Glass surfaces are recommended for kitchens, bars, eating areas, appliance panels, decorative accents, and cabinet doors. All glass is recyclable, making this an eco-friendly option.
Durability and Maintenance
A simple window cleaner will keep glass looking pristine, and cost depends on the application and type of glass that is used. Glass can scratch and chip, and it is a non-porous, anti-bacterial material.
On the low end, glass will be equivalent to a mid-range granite (around $80 per square foot), and customized glass will cost much more.
Selection and Installation
Glass can be a spectacular addition to a transitional or contemporary style space. Simple clear designs or other metal foils (such as back-painted copper) can be used in more traditional settings. Glass is very versatile since it can be back-painted any color, and other effects may be added for increased visual interest (frosted, etched, antiqued, carved, and more). Glass may be used as sheet material, as stained glass for panels, as door inserts and backsplashes, or even fused.
Glass tile is best installed by a professional tile installer, making sure that the wall color is taken into consideration when using light colored glass tiles and any cuts are clean and sanded. Full slab tops and backsplashes must be installed by the glass fabricator or artist for proper templating, fit and adhesion.
Here is a dramatic example of a suspended glass counter-top for both style and function in a recent high-rise condo kitchen remodel.