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 or Contact Us today!