If you’re an architect, designer, custom builder or homeowner you may be familiar with the concept of coloring the reverse side of a piece of glass to achieve a clean, contemporary and easy to clean wall surface, but you may not have heard about an alternative product – high gloss acrylic walls. While both of these materials can make a dramatic impact for a backsplash or shower in a home (or feature wall or boardroom application in an office) they each have distinct advantages which can impact which material is best for a specific project.
Below I’ll provide a brief description of each material and then outline their respective advantages.
What is back painted glass? This material is simply glass (which can be standard, low iron or tempered) which has been painted on the reverse side to create color.
What are high gloss acrylic wall panels? – These panels are 5/32” thick material optical grade acrylic with a mirror like finish with an integrated fused layer on the back surface.
Advantages of back painted glass
Although both products provide an exciting modern look here is where color coated glass may be best used vs. high gloss panels:
1 – Matching a specific color choice – This product can be color coordinated to match a specific décor and is also available in metalized paint options.
2 – Laminated glass can create a different look on 2 sides of a wall – With a laminated back painted glass you can have a color on one side and an etched or patterned glass on the other side.
3 – Tempered for high temperature areas – If you’re looking for a backsplash behind a stove or a fireplace tempered back painted glass will meet the need.
Advantages of high gloss walls
High gloss acrylic panels – while not as well known as back painted glass – have some very strong advantages.
1 – Lower cost – High gloss panels are usually less expensive than tempered back painted glass for shower/bath walls or backsplashes in kitchens, bathrooms or laundry rooms
2 – Easier to work with and install –This material can be cut or drilled with common woodworking tools and is lighter than back painted glass – making it easier to install by a DIY’er or professional contractor.
3 – Higher strength – High gloss acrylic panels are 25 times stronger than glass and safer to work with.
4 – Flexibility – If you have a slightly curved wall these panels can be formed over this surface.
Which of these materials would be best for your project? Please comment below.
If you’re looking for more information or an estimate on high gloss walls call The Bath Doctor of Cleveland (216-531-6085) or Columbus (614-252-7294).For nationwide direct product sales on these (and other) shower wall surrounds, bases and more Innovate Building Solutions (877-668-5888). For complete bathroom remodeling contact Cleveland Design & Remodeling (216-658-1270).
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