Trends in Kitchen Features – Recycled Glass

November 11, 2015

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Products that are eco-friendly and sustainable remain in high demand among consumers, and kitchen products are no exception. But consumers aren’t just looking for the sustainable label; they also desire products that are aesthetically pleasing and easy to maintain, and that serve to enhance their lifestyles.

One product that checks many points on the list of consumer requirements is recycled glass countertops. Made from either solid glass or a combination of chipped glass and a binding product such as concrete or resin (terrazzo style), recycled glass countertops can use up to 100 percent recycled materials from either the pre- or post-consumer waste stream.

While recycled glass can be slightly more expensive than other countertop materials, it has many selling features that may sway consumers toward making the purchase for their homes. Along with being eco-friendly, other features include:

  • Durability: Recycled glass countertops are relatively durable, and can withstand normal use as well as, or better than, other countertop materials. Solid glass tops are heat- and stain-resistant, and can weather excessive use quite well, especially those tops that are at least 1.5 inches or more in thickness.
  • Ease of Maintenance: Of the two styles, solid glass is easier to maintain. However, the terrazzo version is as easy as natural stone or concrete countertops to maintain, with only a routine sealant application needed annually.
  • Hygienic: Due to their nonporous nature, solid glass countertops are incredibly hygienic. Just a quick wipe-down with a cleaner and rag is sufficient. Properly sealed chip-glass styles are as good as other sealed stone products.
  • Aesthetics: Besides being available in either solid or terrazzo styles, recycled glass tops come in a very wide variety of patterns, colors, thicknesses, and edge designs. They are available in a range of opacity, allowing for the possibility of undermount lighting options that can further assist consumers with the decor and mood of the room.

While recycled glass countertops can cost more than common materials generally used, retailers can promote the benefits of glass tops because of their eco-friendly nature, durability and low maintenance, and the unique design aspects that appeal to today’s consumers.

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