3 Reasons to Choose Glass for Your Kitchen Countertops and Backsplashes

Posted on: 2 April 2015

When it's time to renovate your kitchen you certainly have a number of options for materials for the countertops and backsplashes. While each may offer some advantages, it's good to think of glass for both surfaces. Glass has some unique benefits when it comes to kitchen surfaces; note a few of those here and you'll better understand why it's such a good choice for any home.

1. Glass Is Easily Recyclable and Easy to Produce

Glass is one of the most easily recyclable materials you can use for your kitchen. This works for you in two ways; you can find recycled glass that has been made into countertop and backsplash material, and you can have the glass recycled if you ever need to remove the surface from your kitchen.

The glass needed for kitchen countertops and backsplashes is also easy to produce. Marble and granite need to be dug and harvested from the ground, and the process involved can disturb the soil and nearby wildlife. The machinery used to harvest this material can also create quite a bit of pollution, as it may need to be strong enough to dig deep and even cut through rock to get to the granite or marble material.

For those who are concerned about the environment, glass is a good option because of how easy it is to harvest and to recycle.

2. Glass Lights up a Small Kitchen

A small kitchen needs all the help it can get to look bigger and brighter. Dark marble or granite will simply absorb light and make the space seem smaller and even darker, whereas glass does just the opposite. This material will reflect and bounce around the light, so that the space seem larger and even brighter. If you have a small kitchen and especially one that doesn't get much natural light due to small windows or no windows, glass can be the best option for you.

3. Glass Is Very Low-maintenance

Granite countertops need to be polished and sealed on a regular basis, and may suffer gouges and scratches as well as burns. Butcher block countertops are also easy to scratch and burn, and they may hold germs and bacteria because of their porous nature. Glass however is very low-maintenance and easy to care for in a kitchen. It won't hold bacteria or germs and doesn't burn as easily as other materials. It cleans easily and rarely needs additional polishing like granite. For these reasons too, glass from your local glazier is a good choice for kitchen countertops and backsplashes.  


Stained glass features

I love seeing old stained glass features in churches and historic buildings. Not only do stained glass features let in light, but they are also beautiful works of art. One of these days I'm going to a build a big house where I can have features of stained glass in all my living rooms. That's still a little way away so in the mean time I'm starting a website to collect the ideas, images and inspirations I find online. That way when I finally do have enough money saved I should be ready to go! If you like stained glass, you'll love this site.