The Benefits of Glass Kitchen Countertops

When we think about materials for kitchen countertops, we often only think about real wood or granite surfaces. Traditionally viewed as a fragile material, glass is not always considered an obvious choice for countertops and is often overlooked, however its versatility means it has more to offer than you might think.

The way glass is processed and treated makes it extremely durable and resistant to heat, meaning it can withstand high temperatures and food splashes in the kitchen. Combining this with its stylish design, more and more homeowners are choosing to incorporate glass into their kitchen area. This article will cover the benefits of glass countertops, and how they stand out from their counterparts.

Why glass is better than wood countertops

When comparing glass with wood, the maintenance benefits of the former are crystal clear.

In an environment such as a kitchen where hygiene and cleanliness are paramount, you won’t need to worry about a buildup of dirt or bacteria on a glass countertop as it can be easily wiped clean, eliminating any worry about staining or watermarks. Wooden worktops, on the other hand, usually have joints or textured surfaces that food can get trapped in, making it difficult to clean. Wood is also prone to warping and discoloration when it comes into contact with liquids or moisture, not to mention scratches which can appear from everyday use.

When it comes to ongoing maintenance, glass requires very little other than the occasional polish, in comparison to a hard wood worktop that needs sanding and oiling to keep it protected and in good condition. Solid wood is a very fragile material, susceptible to ring marks and burn stains from hot mugs and pans placed directly onto the kitchen surface without any protection. While glass can withstand such temperatures, solid wood will need retreating which can be time consuming and costly.

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The eco benefits of choosing glass countertops

As a growing number of homeowners become more climate conscious and concerned about their impact on the environment, they are turning to sustainable solutions for their property. A glass countertop is the perfect example of this, as it is a recyclable material often utilised for its eco-friendly properties. Once discarded, fragments of glass can be melted into one solid piece and created into something new rather than being sent to landfill, meaning you can boost your green credentials without compromising on style!

Glass will always have the ‘wow’ factor

Integrating glass into interior design can instantly brighten up a room, giving the illusion of a bigger space. The sleek, streamlined look of a glass countertop is the ideal choice for any contemporary home and is guaranteed to get your guests talking at dinner parties!

With an extensive selection of colours on offer, you’ll be spoilt for choice when searching for the right shade to match your kitchen, whether you want to achieve a bold, striking look or something a little more subtle.

As featured in Beautiful Kitchens Magazine. Our customer chose to have our bespoke 15mm toughened optiwhite worktops and 6mm toughened optiwhite splashbacks to add a 'touch of glass' to their kitchen. Colour: Dulux Hot Paprika

For a lasting impact, this elegant look needs to be accompanied by a precision fit. The versatility of glass means it can be simple and straight-edged or cut into something more unique and bespoke. Glass countertops can be made in any size or shape, accommodating sinks, draining areas and oven hobs so you can achieve the look you want without having to compromise.

At Lee Glass and Glazing, we use different techniques, such as CAD drawing a hard template or in a DXF format, to turn your vision into a reality, ensuring your glass countertop is the correct shape to complement your existing kitchen design. We provide coloured glass worktops which are painted using the standard Ral colour chart so you have plenty of choice when coming to us. The options available even extend to glitter or matt effect finishes, or additional colours can be discussed for a truly bespoke look.

Our skilled team has an eye for detail and a wealth of industry experience – simply contact us today to find out how we can transform your kitchen.