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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.

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!

 

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:

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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!

16 Jul

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Glass Countertop Maintenance Tips

July 16, 2015 | By |

Maintaining your glass countertop is a simple and essential way to ensure that it will stay looking as new as the day you installed it. Glass has become increasingly popular throughout the home because of the vast range of options for use, design possibilities, and durability. At CGD Glass we offer an assortment of glass countertop options as well as a variety of methods used to maintain them. Below we want to share with you the best way to keep your CGD Glass countertops looking new.

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Not only do glass countertops bring beauty and a modern look to your home, they are also very easy to maintain. The key to keeping your countertops looking new is to clean any mess as soon as possible. Because glass is non-porous it makes even stuck on stains very easy to wipe down with a washcloth and warm water.

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1) Wipe the countertop after any spills, this will ensure that no oils stay stuck to the glass. For some more stubborn stains, a regular glass cleaner should do the trick. You do not want to use any harsh chemicals or rough materials to wipe down the countertops.

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2) Make sure you are placing any heavy items down softly. Our glass countertops are almost impossible to crack but being mindful will avoid that all together. Using a small foam mat or even a towel can help create a safe barrier between the item and your countertop

3) Don’t place anything on the countertop with a rough surface that could potentially scratch the glass. Investing in a cutting board is another great idea!

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As you see glass countertops require very little maintenance but keeping some of these simple tips in mind is a good way to keep them for a lifetime. Our countertops have the ability to withstand extremely high temperatures as well as substantial weight. We infuse different chemical properties into our glass as well as added thickness to ensure its longevity.

At CGD countertops we use the newest technologies to bring the beauty and elegance of glass into your home. Whether as a countertop, backsplash, or sink we have the ability to fully customize any home project to your fitting.

01 Jul

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4 Reasons why you Deserve a Glass Countertop

July 1, 2015 | By |

You’ve reached a point in your life where you won’t settle for mediocre, you only want the best in life and your kitchen is no different.  Glass countertops are the ultimate in high-end countertops for your any home and here are just a few reasons you deserve to own a glass countertop in your home:

1 – Subtle Elegance

The elegant beauty of a glass surface is undeniable, take a look the below picture a client sent us from a recent installation:

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2 – Modern Design

Nothing says modern like a gorgeous textured glass countertop in your kitchen, combine it with our unique selection of textures, colors, finishes, & edge work and you can have a modern masterpiece that is also functional.  Check out this picture of another recent installation:

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3 – Unique Lighting

The lighting option with traditional countertops are either overhead over directly above the surface, glass countertops are unique in that we can accomplish under-lit­ lighting using HQ LED lights.  We offer both cool white LED and color changing RGB lights depending on your preference:

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4 – Because you deserve it!

You deserve the best in life and coming home to a gorgeous set of glass countertops will remind you and your guests every time you step into your kitchen.  Contact CGD today to get your custom glass kitchen countertop order started.

16 Jun

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Kitchen Countertop Decor Ideas

June 16, 2015 | By |

Decorating your countertop correctly can mean the difference between a kitchen that looks absolutely gorgeous and one that is totally lackluster.  Here are a few suggestions to make your countertop stand out:

  1. Plants!

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Plants are a beautiful and fresh way to not only decorate your kitchen countertop, but also make it functional!  Easily grow herbs like cilantro, basil, & rosemary right on your countertop, just be sure to keep them near sunlight and water them regularly.

  1. Cookie & Bread Jars

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Cookie and bread jars are a great way to keep you and yours kids favorite carb snacks fresh while also adding a quaint piece of décor to your countertop.  There are a variety of different styles to match any kitchen countertop.

  1. Organize Your Spices and Sauces in a Rack

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Your average kitchen countertop will have a variety of different spices, dried herbs, oils, and sauces.  Solve the clutter and give your countertop a creative infusion by placing them in decorative spice rack.

  1. Fruit and Vegetable Baskets

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The classic fruit and vegetable basket is always in style and can liven up any countertop.  Wooden baskets are the most traditional route but there are a plethora of different options to be sure they match your countertop.

If you’re interested in doing more than just a facelift to your countertop, contact CGD today to see how we can transform your countertop into a glass countertop masterpiece.

31 May

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Stainless Steel vs Glass Countertops

May 31, 2015 | By |

Today we will be doing a comparison of two countertop materials Stainless Steel & Glass.  This overview will focus on the pros and cons of both materials to help compare the two options as a kitchen countertop material.

Stainless Steel Countertops Pros & Cons

 

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Stainless Steel is a steel alloy that contains a minimum of 10.5% chromium.  This type of steel does not corrode quickly and has many commercial and residential uses based on the different types of finishes.

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Heat Resistant
  • Stain Resistant
  • Non Porous
  • Hygienic & Easy to Clean

Cons:

  • Scratches will happen
  • Can dent if not careful
  • Cold look and feel
  • These counters are Noisy
  • Will leave Fingerprints and Smudges
  • Very Expensive (More than glass and granite)

 Glass Countertop Pros and Cons

 

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Glass comes from sand, silica being the main ingredient in sand and is melted at 1700 Degrees Celsius. Some other materials or minerals may be used to add or change the color and trans-lucidity. Our thermoforming process allows us to then form the glass into a variety of different types of countertops. Glass countertops can also be customized with various textures, edge styles, surface treatments, & LED lighting.

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

If you’d like more info on glass countertops and how they compare to other materials contact us today!

15 May

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Glass Countertops for Outdoor Kitchens

May 15, 2015 | By |

CGD Glass specializes in creating some of the most gorgeous glass countertops in the world.  We have created glass countertops for all types of homes, kitchen, bathrooms, spaces, and personalities.  But one glass countertop use that is largely overlooked by many is creating a custom glass bar top for outdoor kitchens.  Glass lends itself very well as an outdoor construction element and custom glass bar tops for outdoor kitchens are a great way to impress your friends and family.   Make your next backyard event stand out with a custom glass countertop by CGD Glass!

Check out some of the recent glass countertops for outdoor kitchens CGD Glass has produced:

#1 – The below installation was created for one of our clients to enjoy with their outdoor kitchen area as a bar top, it features our white onyx glass and has a 1 ½” thickness.  It also has some beautiful cool white LED under lighting for a beautiful night time effect.

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#2 – The below outdoor kitchen was designed with 1 ½” thick aqua clear glass and our melting ice texture.  It also has some beautiful cool white LED under lighting as well.

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#3 – The below glass bar top is one of our favorite countertops that we have built for any of our clients.  It has some gorgeous under lit LED lighting with our 1 ½” thick aqua clear glass and melting ice texture.

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outdoor5The LED lighting looks spectacular during the evening.

As you can see glass countertops lend themselves perfectly to outdoor kitchen bar tops and can truly transform your outdoor experience!  Call us today and speak with one of our glass experts to see how we can design a new glass countertop for your outdoor kitchen.