Crushed glass countertops are a fairly new development, but they are becoming a popular choice quickly. A few reasons they are growing in popularity by homeowners each year are that they are environmentally friendly and they have a wow factor in their appearance. The options for creating the countertops are either to have the crushed glass embedded in concrete or have is encased in a strong and durable clear acrylic material. Either way they are made, they are truly unique.
Let’s look at the pros and cons of crushed glass countertops to help you decide if they are right for your home.
The beauty and unique aesthetic of crushed glass countertops is one of the primary reasons to get them. There are so many color options for crushed glass countertops and the color combinations are practically endless. The colors can be combined to create any desired look, whether it be more earth like tones for a neutral appearance or contrasting color combinations for a contemporary look. Because crushed glass is used you can guarantee that your countertops will be unique, this is because crushed glass is always configured differently.
If you choose to embed the crushed glass in concrete you will achieve more of a mosaic appearance, and if you chose to use acrylic to encase the crushed glass you will achieve more of a liquid glass look. Some homeowners will even backlight the acrylic crushed glass countertops to give is a dramatic visual appearance.
Both acrylic and concrete based crushed glass countertops are extremely durable and strong, especially the concrete countertops. They are both very easy to clean since the glass, acrylic, and properly sealed concrete are non-absorbent. The concrete crushed glass countertops should be sealed to ensure that nothing can be absorbed into the countertops.
Finally, as stated before, the crushed glass countertops are eco-friendly, using recycled glass. Eighty percent or more of recycled glass is typically used, which is awesome for the environmentally friendly minded people.
While the strength and durability of the crushed glass countertops is a strength, it can also be a weakness in certain situations. If a very large amount of weight is placed on a non-supported area, such as the corner, it could crack. They also need extra precautions taken with certain food choices. Anything acidic, such as tomatoes being left in one spot for too long, can mar the acrylic surface, harsh cleaners can do this as well. Being careful and aware will prevent this from happening. The countertops can also be a bit expensive often ranging from $50-$100 per square foot, however, typically the cost is less than other natural stone options such as marble. So, overall they are a terrific choice that you can feel good about if you care about the environment.
Hopefully now that you are aware of some of the major pros and cons of crushed glass countertops, you can make your decision a little more easily. If you want to check out crushed glass or other materials for yourself, stop by to visit us at G.M.S. Werks and check out our showroom for your natural stone needs! Our hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. You can also reach us by phone during our normal business hours at 402-451-3400 or email us by going to the contact page of our new site!