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21 Jan

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5 Interesting Facts About Recycling Glass

January 21, 2016 | By |

Although we here at CBD Glass do not create recycled glass countertops, we take pride in the fact that all of the glass materials we produce are 100% recyclable. In today’s article we’d like to share 5 interesting facts about the glass recycling industry you may not know!

#1 – Glass can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity!

Unlike many other recyclables like plastic & paper products, glass can continually go through the recycling process and maintain its integrity.  This makes glass products one of the most environmentally safe sectors as they are infinitely recyclable.

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#2 – Glass is 100% recyclable

What does it mean to be 100% recyclable? It means that all parts of the glass products can be recycled! Many other recyclables need to be sectioned to remove parts that cannot be used in the recycling process, while all parts of glass products can be re-used endlessly.

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#3 – Recycled glass returns to sand

Recycled glass is processed into a form called “cullet”, which is essentially powdered glass.  This cullet resembles sand and is furnace ready recycled glass material used for production.

#4 – More than 1 ton of natural resources are preserved per 1 ton of glass that has been recycled.

This means that quite simply, the production of recycled glass pound for pound saves the same amount of natural resources.

#5 – Over 3 MILLION TONS of recycled glass is purchased annually!

That’s a lot of recycled glass!

04 Jan

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Concrete Countertops vs Glass Countertops

January 4, 2016 | By |

The increase in popularity for different countertop materials is well under way and two of the most trending materials are concrete & glass.  Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of both materials:

Concrete Countertops Pros & Cons

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Concrete is essentially a building material that is produced by mixing a load of broken up gravel, cement, water, & sand which is then molded into a variety of forms and hardened.  In the case of concrete as a countertop material, many other elements can be added such as pieces of glass and other decorative items.

Pros:

  • Versatile
  • Can be molded into a variety of different shapes and sizes
  • Can be colored & polished to achieve many different looks
  • Heat resistant
  • Resistant to most household chemicals

Cons:

  • Chips and cracks can happen easily
  • Installation is tricky and very costly
  • Concrete is a porous material that can stain relatively easily
  • Patterning tends to be inconsistent
  • Must be waxed every 3 months to protect a covered sealant
  • Color is susceptible to fading over time
  • Scratching is a real possibility
  • As expensive as granite without the durability

 Glass Countertop Pros and Cons

 

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Glass countertops are the specialty of CBD Glass, made from melted sand and silica, glass is a fantastic countertop material because of it’s elegance, versatility, and beauty.  They can also be customized using LED underlighting and a variety of different colors.

Pros:

  • Versatile, easy to form shapes with
  • Can create unique layers to add lighting, space, or artwork
  • Non-Porous
  • Heat Resistant
  • Low Maintenance and Easy to Clean
  • Various textures to choose from
  • Highly Customizable

Cons:

  • Finding High quality glass manufactures may be difficult
  • Expensive
  • Repairs may be difficult
  • Sharp objects may scratch surface

To learn more about how glass countertops stack up against other materials, contact us today!

15 Dec

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Glass Countertops for Retail

December 15, 2015 | By |

Our glass counters and glass countertops are world renowned for their beautiful, unique, and functional design.  However most people think of our glass counters for kitchen & bathroom purposes.  Our unique glass counters are also perfect for retail uses and commercial uses as well.  Some of the more popular retail uses are for cafe’s and bars, as well as many high-end boutiques and store fronts.  Let’s look at some examples of our glass counters being used in retail:

#1 – Cafe Counter

The above example comes from the Three Buddhas cafe in San Francisco, if features our Melting Ice texture with Cool White LED underlighting.

#2 – Restaurant/Bar

The above examples show how fabulous our glass counters can look when being used as bar tops for restaurants, bars, and lounges. 

#3 – Storefront/Retail

The above examples show our unique glass countertops used in retail/storefront locations.  The middle example for “Chernaya Bridal House” also shows an example of our magnificent glass signage paired alongside.

There you have some incredible examples of our counters being used in retail and commercial locations.  If you’re interested in learning more about our glass counters for residential or commercial use please contact us today!

01 Dec

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The 3 Top Uses for Glass Countertops

December 1, 2015 | By |

It is quite common to see glass countertops/surfaces used in many different areas of a home or commercial space.  With that said below are the 3 top uses for glass countertop surfaces:

#1 – Glass Kitchen Countertops

Kitchen surfaces are the number 1 use for glass countertops and for good reason.  Glass countertops can make any kitchen look more open, clean, spacious, & modern almost instantly. We have provided glass kitchen countertops for thousands of different clients all over the world, below is a small sample:

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#2 – Glass Bathroom Countertops

Bathroom surfaces can be very creative, and with good reason! It can be difficult to maintain a clean look and feel in your bathroom area.  Glass countertops are a great solution to this dilemna, by creating a hygenic and beautiful surface for your bathroom.  Glass bathroom countertops can be customized in a plethora of different ways, check out some examples below:

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#3 – Glass Bar Tops

Glass bar tops are another big surface for glass countertops to be used.  The trendy look and feel provided by glass countertops can transform any bar top.  Glass bar tops are also many times accented by LED underlighting which can add a very modern feel to any dimly lit bar environment.  We also offer the option to customize any glass bar top by adding an elevated glass area to show off premier alcohol bottles.  Check out some great examples of our glass bar tops:

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That was a quick tour of our 3 most popular surfaces for our glass countertops.  Glass can also be used on a ton of other unique surfaces such as railings, skylights, dividers, & much more.  To learn more about our glass countertops or any of our other custom glass products click here to contact us today!

 

13 Nov

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A Brief History of Glass Making

November 13, 2015 | By |

Glass is something that we see everyday.  Whether it’s on our car windshields, our windows, or on our desks/furniture glass is something that we in the modern world take for granted.  In the ancient world however, glass was a marvelous and rare product reserved for only the wealthiest people.  Glass making dates as far back as 3000 B.C. and below is a brief timeline of glass making starting from the beginning:

3000 B.C. – Mesopotamia – Glass Making Begins

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Although it is true that primitive man used natural occurring forms of glass (such as tektites & obsidian) to create tools, the first traces of glass creation date back to ancient Mesopotamia.  It then traveled quickly to surrounding areas of the world such as Africa, Asia, & Greece where it evolved in various ways depending on their unique cultures.

650 B.C. – Assyria – The First Glass Making Manual is Found

Having been practiced for thousands of years, a formal manual has been found that dates back to ancient Assyria where the process detailed was much more tedious and costly than our current standards.

100 B.C. – Syria – Glass Blowing is Invented

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Somewhere around the 1st Century there was a major revolution in glass making.  Glass blowing was a method invented in Syria which forever changed how glass was distributed and used.  With this new technique glass could be made quickly and cheaply, making glass more widespread and common in many various different forms.  To this day glass blowing remains one of the main forms of glass creation.

100 AD – Rome – Glass is First Used in Architecture

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With the advent of clear glass in Alexandria glass was now beginning to be used for architectural purposes, such as windows.  This spread quickly all over Europe and by the 14th century there was a bustling glass industry which continues to this day.

1950 – Great Britain – Float Glass Method of Glass Making is Pioneered

The most recent major development in the glass making industry is the development of the “float” method of glass production invented by Sir Alastair Pilkington.  He honed this method over 7 years and it has now become the most used form of industrial glass creation worldwide.  Although many glass craftsman still use other methods for glass creation and production.

There you have it! A brief history of glass making which has brought us to the modern day era.  CGD utilizes the most advanced methods for custom glass creation available and we’d like to think that we are at the forefront of creative glass products in our time.

30 Oct

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Glass Backsplashes Have Endless Possibilities!

October 30, 2015 | By |

Backsplashes are one of the areas of a kitchen that can make a big design impact on a low budget.  CGD Glass specializes in some very unique and special forms of glass backsplashes that can re-create and re-invent many different styles.  From solid colors, clear glass, & full art work displays to textured surfaces with backlit LED lighting, the possibilities really are endless!  Let’s take a tour of some of our unique glass backsplash creations, some fully designed by our clients & created by us, while others are fully created/designed by us.

#1 – Backpainted Color Backsplash

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#2 – Custom Colored Backsplash with Mosaic Patterns

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The above backsplash is a great example of our versatility, this countertop features unique mosaic patterns inserted directly into the glass

#3 – Custom Color & Textured Backsplash

backsplash3This backsplash was designed and created to match the feel of the current kitchen set-up with custom colors and textures.

#4 – Custom Texture/Etching & Colored Backsplash

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#5 – Custom Backsplash with Unique Beauty

backsplash5Looking for something modern? This backsplash is a beautiful combo of our aqua clear glass, melting ice texture, & LED backlighting

#6 – Custom Painted & Textured Backsplash

backsplash6Another fantastic example of how backpainted glass with melting ice texture can create a very unique backsplash!

As you can see, the type of backsplash we can create is only limited to your creativity!  For more info on our unique glass backsplashes contact us today!

15 Oct

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Review of our Unique Glass Textures & Surface Treatments

October 15, 2015 | By |

Here at CGD we have a large collection of different textures and surface treatments that can be performed on virtually any piece of glass you order from us.  Surface treatments can be added directly onto textures thus adding an extra element to the uniqueness of every one of our glass pieces.

 

TEXTURES

Textures affect the surface of the glass adding a unique organic look and feel.  CGD has the largest variety of textures for glass anywhere and our most popular is our “melting ice” texture shown below in both regular and semi-frost:

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MELTING ICE

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MELTING ICE “SEMI-FROST”

These only begin to scratch the surface of our different textures.  Below is a list of some of our textures:

 

SURFACE TREATMENTS

Surface Treatments can be added on top of textures or can be applied to glass which have no texture.  These treatments expound the organic feel of the product and display elegance at its finest.  Our most popular surface treatment is our “White Onyx” treatment which provides a matte finish and looks brilliant with LED back-lighting.  Check out how it looks below:

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Check out our full list of surface treatments below:

If you’d like any more info on textures or surface treatments contact us today!

30 Sep

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Glass Sink Style Variations

September 30, 2015 | By |

Here at CGD we create a large variety of different types of glass sinks.  We wanted to give our audience and clients a complete overview of the different style variations of sinks that we create.

Integrated Sinks

Integrated sinks, as the name implies, integrate directly into surface they are built for.  We design and build beautiful integrated sinks for any type of bathroom countertop.  Check out some examples below:

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Pedestal Sinks

Pedestal sinks are a fantastic option for smaller spaces because they created more room by opening up the floor space.  Another big advantage is that they can conceal the plumbing in an elegant manner.  Check out some examples below:

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Wall Mount Sinks

Wall mount sinks are an even better option for small spaces than pedestal sinks because it will take up almost no space under the sink.  These sinks are mounted directly onto the wall of a space and are both beautiful and elegant.  Check out some examples below:

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Vessel Sinks

Vessel sinks have been a popular choice for many years and with many different materials.  Our custom glass vessels are a stunning piece for any kitchen and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors.  Check out some examples below:

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Sinks with Vanities

Our vessel sinks can also be perfectly paired with a custom vanity of your choice.  We have a variety of different types and forms of vanities that we can create in a custom fashion for your sink.  Check out some examples below:

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15 Sep

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Transform your Bathroom with Decorative Glass

September 15, 2015 | By |

Glass is one of the most elegant accents that can be added to almost any area of a home or office.  Here at CGD we specialize in many different forms of glass production that have the ability to transform your bathroom space into an elegant masterpiece.  Let’s go through some of the most important sections of a bathroom that can be transformed with glass.

 

Glass Shower Doors & Enclosures

Glass shower doors are a very popular choice in many homes, however CGD takes it to the next level with our custom glass shower door enclosures.  We can do engravings, custom moldings, & special enclosures.  All of these options can be customized to your exact needs whether they be residential or commercial.  Check out just a few examples of our recent work below:

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Glass Bathroom Countertops

Glass countertops are our specialty, and our glass bathroom countertops are no exception.  We craft some of the most unique and beautiful glass countertops for bathrooms anywhere which can be accented by raised substrates, LED under lighting, & a large variety of different textures.

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Glass Sink

Another one of our specialties is our glass sinks, the most famous of those being our world famous waterfall sink.  Our waterfall sink has been featured in countless different online/print publications and has become one of our stabled sinks (featured below).  We also offer a variety of other different forms of custom sinks.

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To find out more about how glass can transform your bathroom or to get a quote please contact us today!

31 Aug

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Top 3 Reasons Why You Need a Raised Glass Countertop

August 31, 2015 | By |

Raised Glass Countertops are an often overlooked product when people think about a new countertop.  With raised glass countertops you have so many choices to transform your kitchen in an affordable and contained fashion.  In this post we’d like to go through the top 3 reasons why you should consider a raised glass countertop.

#1 – Easy to Add to Your Existing Countertop

Many people really like their existing countertop but are just looking to add/transform the functional space in their kitchens.  Raised glass countertops allow you to do just that.  The beauty of this type of countertop is that it can take an existing countertop and extend it’s functionality to make room for a small bar, breakfast area, or just additional sitting/eating room.  Check out a few examples below:

Substrate Raised Glass CountertopIn the above example a raised glass countertop was added to an existing countertop to add an effective bar area alongside the installed space.

glass countertopThe above example shows how a raised glass countertop can be added to an existing countertop as a breakfast/sushi bar, adding an additional eating space to an otherwise less-effective space.

#2 – Much More Affordable Than a New Countertop

Another one of the great benefits of considering a raised glass countertop is the fact that they are considerably less expensive than replacing an existing countertop.  When most people consider changing/replacing their current kitchen countertop they often overlook the cheaper possibility of adding a raised glass countertop to their current counter.  Their are several different forms of raised glass countertops but the most affordable and easiest to implement is the ” Standoff/Angle Bracket” style. Below is an example:

Standoff Angle Bracket Raised Glass Countertop

As you can see the countertop is help up by “standoff brackets” which keep it sturdy in place, while not having to construct and heavy and tedious floor-level substrate.

#3 – So Many Different Options

When it comes to flexibility, raised glass countertops are almost unmatched in the variety of different options available to you.  These options range from adding a raised glass countertop as a bar space, extending a bar space, adding a dining table to a countertop, and many more.  These options extend even further when you consider the amount of customizations that CGD can perform to your countertop order.  Check out the following post on our many different types of raised glass countertops.

If you have any questions, or would like a quote on having CGD create one of these masterpieces for your home, please contact us today!