White Countertop Options…Which is Whiter: Glass or Quartz?
If you are in the market for a Pure White Countertop with a crisp, modern or contemporary look…read on. They provide a very solid “yin” to any busy “yang” cabinetry or wall tiles. But did you know that white glass countertops are also excellent outdoor countertop because they are pure white and reflect almost all of the heat from the sun. We have written extensively about this here. This is a huge benefit in Summer months especially in Florida where many other surfaces will be simply too hot to enjoy. Many designers and homeowners wish to employ the purest, whitest countertop option possible to provide a crisp clean color to contrast to kitchen or bath cabinets, floors, walls, and back splashes.
While there are many white quartz countertop manufacturers we can fabricate for you, we also provide White Glass countertops. The qualities of these have been referenced in other blogs here, but in our experience our White Glass is superior in terms of:
- White Glass can be used outdoors…Quartz cannot due to UV yellowing, warping, cracking.
- White Glass reflects the sun…and absorbs almost zero sunlight energy…even in direct Summer sunlight.
- White Glass can accept hot pans directly…Quartz will melt, scorch or burn.
- White Glass is Stain proof….White Quartz will stain from oils, pen ink, bleach and solvents.
- White Glass is cigar and cigarette burn proof…Quartz is not. Great for commercial work.
- White Glass provides the best background for Textured Glass high bars to capture the shadows cast from above.
We took our White Glass and photographed it against common white quartz countertop options to see which was the whitest countertop option available. We juxtaposed our white glass against popular Quartz manufacturers such as Caesarstone, Cambria, and Zodiaq. The results surprised us, as most quartz countertop options proved to be not truly white colors despite having names such as Snow White, Pure White, etc. When we looked to their website for “colorful” descriptions, we found some interesting claims. From Caeserstone: “Pure White is the purest, cleanest, dense white available. This colour meets the ongoing demand for “new” whites and combines modern style with durability.” Close, but not exactly true when compared to our White Glass! It might be the whitest quartz available, but when you select a fabricator like Downing Designs who can offer to fabricate quartz, glass, concrete, etc. you get a huge selection of white countertop offerings vs a narrowly defined vision limited to only one material. See the comparisons below where we overlaid our White Glass Countertop material over various white quartz countertops:
Clearly, the White Glass countertop material from DowningDesigns is a MUCH purer, white countertop. This is not surprising as the quartz is 30% plastic resin binder and only 70% solid material filler. The grains of aggregate can also be clearly seen in any quartz. This gives them a completely different semi-gloss appearance compared to a pure White Glass counteertop which is glossy, homogeneous and is by far the whitest countertop.
“Pure White” Caeserstone
The feel of our White Glass countertop is also much smoother to the touch…a luxury which we see more and more countertop buyers looking for in their material selection. (We can also diamond polish the high shine down to a matte finish for those who wish to use White Glass for shower steps, stairs, etc.)
When looking for the whitest countertop option we hope we have shown you there is a vast difference in countertops available. We would suggest that if you seek the purest white countertop with unbeatable durability, and stain resistance, then our White Glass countertops have a distinct advantage both now, and for many many years to come.
Please give us a call anytime to discuss your whitest countertop needs. Thank you…Jeff Downing (813) 784 5211