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Decorate and finish your home with high quality decorative glass: splashbacks and worktops for kitchens, shower screens and wallpanelling for bathrooms.

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      14.10.2008 12:39
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      A not too cheap way to add a flourish to your kitchen

      Deco Glaze is a company who will Colour Coat most types of glass to provide high quality decorative products for the kitchen and bathroom in the home. They also manufacture for commercial applications for use in hotels, shopfitting and other public spaces.

      Offered as a splash back option by our kitchen supplier we were immediately struck by its fresh, clean look and were confident that it would significantly enhance the look of our new kitchen.

      Technology ~
      The Deco Glaze Colour Coat is a specially formulated polyurethane, spray applied, that guarantees adhesion. It can be applied to a variety of glass types to achieve a choice of finishes.
      The colour coating is very resilient and can be used in kitchens and bathrooms, it is unaffected by steam and most caustic agents. The company guarantee against discolouration and delamination for ten years.

      For the domestic market the company supply 6mm thickness Opticlear glass for splash backs and interior wall cladding and 19mm Opticlear glass for worktops. Opticlear glass is 'low iron' and the most optically clear glass available. This means that any colour can be applied without being contaminated by any tinting in the glass. Regular 'clear' glass has a higher content of iron, which gives the glass a green tint, therefore only certain colours can be achieved using cheaper clear glass.

      Deco Glaze offer 40 standard colours and seven metallic according to their web site but as the colour we went for (Oyster) isn't listed their range may well have increased recently. They also offer a colour matching service so, theoretically, any colour is available but these will invariably incur extra costs.

      The glass can be installed over most surfaces; tiles, plaster board, MDF, even wall paper if it is in sufficiently good condition. Obviously the wall needs to be free from any protuberances and reasonably level, if you are going to have one of these installed it's probably worth spending a bit money to prepare the wall beforehand. The glass is fixed with neutral cure silicone and the edges will have sealant applied.

      The glass can be supplied up to a maximum size of 4m x 2.5m for 6mm and 3.5m x 1.0m for 19mm. It isn't easy getting quotes for this but it would appear that the price is significantly higher for using a single piece of glass if you have an irregular installation as you are probably also paying for the wastage. For our kitchen we had an inverted "T" shape (below the wall units and then up behind the extractor), we opted for three pieces but if we had wanted a single piece the price would have nearly doubled.

      The glass is very durable and can be cleaned with any regular glass cleaner.

      Ordering and Installation ~
      Most of the liaison work with Deco Glaze was handled by our kitchen supplier but on the occasions we spoke directly with their representatives they were helpful and enthusiastic. In the showroom was a briefcase full of samples and we were free to take home those we were interested in. When we had to return these Deco Glaze were very happy to supply another set of samples for us to keep, this was a double bonus as the three inch square fragments also make excellent coasters. It is very important to be able to take these samples home as the colours can vary dramatically depending on position, time of day and light source so you really need to see them in place to make sure you make the right choice.

      Installing a Deco Glaze splash back is the final piece of a kitchen jigsaw and will add a couple of weeks to the work. This is because the very precise templating can only be done when all the other elements are in place; units, worktop and all wall mounted electrical units.

      As both the worktop and splash back installations were organized by our kitchen supplier they were able to co-ordinate the two companies. Templating could only be done once the worktops were in place so it was arranged that following the morning installation of these the Deco Glaze people were pencilled in for the afternoon. With a lead time of a week just for this job it also put some pressure on our builder to complete the installation to plan.

      The templating took a good couple of hours and I lost track of the number of measurements taken, even as a former surveyor draftsman I was mightily impressed at the precision and attention to detail. The representative was very personable and happy to chat throughout and had brought some fresh samples of new colours that had been added to the range. With up to a further three weeks lead time before installation we still had several days before we needed to make a final decision. This was all done on a Wednesday and despite the quoted lead time the installation was scheduled for Friday the following week.

      For the installation some preparation is required. All power point covers need to be removed, likewise any fittings including the extractor and associated brackets. Pelmets and cornices around the units also need to be removed. Afterwards these will all need to be reinstated and this is your responsibility. If this work is not done and the wall is not in a fit state to accept installation the company reserve the right to postpone fitting to a later date at your expense so make sure you have everything in place in time.

      On the day of the installation the fitters arrived promptly and quickly set to work. With two people working the installation was completed in a little under two hours and the results were very impressive. All the effort that went into the templating had paid off and the fit was perfect. There were no gaps around the perimeter with the glass hugging the worktop, walls and units. All the holes for the power points and extractor brackets and vent were perfectly aligned and it proved impossible to find any fault. Throughout the work the two fitters were conscientious and at all times took great care with our new kitchen. They were tidy and left the place exactly as they had found it.

      With a total area of about 3.6 m2, s split into three rectangles the total cost came to £1800, supplied and fitted. Using a single piece would have pushed the price over £3000.

      Verdict ~
      Despite the price I have no regrets after having this glass splash back installed. It transforms the kitchen and gives it a cleaner, brighter air. The effect is particularly impressive at night with the kitchen lights on when its reflective nature is emphasised.

      The company were a pleasure to deal with; accommodating yet practical at all times. They kept to their deadlines, their onsite staff were respectful and efficient and the quality of the workmanship was exemplary. If you want something different to traditional tiling give Deco Glaze a look.

      For further information see the company website at http://www.decoglaze.co.uk

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      Painted glass, Colour coated glass for splashbacks, worktops, decorative and architectural glass solutions, kitchens, bathrooms, shower.

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