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15 Nov

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Glass Countertop Textures

November 15, 2014 | By |

CGD thermoformed glass countertops are unlike any other countertops in the world. Our unique designs are not only incredibly beautiful, but are also functional and extremely durable. Glass is non porous, thereby making it easier to maintain and more stain resistant that traditional materials such as stone. They offer a unique look and feel that will turn any countertop into a masterful work of art. These beautiful glass countertops can be used for both residential and commercial projects. This gives business owners an opportunity to stand out from their competition. Another incredible benefit to glass countertops is the ability to customize thickness, textures, colors, substrates, LED lighting and more. Specifically, our customized textures add a depth and beauty that is unmatched with any other countertop material. Here are a few examples of the different textures that can be installed within different parts of your home or office.

Glass Kitchen Countertops

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These glass kitchen countertops that CGD has created for their clients Is absolutely stunning. It features an Avalanche texture that really gives the countertop depth and uniqueness.

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This kitchen sink features a Melting Ice texture that has a clean and smooth look to it. This specific texture can add life to your boring kitchen by adding a sense of color and balance.

 

 Raised Glass Countertops

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These countertops offer an easier way to remodel your kitchen without having to redo the entire kitchen. They are able to do this by connecting to your current countertops through a glass-raised bar. This offers a relatively simple and cost effective method of upgrading your current kitchen’s look. Raised glass countertops can also be customized to your exact specifications. Here are some examples of different textures from past projects.

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 Glass Bathroom Countertops

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These countertops can add a sense of calmness and elegance to your bathroom. You can create a certain ambience by using certain types of textures. For more of pronounced “water” feel a customer can use Aqua Clear glass with Melting Ice texture. This adds a sense of style and artistic value that can only be found through beautiful glass countertops. Here are some examples of some of CGD’s bathroom projects.

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For more information on how CGD can transform your home into an artistic masterpiece, please contact us today. We would love to answer any questions you may have.

Contact Us Today: 416-398-9733

31 Oct

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Glass Partition Design Ideas

October 31, 2014 | By |

Glass can be used in many different ways, from jewelry, drinking glasses, windows and doors. The variation of uses for glass in the home is endless. At CGD Glass we can design everything from kitchen counters and backsplashes, to bathroom sinks and showers, and even artistic design sculptures. Our state of the art manufacturing plant makes it easy for our design team to create the perfect glass product for you.

The timeless nature of glass is a simple yet effective way to bring beauty to your home. Its elegance can spice up any room, and one way to really change the dynamic in your home is to install glass partitions! Why have a plain wall when you can create an open feel throughout your entire home with glass partitions. They can divide up your home and use the natural light to create a fresh space.

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Glass partitions can be designed as a full wall, or can be used in halves or quarters to create a divide between rooms. They can also be art in themselves and bring a modern touch to any room. They can be made of different thicknesses and textures and come with a multitude of designs that can be customized to your exact liking. You can use a glass partition to separate your kitchen from the dining room, or in the bathroom creating a private divide between the sink and the toilet.

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Using glass as a full wall creates a window into a room. This can be perfect for a baby’s room, corner office, or many other uses. You would be able to keep the baby asleep in the quite room, without having to make noise to check in on them. Or used in an office allowing you to get your work done in style. The open feel also allows for more productivity and the natural light has been proven to help in concentration and productivity.

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Glass partitions are a great way to transform any room in your home. With the variety of options to choose from at CGD Glass we are sure to find the perfect fit for you. Visit us online to choose your own glass partition or reach out to your customer service team to create a unique design for you!

15 Oct

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Transform any Entrance with Decorative Glass Doors

October 15, 2014 | By |

Glass has been used for thousands of years for practical and aesthetic purposes. Glass was first used in South Asia as early as 1730 BCE. It was used to create vases, bowls, cups, and jewelry and was usually reserved for royalty. At CGD Glass we strive to continue to bring the beauty and simplicity of glass to your home or business. We have a variety of glass products everything from architectural glass, to kitchen and bath products. We also create decorative glass sculptures for residential and commercial purposes.

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Decorative glass can be used to spice up any home. Its simplicity and beauty brings a modern look to any room. With our state of the art studio we are able to customize any order to fit your need. One of the best ways to transform your home is using decorative glass doors. Glass doors are not only beautiful but also have practical purposes.

Glass doors can be completely see-through, textured, or opaque. When used in an office setting they can create a private space while at the same time giving the feeling of an open environment. They allow light to shine through which helps create a warm and inviting setting.

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Glass technology has greatly increased and has become much stronger and safer to use than ever before. Many of our glass doors have been tested to take heavy impacts for severe weather, as well as being the first line of defense against an outside intruder. Keeping your family safe is our number one priority and by using glass doors you are bringing beauty without losing security in your home.

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CGD Glass offers a wide variety of options for your home or office. Check out our website for some of our more recent designs. They can help give you an idea of what would work best for your setting. Decorative glass doors create a perfect balance in your home from room to room. They are a great way of modernizing your home while keeping it safe. Our goal at CGD Glass is to bring you the best glass products and transform any space to make it unique to you. Contact our customer support team to learn more about the different options available to you!

30 Sep

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How to Clean & Maintain Your Glass Backsplash

September 30, 2014 | By |

CGD Glass offers a wide variety of glass products. We design and create glass countertops, glass backsplashes, sinks, and doors as well as decorative home and commercial designs. Glass is a creative way to aesthetically update your home with a more modern look. CGD Glass offers a variety of unique glass products and with our fully customizable design studio to ensure you will get exactly what you want.

When it comes to home décor designs, most people will use glass designs in either their bathrooms or kitchens. In the kitchen, glass can be used to create beautiful designs for your sink, countertops, or backsplashes. You can have a clear glass design; the chiseled look, or even the sandblasted design as well as all sorts of colors and textures. With so many options to choose from you can rest assured you will find the right fit for you.

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Glass is very durable and easy to maintain. It is a non-porous, scratch resistant surface which is easy to clean and keep looking new. There are a few tips we want to share with you when cleaning your glass countertops and backsplashes that will help you maintain the beauty and elegance of the glass.

First things first you want to make sure that you are cleaning the glass as soon as possible. It is inevitable to splash some food on the backsplash at some point while cooking. Cleaning the mess quickly will stop the food from drying and sticking onto the glass.

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Using water and cloth is really all you need when cleaning glass. Because the surface of glass is slick and non-porous it does not allow any stains to penetrate deep making it easy to simply wipe away. For more stubborn dried on stains, you may want to use some vinegar and let it sit for a few minutes before wiping. Once you have properly cleaned the area it’s also important to dry it quickly to prevent any water stains.

Commercial cleaners work great and most are not harsh enough to ruin the glass. It is always a good idea to make sure that the cleaner you are using is meant for glass surfaces so as to not use something that may erode the glass.

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Maintaining your glass backsplash is also a breeze, simply maintain clean and enjoy the beauty of your kitchen! Because glass backsplashes don’t have grout areas or tiles to chip, they require little to no maintenance.

CGD Glass brings the beauty of glass to your home. With our on-site design studio we can ensure you are getting exactly what you want, making your home elegant and one-of-a-kind. Whether you are looking for practical applications like countertops or sinks or simply want a beautiful decorative glass piece to tie your home together CGD Glass has the product for you.

16 Sep

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Raised Glass Countertop Overview

September 16, 2014 | By |

Glass countertops have been becoming more popular among many homeowners today. Their beautiful design and ease of maintenance make glass countertops a perfect choice for anyone trying to add something unique and beautiful to their homes. Recently, more and more homeowners have decided to install Raised Glass Countertops because they offer an opportunity to remodel your current kitchen or bar without having to re-do what’s already there. This also makes raised glass countertops cost effective because you don’t have to update your entire kitchen. Don’t be intimidated by the thought of adding glass countertops. CGD Glass offers a simple and easy way to add a beautiful and unique addition to your home without the hassle of remodeling your entire kitchen. Here are a few examples of different types of raised glass countertops.

1. Substrate Raised Glass Counter Top

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Looking for a new look in your kitchen? Substrate Raised Glass Counter Tops might be the perfect solution for you. They are easily installed by adding the glass countertop to your current countertops. Substrate raised glass countertops are also fully customizable to your exact specifications. In the example above we are using a stainless steel substrate that was installed to slightly raise the glass countertop and also extend it outward to add some sitting room in the kitchen. You have the option of choosing the thickness, textures, and clarity of the glass. You also have the choice between which substrate you want used (i.e. stainless steel or wood). Substrate Raised Glass Countertops add a beautiful touch to any kitchen without cluttering your current design.

2. Raised Glass Bar Tops

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Raised glass bar tops offer a beautiful way to add uniqueness to your kitchen while adding surface area space. Many homeowners really like this style of glass bar top because it can be added as a simple extension on top of a peninsula. This makes installation much easier and less time consuming. The added surface area of your raised glass bar tops will provide you with additional seating and will allow you to host more people. In the above example we have added a simple glass bar top extension to an existing kitchen island.

3. Standoff/Angle Bracket Raised Glass Countertop

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Standoff/Angle Bracket Raised glass countertops utilize a stainless steel bracket that attaches to your current countertops. This is the simplest way to add a raised glass countertop to any surface in your kitchen. Standoff/ Angle Bracket Raised countertops can easily be added to your existing marble or granite countertops and provide an incredible way to add a unique touch to your kitchen without breaking the bank.

Here at CGD Glass, we offer a variety of different raised glass countertops. We are determined to provide you with the highest quality products and highest level of customer satisfaction. We would love to answer any questions you have. Please Contact Us Today. (416)-398-9733

28 Aug

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How are Glass Countertops Made?

August 28, 2014 | By |

Glass countertops are gaining significant popularity among homeowners today. Their stunning look and durability provide a perfect option for someone who is looking for a unique way to remodel a home. Homeowners also like the fact that glass countertops are customized to their exact specifications. Each countertop has a unique touch, texture, thickness, color and shape. But how are glass countertops made?

Thermoforming

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Glass countertops are made using the thermoforming method. Thermoforming is one of the oldest and most simple processes for forming raw materials. The thermoforming process uses heat and pressure to transform raw materials into custom three-dimensional shapes.

At CGD we start with the raw materials that are then melted onto a unique, custom-made mold. This mold is based on both the specifications of the client and the type of project, which holds the desired pattern. After being molded the raw materials are rigidified according to the chosen textures and then properly ensiled.

Water-Jet Cutting

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After that process, the glass is then treated on a CNC machine using a waterjet. The water jet cutting process utilizes a high pressure stream of water and leaves a smooth and precise surface cut. Water jetting is a highly technical cutting process. It’s precision allows the machine to cut exact parts. An abrasive grit can be added to the water, which allows the water jet to cut hard materials.

CNC Water Jets allow us to form the glass into almost any shape you could imagine, from our world famous glass countertops to backsplashes & much more. We can then use the same water jet to apply our client’s chosen edge work, holes, notches, & surface treatments.

Backpainting & Lighting

After thermoforming and using the waterjet to create the final shape of the countertop we then give our clients the option of adding a backpainted color or LED lighting for an added effect. We are always sure to apply the backpainting evenly for perfect consistency on the countertop. In regards to LED lighting, we give our clients the option of either a cool white LED or color changing LED RGB lighting which are always installed flawlessly.

The Finished Product!

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That is how our glass countertops are made here at CGD Glass. All of our glass countertops are custom made according to your specifications and are always guaranteed to impress even the most refined modern taste! If you have any questions or would like to know more about our glass countertops, Call us today at 416 398 6890, or drop us a line at info@cgdglass.com!

15 Aug

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Glass Bar Top Ideas

August 15, 2014 | By |

Glass bar tops offer a refined elegance that can be utilized in either commercial or residential projects. Their eye-catching beauty and unique design truly sets glass bar tops apart from other conventional bar tops. As a business owner, it is important to distinguish yourself from competitors. Glass bar tops provide the perfect opportunity to make your bar stand out from other generic countertops like stone or other surfaces. With glass countertops, guests and customers are guaranteed to stop and stare at the elegant sophistication of your bar. Here at CGD Glass Countertops, we allow you to create and design your own glass bar countertops according to your specific wants and needs. Our customers have the option of customizing thickness, glass tints, textures, edge finishes, surface treatments, colors, LED lighting, custom substrates, and hardware finishes. Here are some stunning examples of glass bar tops we have produced for recent clients:

Residential:

This beautiful residential bar top was created with stunning “white onyx” glass. It has 1 ½ thickness and has LED lighting built into it that adds to its already eye grabbing beauty.

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This elegant home bar top is fully custom with colored “rusty gold” glass and ¾” thickness. The red brick inlay provides a warm and cozy feel that will surely make your guest feel right at home.

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This stunning outside glass bar top is perfect for homeowners who want to host their guests outside. This glass bar top was designed with Aqua Clear glass and has 1 ½” thickness. Glass bar tops are a great option for any outside patio because they are easy to clean and are extremely hygienic.

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Commercial:

This incredible decorative bar has glass countertops and custom glass brick inlays. This countertop was created with Aqua Clear Glass and has a 1 ½” thickness. It also includes textured edges for an even more unique look.

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This gorgeous glass bar top is totally unique and really grabs the attention of customers. The glass bar top includes custom Aqua Clear Glass, 1 ½” thickness, melting ice texture, and eye popping LED lighting.

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This dazzling glass bar top made this already good-looking bar into a work of art. The glass bar top includes Aqua Clear Glass, ¾” thickness, melting ice texture, and LED lighting. It offers a stunningly unique area for your guest to sit down and enjoy their drinks and food. Just take a look at the detail of the glass bar top (pictured below).

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Here at CGD Glass Countertops, we specialize in creating and manufacturing beautiful glass countertops, glass backsplashes, glass sinks, as well as: decorative glass partitions, panels, and doors. Everything we produce is one-of-a-kind, unique, and custom made for each individual customer. We strive to produce only the highest quality products and provide the highest level of customer service in the industry. Please call us today for your FREE CUSTOM GLASS QUOTE!

Call 416-398-9733

01 Aug

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Considering LED and RGB Lights For Your Glass Countertop

August 1, 2014 | By |

Before starting to think about incorporating LED (cool-white, single color) or RGB (multicolored) lights into your project, let us tell you a little about them. First LED (Light-Emitting Diode) was discovered in 1907 by H.J. Round, who was from Britain. In 1927 Oleg Losev, from Russia, reported the creating of LED. However, it was not until 1962 that the first visible-spectrum (red) was made by Nick Holonyak Jr. Followed by his student, M. George Craford, who invented the yellow LED. The first high-brightness blue and cool white LED was developed by Shuji Nakamura in 1994.

Cool white LED is the one used in most of our projects. As you can see in the two pictures below, the same cool white LED lights can create two different looks. Both of these glass countertops have the same texture to them, the only difference is the glass itself. On our website you will notice two options of glass : one being “Ultra Clear” (1), and the other “Aqua Clear” (2). Because the “Aqua Clear” glass itself has a blue-green-aqua tint, by using the LED lights, you are able to accent that color even more. Both of these countertops have a “melting ice” texture and cool-white LED lighting.

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If you prefer an even softer look, then a “White Onyx” glass would work well for you. As you can see by the pictures below, it gives a nice look to brighten up any room. Because of the finish on the glass, the LED cool white lighting gives it a matte and light feel, highlighting the furniture and the rest of the room, while creating a relaxing atmosphere.

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So, what is the difference between LED and RGB light options that we offer? As mentioned before, LED lighting comes in a cool white color. RGB LED lighting consists of three primary colors: red, green, and blue. The biggest advantage to RGB lights is that you no longer have to decide on one color for your glass project. Between the three primary colors of RGB lighting, when they gradually interchange, it makes so many different shades of turquoise, purple, orange, green, yellow, etc. With a special remote that comes with the lights, you have an option of either having the colors circulate, or pick just one and stop at that. All of the pictures below are taken of the same project. However, because of the beauty of the RGB lights, the customer now has a variety of all these different colors, not to mention, many other shades the lighting creates in between.

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So what are some other great things about LED and RGB lights? One of the biggest pros to them is the lower energy consumption. Our clients often ask us, what do we do when we have to change the lights? Well, most likely, you won’t have to! LED lights are recorder to have a typical lifetime anywhere from 25,000 to 100,000 hours; however, heat and circumstances can either extend or shorten that time.

Installing LED lights into your countertop/bartop/glass shelves/ statues/ etc. can most definitely brighten up your project and create an intriguing, dramatic effect. Depending on the “feeling” you want in the room, you have some options that will help you create the desired look. To create bright, colorful atmosphere, use RGB lights. To have a more calm and relaxing atmosphere, you can use “White Onyx” glass with LED lighting. To create a “water” feel for a bathroom, or a bar at the pool house, choose “Aqua Clear” glass with “melting ice” texture and LED lighting.

Please do not hesitate to contact us via our website, e-mail, or by phone in order to discuss what will be the best option for you.

25 Jul

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Glass Table Top Chip Repair

July 25, 2014 | By |

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Glass tabletops have many advantages. They can enhance the look of any room. They are also easy to take care of and are great at protecting expensive wood furniture. However, glass tabletops can chip and crack with relative ease. Luckily, minor chips and cracks can be fixed with a few simple techniques. Here are a few tips on how to repair your glass tabletop.

#1 Evaluate the Damage

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It is important to assess the glass tabletop’s damage to see if repair is even possible. If the damage isn’t too bad, you can then move on to the next step. However, a professional should be contacted if the glass is beyond repair. A trusted source for your glass repair is CGD Glass Countertops.

#2 Glass Repair Kit

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It’s always a good idea to have a glass repair kit handy. Luckily, you don’t need a specific repair kit. Any car window glass repair kit will suffice. Luckily, minor damages to your glass surface can easily be repaired using these kits.

#3 Make Sure You Have Enough Supplies

In order to make the repair, you need to be certain that your kit has enough supplies to cover the damage. Once you are certain that the kit will work, it is important to clean any debris from the glass. It is also important to put safety first and wear gloves. The last thing you want to do is cut yourself.

#4 Complete the Repair

You want to make sure you follow the directions of the kit very closely and use the right amount of supplies. The directions should instruct you step by step on how to fix your chipped glass tabletop. Hopefully the instructions are clear and you can make the repair with relative ease.

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#5 Cleaning

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Once the repair is done, there should be some excess materials on the tabletop. The next step is to take a razor blade and follow the directions from the kit on how to remove it. Always be certain to go back to the instructions if you are unsure about anything. As always, know your limits and know when it is time to call a professional.

14 Jul

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Glass Table Top Edge Styles

July 14, 2014 | By |

The beauty of using glass as a tabletop or countertop is the variations of styles and surfaces that you can choose from. There is such a variety of options to choose from when using glass which makes it ideal for any home project and ensures that you will be able to find the right style for you. Below are a few options of glass table top and countertop edge styles that are available to you.

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Along with many variations in the surface texture of the glass countertop, such as sanded, melted, pixels, and linear, we also offer a variety of table top edge styles. Many people don’t realize that the edges of your table or countertop are just as essential in design as the surface itself. It can really tie a room together with the right edge style. Lets go over the options that are available.

The “brushed polished” edge is one of the most popular. This look is accomplished by brushing down the side and leaving it with an opaque finish. This is a great look for kitchens or bathrooms.

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The “textured edge” is used for that natural finish and usually used in combination with the sanded or melted tabletop finish. The textured edge gives the glass a rough bumpy edge that is perfect if you are going for a less manufactured finish.

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The “fire polished” finish is one of the most popular finishes for kitchen and bathroom settings. The fire polished look is clean and clear, it allows you to actually see the texture inside the tabletop and creates a sharp modern look for any kitchen or bathroom.

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We offer a variety of colors, textures, thickness and surfaces to assist you in finding the perfect fit for your home or office. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions on the different finishes and how they can be applied in your home or office.