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Guide to Glass
Glass is a more versatile material than you may expect. Yes, you’re used to seeing it used in windows, doors and shower enclosures. However, what about within your kitchen? If glass worktops and splashbacks are unfamiliar to you, don’t worry. We’re here with a guide to the benefits to using glass, what you need to watch out for, and some tips on getting it right!

The Material

Glass for work surfaces is engineered for toughness. This makes the material an extremely durable kitchen worktop. The surface is non-porous, which means that it is stain and heat resistant. The process to engineer a worktop or splashback can incorporate a wealth of colours, finishes and even printed images! For those who like an up-cycled feel, look at options made from recycled glass, which offer the refractions of light that you would find in natural granites or quartz surfaces.

The Benefits

Durability - Toughened glass is resistant to both heat and water damage. This allows you the ultimate freedom in your kitchen to spill without repercussions!

Flexibility - By choosing glass, your surface can be sized, cut and shaped to your bespoke requirements. So you don’t need to compromise on your perfect design concept.

Hygienic - The non-porous surface reduces long term wear and tear as there are no crevices in which bacteria can linger. Your worktop can be easily cleaned with a simple wipe down.

Choice - Struggling to find the perfect hue to integrate with your choice of cabinet and furnishing combination? Then glass is your ideal solution with its vast range of colour, finish and texture.

Impact - A glass worktop is still unusual in kitchens. Your sleek and elegant surface will certainly attract compliments and envy from visitors to your kitchen! With elements of transparency, glass offers the scope to illuminate your surface in a way that no other material can.

Be Aware

Scratching - Avoid chopping directly on your worktop. Although glass surfaces are toughened and durable, if your surface repeatedly comes into contact with sharp blades, damage is likely to occur.

Fingerprints - the glossy sheen of glass means it shows fingerprints more than other materials. However, a brief wipe will do away with any smears. If the prospect of fingerprints leaves you cold, why not consider textured or matt glass finishes?

Cost - As with any surface, the average price tag of glass occupies a range. It depends on how be-spoke you wish your worktop to be, making its options comparable to other materials such as stone.

Getting it Right

If you think that glass might be for you, how do you make sure you get it right?

Feature - First, decide if your glass worktop is going to be your main kitchen feature. If so, then let your imagination run wild. If not, make sure you go for more subtle tones.

Natural Light - Is your kitchen naturally dark or light? This should guide the colour and sheen of your chosen worktop. Think about reflectivity as well as hue. We spend a lot of time in our kitchens, so use your worktop as a tool to maximise natural light within the space.

Function - With the additional function that a glass worktop can offer, such as illumination and be-spoke features, make sure you optimise these elements of your glass worktop. It’s not just a pretty face.

One of the most amazing things about using glass for your kitchen surfaces and splashbacks is the vast array of choice available. This can feel daunting; where on earth do you start? For helpful guidance to find your perfect solution, just call or visit us at Glass Inspirations!