Aprons for kitchen made of glass with photo printing

Glass panels have all the advantages of traditional ceramic tiles – it is an environmentally friendly material and a material that is durable in terms of operation, and the design possibilities are almost endless..

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Advantages

  • Attractive appearance of the front wall of the kitchen.
  • Glass panels are suitable for almost all interior designs: from ascetic high-tech to luxurious baroque.
  • A glass kitchen apron can be additionally decorated with lighting. In addition, it is possible to install additional sockets.
  • Glass panels are easy to care for: they are not afraid of aggressive household chemicals, they are easy to clean, they do not leave stains from water and cleaning agents.
  • Kitchen aprons made of glass with photo printing are completely immune to moisture and steam.
  • Over time, the appearance of glass panels remains as attractive as when installed: they do not fade in the sun, do not crack from temperature changes.
  • Since the panels are made of tempered glass, it is almost impossible to damage them mechanically with cutlery..
  • Installation of a tempered glass apron is not as energy-intensive as a tile and can be done independently if desired. Numerous reviews state that it takes an average of 2-3 hours to install a wall panel, depending on the skills of the worker.
  • The glass backsplash is mounted on self-tapping screws, and not on cement mortar, as is the case with ceramic tiles, so there will not be as much dirt and dust during the installation process.
  • Glass panels have no joints, which means that dirt will not clog in them.
  • Wall panel made of glass can be purchased ready-made, or you can order an individual design. This can be a standard coffee with mouth-watering cream or exotic fruit. And if you wish, you can use fragments of photos from your personal archive, which will remind you of happy moments – a honeymoon trip, beautiful landscapes of the places where you were on vacation. Here the scope of imagination is not limited.
  • The panel has a shiny surface that can reflect light. Therefore, glass plates visually expand the wall and increase the kitchen space..

disadvantages

  • Cannot be fixed to uneven surfaces, unlike tiles, which can be leveled with mortar thickness.
  • The cost of glass panels significantly exceeds the cost of tiles.
  • If you want to place an order for an individual panel design, then you should prepare for the fact that it takes a very long time to complete..

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Features of materials

Ordinary glass is not suitable for glass panels in the kitchen. A number of requirements are imposed on the material:

  • Glass thickness must be at least 6mm;
  • The glass itself must be tempered: first, the glass plate is heated to a temperature of more than 600 degrees, and then it is sharply cooled. As a result, the glass becomes impact-resistant and heat-resistant. Even if such glass is broken, the fragments from it will be small with rounded edges, which reduces the level of injury..
  • The glass should be discolored – any tone and any pattern best fits on it.
  • Panels can be matte or transparent. It depends on the intended design.

As for the size of the glass kitchen apron, there are also a number of features. The height of the panel is chosen depending on how far the upper cabinets are hung from the table. Usually it is from 40 to 90 cm.It is desirable that the edges of the panel go a few mm behind the kitchen cabinets – both upper and lower.

The length of the wall panel is usually no more than 2-2.5 meters. If a longer apron is required, then it is made up of several fragments. Usually, the panels are mounted butt-joint and the seam between them is almost invisible. To make the vertical seam between the panels even less noticeable, it is better to place it at the junction of the wall cabinets.

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Photo printing technologies

The pattern is applied to the back of the panel itself using special equipment. Printing technologies ensure the image is durable and heat resistant.

There are several ways to apply a pattern to glass:

  1. Film. A film with a finished image is glued to the glass from the back side. This is a relatively inexpensive method. However, it is not without its drawbacks. Firstly, the film can be fragile and peel off over time. Secondly, the image quickly fades and loses its attractive appearance..
  2. UV printing. Ink is sprayed onto the back of the glass and then sealed with UV LEDs. With such photo printing, the picture has a high resolution, line clarity and brightness of colors. The paint does not fade or crack from the sun and high temperatures. The huge advantage of this type of printing is that the ink applied to the glass hardens very quickly, which allows you to fulfill the order in a short time..
  3. 3D photo printing. As with UV printing, inks are applied to the surface itself. Before applying paint, a special varnish is applied to the glass surface of the kitchen panel, which ensures better adhesion of the paint to the surface. The paint penetrates into the glass at the molecular level, which makes the image especially durable. From different angles of view and under different lighting conditions, the picture looks three-dimensional and begins to play with all colors. 3D printing creates the effect of moving an object in a picture. The colors with this method of printing are very realistic, and the image itself is high-quality and clear. Therefore, such images are successful even at their high cost..

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Installation methods

  1. Glue. In order to attach the printed glass panel to the wall, a transparent polymer-based adhesive sealant is used. It does not leave traces and is invisible even on a transparent surface. This is the easiest way to mount, however, it is impossible to install the backlight of such a panel. Also, the glue can damage the image on the panel over time. Another disadvantage is that the panel is glued once and for all. It cannot be dismantled in case of repair of electrical wiring..
  2. Self-tapping screws. Holes are drilled in the glass, into which plastic dowels are inserted, then silicone washers and then self-tapping screws are screwed in. To make the design aesthetically pleasing, special plugs are put on the caps of the self-tapping screws. If a place for mounting the backlight is supposed, self-tapping screws are built up using special brass tubes.
  3. Special aluminum or plastic profile. They hold the glass structure up and down. Such profiles can be equipped with additional mountings for LED installation..
  4. Brackets. This method has something to do with mounting a mirror. The panel is fixed in several places located along the borders of the upper and lower edges. For the panel to hang evenly, the brackets must be in a single plane. Additional gaskets are installed between the fasteners and the glass..

Regardless of the installation method, before attaching the panel to the wall, it must be thoroughly cleaned of possible stains and dirt on both sides, because after installation it will be impossible to wash the back side. It is also necessary to seal the joints between the panel and the worktop..

Some guidelines for choosing a design

  • For a small kitchen, choose an image where a large drawing and free space prevails..
  • The abundance of variegated small elements bothers over time and begins to tire the eye. Especially if the kitchen unit itself is made in bright colors..
  • Images of architecture never go out of style. The main thing is to choose the right theme depending on the style of the kitchen. For high-tech, an image of a modern metropolis in the light of night lights is quite suitable, and for a Provence style kitchen, a drawing on a natural theme.
  • Psychologists say that the image of water calms and pacifies. Therefore, seascapes, water drops, waterfalls, fish, mermaids and other attributes of the water element are neutral, not intrusive and will suit almost any interior.
  • Modern technologies make it possible to do photo printing on glass with a mirror surface. Many housewives do not welcome a clean mirror surface – not everyone will like it when their own image flashes before their eyes constantly during cooking. But the mirror tiles with photo printing of the image looks much more attractive and interesting..
  • When ordering an individual design, the specialists of the executing company, at your request, can edit the colors, brightness and dimensions of the image, as well as add other items. Photo printing is performed on glass panels of all types: mirror, color, matte, embossed, etc..

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