Recycled glass countertops

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Home Inspector with National Property Inspections

When bottles and windows are broken or windshields shattered, some of this glass is recycled, but a lot of it ends up in the landfill. Today, this glass is being used to create unique, durable, environmentally-conscious countertops, according to taunton.com.

Althought countertops made of cement and recycled glass have been around for more than a decade, production has been low and manufacturers have been scarce. Currently, more companies are salvaging glass fragments, available in various colors and shapes, and mixing them with cement and epoxy to make countertops.

Recycled glass makes up about 75 to 85 percent of the finished countertop, depending on the manufacturer. Because cement countertops can be stained by acids in citrus juices, vinegar and wine, these countertops need to be sealed and maintained. Epoxy countertops don't need sealing but should be polished with paste wax to maintain their finish.

 

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