Kitchen Splashbacks and Upstands
Things to ConsiderNot only are kitchen splashbacks and upstands aesthetically pleasing, they are also a practical and perfect finishing touch for worktops. They can be installed around the whole kitchen at low cost, as well as being easy to clean and maintain. Extremely durable and resistant, they protect your walls from splashes, and contain spillages that would otherwise seep down the back of units. With uneven walls found in homes old and new, they hide the gap between the worktop and the wall leaving a nice straight edge along the back of the worktop.
LengthsDepending on how the worktops are cut, and with maximum slab lengths of up to 3.3 metres (depending on manufacturer), fairly long upstands are possible. Where worktop runs are longer than 3 - 3.3 metres, joins will be required, and as many joins as necessary can be made. Joins should be inconspicuous, and where possible made in corners and in locations of adjoining undersills and splashbacks.
ThicknessThe thickness of a worktop can have an impact on the cost of both kitchen splashbacks and upstands. Most worktop materials are as standard, 20mm and 30mm thickness's with the exception of some engineered materials available in 12mm. Choosing 20mm thickness worktops will save you money on material, and the additional fabrication required to cut or grind down a 30mm thickness worktop. Although, if you prefer a 30mm thickness worktop, the kitchen splashbacks and upstands can be kept at 30mm thickness. Ideally, and for the sake of space and aesthetics, the thickness of any splashback should not exceed 20mm thickness. Depending on cuts, we may be able to order material in both 20mm and 30mm thickness to achieve the desired result.
Care and MaintenanceEasy to clean and maintain, kitchen upstands inherit the same resistances as the worktop. Using warm soapy water and a soft cloth is all that is needed to wipe away splashes from pots, pans and utensils. Spills that are contained by the upstands can simply be wiped away with an absorbent cloth or with paper towels
SplashbacksIf sufficient material remains after cutting worktop lengths, kitchen splashbacks can be any height that fits in with design and practical use. Generally, and termed full splashback, they rest on the worktop surface and up to the underside of base units, or less commonly, to the ceiling. The only things to consider with splashbacks is electrical outlets, thickness of the surface chosen and of course, the impact on costs of the worktop budget. The low level quartz upstands, are neat, tidy and cost effective design alternatives to full splashbacks.
Fixing to WallKitchen splashbacks should be fixed to the wall with a water-resistant silicone, completely hiding the gap between the workop and the wall.
Hob SplashbacksHob splashbacks do not differ in respect of all the above. As these are large pieces of material and most often larger than the worktop run, the only things to consider is the material needs and thickness. Hob splashbacks alone or with upstands are a great to go between full splashbacks, providing protection where it is most needed and reducing overall cost of your kitchen project.
Kitchen UpstandsThe most popular of all additions to any kitchen worktop, and the most un-noticed protective aspect that provides a great benefit in so many ways. Classified as mini splashbacks, these low level protection panels are named for the way they are designed and installed Kitchen Upstands. A necessity in kitchens for protection against spills and splashes, they make for one of the most durable of all splashback materials, and can be defined as decorative and protective. Splashbacks of all sizes, clad the wall behind the work surface, hiding the join between the wall and the work surface.
HeightAlthough upstand heights are standardized at 100mm, more often, they tend to be around 75mm in height due to material left over from cutting worktop lengths. For cost effectiveness, the height of any upstand should be determined using this method. Upstands can be any height you wish, be sure to consider electrical outlets and that there is sufficient clearance for plugging in appliances. Kitchen upstands are classified as full splashbacks if they require socket cut outs
Fixing to WallUpstands should be fixed to the wall resting on the back of the worktop with a water-resistant silicone, completely hiding the gap between the workop and the wall. Any resulting gap between the upstand and an uneven wall is not the worktop fitters responsibility and can be filled with decorators caulk or similar. The join between upstands and worktop, if installed correctly, should be barely visible except for a thin bead of clear or colour matched silicone or resin.
Quartz Upstand ThicknessAlthough our machines are able to cut / grind down thicker materials, this takes time and raises the cost of fabrication. Quartz Upstands can be slimmed down to a minimum of 10mm, so they do not look so heavy, especially if a 30mm worktop was chosen, however, this will incur additional cost.
Finishing TouchKitchen Upstands perfectly combine with other finishes such as hob splashbacks and tiled walls. An upstand can continue underneath a glass splashback or stop at each side as it does for hob splashbacks. Upstands provide an aesthetically pleasing base for tiled walls; For a wall that is already tiled, the upstand can be cut to any size that fills the gap between the work surface and the bottom tile. Removing a row of tiles or adjusting upstand height to accommodate for a previously installed and thicker worktop, are all options to consider to get the benefits of a finishing touch that an upstand provides.