Granite countertops have been all the rage in kitchen construction and remodeling for at least a decade. Strong and beautiful, it is no wonder homeowners have sought out the multiple different stone choices to enhance their kitchens.
Fairly new on the scene is the glass countertop. It also adds a unique dimension to a kitchen, but does it match up when compared to granite? Exploring the pros and cons of each can help the homeowner determine the best choice for their home and lifestyle.
When looking for products for the kitchen, homeowners consider several factors that determine their choice. Durability, style, sanitation, cost, and, with green living being an increasingly important factor, environmental impact.
Durability is the number one thought that comes to mind when granite is mentioned. Being one of the strongest products on Earth, it certainly meets the test. Yet over the years, homeowners have found that chips and scratches do occur on granite surfaces. There are often remedies to help restore these countertops, but, as in all things, they come at a price.
Glass is just as, if not more, durable as granite. Keep in mind that glass is, in fact, melted sand, so it comes from the earth like granite, but glass resists scratching, moisture damage, and mold. Both granite and glass, each to their credit, can endure high heat.
Granite offers about 20 shades of stone countertops. Some homeowners have been disappointed with the stone they receive because it doesn’t look like the sample in the showroom. Due to the uniqueness of each segment of rock, no two pieces can actually look the same. Granite counters do offer several edging choices that can be explored to create a look that is somewhat unique. Apart from this feature, the choices are limited.
Glass countertops are literally limitless when it comes to color and style. One can choose clear and sleek, frosted, tinted, back-painted and the list goes on and on. Whatever the color of your kitchen, it can be matched or accented quite easily with glass. Another unique option is LED lighting, which can be placed under or even within your countertop. As far as edging, our Austin Company excels at beveling glass edges and offers many other stylish options as well.
Granite countertops are porous and need to be sealed annually. If improperly sealed, bacteria can form within the stone. Bacteria is the last thing you want in your kitchen.
Glass, on the other hand, is completely sanitary. It is not porous and can easily be cleaned with soap and water. It does not need to be sealed and the required maintenance is minimal at most.
Both granite and glass countertops are pricey. Quality has a cost. Yet, when considering maintenance, glass comes in under the bar. Another aspect to calculate into the cost is the extreme weight of granite. Base cabinets require reinforcement to accommodate this extra weight.
Austin is known for their green impact on environmental issues. Granite is a natural product, but unfortunately cannot be replaced within the earth once it is removed. Only certain types of granite can be quarried in the U.S., while others must be imported from countries around the world.
Glass, on the other hand, can be recycled. Recycled glass countertops are made up of 80 to 90% post-consumer glass. Another plus for the green side is that glass countertops themselves can be recycled, so environmental impact is considerably lower.
Ready to Start Enjoying the Benefits of Glass Countertops?
Glass countertops are a beautiful addition to any home. They can take the place of the old countertop or be custom made to go over certain established ones. They are durable, clean, and cost-efficient. Come in and explore your options at our Austin showroom.
Glass can be a beautiful addition to your home and can be added in so many areas. There are certain guidelines for how thick your glass should be for different applications, so we’ve broken them down for you.
We deliver quality, trust and service! Our team of professional estimators, experienced glaziers, expert project management and certified technicians work together to ensure customer satisfaction. Additionally, our advanced technology, professional installations and guaranteed warranties all show that we don’t just talk about quality, trust and service, we deliver it!
“CG&S has worked with Anchor-Ventana for over 15 years. They have provided excellent customer service from sales, to fabrication, to installation. What we love best about them is they have a strong group of people who listen well and really care about our projects. We recently worked with them on a curved shower enclosure. The project came out beautiful!”
CG&S Design-Build, Austin, TX
Shower stall is in and looks great. Thank you and Christy for all of your help and guidance. Also, the fellows that did the installation were very nice and really did a nice job of cleaning up after themselves. Mike the fellow that did the measurement was a very nice guy too and seemed to be very experienced. Thanks to all of you. I have recommended and personally used the services of Anchor-Ventana and have been very happy with their attention to detail and warranty. When a manufacturer of back painted glass went out of business and their glue started showing through the glass, Anchor Ventana replaced the glass and researched an alternate glue to complete the project.
Local Architect, Austin, TX
I Really Appreciate the Work…
I really appreciate Daniel and the work he does when he comes to my home for installations. I appreciate how conscientious and kind he is.
Fellow Trade Partner
As a fellow trade partner, we can’t say enough nice things about Anchor-Ventana Glass. They conduct business with the highest level of professionalism and integrity and have great relationships with their builders, designers, homeowners and vendors/suppliers. If you are looking for a glass company you can trust to do an excellent job, look no further than Anchor-Ventana Glass.
Legend Lighting, Austin, TX
Top Notch Installers
“Your installers have been top notch. Really a great team to work with!”
Great to Work With
Anchor-Ventana just installed solar screens on my whole house. They were great to work with, and the installers were wonderful! I highly recommend this company.
Lizzie, Austin, TX
I Just Love This Company!
“I want to thank Anchor-Ventana Glass for everything you’ve done. I am so pleased with Dustin and James and their workmanship. They were such a pleasure to be around. I just love this company and working with Carole. I am just so grateful for everything.”
I Just Wanted to Take a Second…
I just wanted to take a second and let you know how much I appreciate Michelle. As I am sure you are aware, she is always on top of things and goes out of her way to be helpful. When things get put in her hands I can check that off my list because I know she is working on it and is going to get it done. That may not sound like much but it is a wonderful feeling from my end. I think she should get a fancy vacation to somewhere exotic. Wait a second scratch that. If she is gone to said vacation then she will not be there to do what she does so, lets just go with a bonus or something. Thank you.
Five Star Review
“Having used Anchor-Ventana for many years, we are delighted to give them a 5-Star review. Providing great customer service is how we build our business, and having trade contractors like Anchor-Ventana allows us to be able to follow our business model. They do what they say they are going to do. They walk their talk. With out a doubt, we recommend them highly.”
Katz Builders, Inc., Austin, TX
Finished Product is Beautiful
“Originally, the client wanted to use another vendor they had worked with in the past. After a few discussions with the vendor, I decided they were not suited for the precision craftsmanship necessary for this project. I had used Anchor-Ventana on a residential project that required a glass countertop cut in a very unusual shape. I was confident they could make the top for the furniture in the current project. The finished product is beautiful, and the client was thrilled with the results.”
Capitol Design, LLC
Such a Class Act
We recently used Anchor-Ventana for window repair and a new frameless shower enclosure. WOW! Such a class act. We loved the customer service and professional installers. What a great local family company. HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
Cristy, Austin, TX
“We have always used Anchor-Ventana for all our kitchens, bathrooms, and glass back-splash. Everyone is very professional. Love the new products and hardware systems they introduce. Clients have always been happy with the final result. We recommend them to everyone all the time!”
Spaces Designed, Interior Design Studio, LLC
What a great experience…
Anchor-Ventana – Wow! What a great experience. We recently had seamless shower enclosures installed in our home. The professionalism and customer service we received was second to none. The experience was outstanding. As a customer we were updated on the order on a regular basis. Loved it, and would highly recommend AV.
Jennifer, Austin, TX
Helped Me With Everything
Anchor-Ventana helped me with everything I needed. I wasn’t sure exactly what that was until I visited their Round Rock showroom. So many options. The lady who helped me was excellent.
Johnny, Round Rock, TX
Helped Raise Money for Charity
“Anchor-Ventana Glass just helped us complete a Southern Living Showcase House in Lago Vista. This project is directed at charity, and one of them (Operation Finally Home) provides mortgage-free housing for our wounded troops. Thanks to Anchor-Ventana, we were able to raise a significant amount for charity. Anchor-Ventana has been wonderful to work with. I have used them in the past on remodeling projects and will continue to in the future. They offer timely, efficient service, backed by great customer awareness. I have found them to be quick to correct any issues that have arisen with a great smile on their faces. I highly recommend them for any glass project you are considering.”
Gary Henley; President, Henley Homes, Inc., Liberty Hill, TX
Your guys are amazing…
Your guys are amazing – super polite, friendly, explanatory, and professional.
Finally… I found a company that’s willing to work with me instead of one that only wants to sell their products. Everyone I’ve had the opportunity to work with there has been terrific. I remodeled my bathroom; they helped me pick the perfect shower. NOW I HAVE MY OWN SPA BATH. Thank you for all your help!!
D.D., Austin, TX
I have never been as impressed…
I have never been as impressed with the quality and professionalism of a company as I have been with Anchor-Ventana Glass. From the person who measured to the crew that installed, everyone was courteous and also the installers did a good job of cleaning up after themselves. I was also impressed with the quality of their product.
Attention to Detail
“I have recommended and personally used the services of Anchor-Ventana and have been very happy with their attention to detail and warranty. When a manufacturer of back painted glass went out of business and their glue started showing through the glass, Anchor-Ventana replaced the glass and researched an alternate glue to complete the project.”
Harris Welker Architects, Austin, TX
Worked With Them for Years
I have worked with Anchor-Ventana for years. They have made glass table tops for me and have installed glass and mirrors for builders I work with on numerous new construction and remodel projects. I have found them to always be professional and responsive. If you need glass for any type of application, they will do what they can to make it possible.
Robin Bond Interiors, Austin, TX
Anchor-Ventana did a terrific job replacing an older shower door with a frameless one and creating three lovely beveled mirrors for my master bathroom. I received estimates from other companies, and AV was more reasonable and much more professional. It’s worth a trip to Round Rock to see their extensive showroom. Our salesperson there, Christy, was very helpful and kept track of the job throughout the process. I couldn’t be happier with the finished product. I intend to call AV for window glass replacement, too. A contractor had told me that glass replacement for my windows and patio doors was not possible–and that I’d have to put in new windows and new doors now that the seals were broken on the double glass panes. AV said it was not a problem to replace the glass. I look forward to that work. I can strongly recommend Anchor-Ventana in Round Rock.
Annie, Austin, TX
“I have been using Anchor-Ventana for years. They always do first-rate work, and as a remodeler I have some pretty demanding clients, and their crew always comes through. Don’t hesitate to call them.”
Straight & Level Construction, Austin, TX
Polite & Professional
Anchor-Ventana was awesome. I completely redid my bathroom. I had a lot of contractors in and out. Anchor-Ventana’s guys are the only ones who were polite and professional-looking every time they came. They cleaned up any mess they made and even hauled off my old shower door and mirrors for me. I am a repeat customer and will use them again.
Joe, Austin, TX
Could Not Be Any Happier
I just had a back-painted backsplash installed in my kitchen. It looks awesome; they matched the exact color I wanted. I could not be any happier with the final product!
Gina, Austin, TX
I know when I call Anchor-Ventana
I know when I call Anchor-Ventana I’m going to get professional, knowledgeable people that genuinely take pride in the quality of work they do!
“Pillar Custom Homes builds high-end green custom homes, and we have been using Anchor-Ventana for our mirrors and glass needs for well over a decade. They are a top-notch outfit and do reliable and conscientious work. I have had the same salesperson during this entire period, and she has done a remarkable job. Not only is their product quality superior, but the pricing is competitive. I hope you decide to use Anchor-Ventana so you will have results similar to what we have experienced over the years.”