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16 Jun

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Summertime Is the Perfect Time for Glass Doors

June 16, 2017 | By |

Canada may be known for its frigid weather, but in the summer, the temperatures can get pretty toasty. You may feel the itch to take a vacation and enjoy a few sunny days off, but sometimes that’s just not on the agenda or within your budget.

That doesn’t mean you have to spend your summer holed up without any sun, though. This is the perfect season to get new glass doors for the home or office. Here are some great glass door perks.

Brings the Vacation to You

Can’t take any time off? Your summer doesn’t have to be a bummer with glass doors. These doors invite Mother Nature inside your home or office. The sunlight will stream right in all day. Depending on how sunny it is, you may want to bust out the sunblock!

Opens up Any Room

Is your working space feeling a little cramped? Do you wish you could add extra space? Remodeling a room like that can be time-consuming and very expensive. Instead of making such a big change, opt for smaller improvements instead.

A glass door will create the illusion of more space, for instance. By replacing your thick, clunky door with smooth, sophisticated glass, your office will look and feel bigger.

Reduces Reliance on Headache-Inducing Artificial Lighting

Do florescent ceiling bar lights illuminate your office? Maybe it’s row after row of lightbulbs. Being exposed to artificial lighting like this for hours at a time can lead to headaches, which decreases your productivity.

Sunlight not only looks and feels better, but it’s better for you (more on this in a moment). Even if you can’t get outside to take a stroll that day, with a glass door in your office, you’re still getting plenty of sunlight.

Provides a Natural Source of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is necessary to prevent conditions like multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. It also promotes strong teeth and bones. Not only that, but vitamin D is also responsible for ensuring we can absorb phosphorus and calcium in our diets.

Whew, that’s a lot. While sure, you can take a vitamin D supplement, did you know you can also naturally get this vitamin from spending some time in the sun? Besides being necessary for good health, there’s also scientific support that this vitamin can boost your mood, especially benefiting those with premenstrual syndrome, seasonal affective disorder, and depression.

A glass door that’s good for your health and your mood? It’s possible with glass.

Are you interested in learning more about glass doors, including their thickness and durability? Contact us at CGD Glass Countertops. We’re a Canadian-based glass designer and manufacturer. Many of our glass items are customizable, including our doors. You can choose the thickness as well as the design of your new glass door.

To get started, we recommend you measure the space where you want your door to go. Send that along with a blueprint or drawing and we’ll get you a quote.

Sources:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/161618.php

04 Apr

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Can You Insulate Your Home with Decorative Glass?

April 4, 2017 | By |

Everyone wants to do their part for the environment these days. Going green means different things to different people. You may be careful about not wasting electricity, shutting off the lights and electronic equipment when you’re not home. You might recycle and repurpose as many materials as you can. Perhaps you carpool or eat organically.

What if there was a way you could be more ecofriendly and save some money in the process? You can if your home is insulated.

When you think of insulation, most of the time your mind goes to the foam in the walls of the basement, garage, or attic. Insulation is supposed to trap in warm or cool air so you can reduce your reliance on your heater and air conditioner. You’ll lower your utility bills just by making one small change.

Besides the ability to trap in temperate air, insulation can also keep noise out. If you live on a particularly busy street, you don’t want to have to hear every passing car. If your home is insulated, most of this noise won’t permeate.

The question stands: can you insulate your home with decorative glass? As it turns out, you can. Whether you have glass windows or doors, it’s not hard to add some DIY insulation. You can buy kits and follow the instructions. These kits will seal in all cracks and gaps between the doorframe and the door, even the tiny ones you can’t see.

There are more ways still to insulate with decorative glass. You may want to replace an old glass window with a storm window instead. If these include weatherstripping, your energy savings are even greater.

You can also apply a layer of insulating film on top of your glass surfaces. Designed for windows, doors, and more, this film is transparent and sticky on one side. Just unpeel it from the backing and fit it over the glass. This will alter the appearance of your glass items somewhat though.

Cellular shades have an insulating quality. These are just like regular shades, except they do more to keep your room toasty warm or nice and cool. Just pull the shades closed every morning before you leave for your day and you’ll come home to a room that’s the perfect temperature.

If you have a glass item besides windows, you still have insulating options. You can try caulking or weatherproofing the areas around that glass item. As mentioned, there are tiny gaps and cracks in a doorframe or window frame. You can’t really see these, but they’re there. Each time you turn on your heater or air conditioner, some of that air is getting sucked out through those gaps.

It’s no wonder then that you have to run the heater or AC longer for your house to feel comfortable. You will have to spend an afternoon with your sleeves rolled up if you plan on caulking or weatherproofing, but the results are worth it.

Need some new glass pieces? Contact us at CGD Glass Countertops. We manufacture custom glass items for residential and commercial use. Call us today to learn more or get a quote.

Sources:
http://www.diynetwork.com/made-and-remade/learn-it/tips-for-insulating-glass-on-doors
http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/4929532/list/easy-green-9-low-cost-ways-to-insulate-windows-and-doors

16 Mar

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How to Decide What Your Next Glass Project Should Be

March 16, 2017 | By |

You love your home, but it could always be better. There’s always some little change or addition you could make. However, lacking infinite time and resources, you have to plan your remodeling projects carefully.

With spring on the way, you may be feeling that itch. It’s the itch to do something DIY. It’s the itch to make a change in your home.

If you’re serious about remodeling this season, why not do it with glass? Far from the fragile, unreliable material some still think of it as, glass is sturdy, durable, and beautiful. It also cleans easily. It can be customized any way you want. In short, the possibilities are endless.

Here are a few ideas for your next glass project.

Interior Doors

Winter is finally behind us. It felt like it would never end, but it did. That means more hours of sunlight. Why not enjoy the sun anytime, even if you can’t necessarily be outside to feel its warmth? With an interior glass door, you can.

These glass doors are ideal for an office, bedroom, or bathroom. You can customize the color or these can be clear. If you’re worried about privacy, there’s no need to be. You can also get the glass frosted or textured so that someone can’t see right through.

Backsplash

Is your backsplash looking a little past its prime? It happens. If you have a backsplash made of marble, tile, or even wood, it’s hard to clean these. Stains, splashes, and other food messes accumulate. Eventually, it’s impossible to remove those unsightly blemishes.

With a glass backsplash, you only need a gentle cloth and some soapy water to clean stains and splashes. That saves you precious time in the kitchen.

You also have plenty of ways to make a backsplash your own. Choose the size, shape, and color. This can match your kitchen walls or contrast them for a fun, funky take on personal décor.

Sinks

The bathroom is a quiet place of relaxation…or at least, it should be. Is your sink an eyesore? It can be expensive to replace these, so maybe you’ve been putting it off. With a glass sink though, you can find a cost-effective way to finally get rid of that old sink of yours.

Glass sinks are elegant and contemporary. These can sit on a base or just be a large, bowl-like basin. The choice is yours. You’ll love spending time in your bathroom with such an appealing sink.

We hope you’re feeling inspired after browsing these project ideas. These are just a few options at your disposal.

Once you decide which glass project best suits your home, contact us at CGD Glass Countertops. We’re a glass designer and manufacturer in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. “Countertops” may be in our name, but that’s far from all we do. We also make glass doors, panels, partitions, sinks, backsplashes, and so much more. Give us a call today to start talking about your dream glass project!

20 Feb

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Tips for Budgeting for a Commercial Glass Project

February 20, 2017 | By |

Whether you own a restaurant, museum, bar, or retail store, you know that first impressions matter. Those first impressions start with the look of your commercial business. If you have an unappealing storefront or gaudy interior, you’re unconsciously turning away customers.

Remodeling with chic decorative glass is one way to get positive attention on your business. Let us help you. We’re CGD Glass Countertops, and customization is in our name (it’s what the “C” stands for). We’re a Canadian manufacturer of glass items and accents like decorative doors, countertops, partitions, tabletops, and more.

Do you want to do some remodeling? You’re going to have to plan ahead, especially when it comes to money. If your company can’t spare a ton of cash right now, you don’t necessarily have to put a remodel on the backburner. You just have to budget smart.

Here are some handy budgeting tips for commercial businesses.

1. Have a clear end goal in mind: What do you envision for your commercial space? Do you want glass tabletops on every seat at your restaurant? Do you want an LED-lit glass bar top at your bar? Do you want breathtaking glass fixtures at your museum or retail store?

Plan in as much detail as you can. This prevents anyone else involved in the project from changing the crux of the design later. After all, as the design changes, so too does the cost.

2. Ask for a quote: You shouldn’t have to guess what the final cost of your remodeling project is going to be. At CGD Glass Countertops, we offer our quotes upfront to our customers before any work begins. This way there’s no surprises on either side. Surprises may be fun in most circumstances, but not when they involve a big bill at the end.

3. Always plan for more: Have a bit more money set aside than what was quoted to you. Plan for a somewhat longer timeframe for the work. While you might not need that extra cash (especially if you work with us) and the glass item may be installed on the date you planned it, you should stay flexible.

Although it’s rare, sometimes there are snags in plans. Be ready for these snags ahead of time and you won’t get flustered.

4. Put money in now, get it back later: Remodeling can be pricy, but that doesn’t mean you should shy away from the idea. Think of it as an investment. The money you put into making your commercial business look good now is going to come back to you later, maybe twofold or even tenfold.

The better your business looks, the more people are going to buy from you. That makes glass additions a fantastic ROI.

We make it easy to know how much your project is going to cost. Just send us some info about your proposed project, including the thickness of the glass and the size of the room in question, and we’ll send you a quote. Contact us at CGD Glass Countertops today!

Sources:
https://constructionbydaniels.com/budget-intelligently-commercial-remodeling-project/
http://gsdcontracting.com/company-news/how_to_control_commercial_construction_costs/

 

23 Jan

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The Costs of Installing a Glass Door

January 23, 2017 | By |

Although it might not seem like it with the freezing temperatures, wintry, biting winds, and snowfall and ice, spring will be here before you know it. Eventually, the snow will thaw, the sun will shine, and you will want to embrace the season. What better way to do that than with a new glass door?

Glass doors are a viable option for the interior of a home. These look especially sophisticated in offices, restaurants, and retail spaces. Of course, you may have your concerns about glass doors. Are these really as thick as regular doors? They are indeed. Do they offer any privacy or can people see right through? Not if you choose to get a textured glass door, such as the ones we offer at CGD Glass Countertops in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

 

We’re a glass manufacturing company that encourages our customers to custom-order nearly all our glass items, from countertops to backsplashes, glass doors to sliding shower doors, vanities and sinks, and much more.

The biggest question a prospective customer may have is how much is this going to cost? Is glass a more expensive material compared to wooden or metal doors? Actually, it isn’t. Glass door prices can range anywhere from roughly $300 for baseline doors to $1,000+ for ornate doors. Of course, those prices can vary.

Do you want to know for sure how much your glass door will cost at CGD Glass Countertops? Contact us for a quote. To give you the most accurate quote, we need to know as much about your planned project as possible, including the measurements of the room in question from top to bottom. If you have blueprints or even drawings to pass along to us, we want to see these, too. They all give us a comprehensive picture of the kind of work our team will be doing for you.

Once you get your quote and have a cost in mind for this project, you may wonder, what are the benefits of glass doors? There are plenty of them, and we’ve even touched on them on this blog in the past. Let’s reiterate. Glass is an incredibly easy material to clean. Whether it’s handprints and other smudges, with just some soap and water, you can clean your glass door until it’s shining and beautiful.

Do you not spend enough time outside? It happens to most of us. Life just gets too busy so you don’t get enough time out in nature. Instead of relying on vitamin D supplements to care for your health, why not get the real thing with some actual sunlight? Open the windows and your glass door and the light will just flood in!

So sure, perhaps you don’t have as much time to get outside as you wish, but you can still reap the mood and body benefits of sunlight just by switching out your boring current door to a glass door.

Are you ready to get started with your next home remodel? Are you ready to install a glass door? Contact us at CGD Glass Countertops today.

Sources: http://www.homeadvisor.com/cost/doors-and-windows/sliding-glass-door/https://www.fixr.com/costs/sliding-patio-door-installation

05 Dec

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Modern Applications for Glass Doors

December 5, 2016 | By |

When it comes to your house, you don’t make any décor decisions lightly. You research constantly, looking at pictures online, paging through magazines, and creating online dream room boards. You have countless ideas, and now it’s just a matter of narrowing them down.

One of the ideas that you’ve been tossing around is getting a glass door. You love how these look. You think they add instant class and appeal to any room. However, you have questions about them. For one, how durable will the glass be? And how could you fit in a glass door with the rest of the house? You want it to blend in seamlessly but still attract attention.

As it turns out, regarding the question of durability, when you order your door from Toronto, Ontario, Canada company CGD Glass Countertops, you don’t have to worry. Our doors are made thick and are sure to last for years to come with regular care and maintenance. If you still have questions about style, we can help there, too.

At CGD Glass Countertops, we let customers create the designs of their dreams. All aspects of our glass doors can be customized, to the shape and size to the color and texture of the glass. You should have no issues finding a way to decorate your home with these new fantastic additions.

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Why not open up a living room or den with a large floor-to-ceiling glass door? Think of how a door like this can benefit your home. First, there’s the amazing views. You can take in and appreciate the beauty of nature right outside your door. Sunlight will spill in. Did you know that sunlight and mood are tightly connected? Indeed, sunlight contains vitamin D, which can improve your mood. Lastly, you can save money on your electricity bill since you won’t have to be so reliant on artificial lighting.

Imagine kicking back and reading the newspaper or a good book by your large glass door. You could relax and dream the day away.

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Glass doors also have a home in the bathroom. We know what you’re thinking: what about my privacy? As mentioned, at CGD Glass Countertops, we can add a frosted texture to your glass door so no one can clearly see in or out. If your bathroom feels small and stuffy but you can’t afford to get it expanded, just get a glass door instead. You’d be surprised how much roomier the bathroom will feel!

Do you work from home and want privacy? A sliding glass door lets people know when you need time to yourself. Imagine this: instead of being interrupted by kids or other family members when you really need to get work done, you can just close your door and get to it. That’s efficiency at its finest.

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If you’re ready to learn more about getting a glass door today, we encourage you to email or call us at CGD Glass Countertops. We can answer any questions you have and we can even discuss your glass door ideas. Just send us a blueprint or a drawing and we can get you a quote right away.

14 Oct

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Tips for Planning a Remodeling Project with Glass

October 14, 2016 | By |

You’ve been quietly saving and dreaming, and now a home remodeling project is finally within reach. You’re so excited that you’re finding it tough to narrow down your options. Just how should you remodel your home? Should you gut it and start all over? Change out rooms slowly and subtly, making minor but significant improvements? Should it be something in between?

It can be tough planning a home remodeling project. You want it to look absolutely perfect. It is your home, after all. You also want it to be timeless and contemporary so you won’t have to think about remodeling again five years from now.

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At CGD Glass Countertops in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, we want to help. We’re a decorative and accent glass manufacturing company that specializes in glass countertops as well as glass doors, tabletops, bar tops, panels, partitions, sinks, backsplashes, kitchen islands, and more. When you order these glass additions from us, they don’t just come as-is. We encourage our customers to engage in their creative side and customize their glass accent piece to their liking.

Need some tips on how to plan your remodeling project with CGD Glass Countertops? Here’s what we recommend.

First, measure. You can’t plan for a big glass accent piece like a countertop or a kitchen island if you don’t correctly plan out the space in your kitchen or other room in the house. At CGD, we’re happy to make all glass pieces to a customer’s preferred size specifications. Be exact in your measurements. Double-check your work. If you think it would help, get a professional drawing or blueprint made.

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Think about colors. We’re quite used to making glass quite colorful at CGD. We offer pale blue aqua clear glass bases as well as translucent glass bases. We also specialize in a service known as backpainting, where we apply paint to the back of the glass to add a fun burst of color to your glass countertop, sink, partition, or other glass addition. As you can imagine, we let you choose the colors used when backpainting. You can even select a mix of colors!

When picking colors, it helps to match your new glass addition to the rest of the room. This creates a natural sense of symmetry that will make other family members second-guess whether that glass piece was there all along. Your remodel will be effective but affordable. Who doesn’t want that?

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Lastly, think about textures. With our substrate layers, surface treatments, edge work, and other texturing, we can make your glass accent piece as smooth and soothing as a snowy night or as rough and pointed as the stars in the galaxy. Textures can also play nicely with other features in a room, or these can be used to make the glass accent piece the star of the show. Choose wisely!

Interested in getting started with your remodel today? Contact us at CGD Glass Countertops by phone or email. We can send along a quote so you can start budgeting.

01 Oct

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Should You Get LED Lighting for Your New Glass Item?

October 1, 2016 | By |

Whether it’s a home bar, a restaurant, a small neighborhood tavern, or a homeowner’s kitchen, who wouldn’t want their bar tops, countertops, and other surfaces to impress friends, family, customers, and other passersby? Of course, choosing fashion over function normally means spending an exorbitant amount of money, which just may not be in the budget for some.

At CGD Glass Countertops in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, we believe in a different approach. We want customers to be as happy as possible with our glass products, which include items like backsplashes, countertops, glass tabletops, bar tops, partitions, sinks, panels, doors, and more. That’s why we allow our customers to customize the look of their glass item from start to finish.

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We offer countless ways to make a glass accent piece completely unique. Perhaps you want to get it backpainted for a funky dash of color. Maybe you want a pale aqua blue glass base. You could be into textures, choosing to get the glass carefully etched so its surface looks like shooting stars or calm ocean waves. All this is possible at CGD.

One of our favorite features we offer is backlighting some of our products, namely our counters and other tabletop surfaces, with LED lights. LEDs are smart and sustainable. Despite that these shine far brighter than traditional light bulbs, they use less energy since their wattage is lower. Not only that, but these lights last far longer than traditional bulbs, making them a time-saving, environmentally friendly option for your home or business.

Color Changing LED RGB Lights
With LED lights from CGD Glass Countertops, your options are nearly limitless. Do you prefer the simplicity of white LEDs? We have them in stock. Do you wish you could illuminate your counter with some color? Choose from hues like blue, green, or red. Can’t narrow it down to just one color? You don’t have to! We also have color-changing LEDs that gradually switch between those three shades.

Imagine what LEDs could do for your glass bar top, countertop, or tabletop. Imagine inviting people over for dinner or to your home bar and surprising and impressing them with your light-up surfaces. If you’re a bar or restaurant owner, think about the revenue potential. Adding a soft glow to a bar or tabletop with LED lights is certainly one way to get people talking. Even in today’s technological society, word-of-mouth should not be discounted since it’s still a very useful way to get customers.

Cool White LED

Cool White LED

If you are a fan of textured glass, as mentioned above, LEDs are a great choice. These light up beneath the glass surface, allowing the rough or soothing textures to really stand out. If you get special edging work done on your glass accent piece (which is another of the services that CGD gladly offers), these will also be much more visible.

At CBD Glass Countertops, we make it easy to order a glass accent piece your way. Simply send us a drawing or blueprint or just send along the room measurements. From there, we’ll get back to you with a quote. Contact us online through our mailing form or give us a call today.

02 Aug

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Will Decorative Glass Match My Home Decor?

August 2, 2016 | By |

As you’ve planned your home remodeling project, you’ve likely spent weeks if not months researching and getting design inspiration. You’ve probably browsed blogs and websites, watched videos, read magazines, and maybe even talked to an interior decorator or two.

You want to do something different, and you’re thinking glass is the answer. After all, glass accent pieces are one way to really modernize and update the house. Instead of metal, which is overdone, and wood, which is prone to warping and chipping, glass is a durable and appealing choice. Cleaning it is easy, as the homeowner only needs a soft microfiber cloth and some water. Maintenance is few and far between.

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However, metal and wood can be painted to match wallpaper, paint, and other central colors that make up a room. Glass, on the other hand, just kind of comes the way it does: translucent. Right? Not exactly. Those who are wondering if a glass accent piece will match their home décor in the midst of their remodeling project should get in touch with CGD Glass Countertops.

Located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, CGD Glass Countertops is yes, known for its glass countertops, but it also produces glass doors, panels, sinks, partitions, backsplashes, and more. The company can also customize any of these pieces to match a customer’s exact specifications, making decorative glass accent pieces the perfect touch for those remodeling their home.

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Glass doesn’t just have to be translucent. It can be, or it can be as colorful as the rainbow. It’s really all up to you. CGD Glass Countertops lets customers choose between ultra clear or translucent glass or aqua clear or pale blue glass bases. Right off the bat, you can already inject some color into your glass accent piece or leave it as transparent as you want.

CGD also lets customers choose a surface treatment for some of its glass items, including countertops. The colored glass is a multicolored treat with shades of yellow, deep navy blue, and white. Green onyx adds a slight pastel hue for those who have a demurer remodel in mind. You might want to consider adding some texture to your surface treatment to really let any color pop. Even if you opt for translucent glass, textures like spacy galaxies, gentle water currents, and desert winds make for quite a unique touch.

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No matter the color scheme of your home’s décor, you can get your glass accent piece backpainted at CGD Glass Countertops. This process just involves painting one part of the glass to give it some brightness sure to last for years to come. Want some texture and shine? Try the textured crimson, gold, silver, copper, or multicolored options. Feeling bold? Go for hues like silver metallic, red, jet blue metallic, and purple. Need to keep it tame? You can always select from white, gray, black, and beige.

Once you have your remodel design in mind, make sure to send along a floor plan or even a drawing to CGD Glass Countertops. You can then get a quote and the work can begin.

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.