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A glass splashback behind the hob and upstand around the back edge of the worktop is what we have been doing for the past 5yrs, we haven't put in tiles in bathrooms or kitchens for at least that long. Its a more 'on trend' look and no nasty discoloured grout to clean.
With bathrooms we use tile effect cladding which is amazing & we even have tenants that don't realise they aren't real tiles, its totally maintenance free - unless they pierce it but that's another story !
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I'm beginning to think I should have known about this before having all the grout in my en-suite ground out (the dust! the dust!) in order to replace it because the mould problem was beyond ridiculous.
Should have just got it aquaboarded and to hell with it, eh?
I think splashback is the way to go with this. I'm sure the tenants won't mind what I do, they never seem to mind, even when they had months and months of leaks coming in from next-door's unpointed chimney and lack of flashing. Had my roof repaired, but the adjoining house owner doesn't give a fig. Bit of a pain...but like you say, that's another story! :-)
Thanks for your advice
Decision now made. All the water ingress stains will be repainted, the kitchen will also be repainted, because it's needed due to the absence of splashback for the past couple of years, then a splashback will be fitted. Job done. Shouldn't cost as much as tiling either, and the maintenance will be minimal going forward - hopefully. :-)
What about the bathroom wall panels, usually available in 1m x 2.4m that can be cut to size and grip-filled into place?
https://www.panelcompany.co.uk/cascade-g...panel.html£60 a pop for that one, wouldn't take more than 2 for most kitchens?
When you've had enough just take off and replace with a different design.
That stuff looks great! I've been quoted a similar price for the cooker splashback, so I'll see what the overall quote comes to. It's one contractor doing the work, so hopefully it'll be done quickly and to a decent standard. It's difficult when you live over 300 miles away from the property you're renting out. Everything is done on trust - which in this day and age is like a blinking lottery!
I would be cautious using those panels in a kitchen, they're made of plastic and hardboard. Fine in a wet environment but not so good where heat is involved.
I'm definitely going to keep them in mind the next time I need to do a bathroom! :-)