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16 Jun

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Tips on Glass Maintenance and Cleaning

June 16, 2016 | By |

You’ve invested a lot in your glass accent piece, whether it’s a door, large panel, partition, sink, backsplash, countertop, decorative item, or something else. If you buy any of these items from CGD Glass Countertops in Toronto, you know these are made of durable, thick glass that is customized to your liking and is sure to last for years to come. However, you still need to handle the glass with care. Here are some tips on glass maintenance and cleaning for long-term beauty.

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If you have any window cleaner around the house, feel free to use this on your glass products. If you’re feeling especially handy, you can even make your own with a bit of vinegar, water, and rubbing alcohol mixed into a spray bottle. Alternately, some soap and water also suffices in a pinch.

While you can choose from practically endless textures at CGD Glass Countertops, including ones that mimic the flow of running water, the sands of the desert, the pixels from your favorite old school video game, and the vastness of space, you don’t want to wear down these textures over time from cleaning. If your glass is smooth and translucent, you also want to avoid ugly streaks or smudges. Just what do you use to clean then?

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You can try a few different options. Use a rag, a discarded t-shirt, a squeegee, or a cloth specially made to clean glass. Just make sure that whatever you use is especially soft to prevent accidentally scratching or damaging the glass. You can even try using a newspaper to give that beautiful glass accent piece an appealing shine. Of course, you have to make sure you don’t accidentally get the newspaper soggy, since the ink will bleed. You should also probably wear a pair of rubber gloves to avoid transferring the ink to your fingers.

If you don’t want to waste a perfectly good sunny day spending time cleaning your glass pieces, you don’t have to. Experts actually recommend getting out the cleaning products on a day when it’s rainy or cloudy. This gives plenty of time for your cleaning products to dry naturally so the glass is left sparkling.

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As you clean, make sure to follow a certain technique. You want to avoid smudges, so don’t go bottom to top. Instead, do the opposite. This prevents excessive amounts of liquid cleaner from pooling down and ruining the polished appearance of the glass.

Just how often should you clean your glass accent pieces? There’s no real set timeframe. If you want to polish these weekly, you can. If you want to clean them once a month, go for it. You put the thought and money into these timeless glass accent pieces, so you want them to look as good as possible.

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Of course, if you have any questions about your glass products, feel free to reach out to CGD Glass Countertops. You can call 416-398-9733, send an email to info@cgdglass.com, or fill out a handy form online, where you can also upload images and other files.

Sources: http://www.minneapolisglass.com/technical-documents/cleaning-and-maintenance-instructions.asphttp://housekeeping.about.com/od/bathrooms/tp/10-Glass-Cleaning-Tips.htm

31 May

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All You Need to Know About Glass Doors

May 31, 2016 | By |

Glass is undoubtedly beautiful, but is it an appropriate material for household décor and items like doors? Actually, it absolutely is. If you’re considering getting a glass door built and installed at home or at the office, you may have some questions about durability, privacy, and maintenance. Here is everything you need to know about getting your very own glass door.

Is a Glass Door Going to Hold up?

While you may have a notion that glass is a fragile material, it isn’t always. Glass doors are designed to be thick and tough so they can be used as often as a door made of metal or wood. As long as you don’t slam these and use them carefully and conscientiously, your glass door should last you for years to come, making it a worthwhile investment.

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Are Glass Doors as Durable as Other Doors?

As mentioned, they absolutely last for years with the right care and maintenance. Of course, glass is more easily breakable than a wooden door, but this material also requires less maintenance. Wood can fade, chip, and warp. A glass door will look as good as the day you got it even a year or two down the road.

What about Privacy? Can People See Right Through the Door?

Glass doesn’t necessarily have to be transparent. Perhaps your friend, family, or neighbor has had a glass front door. Think about that. It was likely textured or beveled to keep prying eyes out. The same goes for an interior glass door. You can choose to get a variety of textures added to the door that will decrease visibility and let you enjoy your privacy. Some textures you can choose from include a spacy galaxy texture, a calming wavy glass texture like that of running water, and a grainy, tough texture like sand blowing in the desert.

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Is Cleaning a Glass Door Difficult?

You’ll find that you spend less time with maintenance on your glass door compared to doors made of other materials. With a wooden door, if the paint begins to fade or the wood at the bottom of the door begins to chip away, there’s nothing you can do about it. If someone accidentally puts a dent in a metal door, you’re stuck with that. With a glass door though, cleaning is a breeze. You simply need a wet cloth. Just gently rub it over the surface of the glass to remove dust and dirt. It doesn’t get any easier than that.

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Where Should You Order a Glass Door?

Interested in ordering a glass door? Contact CGD Glass Countertops. This Toronto, Ontario, Canada glass designer and manufacturer sells decorative glass pieces like backsplashes, sinks, partitions, panels, and doors. No matter which glass product you choose from, at CGD, you can get it customized exactly to your liking, choosing the size, glass texture, and color. To learn more or get a quote today, contact CGD Glass Countertops by phone or email.

16 May

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How to Design Your Own Custom Glass Decor

May 16, 2016 | By |

You’ve spent countless hours browsing the home décor section at your local home goods store. When you’re not out shopping, you’ve been online, browsing digital circulars and websites. Still, after weeks or months of looking, you just can’t find the exact glass décor you want. It’s your house, and you want everything to look just right. What do you do? Do you just give up because your search has been futile? Or do you push on?

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There’s no need to give up when you can give CGD Glass Countertops a call. This Toronto, Ontario, Canada company has nearly 20 years of experience designing and customizing gorgeous glass accent piece for customers. No matter what you envision for your home, it can become a reality with CGD. The company produces glass doors, panels and partitions, sinks, backsplashes, tabletops, bar tops, kitchen islands, and countertops.

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Now that you know that you can make the glass accent piece of your dreams into a reality, just how do you go about designing your own custom glass home décor? First, you need to take measurements to send to CGD Glass Countertops. Take time to double-check your work to make sure that your measurements are just so. If you have more information about your glass item, such as a blueprint or a drawing of what the finished product should look like, feel free to send these along as well. These just help the CGD staff make your glass product look even better.

Once CGD receives the measurements for the glass item, their staff will pass along an estimated quote. You just have to agree on the quote and you can begin designing wonderful and durable glass décor. All glass items from CGD Glass Countertops are made of thick glass that cleans up easily and isn’t fragile. You’ll wow friends and family each time they visit with the enchanting quality of glass home décor.

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How do you want your glass to be different? You have almost endless ways to customize it. If you don’t want translucent glass, choose from a pale aqua blue base. If you want your glass to have some character, you can get it textured. Depending on the glass piece you want, you can get the sides textured to match. Do you want a smooth, soothing texture like that of a rolling sea? Do you want one that’s rougher and grittier, like the blowing sands of a desert?  At CGD Glass Countertops, you can find these textures and more.

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Do you like color? You can infuse your glass with your favorite hue. CGD Glass Countertops has backpainted its glass for years, but the trend is finally catching on and becoming popular. Whether you want one color or multiple, backpainting the glass is a useful way for it to match other existing décor and to add a pop of liveliness in any room. At CGD Glass Countertops, we want customers to make the most exciting and fun glass items they can. Call today to get started customizing your glass décor.

01 May

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Decorative Glass from CGD Glass Countertops Is the Perfect Decor for Your Expanded Kitchen

May 1, 2016 | By |

While once the kitchen was simply the place where you cooked and served meals, times are changing. More and more, families may sit around and talk over dinner, sip some drinks, or munch on a snack here. It’s no wonder then that expansive kitchens have become so trendy. As the name suggests, these kitchens are larger and better. While yes, they have all the amenities of a traditional kitchen, including cabinets, shelves, drawers, countertops, sinks, dishwashers, microwaves, and more, these go far beyond traditional kitchens.

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To reflect the lounge area that the kitchen is quickly becoming, expanded kitchens may be made of luxe materials like classy wood and plush leather. Instead of the cold, hard surfaces of some kitchens, these materials invite guests to sit and stay for a while. If you love the idea of an expanded kitchen, this is certainly a worthwhile investment. After all, you’re extending your kitchen so it becomes another room for spending time in, much like a living room, den, or entertainment room.

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If you need some ideas for redesigning your current kitchen, why not consider decorative glass accents and other pieces? Dismiss the notion that glass is a fragile material that’s only good for windows. If you shop at CGD Glass Countertops, you can ensure that any glass item you choose is thick and durable. In fact, you can even choose the thickness of the glass yourself if you contact CGD and send along specifications. How’s that for convenient?

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Speaking of convenience, glass is so easy to clean. While wood may need a certain finish to keep it looking luminous and smooth for years to come, that’s not the case with glass. Leather requires a special cleaner to rub away stains and other blemishes. With a glass kitchen accent from CGD Glass Countertops, all you need is some soap and a wet cloth. You simply rub over the glass surface and, with a little elbow grease, those stains and smudges will come right off.

You probably already have a design scheme in mind for your planned expanded kitchen. Your decorative glass accents can be any color you want. Glass doesn’t just have to be transparent. When you shop at CGD Glass Countertops, you can select from any color under the sun. You can choose an aqua blue glass base or request that your glass accent is backpainted. This adds a unique layer of color that looks beautiful in natural or artificial light.

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If you are a fan of natural light, you’ll let a lot more of it in your kitchen with glass pieces from CGD Glass Countertops. Sunlight is a natural source of vitamin D and can flood the brain with endorphins, meaning you’ll feel cheerier as you go about your day cooking or eating in the kitchen. You can’t get those same benefits with wood or leather. No matter what ideas you have in mind for your expanded kitchen, CGD Glass Countertops can make them a reality. Call or email today to learn more or request a quote.

Sources:
http://www.observer-reporter.com/20160423/house_to_home_the_expanded_kitchen

15 Apr

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Just in Time for Spring Cleaning: Organize Space with Glass Partitions from CGD Glass Countertops

April 15, 2016 | By |

The days are longer and the cold temperatures are slowly thawing out. With that extra daylight, it’s time to get active and reorganize the house inside and out. Decluttering not only makes your home more appealing, but it gives you peace of mind as well. Organizing can be tough though. You can try arranging items on shelves, in bins and containers, on hooks on walls, and in closets, but if you need something more, why not try glass partitions from CGD Glass Countertops?

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CGD Glass Countertops produces a variety of beautiful glass home items, including doors, panels of any size, sinks and vanities, backsplashes for the kitchen or bathroom, and of course, countertops. All these products are made of thick, durable glass that’s sure to last for years to come. You can customize the glass any way you want, choosing its shape, size, texture, color, and more.

Glass partitions are a flexible solution for the home or office. You can move these from room to room to open or close up space. If you just started working from home, you can carve out your space so you can be productive and enjoy distraction-free days. If you’re hosting a party and want to keep guests from venturing into certain rooms, just set up one of these partitions. These can also be installed more permanently as a type of replacement wall.

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Sunshine, in small dosages, is good for your physical and mental health. Imagine letting in the beauty of natural light on a daily basis instead of relying on lamps and other sources of artificial light. You’ll feel peaceful, energetic, and ready to take on the day. Your house will be more appealing than it was before.

If privacy is a concern, these glass partitions from CGD Glass Countertops do not necessarily have to be transparent. As mentioned, you’re in the driver’s seat when it comes to designing your partition. CGD Glass Countertops lets you choose all aspects of the design, including the glass texture. Some of the options available include a folded style, an avalanche style (deep cuts in the glass), a desert style (designed to look like cracked sand), a galaxy style (made to look like space), a stream style (mimics the smooth currents of running water), a sandstorm style in semi-frosted or ultra-clear, and a melting ice style in semi-frosted or ultra-clear.

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Do certain rooms in your house already adhere to a specific color scheme? Your glass partition from CGD Glass Countertops can blend right in. You can choose to get your glass backpainted to give it a luminous blast of color. Just a few of the options you have at your disposal are black, antique copper, gold, charcoal gray, blue, red, green, yellow, white, silver, and multicolored.

Ready to order your glass partition from CGD Glass Countertops today? It’s easy. You simply measure the room or the wall and send those specs along. If you have a blueprint, illustration, or picture of the room, that’s even better. From there, CGD Glass Countertops will get in touch and send a quote.

01 Apr

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The Benefits of Glass Backsplashes from CGD Glass Countertops

April 1, 2016 | By |

Imagine this: You’re in your kitchen preparing a meal for the family. You’re so caught up in your cooking that you don’t even notice until it’s too late; you accidentally splashed some liquid on the walls when pouring them into the sink. The longer the stain sits, the more likely it is to set. You scrub it away with a sponge but that doesn’t help. Finally, it takes some heavy-duty cleaner to really get that stain out, and even then, it’s still faintly visible.

Cooking incidents like these are common, but they can kill kitchen wallpaper or pristine tile. That’s why many homeowners opt to get backsplashes installed in their kitchen. These are tiles connected into various shapes that are installed above the kitchen sink. They can be made of many materials, including glass. When water or another liquid hits these, they don’t stain.

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If you’re thinking of getting a backsplash for your kitchen, choose a glass one from CGD Glass Countertops. This glass manufacturing company makes custom glass pieces for every room in the house, such as doors, panels, partitions, sinks, countertops, and more. You’ll find that having a glass backsplash installed in your kitchen is quite beneficial.

While backsplashes can be made of ceramic or metal, glass ones from CGD Glass Countertops are renowned for their beauty. When you order from CGD, you can customize all parts of the backsplash, from the size to the shape to the texture to the color. Choose from translucent glass or pale colored glass. Backpainting provides an additional layer of color. You can even ask for LED lighting for a brighter kitchen. Choose from white light or color-changing lights. These make it so you never miss a stain when cleaning.

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Speaking of cleaning, it’s a much faster and simpler job with a glass backsplash. As mentioned, a backsplash preserves the walls and cuts back on messes.  You just simply use a cleaning cloth or a wet paper towel and rub it over the surface. The liquid will never stain the glass. It just wipes right off. Instead of having to spend lots of time cleaning up the kitchen after slaving over a meal, you can just go relax after dinner.

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Another benefit of glass is its affordability. If you’re trying to remodel your kitchen on a budget, or if you realize that you need a backsplash but you don’t want to spend a lot of money, you’ll be amazed at how cost-effective it is to order glass kitchen accents from CGD Glass Countertops. Before any work begins, you can ask for a quote so you know exactly how much you’ll spend. For the price you pay, the glass is thick and sure to last for years to come with little maintenance.

If you’re ready to order your glass backsplash from CGD Glass Countertops today, just measure the wall space in your kitchen. Send that along (blueprints work too) with some contact information and you’ll receive your quote. Don’t settle for another day with messy, sticky, stained walls when you can have a gorgeous glass backsplash from CGD Glass Countertops.

15 Mar

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Be the Envy of Your Friends with Glass Bar Tops from CGD Glass Countertops

March 15, 2016 | By |

There are many benefits to having your very own home bar. You will be the hit of the block, and your friends and family will want to come over and hang out at your house. You know that your favorite drinks will always be available. You will personally clean your home bar, making it more hygienic than the pub five minutes away. You can save money compared to spending a lot on a night of drinking. Also, at the end of a fun evening, you’re already home, so there’s no risk of drunk driving.

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If you’re considering getting your very own home bar to rival any establishments near you, you should think about more than just which brands of alcohol you plan to serve. The appearance of the bar itself also matters a lot. This part of the house will be your refuge, so it should be appealing. Glass bar tops from CGD Glass Countertops are an ideal solution. Used for both commercial pubs and residential home bars, CGD specializes in stunning glass products.

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Don’t worry about fragility; all glass items from CGD Glass Countertops are thick, sturdy, and sure to last. You can choose the thickness of the glass for your bar top, such as 1 ½ inches thick, 1-inch-thick, ¾ inches thick, or ½ inch thick. If you have a mental blueprint of what your ideal home bar would look like, contact CGD. The talented staff here can make the bar top to your specifications, letting you choose what the glass will look like, what the edges will look like, whether you want the glass colored, and whether you want a surface treatment.

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Start with an ultra-clear or aqua blue glass base with one of the thicknesses mentioned above. Next, choose from a range of textures to give your glass some character. Whether you want your bar top to look frosted, marbled, wavy, or lined, you can find these and more textures when you shop at CGD Glass Countertops. You can even ask for textured edges to match your bar top. Surface treatments can add even more interesting visual appeal.

Colorful glass will certainly attract your neighbors and buddies on weekends. The colors of the rainbow are yours to choose from, including hues like metallic jet blue, silver metallic, red, opaque amber, copper, charcoal gray, dark brown, gold, green, yellow, multicolored, and more. A substrate is worth considering if you’ve kept your textures sparse until this point. Colorfully painted glass really lets your textures shine.

Lastly, consider lighting up your bar with LED lights beneath the bar top from CGD Glass Countertops. This unique finishing touch adds a modern look to your bar that will make all your friends abandon their local pub to come hang out with you. Select from white LED lights or color-changing LED lights. No matter which you choose, your home bar is going to look fantastic. To get started customizing your glass bar top today, contact CGD Glass Countertops.

29 Feb

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Glass Doors from CGD Glass Countertops Add Sophistication to Any Room

February 29, 2016 | By |

The doors in your home provide safety, security, and privacy. However, you have to admit that they look less than appealing. Maybe your home came with cheap wooden interior doors where the faux wood paneling has peeled off. Perhaps your doors came painted, and even though you repainted them a few years ago, the color has faded and the paint has chipped. Even your front door is looking a little sad.

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Instead of buying wooden replacement doors, consider going the glass route. Gorgeous glass doors from CGD Glass Countertops are thick and durable while still looking much more attractive than those old wooden doors. If your house is feeling a bit dated, step into the 21st century with frameless glass doors. These give any room a contemporary, updated appearance without you having to change any décor or items in the room itself.

Everyone loves a bright, sunny, open space. With glass doors from CGD Glass Countertops, the light can come right in, naturally illuminating the room. Normally, to get more natural light, you’d have to pay a lot of money to get bigger windows installed. Otherwise, you’d just have to invest in new lighting fixtures. Making a simple switch like going from wooden to glass doors provides all the natural light you need without the excessive cost.

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Of course, your biggest concern with glass doors is probably privacy. After all, glass is quite transparent, and you don’t necessarily want someone to be able to see what’s going on in the next room through the door. At CGD Glass Countertops, how much privacy you get with your glass door is up to you. You can leave the door completely transparent, choose a textured glass to prevent prying eyes, or mix both transparent and textured glass for beautiful results.

In fact, you can customize all elements of your glass door from CGD Glass Countertops. You take your own measurements and send them in when you contact the company for a quote. You can also select from different textures, included a folded style, an avalanche style with deep cuts, a galaxy style with a raised texture, a stream style to mimic rolling currents, a frosted sandstorm style, an ultra-clear sandstorm style, and a melting ice style.

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CGD Glass Countertops also specializes in colored glass. If you want your whole door a specific color, the choice is yours. You can also opt to get just portions of the door made with stunning colored glass that is sure to impress. No matter the hue you want, CGD carries it. Just some of the rainbow of colors you can choose from include gold, deep red, rich blue, copper, metallic green, vivid orange, sunny yellow, pale sky blue, and silver.

By infusing the glass with color, the delicate patterns of the textured glass become that much more apparent. Whether you want a new front door, you need replacement doors inside the house, or you’re shopping around for a new office door, at CGD Glass Countertops, you can find the perfect glass door for you.

15 Feb

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Glass Furniture From CGD Is the Perfect Addition for Your Home Remodeling Project

February 15, 2016 | By |

When it comes to nice furniture, the materials that probably first come to mind include lush ones like leather, velvet, and other fabrics. While these certainly make an impact, they dull in comparison to the stunning beauty of glass furniture. Much simpler to clean and maintain since you can simply wipe away stains, crumbs, dust, and spills, glass furniture from CGD Glass is an ideal choice for your next home remodeling project. These beautiful tables, entertainment centers, and desks are made of thick, durable glass, making these a wonderful investment.

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No matter how much space you have, there’s room somewhere in the house or apartment for a glass table from CGD Glass. You can get a simple end table with a round or circular top or you can choose a larger table. Even dining room tables are available. These are anything but boring, as you can choose from smooth transparent glass to various textures like frosted, beveled, and more.

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Backpainting the glass provides color and shine. It also lets some glass textures look more easily visible. You can select from whichever glass color best suits your home. At CGD Glass, if you see a glass table that you like but it doesn’t quite fit your needs or your budget, you can customize it to your liking, making alterations to its size, texture, or color. The choice is always yours.

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A glass TV stand is a very cool choice. Reinforced with metal hardware, you can pick from frosted glass or transparent glass for this home addition. The simplicity of this glass means that if you’re storing your favorite movies or video games that you can easily see them all. If you’ve fallen in love with glass, an entertainment center with some backpainting will make you the envy of the block. Don’t be surprised if your friends always want to go to your house for a movie night when you can choose vivid backpainted colors like white and red.

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Glass can look very professional, making it the perfect material to use when designing a desk for the home or office. CGD Glass does commercial projects too. A desk made of wood and metal but finished with a translucent glass top will be your new favorite place to hold meetings, chat during a conference call, and get some extra work done. Since glass is so sturdy, feel free to put your laptop, files, and office supplies on this desk.

Ordering glass furniture from CGD Glass is easy. You simply choose which item you want, the type of glass, the size of the product, and all other measurements and send us a message!. Then you will receive a quote and work can begin from there. With glass furniture from CGD Glass, you can liven up rooms without having to gut them and start all over again. A glass table, entertainment center, or desk will be the focal point of the room.

01 Feb

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Glass Backsplashes from CGD Glass Are Functional and Appealing

February 1, 2016 | By |

Oh no, what a mess! Whether it’s splattered cooking juices or water from your sink, your walls and sometimes even your cabinets take the brunt of the damage from your cooking adventures. Why be forced to clean up these areas each and every time you’re in the kitchen when you can have a backsplash instead? Backsplashing is an extra layer of wood, tile, marble, glass, or any other material that keeps walls safe from liquid seepage. Even better, you can design yours yourself when you order backsplash glass from CGD Glass.

Glass is a durable and attractive material. Cleanup is easy, as you only need a wet paper towel or a cloth to wipe this down after cooking. When shopping at CGD Glass, you can customize all parts of your backsplash, such as the texture of the glass. The scrolls style looks only slightly worn on some parts of the glass for an interesting look. The avalanche style has deeper cuts throughout the glass. The semi-frost sandstorm option is touchably smooth and wavy. You can also opt for the ultra-clear sandstorm glass with even greater transparency. The melting ice style looks like just that.

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When many people think of glass, they tend to think of it as colorless and just translucent. If you order backsplashing glass that’s at least 1 inch, ¾ inches, or 3/8 inches thick, CGD Glass will gladly let you choose from a rainbow of glass colors that are back-painted for bright vibrancy. If your kitchen is already a certain color, being able to match your backsplashing glass is quite useful. Select from hues like white, silver metallic, red, metallic medium gold beige, jet blue metallic, gray, metallic dark beige, and standard beige.

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If you want a truly unique kitchen wall, one that will stun family, friends, and visitors, you can also have textured and colorful glass that is sure to impress. The white raised glass has a slightly bumpy texture; you can also get this in silver. Choose from three gold options of various levels of metallic shininess. The crisp dark brown would go with most wood interiors, and the copper would be a nice pop of color against sturdy oak cabinets. Wavy blue is for the truly bold. Those who want more traditional colors may prefer charcoal gray, black, and amber opaque.

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Lastly, you can get an RGB or LED light for your backsplash. Backlighting your backsplash in a colorful, bright glow is a one-of-a-kind touch. If you do a lot of your cooking at night, the light will ensure that you can clean up splashes easily without missing any spots. White lights show off the lovely glass texture that you chose, and color-changing RGB or LED lights subtly shift from one pastel hue to another.

No matter what kind of kitchen you have and what look that you envisioned for your backsplash, it’s possible when you shop at CGD Glass. Stop wasting precious time cleaning your walls after cooking when you can have a beautiful backsplash. Call or email CGD Glass today to start shopping.