The striking looks of the thick glass produced by the Gomolka Design Studio are guaranteed to leave a lasting first impression.
But beyond that, each and every piece of GDS custom art glass also delivers in durability (compared for example to granite, with all of the natural structural flaws that create its unique patterns) and practicality (its smooth surface is quite easy to keep clean).
Thick glass (meaning any custom glass over 1" in thickness) is most often used horizontally for countertops, bars, islands, tables, and so on, but sometimes in upright positions such as backsplashes, decorative walls or wall dividers, signage, and artworks. It is available in multiple textures, in either Aqua Clear, Crystal Clear color, or our Colorfuse™ glass.
Are you looking for a breathtaking, high-end appearance? Are you looking to make your home or office distinguished and stand out from other common countertop materials? The beauty of glass and its transparency is guaranteed to bring sophistication and functionality. Along with our ability to fully customize to your needs, a glass countertop is a fitting choice.
But isn't glass FRAGILE?
It’s a common misconception is that glass is fragile and breaks easy. This most likely stems from the early days when glass was first used in windows, mirrors, etc. However with advancements in manufacturing the truth is, granite and glass have very similar properties.
Evidentially, in most cases glass is actually stronger than granite or stone as it is a much denser material. Imagine a slab of granite at a quarter (¼”) inch thick. It would break with significantly less force, than ¼” glass. This is due to the pores, veins, and imperfections in the stone. Now if you imagine the glass at 1″ – 3″ thick, you’ll end up with quite a substantial piece of material. Countertops with 3/4″ or less thickness can be tempered to harden the surface, creating a safer, stronger piece.
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!
Looking around today, you can find there are still churches and cathedrals standing with original glass windows! Some of which even date back over one thousand years. These windows have withstood the test of time with little aging. If you would break a one thousand year old piece of glass it would break exactly like a similar piece of glass from today.
Hot cookware can be placed on its surface if absolutely necessary, although we do recommend using hotplates for safety.
Cutting on glass
Cutting on glass is not a problem, although we recommend using cutting boards to save and maintain longevity of your cutlery. Glass is actually a much more sanitary surface than most wood or plastic cutting boards!
Hygiene & Cleaning
Because glass is non-porous, it is the most hygienic material available for countertops. This is also why glass is stain proof. Fingerprints and watermarks can be nearly invisible when the glass contains textures and/or colors. It is recommended to towel dry to eliminate watermarks and streaking. The surface can be cleaned with a sponge (do not use abrasive side) or towel. Follow this with window cleaner and paper towels for optimum shine. Cleaners with chemicals that can leave a haze are not recommended.
Our Green Statement
Glass is an eco friendly natural (silica) product. Any of our countertops may be partially or completely recycled. Coatings applied to the surface however are not recyclable. When possible we use a percentage of recycled glass for every job.
100% MADE IN U.S.A.
All of our glass countertops just like our other glass products are manufactured by us and made right here in the U.S.A.
Our Aqua Clear and Crystal Clear glass countertops are available in 1/2″, 3/4″, 1″, 1-1/4″, 1-1/2″, 2″, 2-1/2″ and 3″. Thicker countertops are available upon special request. Colorfuse™ countertops are available in standard sizes1-1/4″, 1-1/2″, 2″, 2-1/2″, and 3″. Thicker Colorfuse™ countertops are available upon special request..
Besides Aqua Clear and Crystal Clear other transparent colors are also available. Please call our office for more information.
Colorfuse™ countertops are available. See our color palette on our Colorfuse™ page.
PermaCoat™ is a permanent coating applied to the bottom surface of the glass. Although we have standard colors, any custom color can be matched. See our PermaCoat™ page.
Shapes and sizes
All of our countertops are either cut by CNC or waterjet making any shape possible. Any size within 80" x 120" is available. Larger sizes will be available in the near future.
Cutouts and holes
Any pattern or shape cutout for cook tops or sinks is available limiting to size. Any pattern of holes or hole size is available.