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2021 How much do kitchen splashbacks cost?

Kitchen splashback costs mainly depend on the material. Expect to pay around:

  • $45–$250m2 for tile
  • $230m2 for laminate
  • $247m2 for acrylic
  • $300–$350m2 for Metaline®
  • $330 –$420m2 for glass
  • $330m2 for stainless steel
  • $390m2 for engineered stone

Planning on a new kitchen splashback? The good news is that you're spoiled for choice, with a range of splashback materials to suit every kitchen and any budget. But how much do kitchen splashbacks cost? And what are your material options?

Let's take a look at the cost of kitchen splashbacks and see what materials are right for your kitchen and your pocket. Read more about:

  • How much does a kitchen splashback cost?
  • Types of kitchen splashbacks
  • Kitchen splashback safety
  • Hiring a splashback installer
  • Does my splashback installer need to be licenced?
  • Getting quotes for kitchen splashback costs

How much does a kitchen splashback cost?*

Read more: Glass splashback cost 

The cost of your new kitchen splashback will depend on several factors, specifically:

  • The material you choose
  • The size of your splashback
  • How many cut-outs you require.

The biggest influencer on price will be the material. Expect to pay around:

  • $45–$250 per square metre for tile splashbacks, depending on their quality
  • $230 per square metre for laminate splashbacks
  • $247 per square metre for acrylic splashbacks
  • $300–$350 per square metre for Metaline® splashbacks
  • $330 per square metre for painted clear glass splashbacks
  • $330 per square metre for satin finish stainless steel splashbacks (3.0mm)
  • $390 per square meter for engineered stone splashbacks
  • $420 per square metre for painted Starfire glass splashbacks

You can expect to pay anywhere from $450 to $900 for kitchen splashback installation cost, depending on the complexity of your job and the number of cut-outs you splashback requires.

Cut-outs are mainly for power points and will cost anywhere from $50 each or more depending on the material.

Read more: What is the cost of a kitchen renovation?

Types of kitchen splashbacks*

Your kitchen splashback doesn't only protect your walls, it can also be a feature of your kitchen, so you should consider more than just price when choosing the right material to complement your kitchen and stand the test of time. Read more about the most popular kitchen splashback materials to help you decide.

Tile splashbacks

Tiles are a perennially popular splashback choice, available in a wide range of colours and finishes. You could pay anywhere from $45 per square metre for basic tiles up to $250 for premium quality tiles or a more complex installation.

The downside of tile splashbacks is that you need to keep the grout lines clean, which can be hard work. Learn more about cleaning a splashback.

Laminate splashbacks

Laminate splashbacks are available in a rainbow of hues and finishes, including imitation granite and marble at a fraction of the cost of real stone.

At around $230 per square metre, laminate is a cost effective choice, but it needs to be installed in accordance with the relevant regulations to be safe.

Acrylic splashbacks

Acrylic looks a lot like glass, but costs around a third of the price, since it's made from Perspex and other plastics. Expect to be quoted around $247 per square metre for acrylic splashbacks.

Metaline® splashbacks

A newcomer to the splashback scene, Metaline® is an aluminium material that is durable and stylish. You may be quoted between $300 and $350 per square metre for Metaline® splashbacks.

Glass splashbacks

Glass splashbacks can look gorgeous, but they also tend to be a lot more costly than most splashback materials.

Painted clear glass is available from $330 per square metre, or you can opt for Starfire glass from $420 per square metre if you want coloured glass, as this does not have the green tinge of regular glass.

Stainless steel splashbacks

For a durable and industrial feel, steel splashbacks are a durable option, but also an expensive one at around $330 per square metre for 3.0mm thickness.

Stone splashbacks

Natural stone splashbacks can be extremely stylish, and you can have a coordinated look, matching your benchtop with your splashback. However, they are also one of the most expensive options from around $390 per square metre.

Read more: Tips and tricks for choosing the right splashback

Kitchen splashback safety

Before you go installing a timber splashback in your kitchen, take the time to think about the suitability of your splashback material – especially if you have a gas hob or stove.

The Building Code of Australia specifies that glass splashbacks must be toughened and meet Australia/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1288. In some cases you may need to have clearances or install a fire resistant board behind your splashback.

Check with your installer to be sure your kitchen splashback complies with the latest regulations.

Hiring a splashback installer

Take the time to ask your installer all the right questions before you hire them. You want to make sure they are right for your job. Questions like:

  • Are you licensed?
  • Are you insured to work in my home?
  • How long will my job take?
  • Can you provide a written quote?
  • Do you have references I can follow up?
  • Can I see examples of your work?

Does my splashback installer need to be licenced?

It really depends on where you live. In NSW for example, your installer will need a glazing or minor trade work licence to install a glass splashback.

The bottom line is to check with your local licensing authority or council before you start getting quotes. Licensing makes sure your tradie has the right training, qualifications and experience. Hire someone unlicensed and you could get poor workmanship or worse.

Getting quotes for kitchen splashback costs

When it comes time to get quotes from installers, make sure you give them all the information they need to give you an accurate quote. This includes:

  • The size of the space
  • Whether it will sit behind a gas or electric stove
  • Your preferred splashback material and colour preferences
  • When you need the job done

It's also wise to stipulate your budget up front, so the installer knows whether or not they can take on the job. They can then advise you on materials to match your budget and design preferences.

Ready to get going? Get an idea of the cost of your job by getting quotes from local kitchen splashback installers. Get at least three quotes before you commit to hiring anyone, so you can compare price and level of service.

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*Cost and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces.

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