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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

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

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.

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:

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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.