First a Little Primer on "Thick" Glass
If you've spent much time on our site you may alrelady know that any glass 1" thick or more has come to be known in the industry as "thick glass". This is the case whether the glass is a single piece or made from several laminated layers. Glass this thick is so durable and easy to maintain that it makes an excellent countertop material.
Why Should I Choose Glass Bathroom Countertops?
Because they are typically damp environments, bathrooms offer unique challenges to designers if ease of maintenance is to be balanced with good looks. And for more sizeable bathrooms, countertop space sometimes becomes prime real estate for all sorts of personal care products and gadgets. When this is the case, the last thing you need are countertops that are difficult to clean and maintain.
Fortunately, a countertop made of solid glass not only looks spectactular, it makes keeping things clean and tidy a breeze, no matter how much use it gets. The inherent structural integrity of solid cast glass makes for a very easy to clean surface, with no grout like tile or grain like granite to absorb germs or contaminants.
Over the years our company has produced thousands of unique thick glass bathroom countertops, often incorporating ColorFuse glass for a seemingly infinite variety of colors, patterns, shapes, and textures. We view every new project as an opportunity to create something distinctive and exciting.
What About Recycled Glass?
If you do much research for terms like "glass countertops" (and believe us when we say we have researched the heck out of that term!), you will no doubt find many results for countertops made out of recycled glass. However, in most cases this means chunks of broken glass suspended in a composite base, giving the finished product a random look, as if Jackson Pollack had decided to make tile mosaics instead of paintings.
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Recycled Composite Glass
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On the other hand, all of our custom made bathroom countertops are produced from kiln fired glass manufactured right here in our Carlsbad factory. Because we are in complete control of the glass manufacturing process from start to finish, we have total command of the looks and construction of the finished product, no matter what kind of look you are after.
So even though the search terms may be similar, the products most certainly are not. As you can see, our solid glass countertops are the clear winner in almost every way!
What Surfaces Can I Use Glass For?
Our kiln fired glass products can incorporate various combinations of slump glass, etched (sandblasted) glass, ColorFuse™ technology, PermaCoat, MetalliCoat, and backlighting for a unique and durable finish, delivering strength and easy cleanup properties in a wide variety of applications such as:
- Thick glass bathroom countertops, with or without matching backsplash
- Backlit countertops using LED lights
- Colored glass countertops ColorFuse™ technology, PermaCoat, or MetalliCoat finish
- Free standing sink surrounds with a variety of edge details, textures, and patterns
But isn't glass FRAGILE?
It’s a common misconception that a glass bar or countertop will be fragile and easily broken. Back when glass was first used in windows and mirrors, it was inherently fragile due to the relatively crude processes available at the time. However, with modern advancements in manufacturing, the truth is that granite and glass have very similar properties, and that in most cases thick glass has far surpassed natural stone materials in durability.
To go further with this, in most cases a glass bathroom countertop is actually stronger than granite or stone, as it is a much denser and more structurally consistent material. The same goes for marble countertops and quartz countertops. Imagine a slab of granite, marble, or quartz stone at a quarter (¼”) inch thick. It would break with significantly less force than ¼” glass, due to the pores, veins, and imperfections in the stone.
On the other hand, a glass bar top, tabletop or countertop at 1″– 3″ thick is quite a substantial piece of material, and its structural consistency cannot be matched by stone. Countertops with 3/4″ or less thickness can also be tempered to further harden the surface, creating a safer, stronger piece. A tempered glass bathroom countertop will be the easiest to clean and most durable material you will find on the market, hands down!
How DURABLE is glass?
Believe it or not, glass is much more durable than granites and synthetic countertops. It is a harder, denser material that scratches and chips less. Textures and colors in the glass make small scratches nearly invisible, if they should occur. There is also NO change in appearance or durability over time!
What About Edge Contours?
Because each piece of our custom thick glass is produced right here in our factory, we have complete control over the edge contours that will suit your particular application the best. This can include seamed edges, polished edges, and miterning edges, and in a number of unique looks and patterns, including bullnose, half bullnose, chipped polished, chipped frost. Click here for images of the various contours and textures available.
Hygiene & Cleaning
Glass is a non-porous material, making it the most hygienic material available for countertops. This is also why glass is stain proof. Fingerprints and watermarks are also nearly invisible when the glass includes textures and/or colors. It is recommended to towel dry any wet areas to eliminate watermarks and streaking. The surface can be cleaned with a sponge (do not use abrasive side) or towel. Window cleaner and paper towels are preferred for optimum shine. Certain cleaners have been known to have chemicals that cause a haze and are not recommended to be used.
Give us a call today with your ideas and we will help make them a reality!