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5 Things You Should Know About Recycled Glass Countertops

Updated on August 16, 2015

Getting a Recycled Glass Countertop

If you are a huge supporter of environmental conservation, then what better way to support the cause than by buying recycled glass countertops? As the name suggests, the countertops are made from used glass. They are available in many different designs and colors. Below are five things you need to know if you plan to buy recycled glass countertops.

1. Recycled glass countertops are ecofriendly

They are ecofriendly in a lot of ways. First of all, recycled glass countertops are manufactured and not mined. This means that there was no land pollution that is usually caused by mineral exploration. The second way in which you help the environment when you buy recycled glass countertops is by getting rid of used glass which is overflowing in waste pits. The glass from beer bottles, broken glass cutlery and the like is melted, purified and modified to make different colors and textures of countertops. Finally, recycled glass countertops are ecofriendly in that they have no by products during or after manufacture.

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2. Recycled glass countertops are non-porous and waterproof

Glass generally does not allow liquids to seep through it. This is why it is used to store drinks and liquid chemicals. The same feature comes in really handy in countertops as there is always the risk of spilling something on it. Recycled glass countertops do not let any water through which protects the counter surface and anything else that is underneath. This feature is also useful when it comes to cleaning allowing you to scrub and splash away to your heart’s content until it is as clean as you want it to be.

3. Recycled glass countertops require minimal maintenance

All you have to do to keep your recycled glass countertops looking great is to clean them regularly. This is a great advantage that comes when you buy recycled glass countertops and have them installed in your kitchen. The water proof and non-porous nature eliminates the need to have it sealed which is a maintenance practice that costs time and money.

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4. Recycled glass countertops are fragile

This is one disadvantage that comes with recycled glass countertops. Despite modifications made during the process of recycling, there is still the risk of cracking, chipping or breaking off at the free edges. This happens mainly when the surface is exposed to extreme heat then immediately to extreme cold or vice versa. Glass is naturally a good conductor of heat and could expand or contract suddenly causing it to crack. Sudden extreme force could also cause damage to the countertop. This is important to note before you buy recycled glass countertops.

5, Recycled glass countertops are available in all colors and designs

The fact that the countertop material is manufactured not mined allows modification in terms of color and patterns. Recycled glass countertops are available in almost every color and pattern you can imagine. This means that whatever your style or whatever theme you decide to go with, recycled glass countertops will not let you down in terms of variety.

Recycled glass countertops are great for kitchens and outdoor spaces as well. They are low maintenance but care should be taken to prevent cracking. But after all is said and done, they are good for you and for the environment.

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      JP Carlos 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      My friend laminated their glass tops with an acrylic cover just to give additional protection. I am not sure how it worked out after that.

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      VationSays 2 years ago

      That's true. Their fragile nature makes them a threat to the playful little ones. Plus it's be expensive to keep replacing them when they break.

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      JP Carlos 2 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      A friend of mine used these types of glass in his home. Unfortunately it broke often. With kids around, this was not a good choice. Although it has its advantages, when kids are around, safety is the priority.

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