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Are glass countertops practical?

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And that’s just what you can see! Imagine what else is lingering beneath the surface, such as bacteria that can make you and your family sick. It can make your skin crawl just thinking about it.

Reasons Glass Countertops Are the Practical Choice for Your Home

1. Doesn’t Require Sealing

Many natural countertop materials, such as stone, carry great appeal but require sealing. The counter should come sealed when you initially get it factory-installed, but here’s the kicker. That sealing application only lasts about a year. 

From every year therein that you own the counter, you must commit to getting it resealed. It’s a pain, and expensive to boot.

There’s no need to seal glass, which means you don’t have to stress about resealing. The reduced maintenance makes glass a much more sensible, practical choice for any counter in the home over natural stone. 

2. Nonporous 

Why does it matter if a counter surface is porous versus nonporous? Porous surfaces become hotbeds for any type of surface grime, including bacteria. The germs get deep into the cracks and crevices of the counter, where they could cause illness, especially kitchen counters. 

Not only that, but porous counter surfaces are likelier to retain moisture. If you have any type of metal counter, all that wetness can potentially cause rusting and corrosion. Moisture can also leave water stains on materials like quartz.

Glass is nonporous, meaning it won’t hold onto moisture and it won’t become a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. 

3. No Stains

Crystal clear surfaces

Score another one for glass counters. Another issue with porous counter materials is their propensity for staining, whether hard water stains, cooking grease, or wine. If you’re not fast enough to blot up the stains, they could stick around for good, diminishing the appearance and attractiveness of your counters. 

Glass counters won’t stain, again due to their nonporousness. You shouldn’t let stains sit, because then they make a mess, but if you need a couple of minutes to clean up the surrounding area of your kitchen or bathroom first, you can safely come back to the spill later without stressing about stains. 

4. Damage Resistance

Have you ever scratched a marble counter? It breaks your heart, as the counter was expensive, and now it’s ruined forever. It doesn’t matter if others can’t see it as clearly as you can; you know the scratch is there, and it takes away from your enjoyment. 

Glass doesn’t require nearly as much pussyfooting. The thick, hardy glass CBD uses to assemble its custom-made glass counters is heat- and scratch-resistant. After all, on the Mohs scale, glass is quite hard, scoring between 5.5 and 7 out of 10. 

It’s not entirely heat-proof or scratch-proof, so you should still exercise caution, but it won’t scratch up nearly as much as other counter materials. Plus, you can always use toothpaste to buff out light scratches, extending the counter’s lifespan. 

5. Durability 

Another trait of a practical countertop is durability, something glass boasts in spades. This isn’t traditional window glass that can shatter with too much force. The high-caliber glass quality employed by the expert staff at CBD can handle your day-to-day routine, and that of your kids. 

Glass is an especially advantageous choice for the kitchen, where a lot of pots, pans, and trays get clanged around. You need a counter that can handle you whipping up a frenzy in the kitchen, and this is an area where glass excels. 

6. Easy Maintenance 

Even though some counter materials might seem promising, once you do some digging into their cleaning routines, you can easily become dismayed. It’s expensive to continually buy specialized cleaners, and it becomes inconvenient if your favorite grocery store runs out of the product.

Not only is it a pain to procure the products but using them regularly to keep your counter in tip-top shape becomes old after a while. 

Glass doesn’t require nearly as much to-do. You can keep it clean with a simple microfiber cloth, which you might already have handy. Use water and mild, colorless dish soap, mixing them in a small basin.

Dip in a fresh microfiber cloth, clean away crumbs and streaks, then wipe away the residue with water. Finally, finish up by drying the surface with a microfiber cloth, rubbing in the same direction to prevent a streaky finish. 

This cleaning routine takes all of five minutes. You can get your kitchen or bathroom spic-and-span fast, using the extra time to tidy up the rest of the house. 

7. Timeless Style 

Acrylic countertops

Another practical consideration is what your counter looks like. Some of the styles of today are gone tomorrow, leaving you with an outdated relic in your bathroom or kitchen within a year or two. The décor can quickly become a sore spot, leaving you yearning for an upgrade. 

Glass won’t fall out of style. It has a timeless, classic look that will appear modern in a bathroom or kitchen five, 10, 15, or 20 years from now. You can rest assured that your new home addition will retain its appeal for a long time to come. 

Plan Your Glass Countertop Project Today 

Glass kitchen counters

Glass is a perfectly practical choice for a bathroom or kitchen counter. At CBD Glass, we build your counter to your specifications, allowing you to select its thickness, shape, size, and color. With options like LED lighting available, creating a tailored counter that meets your needs and tastes is within reach. 

Contact us today to discuss your design or get a quote.