How to Guides

How to Guides

Utilising glass throughout your home will create a stylish and contemporary feel. A perfect surface for kitchens, bathrooms, and other wet areas but also a decorative design solution for the modern living and work space. Our glass products will provide a practical and hygienic finish to your home.

We use 6mm  Low Iron toughened glass as standard for all our coloured glass splashbacks, although we offer 8,10,12 and 19mm for other glass products with 19mm often being used for glass worktops. Using state of the art glass processing machinery we can provide a bespoke shaping to accommodate electric sockets, cooker points and shaped cooker

Our colour range is only limited by your own imagination! RAL, British Standard, NCS and Pantone are often the colour schemes chosen by Designers and Architects, we have also colour matched many of the colours on the High Street.

Classic Gloss is our standard finish, this finish is achieved naturally through the properties of Glass. Contemporary Matt, is an optional colour finish and is achieved by sandblasting the face of the glass

Glass samples are available to order, there is a small charge to cover our production and postage costs, Visit our Samples Page

Our standard stock sheets are 3210 x 2550 – Through our online shop we are able to deliver a maximum size of 2400 x 1200 if you require larger sizes please contact-us so we can discuss delivery charges.

Using state of the art glass processing machinery, we are able to process glass available in 4,6,8,10,12, 15 and 19mm thick and mirror in 4 and 6mm we offer the following processes.

 

      • CNC Cutting
      • Bespoke, Accurate Drilling
      • Shape Cutting
      • Polished Edge Work – Flat and Pencil
      • Bevel edge work
      • Internal/External Cut outs and Notches
      • UV Digital Printing
      • Mirror Silvering
      • Back painting (Low Baked)

All our glass is toughened to British Standard (BS 6206-EN12150) with polished edges for your safety as standard. Ensuring Splashbacks are toughened is a key factor for customers, especially where glass is in close proximity to a heat source such as the hob or a range cooker. Toughening Glass makes the glass 4 x stronger than ordinary glass and gives it the heat resistance.

We will use reasonable endeavors to repair or replace free of charge, any coating which is found to be de-laminating or dis-colouring within a period of ten (10) years from the delivery date. This guarantee is subject to full payment for all products, charges, fees and reasonable notice by the customer of such fault to The Coloured Glass Co Ltd. The customer must maintain and clean the product (s) in a proper manner. This guarantee excludes willful damage and normal wear and tear.

Measuring glass splashbacks is relatively easy, we do understand that if you have not done this before then it can be somewhat daunting, we have sectioned out below various elements on how to measure glass splashbacks.

All we need from you to manufacture a rectangular / square Glass Splashback is the height and width.Ordinarily, a Splashback is for use behind a hob. The width required is therefore usually the width of the hob, and the height is usually the height between the work surface/upstand that runs across the back of the hob to the extractor above. If you don’t have an extractor, then the height is entirely for aesthetic value and as such can vary to your taste.

We recommend that you take down the width & height measurements, then take away 2mm from both to ensure sufficient space for comfortable fitting if the Splashback is being fitted between wall cupboards and under an extractor. This 2mm perimeter is sealed in the final stage of installation, so will not be overtly visible.

If your Splashback is effectively free standing, and isn’t restricted by wall cupboards or and extractor above, then the height and width do not require this 2mm deduction.

First, as with a rectangle, you need to measure the overall width and height of the Splashback. This information tells us how much glass overall we will need to make the Splashback. 2mm should be deducted from these.

Next, we need to know the height of the left wing of the inverted T-shape – usually, this height is the distance between the work surface and wall cupboards above. We recommend that 2mm is deducted from this height to allow for comfortable fitting.

The width of the left wing of the T-shape is the next measurement we need. Generally, this measurement is from the left end of the wall cupboards (to the left of the hob), to where the Splashback goes up to the extractor hood. Here we recommend 2mm is added to accommodate the Radius corner that will be present.

It’s not possible to produce 90° internal corners in glass; instead, a rounded corner with a radius of 6mm (min) is produced. These rounded corners are referred to as radius corners.

Now we’ve taken care of the left side of the T-Shape, we next need to measure the width of the glass that sits behind your hob. Often, this measurement is the gap over the hob between the wall cupboards on either side of an extractor hood. Here, 6mm should be deducted to allow for the radius corners and for comfortable fitting.

The right wing of the inverted T-shape is measured in the same manner as the left, with its width requiring the addition of 2mm, and its height requiring the deduction on 2mm to accommodate the left radius corner.

You might be concerned about the adjustments to the widths and heights being too large, but rest assured that once the Splashback is sealed around its perimeter in the final stage of installation, the gaps will not be overtly visible. Remember, the perimeter of space around the glass these adjustments make is necessary for comfortable fitting of the Splashback.

The diagram shown demonstrates this measuring technique; but if you would like some more advice, please do not hesitate to contact our technical team on 0333 335 5036

Measuring a U-shape Splashback again we will first require the overall width and height. 2mm should be deducted from both these measurements to ensure a sufficient perimeter is accommodated around the glass to make installation as easy as possible.

Next, we’ll need the width of the left upright of the U-shape. Again, 2mm should be deducted here.

The width of the gap between the two uprights of the U-shape is the next dimension we’ll need – here, 6mm should be added to accommodate the internal radius corners in this cut-out.

The dimension we need next is the height of the horizontal section of the U-shape that bridges the two vertical sections. (Please note that the minimum height of this section, to allow for manufacture of a U-shape Splashback in a single piece, is 250mm. Any less than this, and the Splashback cannot be toughened.  If the height is sufficient, deduct 2mm from it.

We now just need the width of the right upright of the U-shape (take off 2mm here, again), and the overall height of the glass on the right hand side. Deduct 2mm from the overall height as before.

You might be concerned about the adjustments to the widths and heights being too large, but rest assured that once the Splashback is sealed around its perimeter in the final stage of installation, the gaps will not be overtly visible. Remember, the perimeter of space around the glass these adjustments make is necessary for comfortable fitting of the Splashback.

The diagram shown demonstrates this measuring technique; but if you would like some more advice, please do not hesitate to contact our technical team on 0333 335 5036

Again, the place to start is the overall width and height of the Splashback. 2mm should be deducted from these to allow comfortable installation.

The width of the top section of the L-shape is next – 2mm should be deducted from this measurement.

Finally, the height of the right wing of the L-shape should be measured. As with the overall height of the Splashback, 2mm should again be deducted. The adjustments to the heights and widths of various parts of the Splashback will allow for sufficient tolerance for fitting, and will also mean the radius corner will be accounted for.

You’ll notice from our diagram that we haven’t asked you for the dimensions of the other two sides of the L-shape. Don’t worry, it’s not a mistake – we are able to infer these dimensions in house during programming and as such do not need their measurements.

You might be concerned about the adjustments to the widths and heights being too large, but rest assured that once the Splashback is sealed around its perimeter in the final stage of installation, the gaps will not be overtly visible. Remember, the perimeter of space around the glass these adjustments make is necessary for comfortable fitting of the Splashback.

The diagram shown demonstrates this measuring technique; but if you would like some more advice, please do not hesitate to contact our technical team on 0333 335 5036

Before Starting PLEASE READ THIS.

  • Do you have everything you need?

 

 

 

 

  • Ensure that the splashback fits the space, checking all your dimensions and that your worktop is fitted securely and is level.
  • Make sure your hob is fitted in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and that the clearance between the hob and the splashback complies with the appliance manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Make sure that your extractor is securely fitted in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Ensure the surface being fixed to is flat, non-porous, dry and dust free. Any variations in level in excess of 5mm should be packed with silicone prior to fitting.
  • Do not use any other form of adhesive other than silicone as certain adhesives will degrade the finish of the glass.

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Safe Handling of Glass

All our products are manufactured using “Toughened Safety Glass” it is important that any glass product is handled with care and in particular eye protection and suitable gloves should be worn.
Special Care should be taken with the corners and edges of the products as
impact will cause the product to shatter. In addition to our glass being Toughened, we also apply a backing to the back, this is known as “Safety Backing” it is a polypropylene clear film that in the event of glass breakage the glass stays together, this is a very important feature in the food industry, this backing also protects the colour from frost if the glass is fitted to an external wall, likewise it also protects against damage during transportation and installation.

Please DO NOT remove this as this could damage the paint.

REMEMBER – Unfitted glass is fragile.
DO NOT place on hard surfaces prior to fitting.

DO NOT – Attempt to cut the glass, Toughened Glass can not be cut once we have processed the glass.

DO NOT – Use the splashback until the silicone adhesive has cured – Normally within 24 hours

DO NOT –  Place the splashback/upstands on its edge or on any hard
surface during the fitting process.

Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
To prevent product failures, ensure that:

  • All fitting steps are followed.
  • A gap of 2mm is left between the glass and any other surface this is to allow for expansion.
  • The surface the glass is being installed is Flat, non porous and dust free.

After Care – Maintenance

DO NOT use abrasive cleaners. For best results use warm water and a mild detergent.

We have produced Templates for the typical shapes, these can be downloaded and used in conjunction with our “How to measure guides” you can simply fill in the blanks, save and upload to us.

Square / Rectangle Drawing Template

Upside Down “T” Shape Drawing Template

“U” Shape Drawing Template

“L” Shape – Left Hand Drawing Template

“L” Shape – Right Hand Drawing Template