If you’re looking for a unique design touch in your Virginia or Maryland outdoor kitchen, consider the aesthetic and practical benefits of glass countertops. From customization to durability, learn what benefits you get with this material.
Glass countertops are available in varying thicknesses, and the material is extremely durable. While it’s not indestructible, it does fall somewhere around five to six on the Mohs hardness scale. (For comparison, granite is a six, and quartz is a seven.)
Compatible with Extreme Weather
From direct sun to snow to dramatic temperature swings, Northern Virginia and Maryland can experience a range of extreme weather. Exterior glass countertops are ideal for handling these environments. Glass can be exposed to these elements without damage, warping, or any alteration of appearance, meaning they can look like the day you installed them for years to come.
Easy to Clean
With the right treatment, glass countertops can be made nearly impervious to bacteria, dirt, and grime. This makes them a cleaner, more hygienic option than other countertops materials that are more porous, such as concrete. With glass, cleaning does not require any harsh chemicals, which is a benefit for you and for the environment.
Glass is a hydrophobic material, meaning it repels water. This offers several distinct benefits, including less opportunity for mold and bacteria to develop and less frequent cleaning requirements.
Resistant to Staining and Oils
Especially if you’re planning to use your countertops for food or drink preparation, you want a material that isn’t going to be damaged by a spilled glass of wine or a toppled cup of coffee. Even when exposed to some of the most notoriously staining food or drink, glass will not absorb the color, residue, or oils of these items.
Resistant to Scratching
When treated properly, glass can be incredibly resistant to scratching. This takes the worry out of daily wear and tear and the hassle and expense of frequently replacing your glass countertops.
Resistant to Impact
Again, no material is indestructible, and glass is included in that, but exterior countertops made from glass are resistant to impact. The normal wear and tear exterior countertops are subjected to would not be enough to chip, to crack, or to shatter a glass countertop. This is important from a financial, aesthetic, and liability perspective.
Resistant to Etching from Hard Water
Anyone who lives in an area with hard water knows how stubborn and unsightly hard water stains can be. When treated properly, your glass countertops can be highly resistant to that persistent hard water film. This helps ensure your glass countertops stay looking pristine—without an overabundance of elbow grease.
Versatile and Customizable Design Options
While glass tends to lend itself to more modern aesthetics, the material offers a tremendous amount of versatility with your design preferences. From colors to textures to styles, the sky is essentially the limit with glass. If you can imagine it, there’s likely a way to create it with this material!
Compatibility with Any Project
Glass countertops can definitely be added to new builds, but they’re equally compatible with remodel jobs. No matter what the scope of your home project, glass countertops can be successfully incorporated.
What Are My Outdoor Kitchen Countertop Options?
When it comes to outdoor countertops, most homeowners traditionally go with one of four options: Dekton, concrete, granite, or quartz.
(Read here for a more in-depth look at each material’s pros and cons.)
Most homeowners, however, don’t realize there’s a fifth material available for outdoor kitchen countertops: glass.
Whatever material you choose, the right option for your outdoor kitchen depends on a number of factors:
- Desired aesthetic (rustic, modern, industrial)
- Need for durability, scratch resistance, heat resistance, stain resistance
- Ongoing maintenance considerations
If you’re thinking about adding an outdoor kitchen to your Virginia or Maryland home and you have any questions about your countertop options, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re a custom design and build firm that specializes in exterior living spaces, and we’d love to lend our expertise to your next project! Drop a comment below, or if you’re ready to start talking details, get a quote today.