One of the busiest places in your house is the kitchen countertop. You need it all the time when preparing meals, serving food and doing dishes among other things. All these activities wear down your kitchen countertop because of the frequent exposure to heat, spices, cleaning agents and moisture. This is the reason you need a countertop material that can withstand the challenges posed by the kitchen environment. With recycled glass countertops, you can be assured of a countertop that can meet both aesthetic and functional needs. The following discussion sheds more light on recycled glass countertops to give you more insight:

How Good is the Aesthetic Appeal?

Aesthetic appeal is one of the top benefits of choosing a recycled glass countertops. There is unique beauty in crushed glass considering that no two or more countertops can be produced in the exact same manner. Crushing the glass before fabricating the countertop ensures variation in the type and size of the grains. There is a diverse blend of pieces with different colours employed to create certain visual effects. For instance, incorporating acrylic into the materials gives the visual appeal of fragments floating in molten glass. In this sense, a recycled glass countertop beats other types of countertops (such as natural stone or concrete) that come with a plain, monotonous look.

What Does It Take to Maintain Recycled Glass Countertops?

Recycled glass countertops have manageable needs when it comes to maintenance. If your countertop was installed using cement binders, the countertop will be in place for around five years before needing another reseal. You need to reseal in good time to keep the countertop from absorbing stains and any liquids spilled on the surface. Thankfully, it's very easy to tell when your glass countertop needs to be resealed. Look out for instances where you pour water on the countertop and the water gets absorbed without beading up. This is an indication that the countertop is in need of a reseal. On ordinary occasions, cleaning the countertop with clean water and soap should be enough to keep it sparkling at all times.

What's the Disadvantage of Using Resin Binders?

During installation, the carpenter can use cement-based binders or resin-based binders. Unlike cement-based binders, resin based binders do not require additional sealing even after prolonged periods of use. However, they are a disadvantage in terms of the looks that you want to achieve on the countertops. Resin-based binders cannot be polished to give a refined look like that given by the glass pieces.

For more information, contact a local residential carpentry business.