Glass is quickly becoming a popular option for kitchen splashbacks as well benchtops. If you're in the market for new materials for your kitchen surfaces and the splashbacks that go behind your stove and counters, note a few reasons why glass is such a good choice and why it might be the best option for your home.
1. Glass is nonporous
Being nonporous means that glass doesn't have small pits and holes that you see with many types of tile. These pits may hold dirt, germs, and bacteria, even in the cleanest of kitchens. This is very unsanitary for food preparation, and it also gives a kitchen a dingy, shabby look when those tiles are not scrupulously cleaned. For a more germ-resistant surface, glass may be the best.
2. Glass is virtually maintenance free
You may think that a surface like granite or marble would be maintenance free since these are very tough, durable stones, but they need to be sealed regularly. Wood countertops also need to be sealed regularly and may suffer nicks and scratches from sharp knives and the like. Laminate countertops may see the top layer of laminate come loose from the bottom layers of paper and need to be glued back in place. Glass, however, is virtually maintenance free and doesn't need constant sealing.
3. Glass brightens a space
If your kitchen seems a bit dull and dark, glass benchtops and splashbacks are the perfect solution. Glass easily reflects rather than absorbs light, making any space seem brighter and cheerier. Rather than having to install a new window or oversized lights, opt for glass splashbacks.
4. The material is very eco-friendly
Glass splashbacks can be made from recycled glass, and the material is also easy to recycle if you should want to change it out in the future. Glass is also made from very abundant materials that are easy to harvest without damaging the environment, as opposed to materials like granite that might require blasting and disrupting the environment for harvesting.
5. The material is relatively light
Heavy materials like granite, slate, quartz, and concrete may add so much weight to your kitchen benchtops and walls that you might need to brace up the subfloor or the building materials of your home. This might be especially true of older homes that have shifted and settled over the years so that the walls and floors are not as strong as they once were. Glass is a more lightweight material that might not require that added preparation in order to it to be installed, making for a faster and even a more affordable installation.