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16 Mar

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How to Decide What Your Next Glass Project Should Be

March 16, 2017 | By |

You love your home, but it could always be better. There’s always some little change or addition you could make. However, lacking infinite time and resources, you have to plan your remodeling projects carefully.

With spring on the way, you may be feeling that itch. It’s the itch to do something DIY. It’s the itch to make a change in your home.

If you’re serious about remodeling this season, why not do it with glass? Far from the fragile, unreliable material some still think of it as, glass is sturdy, durable, and beautiful. It also cleans easily. It can be customized any way you want. In short, the possibilities are endless.

Here are a few ideas for your next glass project.

Interior Doors

Winter is finally behind us. It felt like it would never end, but it did. That means more hours of sunlight. Why not enjoy the sun anytime, even if you can’t necessarily be outside to feel its warmth? With an interior glass door, you can.

These glass doors are ideal for an office, bedroom, or bathroom. You can customize the color or these can be clear. If you’re worried about privacy, there’s no need to be. You can also get the glass frosted or textured so that someone can’t see right through.

Backsplash

Is your backsplash looking a little past its prime? It happens. If you have a backsplash made of marble, tile, or even wood, it’s hard to clean these. Stains, splashes, and other food messes accumulate. Eventually, it’s impossible to remove those unsightly blemishes.

With a glass backsplash, you only need a gentle cloth and some soapy water to clean stains and splashes. That saves you precious time in the kitchen.

You also have plenty of ways to make a backsplash your own. Choose the size, shape, and color. This can match your kitchen walls or contrast them for a fun, funky take on personal décor.

Sinks

The bathroom is a quiet place of relaxation…or at least, it should be. Is your sink an eyesore? It can be expensive to replace these, so maybe you’ve been putting it off. With a glass sink though, you can find a cost-effective way to finally get rid of that old sink of yours.

Glass sinks are elegant and contemporary. These can sit on a base or just be a large, bowl-like basin. The choice is yours. You’ll love spending time in your bathroom with such an appealing sink.

We hope you’re feeling inspired after browsing these project ideas. These are just a few options at your disposal.

Once you decide which glass project best suits your home, contact us at CGD Glass Countertops. We’re a glass designer and manufacturer in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. “Countertops” may be in our name, but that’s far from all we do. We also make glass doors, panels, partitions, sinks, backsplashes, and so much more. Give us a call today to start talking about your dream glass project!

01 Mar

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Tips for Designing Your Frameless Shower Door

March 1, 2017 | By |

Frameless shower doors are contemporary, can make your bathroom look bigger, and have a classic appeal you just don’t get from traditional shower doors. Why wouldn’t you want one of these for your bathroom?

If you take care of your frameless shower doors, you could enjoy these for years to come. Well, that is, once you buy the doors and get them installed. You’re at the stage now where you’re designing your own frameless shower doors, but you’ve run into a snag.

You weren’t aware there were so many considerations to keep in mind as you begin planning. Which will look best for your bathroom? Do you want to keep the shower curb or get rid of it? What if you have overhanging tiles? What then?

If you’re feeling stuck or confused, follow our handy tips for designing your very own frameless shower door.

When designing your shower, you have to think about where the shower head will go. Whether this is fixed or removable, you still need to allocate the room for it. Avoid positioning the shower head so it faces the glass door, as this can lead to splashing and leaks.

If you’re getting glass tiles to match your glass shower door, you also have to take extra care when designing your shower. If the door handle comes into contact with any of these glass panels at any time, these could chip, crack, or break.

Next, you have to decide whether you’re getting a shower curb with your frameless glass shower doors. As the name suggests, this is a curb made of concrete, marble, or another hard material that is placed beneath the shower doors. This curb is optional, but if you forego it, you do have to be careful to avoid leaks each time you use the shower.

You should avoid overhanging tiles and raised decorative tiles if you want a frameless shower door. If you already have these with your current shower setup, these tiles must be removed. They can prevent the door from opening and closing freely.

You also must ensure that the wall and the door meet seamlessly. If they don’t, and there are any holes between these spaces, water will leak out and could flood the bathroom. Even the tiniest hole can cause trouble, so make sure to check and double-check your design so there are no openings.

Are you ready to start creating the frameless shower door of your dreams? Contact us at CGD Glass in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. For years, we’ve been a leading manufacturer of commercial and residential glass items and accent pieces.

Our biggest advantage is letting you—the customer—design your glass item the way you want it from scratch. So take some time to consider our above tips carefully. Plan your space, and then send us a drawing or blueprint of your ideal shower door. We’ll make the rest a reality. Call us at 416-398-9733 or send us an email to learn more today!

Sources:
http://cgdglasscountertops.com/decorative-glass-doors/
https://www.dullesglassandmirror.com/shower-doors-design-tips
http://www.glassdepots.com/blog/design-tips-custom-glass-shower-enclosures/

20 Feb

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Tips for Budgeting for a Commercial Glass Project

February 20, 2017 | By |

Whether you own a restaurant, museum, bar, or retail store, you know that first impressions matter. Those first impressions start with the look of your commercial business. If you have an unappealing storefront or gaudy interior, you’re unconsciously turning away customers.

Remodeling with chic decorative glass is one way to get positive attention on your business. Let us help you. We’re CGD Glass Countertops, and customization is in our name (it’s what the “C” stands for). We’re a Canadian manufacturer of glass items and accents like decorative doors, countertops, partitions, tabletops, and more.

Do you want to do some remodeling? You’re going to have to plan ahead, especially when it comes to money. If your company can’t spare a ton of cash right now, you don’t necessarily have to put a remodel on the backburner. You just have to budget smart.

Here are some handy budgeting tips for commercial businesses.

1. Have a clear end goal in mind: What do you envision for your commercial space? Do you want glass tabletops on every seat at your restaurant? Do you want an LED-lit glass bar top at your bar? Do you want breathtaking glass fixtures at your museum or retail store?

Plan in as much detail as you can. This prevents anyone else involved in the project from changing the crux of the design later. After all, as the design changes, so too does the cost.

2. Ask for a quote: You shouldn’t have to guess what the final cost of your remodeling project is going to be. At CGD Glass Countertops, we offer our quotes upfront to our customers before any work begins. This way there’s no surprises on either side. Surprises may be fun in most circumstances, but not when they involve a big bill at the end.

3. Always plan for more: Have a bit more money set aside than what was quoted to you. Plan for a somewhat longer timeframe for the work. While you might not need that extra cash (especially if you work with us) and the glass item may be installed on the date you planned it, you should stay flexible.

Although it’s rare, sometimes there are snags in plans. Be ready for these snags ahead of time and you won’t get flustered.

4. Put money in now, get it back later: Remodeling can be pricy, but that doesn’t mean you should shy away from the idea. Think of it as an investment. The money you put into making your commercial business look good now is going to come back to you later, maybe twofold or even tenfold.

The better your business looks, the more people are going to buy from you. That makes glass additions a fantastic ROI.

We make it easy to know how much your project is going to cost. Just send us some info about your proposed project, including the thickness of the glass and the size of the room in question, and we’ll send you a quote. Contact us at CGD Glass Countertops today!

Sources:
https://constructionbydaniels.com/budget-intelligently-commercial-remodeling-project/
http://gsdcontracting.com/company-news/how_to_control_commercial_construction_costs/

 

31 Jan

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Five Great Reasons to Customize Your Glass Accent Piece

January 31, 2017 | By |

When shopping for glass accent pieces and other home décor, most of the time, what you see is what you get. You may be able to choose the color of the piece, but that’s pretty much it. Since these pieces come preassembled, there’s no room to change the size or shape.

However, you’re a unique person. Why shouldn’t your home décor be as unique as you are? That’s our philosophy at CGD Glass Countertops. We’re a glass manufacturer based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. While countertops are part of our name, we also specialize in glass doors, panels, backsplashes, sinks, and more.

If you’re in the market for some new additions for your home, you may have some questions about customization. We’re happy to answer them. Here are five reasons to consider customizing your glass piece from CGD.

1. Uniqueness — The only thing better than having a brand new appealing glass accent piece is having a brand new appealing glass accent piece that no one else does. When you customize your backsplash, sink, or more with us, you’re ensuring your glass piece is one-of-a-kind. It’s not something someone can find in a store. It’s not something someone can find online. You’ll be the only one with anything like it.

2. Flex Your Creative Muscle — If you’ve ever remodeled your home, you’ve played the role of interior designer. If you had fun with that, you’ll love customizing your glass piece with us. There’s no limit to what you can do. You can alter the size, shape, and color of your item. You can even get some of our glass items backlit with color-changing LEDs.

3. Make Sure It’s a Perfect Fit — You want your glass accent piece to be perfect. We get it. When you shop with us at CGD, we ask for the measurements of the room before we send you a quote. We also ask for blueprints or drawings. This lets us get a clear idea of the room so your glass item is the ideal size.

4. No Color Clashes Here — It’s probably happened to you: you’re out shopping, you find an item you love, and you bring it home only to find that it doesn’t quite match the rest of the room. Oh no! When you customize your glass piece with us, you never have to worry about color clashes. You can choose to get your glass backpainted nearly any color of the rainbow. Of course, if you want your glass item to be translucent, we can do that, too. It’s up to you.

5. Conversation Starter — Undoubtedly, when friends, family, and neighbors visit, they’re going to notice your appealing glass accent piece. They’ll have all sorts of questions, such as where you got it and how much you paid. You can boast about how the item is customized and thus totally unique. You’ll definitely always have a conversation piece at the ready though!

Visit our website, CGDGlassCountertops.com, to start browsing our customizable glass accent pieces today.

23 Jan

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The Costs of Installing a Glass Door

January 23, 2017 | By |

Although it might not seem like it with the freezing temperatures, wintry, biting winds, and snowfall and ice, spring will be here before you know it. Eventually, the snow will thaw, the sun will shine, and you will want to embrace the season. What better way to do that than with a new glass door?

Glass doors are a viable option for the interior of a home. These look especially sophisticated in offices, restaurants, and retail spaces. Of course, you may have your concerns about glass doors. Are these really as thick as regular doors? They are indeed. Do they offer any privacy or can people see right through? Not if you choose to get a textured glass door, such as the ones we offer at CGD Glass Countertops in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

 

We’re a glass manufacturing company that encourages our customers to custom-order nearly all our glass items, from countertops to backsplashes, glass doors to sliding shower doors, vanities and sinks, and much more.

The biggest question a prospective customer may have is how much is this going to cost? Is glass a more expensive material compared to wooden or metal doors? Actually, it isn’t. Glass door prices can range anywhere from roughly $300 for baseline doors to $1,000+ for ornate doors. Of course, those prices can vary.

Do you want to know for sure how much your glass door will cost at CGD Glass Countertops? Contact us for a quote. To give you the most accurate quote, we need to know as much about your planned project as possible, including the measurements of the room in question from top to bottom. If you have blueprints or even drawings to pass along to us, we want to see these, too. They all give us a comprehensive picture of the kind of work our team will be doing for you.

Once you get your quote and have a cost in mind for this project, you may wonder, what are the benefits of glass doors? There are plenty of them, and we’ve even touched on them on this blog in the past. Let’s reiterate. Glass is an incredibly easy material to clean. Whether it’s handprints and other smudges, with just some soap and water, you can clean your glass door until it’s shining and beautiful.

Do you not spend enough time outside? It happens to most of us. Life just gets too busy so you don’t get enough time out in nature. Instead of relying on vitamin D supplements to care for your health, why not get the real thing with some actual sunlight? Open the windows and your glass door and the light will just flood in!

So sure, perhaps you don’t have as much time to get outside as you wish, but you can still reap the mood and body benefits of sunlight just by switching out your boring current door to a glass door.

Are you ready to get started with your next home remodel? Are you ready to install a glass door? Contact us at CGD Glass Countertops today.

Sources: http://www.homeadvisor.com/cost/doors-and-windows/sliding-glass-door/https://www.fixr.com/costs/sliding-patio-door-installation

09 Jan

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It’s Trend Season! Which Should You Follow For Your Home Remodel?

January 9, 2017 | By |

The new year is all about rebirth; shedding old habits that we don’t want to carry into another year. Now’s the time everyone decides to join the gym, get a haircut, and try out a new wardrobe. Now is also the time when we’re bombarded with home trends. There’s trends about color, style, design…just about everything you can think of.

The good news is that you don’t have to follow or abide by all these trends. Some of their advice can be conflicting, and you don’t want to make yourself crazy. How do you discern which trends are worth watching and maybe even emulating? Just follow your own personal sense of style and these useful tips.

If you’ve noticed that home décor has taken on a more ecofriendly tone, you’re not alone. When considering a glass accent piece, why not get it backpainted all the earthy colors that Mother Nature provides? At CGD Glass Countertops in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, we customize almost all our glass products, from backsplashes to countertops, sinks, panels, and partitions.

Backpainting is our way of infusing some color into our glass pieces. We let you choose the color and then we paint the back layer of the glass. The result is an artistic, totally one-of-a-kind piece you’ll be happy to call your own.

Metal is back in. Colorful metals as well as traditional copper, brass, and gold are shining all the more brightly in 2017. These metals go especially well with glass. What about a copper coffee table with center glass panels? That’s a conversation piece you’ll love to show off for years to come.

Texture is also big this year. Glass has quite a unique texture, making it one that doesn’t necessarily always spring to mind when remodeling a home. However, the thickness and durability of glass makes it a great fit for a variety of projects, such as the ones we’ve mentioned above. Wood and glass go together especially well, and the textural contrast these two materials create is totally on point with 2017’s trends.

Are you ready to start shopping these looks today? Just contact us at CGD Glass Countertops by phone or by email. We’re happy to send a quote along once we learn more about your project. You can send us room measurements, blueprints, or even a drawing of the space and we’ll work hard to get you a fast quote.

At CGD, we strive to create timeless glass accent pieces that transcend yearly trends. After all, we know that remodeling your home is an expensive endeavor. If you’re going to do it, then you want to do it right the first time. You don’t want to have to keep shelling out money.

We’re here to help. No matter what kind of project you have envisioned, with our customization services, we’re sure we can create the kind of glass product you had in mind. Your home is like an empty art canvas right now. It’s yours to decorate however you see fit. Call us at CGD Glass Countertops and we’ll help you get there.

Sources:

http://www.dcourier.com/news/2016/dec/30/home-decor-trends-2017-are-all-about-ease-comfort/
http://www.vogue.com/13516224/home-decor-decorating-trends-2017/

15 Dec

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Five Reasons to Redecorate with Glass in 2017

December 15, 2016 | By |

As December rolls on, 2017 is nearly upon us. With this new year will come new trends, especially in home decorating and remodeling. If you’re planning a renovation next year, you’ve probably been keeping an eye on these emerging trends and deciding which ones work best with your personal style.

If you haven’t considered decorating the home with glass yet, you really should. Glass is a versatile, lasting material that more and more homeowners are using to beautify their homes. Here are five reasons to redecorate with glass in 2017.

1. It’s Timeless

While you should stay abreast of new trends when redecorating your house, you have to be careful not to fall prey to the lure of these trends too much. After all, what’s trendy one year may not be by next year. You want your home to look modern, not like yesterday’s news. That’s why glass is such a great choice. No matter what you do with it, it’s always going to have a timeless quality that instantly adds class to the home.

2. But Trendy

That said, glass is quite popular heading into 2017. Designer Kate Spade is playing with the idea of textured glass while others who want to embrace a more natural, rustic décor style are seeing its many, many benefits.

3. It Plays Well with Others

Speaking of benefits, another great reason to choose glass for your upcoming home remodeling project is because it’s so versatile. Do you want to combine it with wood? It will look fantastic. How about metal? Your home will now have gothic charm. Maybe clay? Or copper, silver, or gold? Your home will have a unique edge. Glass complements a variety of materials without overwhelming these.

4. It’s Easy to Clean

Ugh, cleaning the house is a chore, but it’s one that needs to be done. Save time and cleaning effort with your glass pieces. With a soft cloth and some soap and water (a cleaning product can also work), you can clean glass quickly. Of course, like windows, make sure to go slowly and in one direction to avoid streaks. Otherwise, you’re done cleaning sooner.

5. It’s Durable

Glass is often available in various thicknesses, sometimes up to two inches thick or more, that erase the notion that it’s a fragile material that breaks easily. Of course, glass is not impervious to breakage, but with glass this thick, it would take a concerted effort for it to shatter. That means that when investing in a glass piece, if it’s treated with care, it should be a home staple for years to come.

Are you convinced? Eager to get started right away? Contact us at CGD Glass Countertops in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. From glass doors to countertops, backsplashes to partitions, sinks to glass panels and everything in between, almost all glass items we manufacture and sell are customizable. The customer can get what they want to the letter every time. To learn more or request a quote, contact us through our website, call, or email today.

Sources: https://www.houstoniamag.com/articles/2016/4/25/top-6-design-trends-will-be-hot-2017

05 Dec

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Modern Applications for Glass Doors

December 5, 2016 | By |

When it comes to your house, you don’t make any décor decisions lightly. You research constantly, looking at pictures online, paging through magazines, and creating online dream room boards. You have countless ideas, and now it’s just a matter of narrowing them down.

One of the ideas that you’ve been tossing around is getting a glass door. You love how these look. You think they add instant class and appeal to any room. However, you have questions about them. For one, how durable will the glass be? And how could you fit in a glass door with the rest of the house? You want it to blend in seamlessly but still attract attention.

As it turns out, regarding the question of durability, when you order your door from Toronto, Ontario, Canada company CGD Glass Countertops, you don’t have to worry. Our doors are made thick and are sure to last for years to come with regular care and maintenance. If you still have questions about style, we can help there, too.

At CGD Glass Countertops, we let customers create the designs of their dreams. All aspects of our glass doors can be customized, to the shape and size to the color and texture of the glass. You should have no issues finding a way to decorate your home with these new fantastic additions.

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Why not open up a living room or den with a large floor-to-ceiling glass door? Think of how a door like this can benefit your home. First, there’s the amazing views. You can take in and appreciate the beauty of nature right outside your door. Sunlight will spill in. Did you know that sunlight and mood are tightly connected? Indeed, sunlight contains vitamin D, which can improve your mood. Lastly, you can save money on your electricity bill since you won’t have to be so reliant on artificial lighting.

Imagine kicking back and reading the newspaper or a good book by your large glass door. You could relax and dream the day away.

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Glass doors also have a home in the bathroom. We know what you’re thinking: what about my privacy? As mentioned, at CGD Glass Countertops, we can add a frosted texture to your glass door so no one can clearly see in or out. If your bathroom feels small and stuffy but you can’t afford to get it expanded, just get a glass door instead. You’d be surprised how much roomier the bathroom will feel!

Do you work from home and want privacy? A sliding glass door lets people know when you need time to yourself. Imagine this: instead of being interrupted by kids or other family members when you really need to get work done, you can just close your door and get to it. That’s efficiency at its finest.

Decorative Glass Door 1

If you’re ready to learn more about getting a glass door today, we encourage you to email or call us at CGD Glass Countertops. We can answer any questions you have and we can even discuss your glass door ideas. Just send us a blueprint or a drawing and we can get you a quote right away.

16 Nov

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Are You Trendy? Why Architects Now Prefer Building with Glass

November 16, 2016 | By |

Do you have a glass accent piece in your home? How about a glass countertop, bar top, or backsplash? Maybe you’re into glass furniture like tables or desks. You could even decorate your bathroom with glass vanities, sinks, and shower doors. If you do, you’re actually ahead of the curve in terms of trendiness.

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You may not have even known it, but glass architecture is bigger than ever before. According to a November article from Lloyd Alter at TreeHugger, architects are turning to glass as a building material more now than ever before. So why the shift? What’s changed? Glass has always been a durable, dependable, trustworthy material. Are people just realizing this now?

Somewhat. The architects he spoke to describe how there’s a class delineation that’s present with glass: those who can afford to design buildings with spacious glass windows and panels and those who cannot. Alter says this is especially apparent in the UK.

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However, no matter where you live, you’ve probably seen this trend in action yourself. Think about a high-rise apartment or home you may have seen with floor-to-ceiling windows. Doesn’t it seem classier and more high-end than one with traditional smaller windows?

That said, Alter does mention that some residents in the UK have griped that these spacious glass windows and panels have allowed them to become too exposed to others. While this can certainly be an issue, those who are considering larger glass panels for their own home don’t have to worry when they order from CGD Glass Countertops. This Toronto, Ontario, Canada company does produce large glass panels, but they allow their customers to customize the texture and transparency of these panels for the ultimate in privacy.

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There are some other interesting notes in the TreeHugger article that are worth mentioning. Alter described how these glass buildings tend to be more energy-efficient. Imagine all that natural sunlight that floods into buildings with large glass panels. There’s no need to turn on the lights until at night, which saves on energy bills. The sun can even warm up these spaces, preventing the need for furnace use in the winter.

He also mentioned how “dust and dirt harboured germs that must be destroyed by fresh air and sunlight.” Indeed, these homes are generally cleaner because bacteria simply cannot stick around with all that bright natural light. Also, glass surfaces are generally a lot easier to clean compared to leather or wood, which may require a special cleaner. With glass, a little bit of soap and water does the trick.

While Alter is cautiously optimistic about glass architecture, the biggest problem he mentions again and again is privacy with such large glass panels. Luckily, when you contact CGD Glass Countertops, in a way, you can have your cake and eat it, too. You can still have privacy through textured glass but enjoy the many benefits that glass architecture offers, including better energy efficiency and less grime and dirt. To learn more about CGD Glass Countertops, call us today.

30 Oct

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What You Can Do with Glass Panels

October 30, 2016 | By |

The beauty, the durability, the boundless creativity: glass panels can dress up any room. Whether used for residential or commercial purposes, these panels create mystique and appeal in any room in which they appear. What’s even better than their looks is their versatility, in that they blend into offices or homes, making their uses nearly endless.

Are you considering getting glass panels for your home, office, or commercial project? Contact us at CGD Glass Countertops in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We’re a decorative glass design and manufacturing company. We produce a variety of glass pieces you can use to accent your glass panels, including sinks, backsplashes, bar tops, kitchen islands, and countertops.

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If you do want glass panels, you may be wondering just how you can use them. At CGD, we’re happy to explain the many uses our customers have found for their own glass panels. You may notice, looking on our website, that we also sell glass partitions and you may be wondering: what’s the difference? Is there any?

Yes, and the difference is huge. While we encourage our customers to move their glass partitions from room to room as they see fit, glass panels are meant to be stationary, left in one place. You can affix these to the wall and sometimes even the ceiling. These aren’t bound by shape or size. You want panels that mimic pillars? You’ve got them. You want panels that are engraved to look like decorative artwork? No problem.

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You’re only limited by your imagination. At CGD Glass Countertops, we encourage our customers to let their creativity shine as they customize our many glass items. Almost every glass item we manufacture is intended to be altered to the customer’s specifications. You can customize your glass panels to your heart’s content.

How? By sending us a drawing or blueprint of what you want your panel to look like. We will then make it to the best of our abilities. We also offer some cool texture customization options, allowing you to add even more depth and creativity to the final product. Some of our exclusive textures include the look of gently folded glass, the deep crevices of an avalanche, the spacy calmness of the galaxy, and the hope and serenity of melting ice.

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Don’t stop there though! At CGD Glass Countertops, we don’t necessarily believe that glass always has to be translucent. It can be, and we do sell it that way, but we also offer a process known as backpainting. With this, we liven up any glass item, including panels, by painting the back of the glass in a color of your choice!

Our semi-translucent colors are muted but still beautiful. Sky blue injects a subtle dose of color, red is for the bold, neon green is for those who like to make strong statements, and multicolored is for those who don’t want to choose. We also offer opaque colors like the soft and beautiful amber, rich gold, and eye-catching dark blue. To learn more, contact us at CGD today.