbacks are incredibly easy to install thanks to their low overall weight and simple drilling, which makes lifting simple and installation easy. Alternatively, adhesives can also be used for installation, but we recommend proceeding with care for coloured acrylic splashbacks, so as not to damage the colouring of the plastic sheet. 

If you’d like to learn more about the adhesives you could use to fit a coloured acrylic splashback, please don’t hesitate to contact us! Our experts are happy to point you in the right direction. 

Plastic splashbacks can be cut, bent, shaped, and drilled without sustaining damage or weakening, and don’t require special cutting or edging tools to do so. Need more information about how to drill acrylic sheets?

Alternatively, glass and tiles require specialised machinery to cut properly, and are prone to shattering if not done correctly. 

How Can Sheet Plastics Help?

As the UK’s largest online plastic sheet supplier, we offer an extensive range of products suitable for a variety of applications, including splashbacks, mirrors, glazing, and more! With our in-house cutting and manufacturing services, you can rest assured you’ll receive only the best products for the most affordable prices. 

And don’t forget, with our price match guarantee, full range of accessories, and thousands of satisfied customers, you can trust Sheet Plastics for all your plastic sheet needs. Visit our website today to learn more and place your order.

If you have any questions about any of our products or services, please don't hesitate to contact us today for expert advice and assistance!