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What Are the Pros and Cons of a Recycled Glass Countertop?

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When remodeling the kitchen, part of the chief considerations include the choice material for a countertop. The same often comes up when looking for a new home or apartment. This is especially true for those who spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Included in the various choices for a countertop is a recycled glass countertop for several reasons, such as the aesthetics and its green status. The pros and cons of a recycled glass countertop include the fact that it is easy to maintain as well as the fact that it can be costly.

One of the pros of a recycled glass countertop is that it is green since it is made from recycled material, which is a factor that will appeal to people who are environmentally conscious. A recycled glass countertop is also very aesthetically pleasing and can be made to order to fit in with the tone of the d├ęcor of the home or the kitchen. The downside of a recycled glass countertop in this regard is that the cost for obtaining such a countertop may be beyond the reach of those with a limited budget. This is further exacerbated by the fact that it can only be obtained from specific sources, unlike some other countertop materials that are more ubiquitous. While a recycled glass countertop is not as crevice-free as plain glass, it still contains considerably less crevices and other gaps in which germs can thrive in comparison to other countertop materials.

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Another pro of recycled glass material is the fact that very hot objects can be placed on it as well as cold objects and liquids with significantly less clouding than plain glass material. Different glass materials, textures and colors can also be blended in a manner that will lead to the creation of very interesting and artistic results. This might appeal to very stylish or artistically minded individuals who value such pleasing eye candy in their kitchen. Another factor that makes the initial pricey tag attached to a recycled glass countertop is the fact that the material is able to withstand wear and tear for a longer time, making the material a good choice for those looking for a material that will last longer than the usual countertop materials. On the other hand, a type of material used in making recycled glass that is known as IceStone® may need to be reset periodically.

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