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, or our Colorfuse™ glass.
The striking looks of the thick glass produced by the Gomolka Design Studio are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression. But beyond that, each and every piece of 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).
Glass for Countertops?
Are you looking for something that really stands out from other common countertop materials? The inherent beauty of glass and its transparency is guaranteed to deliver both sophistication and functionality. With our ability to fully customize any project to your needs, a glass countertop is a fantastic choice.
But isn't glass FRAGILE?
It’s a common misconception is that glass is fragile and breaks easy. This impression goes back to when glass was first used primarily in windows, mirrors, etc. However, with advancements in manufacturing the truth is that granite and glass have very similar properties.
Nowadays it is indisputable that in cases where thickness and application are similar, glass is actually stronger than granite or stone, as it is a much more dense and stucturally consistent material. Imagine a slab of granite at one quarter inch thick (¼”). It would break with significantly less force than ¼” glass, due to the pores, veins, and imperfections in the stone. Now if you imagine thicker glass at 1″ – 3″ thick, you’re talking about quite a substantial piece of material. Countertops with 3/4″ or less thickness can be tempered to harden the surface, creating an even 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. When textures and colors are included in the glass, they make small scratches nearly invisible, should they occur at all. When properly cared for there is virtually no change in appearance or durability over time!
Hot cookware can be placed on its surface if absolutely necessary, although we do recommend using hotplates for safety. Use the same level of caution as you would with any other countertop surface and your glass will likely outlast anything else in your kitchen!
Cutting on glass
Cutting on glass is not a problem, though we strongly recommend the use of cutting boards to maintain the longevity of your cutlery. Take note too that glass is actually a much more sanitary surface than most wood or plastic cutting boards!
Hygiene & Cleaning
Because glass is so non-porous compared to stone, tile, etc., it is the most hygienic material available for countertops. This is also why glass is virtually stain proof. Fingerprints and watermarks will be barely visible when the glass contains textures and/or colors, but it is recommended to towel the surface 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, and all 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. If protecting the environment is a concern, 100% solid glass is an excellent choice. This is particularly true when compared to manmade composite materials, many of which contain bits of reclaimed glass suspened in a composite base and are then marketed as "recycled glass".
100% MADE IN U.S.A.
Unlike many companies who import much or all of their products, often from China, all of our glass countertops and 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.
For exclusive GDS Colorfuse™ countertops, 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 nearly any shape possible. Any size up 80" x 120" is available, and we expect larger sizes to be available in the near future.
Cutouts and holes
Any pattern or shape of cutouts for cook tops or sinks is available, limited only by the maximum dimensions mentioned above.
The impressive appearance of our thick glass can be further enhanced by shaping the edge of the glass in a variety of contours, from smooth and sleek to brash and energetic. Have a look through some of our galleries and you will see ample evidence of this, from ultramodern pieces to others that could be mistaken for glacial ice.