All about glass aprons for the kitchen - from skinned to

The glass apron is a 99% perfect choice and an excellent alternative to tile, porcelain stoneware, stone and other types of wall panels for the kitchen. If you are thinking about buying this kind of apron, you probably already heard that the market has many varieties of kitchen aprons made of glass: skins, triplex, plexiglass, optovite, satinate, enamel ... Let's find out what these words mean and what else you need to know before going to the store.

General characteristic - the pros and cons

Pros:

  • Glass panels are much more harmonious in the interior of modern kitchens (Scandinavianneoclassical Each Remodeling, modern, minimalism, loft, hitec), since the headset is ideally combined with the glossy and glass facades, as well as with chrome and glass elements of household appliances;
  • Glass apron in the kitchen interior in loft style
  • Glass apron in the kitchen interior in loft style

Стеклянный фартук в интерьере кухни в стиле неоclassic

  • Mounting of any kind of glass is done very quickly and without dirt in about 1-2 hours;
  • Glass panels are seamless or have a minimum of seams, so keeping them clean is easier than, for example, an apron made of ceramic tiles, since dirt does not accumulate in the joints;
  • The glitter of glass is beautiful in itself, in addition, it reflects light and visually increases the small space. Small kitchens with a glass apron are presented in the next selection of photos.
  • Apron made of glass in the interior of a small kitchen
  • Apron made of glass in the interior of a small kitchen
  • Apron made of glass in the interior of a small kitchen
  • Apron made of glass in the interior of a small kitchen
  • With glass it is possible to realize original, personalized decorative ideas: decorate it with photo printing, stereoprinting, sandblasting, vinyl color monochrome substrate or order a substrate with a drawing (from the catalog of the workshop or with your own). And you can choose a matte or textured glass surface. The photo below shows the skins with graphic images (scroll to the right).
  • Glass apron with a pattern
  • Glass apron with a pattern
  • Glass apron with a pattern
  • Glass apron with a pattern
  • Glass apron with a pattern
  • Glass apron with a pattern
  • Glass apron with a pattern
  • Glass apron with a pattern
  • Glass apron with a pattern

If you want, you can not only come up with a design, but also make a decor by yourself, for example, insert under the glass a family collage of photos or favorite recipes.

Glass apron - decor by own hands

  • Only transparent glass can protect noble materials and textures like stone or wood, without hiding their beauty.
  • Protective screen made of transparent glass
  • Protective screen made of transparent glass

Clear glass apron

Often the glass is covered with wallpaper or painted walls, so as not to overload the kitchen interior with dissimilar surfaces.

  • Transparent glass apron in the interior of the kitchen
  • Transparent glass apron in the interior of the kitchen
  • Transparent glass apron in the interior of the kitchen
  • Transparent glass apron in the interior of the kitchen
  • Glass kitchen apron like no other is combined with any lighting.

Glass apron with backlight

Minuses:

  • The glass panel for the kitchen is relatively expensive (except for quite budgetary Plexiglas). The average price of a standard apron is 4700 rubles. for 1 square. m. together with the installation.
  • Installation of glass aprons is made only after a complete assembly of the headset or at least when you are completely confident in the size of the future kitchen, and sockets, switches, communications, etc. are already installed. The manufacture of an apron is a matter of responsibility without the right to make mistakes, alterations and improvements during the installation and after it.
  • If you can buy a tile and deliver it home on the same day, then you will be off (glass with photo printing) will do about 7-14 days.
  • Improperly selected design skins can spoil the entire interior of the kitchen, overloading space with its variegated or unsuccessful color, and also quickly get bored.
  • Although the design of the glass apron and can be different, it still does not fit for every kitchen. For example, in interiors in style classic, provence, country, shibby chick Glass panels (even with a restrained image) will look less organic than traditional tiles.

But how does the glass withstand temperature changes, humidity, frequent washing, shocks and other kitchen difficulties? These characteristics may differ depending on the type of glass, which we consider in the order below.

1. Apron made of tempered glass (stalinite)

Tempered glass (stalinite) is a common silicate glass, which was subjected to high-temperature heat treatment, and then it was sharply chilled.

Kitchen apron from glass

Pros: помимо всех перечисленных выше плюсов, фартук для кухни из стекла типа сталинит обладает весомым преимуществом – его прочность к ударам в 5-10 раз выше, чем у обычного стекла, а если такой фартук все-таки разбить, то он расколется на мелкие осколки с тупыми гранями, о которые нельзя порезаться. В отличие от акрилового или сырого стекла, каленое стекло можно без проблем устанавливать возле газовой плиты – оно не деформируется и не лопнет от перепадов температур и перегрева. Оно практически не царапается, не тускнеет, не боится влаги, его можно мыть даже щеткой с абразивами. Как и плитка, сталинит может прослужить около 10 лет и более.

Tempered glass apron

Minuses: дороже, чем обычное стекло и оргстекло (но не дороже качественной керамической плитки, керамогранита или камня), не предоставляет возможности изменить размер панели и отверстия в нем в процессе установки (все вырезы может сделать только изготовитель до этапа закаливания), изготавливается около недели.

Varieties and variations of design:

  • Stamalite (enamel, enameled, back-painted glass) is glass, which was first colored with colored enamel, and then hardened, which caused the paint and glass to become inseparable from each other;
  • Red apron from glass stemalite
  • Red apron from glass stemalite
  • Satinat - frosted glass. It is worth a little more expensive than a transparent, unbleached glass, looks beautiful, but more difficult to care for;
  • Skinali - glass panels with a decorative substrate, that is, with an image - film vinyl, with photo printing or stereoprint. Photo printing increases the price of the product by 30-50%, and stereo printing costs twice as much.
  • Skinali with photo printing
  • Skinali with photo printing
  • Skinali with photo printing
  • Skinali with photo printing
  • Skinali with photo printing
  • Skinali with photo printing
  • Skinali with photo printing
  • Optiwhite is a bleached tempered glass that does not have a characteristic "bottled" greenish-blue hue, and therefore more suitable for aprons with a light decorative backing and in the event that the purity of color and the detail of the picture are important to you. However, the apron for the kitchen from glass Optivite is more expensive than unbleached for about a half to two times. In the photo below you can see the difference between the Optivite glass and unbleached glass.

Glass apron Optiwhite and Clear Float

  • Glass panels with built-in LED backlight - the backlight is integrated into the profiles, which are attached to the top and / or bottom of the apron. Thus, it turns into an independent lamp.
  • Glass panel with illumination
  • Glass panel with illumination
  • Glass panel with illumination
  • Skinali illuminated in the interior of the kitchen
  • Skinali illuminated in the interior of the kitchen
  • Skinali illuminated in the interior of the kitchen
  • Skinali illuminated in the interior of the kitchen

On the other hand, you can also set the backlight in another way, for example, simply by gluing an LED strip or by placing the spots under the cabinets as shown in the photo below.

  • Skinali illuminated in the interior of the kitchen
  • Skinali illuminated in the interior of the kitchen
  • Skinali illuminated in the interior of the kitchen
  • Skinali illuminated in the interior of the kitchen

Tips for choosing an apron made of tempered glass

  • The cheapest type of stalinite is 4 mm thick, but its strength and impact will be less. Much more reliable will be a glass panel with a thickness of 6 mm or more;
  • Keep in mind that, as a rule, a tempered glass apron is ordered "on a turn-key basis", that is, starting from measurements and ending with installation, so the total price of an apron largely depends on the nuances of the installation - the method of attachment, the number of parts of the apron, if it composite, the number of cutouts for sockets and rails, etc.
  • If you want to order skins, then the image you can choose on your own this site. More often designers in workshops take pictures for a photopress from this photobank.
  • As for the choice of design for skinning, it is important to proceed not from the beauty of the picture itself, but from how much it can fit into the interior of the kitchen according to the plot and color. It is better when the drawing consists of a maximum of 3 colors that are present in the design of your kitchen, otherwise it will be too intrusive, active, create a sense of disorder. If in doubt, then choose win-win universal options - a white or neutral color glass, and if you want brightness, the color panels without drawings.

Apron made of gray glass

  • Transparent apron of glass
  • Transparent apron of glass
  • Transparent apron of glass
  • Transparent apron of glass
  • Transparent apron of glass
  • Transparent apron of glass
  • Transparent apron of glass
  • Transparent apron of glass
  • Transparent apron of glass
  • Colorful glass apron
  • Colorful glass apron
  • Colorful glass apron

If the walls in the kitchen have a beautiful finish, for example, wallpaper with a pattern, brickwork or textured concrete, then it's best to choose a transparent Optivite glass, and not skinning.

  • Brick decoration, closed with a glass apron
  • Brick decoration, closed with a glass apron
  • Brick decoration, closed with a glass apron
  • Glass apron over the wallpaper
  • Glass apron over the wallpaper
  • Glass apron over the wallpaper
  • Glass apron over the wallpaper

2. Triplex apron (laminated glass)

apron from a triplex

Triplex is a multi-layered organic, silicate or tempered glass, that is, when two or more layers are glued together with a special polymer film, which in case of damage to the glass does not allow the fragments to crumble, keeping them on themselves. The thickness of the apron from the triplex is usually 8 mm. If a transparent triplex is used on the windscreens of cars, then for the aprons the polymer layer often carries not only a protective but also a decorative function.

Pros: абсолютная безопасность, прочность, термоустойчивость, вариативность дизайна, легкость в уходе и пр.

Minuses: триплекс используется для изготовления фартука реже, чем каленое стекло, так как стоит несколько дороже (триплекс из закаленного стекла – самый дорогой материал), он тяжелее, обладает меньшей прозрачностью по сравнению с каленым стеклом. Еще один минус – длительные сроки изготовления декоративного триплекса (14-30 дней).

Varieties and variations of design: триплекс с фотопечатью, триплекс с декорированным слоем стекла, (матовое, окрашенное), триплекс с зеркалом или фольгой, триплекс со слоем закаленного стекла, также apron from a triplex может имитировать кожу или ткань.

In the next video you can see different combinations and variations of the decor of the triplex:

3. Apron made of plexiglas

Plexiglas

Plexiglas is often called acrylic glass, made of PMMA, also it is produced under the names Plexiglas, acrylite, carboglass, limacryl, etc.

Pros: оргстекло невозможно разбить, оно очень дешевое, легкое, гибкое, нетребовательное к качеству стены. Его можно установить своими руками и самостоятельно подрезать, при необходимости добавить отверстий под розетки и пр. К плюсам можно отнести быстрые сроки изготовления, вариативность дизайна, влагоустойчивость, ударопрочность и экологичность – даже при горении оргстекло не выделяет вредных веществ.

Minuses: царапается, тускнеет, нельзя мыть фартук абразивами и жесткими губками, боится ацетона и спирта, от перегрева (при температуре свыше 80 C°) может деформироваться, поэтому нежелательно устанавливать плексиглас за газовой плитой. Также он проигрывает обычному и закалённому стеклу по внешнему виду и прозрачности.

Varieties and variations of design: оргстекло бывает цветным (окрашенным в массе), а также украшенным фотопечатью.

4. Apron made of polycarbonate

Glass from polycarbonate

Polycarbonate is very similar to plexiglass, but it has better quality for the role of kitchen apron.

Pros: стеклянная панель для кухни из поликарбоната будет значительно дешевле панелей из сталинита, триплекса, плитки и др. популярных материалов. Более устойчив к повышенным температурам, чем оргстекло, и прочнее, чем закаленное стекло. Кроме того, он легкий, гибкий, его можно установить своими руками.

Minuses: главный недостаток – быстро царапается, проигрывает обычному стеклу по внешнему виду.

Installation and types of fastening

Ordering a glass apron for the kitchen, you also need to choose one of the three ways of fixing:

Screw and decorative plug
  1. With screws, which are then put on decorative stubs. This method is reliable and good because the apron can be installed on any surface - imperfectly flat or at all on the old tile, and if desired, remove the apron and re-install it. Between the wall and the panel there will be a distance of about 4 mm. Minus: the stubs will be visible, although they do not greatly spoil the view.
Mounted fasteners
  1. With the help of hinged fasteners. In this case, the panel is inserted into the barely visible metal plate-clamps as in the photo to the right. This method of installation is more suitable for the installation of non-targeted aprons, since it allows to smoothly join its parts.
  2. Using liquid nails or glue. Plant the glass panel on the glue or liquid nails can only be on flat, plastered walls, but the glass planted on the glue will not have visible fastenings.

Glass apron on glue

After installing the apron from the glass, the gap between it and the table top is closed with a corner. If the apron consists of several parts, the seams are treated with a thin layer of sealant that will not be visible.

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