Cons of Recycled Glass Worktops:Cost
- Glass counters made of recycled glass are usually more expensive than granite. They are not a cheap alternative since they are more costly than granite and do not last nearly as long.Glass fragments can become loose
- Glass can easily be broken, but it may usually be mended. That's something to think about while selecting an edge treatment. Some producers warn against applying edge treatments that create thinner cross-sections (such as an Ogee) since this raises the risk of glass chips being knocked loose.Sealing
- Cement-based materials require sealing to prevent stains from food and liquids.Etching
- Cement-based surfaces will be etched by acidic foods and chemicals.Not Heat Resistant
- Heat-resistant resin-based recycled glass countertops are heat resistant, but scorching can occur if the surface is exposed to prolonged heat or a hot pan.Discoloration
- Resin-based surfaces do not need to be sealed and are highly stain resistant, however certain cleaning agents and chemicals can cause discolored areas due to the type of surface. This damage is frequently irreversible.Limited Availability
- At the moment, you can't just go to your local home improvement store and buy a recycled glass countertop.
It might be more difficult to find recycled glass for use in your remodeling project than if you were choosing a less common countertop material
, but most people feel the extra effort was worthwhile.
However, numerous firms produce recycled glass surfaces and will guide you through the procedure of acquisition and installation.