7 Advantages to Using Glass Counters in Your Exterior Living Space
Whether you’re a private homeowner or you’re in charge of a commercial space, glass countertops are a viable and unique option for any outdoor living space. Discover the array of functional and aesthetic advantages you can enjoy with glass countertops or bar tops:
1. Compatibility with Extreme Weather
Glass can withstand a wide array of weather-related challenges. This includes the following:
- Sun and UV exposure
- Snow and ice
- Extreme temperature swings
Wherever you are in the world and whatever climate you experience, glass can exist outdoors without any fear of warping, shrinking, splintering, or aesthetic damage. When treated properly and regularly maintained, you can rest easy knowing your glass countertops won’t suffer because of exposure to the elements.
2. Ease of Maintenance
Glass is a very low-maintenance material. After it’s been treated properly, there are very few cleaning requirements. One of the nicest things about glass countertops is that there’s no need for harsh cleaning chemicals, even when used in exterior applications. Proper treatment helps ensure the glass is nearly impervious to grime, dirt, bacteria, and mold.
What exactly does it mean to be “treated properly”? Learn more about JGlass™, our anti-scratch glass surface. This comes free and standard on any glass countertop product ordered through Jockimo.
3. Hygienic Material
Glass is hydrophobic, which means it repels water. This attribute makes glass naturally resistant to mold and bacteria. This creates a hygienic surface, which works well with countertops, as they are often an area for food preparation and consumption. Additionally, the hydrophobic properties of glass—coupled with the proper treatment—make glass countertops highly resistant to unsightly hard water etching.
4. Scratch Resistance
Countertops are notorious for being used frequently and being used hard. They can be exposed to everything from scraped dishes and acidic food to knife cuts and food spills. With the right anti-scratch surface, you don’t have to worry about damage from any of these things.
This gives you extra peace of mind, and it saves you the expense of needing to frequently replace countertops after prolonged use. (This is particularly helpful for commercial spaces that see a lot more use than the outdoor living areas in private residences. These commercial areas include restaurants, bars, hotels, or the shared living spaces in condo or apartment complexes.)
5. Stain Resistance
Countertops are frequently exposed to food and drink. Designing with glass means you don’t have to spend your time worrying about whether an accidental spill is going to permanently stain your counters. In the same way that glass is nearly impervious to water, oil, dirt, and bacteria, it will also not absorb any color or residue from spilled food.
6. Impact Resistance
No countertop material is 100 percent indestructible. That being said, glass can be available in varying thicknesses, and it is an extremely durable option. (Learn more about Jockimo’s ThickGlass™ glass countertops.)
To that end, glass is also highly resistant to impact. Anything that would happen to countertops in the course of normal wear and tear would not be sufficient to chip, crack, or shatter them.
7. Versatility and Customization
The last benefit of working with architectural glass for your countertops is one of the most important. Glass gives you an incredible amount of customization options. From texture to size to thickness, you can choose exactly how you want your countertops to look.
It’s also a highly versatile material, meaning it can seamlessly blend with a lot of different aesthetics. Whether you’re trying to complement your existing home structure or you’re working within a commercial area, glass countertops can be a beautiful, sophisticated, functional addition.
Any questions? Want to discuss your countertop options? Feel free to contact us today.