Every kitchen surface sees its fair share of wear and tear, but countertops are arguably some of the hardest workers in the bunch. Unfortunately, in heavily trafficked areas, the risk of wear is high. Scratches, burns, and stains are just some of the casualties of day-to-day cooking and cleanup. And those flaws can affect your kitchen decor in a major way, especially if you haven’t picked a countertop material that can stand up to the challenge.
Thankfully, homeowners replacing their counters today have a wide selection of materials to choose from—from traditional laminate counters and porcelain tiles to newer surfaces, like heat-tempered glass.
Enter UltraGlas. UltraGlas, a company producing customized glass countertops, offers homeowners fantastic range when it comes to unique surfaces. From textured kitchen counters to patterned industrial-style bars, a virtually limitless selection of options lies right at your fingertips. Let’s take a look at some ways UltraGlas is changing the game when it comes to kitchen decor.
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Why Glass Countertops?
Homeowners elect to install glass countertops for many reasons, but perhaps the biggest benefit is their unique design statement. Glass has all the functionality of granite or marble while offering kitchens a sleek and modern textural update. It can also be shaped to a wide range of surfaces, making it a nice choice for unusual pieces, such as curved or rounded counters.
UltraGlas also offers a massive selection of colors and designs. Frosted and leafed surfaces; translucent and opaque coatings; encapsulated metal, fabric, and printed film—if you can imagine it, they can make it. In fact, the company encourages homeowners not to set limits on their designs. They enjoy creating offbeat pieces that imbue homes with a one-of-a-kind customized look.
Advantages and Disadvantages
Beyond the visual appeal, glass holds several advantages over other counter materials. Because of the heat slumping process, the glass is surprisingly durable—certainly more so than with laminate vinyl countertops. It also cleans up easily with a non-streaking glass spray; however, the texturing helps to hide fingerprints in between cleanings. Meanwhile homeowners appreciate glass’s non-absorbent and non-porous qualities, which make spills a snap to wipe up.
But glass also has its disadvantages as well. Glass surfaces are subject to scratches and damage, especially in areas with frequent use. They also don’t make the best pick for homeowners on a budget. Because UltraGlas custom builds each piece, the price comes in much higher than mass produced counters. Though the final cost varies depending upon your project’s complexity, expect to spend at least $160 to $200 per square foot of counter space.
Standard Versus Customized Designs
With around 34 colors and 15 designs, even UltraGlas’s standard options offer plenty of flexibility and freedom of design. Standard counters typically measure about ¾ inch in thickness.
However, the company prides itself on meeting client’s needs, no matter how unique. Therefore, if you have custom dimensions, textures, or colors in mind, you shouldn’t feel afraid to bring them up in your sales consultation. However, be aware that customizations will likely extend your project length, as well as raising the total cost of your countertop.
UltraGlas frequently attracts homeowners looking to purchase sustainable materials for their kitchens. The company has made a marked commitment to environmental practices. For instance, they claim that anywhere from 15 to 30 percent of their float glass comes from recycled materials.
They also purportedly salvage scrap pieces generated in the manufacturing process and detemper them for use in future products. They even take requests for 100 percent recycled glass pieces, so if your home’s environmental footprint is important to you, they’ll happily accommodate your sustainability goals. In fact, their new UltraGlasE brand is composed entirely out of glass pieces diverted from landfills.
Additionally, UltraGlas meets the manufacturing standards for air quality and environmental impact as set forth by the City and County of Los Angeles and the State of California, which are some of the strictest in the nation. They also reuse packaging where possible, and ensure that 100 percent of their product packaging can be recycled.
Installing an UltraGlas Counter
The glass tempering process can create stress points that result in cracks or other damage if the glass is mishandled. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you don’t attempt to install a glass countertop by yourself. Your best bet is to hire a professional glazier who can offer expert advice and know-how throughout the process.
For its part, UltraGlas employs a team of architects, engineers, and designers, tasked with assisting customers from start to finish. If you’re going with a standard design, factor in around four to six weeks for production and delivery. For customize products, however, you may need to add a few extra weeks to that timeline.
Overall, UltraGlas makes a great choice for homeowners on the lookout for a truly unique addition to their kitchen decor. And, with their record for sustainability and corporate responsibility, they’ll have a big affect on your home’s environmental impact, too.