Last week we spoke about solid surface material counter-tops and the multiple brands that are not only around but are also Eco friendly. This week is all about recycled glass & concrete counter tops and the pro’s and con’s of installing it in your home.
The look of recycled glass & concrete counter-tops is a truly unique one. Looking for a more subtle look, try going with smaller glass pieces. For a bolder more statement piece, you could go with larger pieces. Just take a look at the difference between an Icestone counter-top and a Vetrazzo counter-top.
So what are the pro’s and con’s of a recycle glass & concrete counter-top?
1. Color – The best thing about doing a glass & concrete counter-top is the endless color choices that are available. From clear glass to blue Skyy Volka bottles to a mixture, there is a lot of different options you can pick to fit your design preference. We recommend looking at Icestone & Vetrazzo’s websites to view more color options and get a sense of how big their glass pieces are.
2. Easy Cleaning – Easy and simple to clean. Just take a damp cloth to wipe clean. Concerned about rings? Just take a damp cloth with mild liquid soap or detergent and it will come right off .
3. It’s Sustainable – The best part about recycled glass & concrete? It’s recyclable. Made with 100% recycled glass bottles from both pre and post consumer glass bottles right here in the USA. Whether installing in a kitchen, bathroom, or fireplace you know that the material put in your home is bettering the environment.
As for the Con’s:
1. Porous – The one main con is how porous the material is. Concrete is known for being a porous material, so since this is a mixture between glass & concrete you will run into the same problem as if you you were just installing a concrete counter-top. It’s an easy fix, you will just have to seal the counter-top to protect not only the finish, but maintain it’s overall look. Not necessarily a con per say, it’s just something you typically will have to do annually to keep your counter-tops looking brand new.
2. Not for Outdoors – The only additional con we would add? We wouldn’t really recommend putting it outside due to weather. It could damage or break the material, especially in colder climates.
What’s your favorite thing about recycled glass tile?
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