Glass is not often thought of as a material for countertops, but glass is ideal material for modern kitchen countertops. Glass countertops bring a glazed and non-traditional look to your kitchen.
Glass looks beautiful and adds a transparent or translucent depth to kitchen countertops compared to traditional opaque countertops. Therefore glass countertops make your kitchen look bright and roomy.
Glass provides an aesthetic as well as functional advantage, and can be totally customized according to your tastes and requirements. You can have it cut, shaped, textured, colored or decorated with artwork and detailed edges, all according to your preferences.
Glass countertops can be as simple as a transparent sheet of glass or can be designed in translucent sheets with a smooth, etched, sandblasted, patterned or grooved finish.
When it comes to maintenance and hygiene, glass countertops are the best, as they are absolutely non-porous, moisture resistant and stain resistant.
Glass can withstand heat, and is suitable for areas around ovens and stoves. However, hotplates are recommended for glass countertops.
Glass countertops can be lit from below, making them unique. The lighting of glass countertops makes them visually appealing and creates a dramatic and elegant atmosphere around the kitchen. The light provides a depth and ornamental appearance that no other countertop material can achieve.
In keeping with the green trend, recycled glass countertops are available in amazingly beautiful colors, textures and designs. You can choose built-in countertops with cobalt blue, amber or bottle green accents that look like precious stones. These countertops are manufactured from materials such as dinnerware, bottles and window glass that are discarded by households and industries. These countertops are elegant, durable and non-toxic.
Cost of glass and recycled glass countertops
Although glass is manufactured, its elegance demands a high price that is equal to naturally mined stone. A square foot of glass can cost around $50 or more. You may have to pay extra for installation.
Cost varies by manufacturer, location, type, size, thickness, color and finish. Glass countertops with artistic details cost more.
For more economical options you can use a glass-laminate combination by using glass in areas of frequent use (such as the cooking and washing area) and laminate on the rest of the countertop.
Another option is to have a glass countertop only on the kitchen island, rather than on all countertops. This will provide an accent look and improve the look of your kitchen without spending more.
Recycled glass countertops can cost as much as pure glass depending on the design and where you buy them. If you shop around a bit, you’re sure to find attractive ones that are on the cheap side. Popular names for recycled glass countertops are IceStone, EnviroGLAS and Vetrazzo.
Tips for buying glass countertops
1. For countertops that blend best with the color scheme of your kitchen, you must consult an interior designer.
2. Looking through interior design magazines can give you a fair idea of the latest trends in countertops.
3. Recycled glass countertops are becoming very popular these days. Although they may not be considerably cheaper than pure glass ones, they can definitely make your friends appreciate the look of your kitchen and at the same time allow you to do your part to save the environment.
Installation of glass countertops
Glass countertops should only be installed by a professional installer as glass can obviously crack and break. So it takes a few skilled hands to do the job. The same goes for recycled glass countertops, which require an experienced installer to last and prevent future problems.
Maintenance of glass countertops
Glass is one of the most sanitary materials, and can be easily wiped with all-purpose cleaner or soapy water. Abrasive cleaning liquids are best avoided especially on recycled glass countertops.
Be sure to ask the installer for specific cleaning and maintenance instructions. It should be noted that recycled glass countertops may need to be resealed every year or two to prevent the concrete bond from staining.
Avoid dropping heavy objects on the glass counters as they may break.
Do not drag heavy kitchen appliances or sharp objects across the surface as they may scratch the surface and tarnish the finish.
Textured or grooved glass surfaces and edges may require some special effort to clean. Use a sponge or soft cloth dipped in soapy water and move it along the grooves to clean it.