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The Benefits of Glass in Your Home

The sun is shining, but your home still looks dull and dingy. How can you brighten the interior without a total teardown-and-rebuild type of renovation? The answer is easy — glass.

While installing new windows is the obvious answer to your brightening questions, window installation isn’t your only option. You have plenty of creative choice for how to use glass in your home. From accent elements, such as coffee tables or end tables, to functional parts of a room, such as kitchen counters or shower enclosures, glass is a building material that can go almost anywhere.

What are the advantages to using glass as fixtures, furniture, and decorative extras in and around your home? Take a look at the plentiful benefits of glass.

Multiple Uses

Glass is a versatile material that you can use in many different places and spaces. Not only can you use glass in different rooms of your home, but you can use it in different ways too. Some options are:

  • Shatterproof glass. This is ideal for projects that require high strength, such as skylights or countertops.
  • Tinted glass. This type makes an artful statement, working well as an aesthetic accent or a tabletop cover.
  • Glass blocks. These are commonly used as security or basement windows, but also make interesting architectural additions to bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Tinted, frosted or plain glass. These are all possible materials for making shower doors and seamless enclosures.

Along with these types of glass and uses, you can use decorative glass in picture frames, as mirrors, as tile for a backsplash or in artistic ways (as a vase, sculpture, or similar piece).

Brightening Properties

The glass in your windows lets light in, brightening your home’s interior. But that’s not the end of glass’s ability to make your home a brighter space. Light bounces off of glass, creating a brighter look (whether it’s natural or artificial light from lamps and light bulbs).

Rooms that have limited window space or are in a darker area of the house can benefit from this ability. Use larger areas of glass, such as a glass shower enclosure or glass kitchen cabinetry, to create an airy sense of light that room might otherwise not have.

Contemporary Style

Your older home needs something to bring it into this century. And that something might be glass. The fresh, clean look of glass offers a sleek, contemporary style that other types of building materials don’t always offer.

Even though stainless steel and concrete can both create a contemporary type of design, these materials tend to look sterile and uninviting. Glass is a contemporary choice that’s inviting and doesn’t create an industrial aesthetic.

Indoor-Outdoor Options

When you expand traditional windows into full-length glass walls, you create an indoor-to-outdoor design that brings nature into your home. Unlike wood siding, vinyl siding, concrete, or brick, glass is a potential outdoor option that has a dual use. Instead of just covering your home, glass can become an integral part of both the exterior and interior design schemes at the same time.

Creative Outlet

With the many and varied uses of glass, you have almost endless uses for this material. That translates into the opportunity to express your creative side through home design.

Whether you want to cover your kitchen countertops in frosted glass panels, use mirrors to decorate your living room wall, create glass shelving units for your home office, or turn your bedroom into a glass-caped palace, this mighty material plays into your whimsical, imaginative sense of design.

Do you need custom glass for your home décor design project? Contact Martin Glass for more information.

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I broke my sliding back door window on my pickup truck with my lawn mower. They came out to my work and replaced the window with a whole new slider. Everything turned out great. I got good service and a good price. I chose them because they worked with me on price. I would definitely use them again if I have any glass issues.
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