A Pretty Proposition
Decorative Glass in Kitchens and Baths
b y S a r a N e i s w a n g e r
rchitectural glass products play
a major role in the comfort of
the living and working environ-
ment of today’s homes and workplaces.
The use of glass in these settings
doesn’t end at function, however. Dec-
orative glass products are being used
increasingly in areas such as kitchens
and baths to provide interesting solu-
tions for countertops and backsplashes.
GANA’s Glass Information Bulletin
(GIB) Assessing the Durability of Deco- While glass is used frequently for decorative purposes in kitchens and baths,
rative Glass is a must-read when consid- it’s important to understand the durability issues these products can encounter.
ering decorative glazing products and
ensuring the most appropriate choice pact of letting products such as these adhesives may be susceptible to degra-
for long-lasting use. Exposure to certain go uncleaned.
cleaning solutions, abrasive materials
and heat are just a few considerations ScratcheS
dation from the use of products such as
ammonia or some types of soap. Clean-
ing decorative countertops and back-
when it comes to helping your customers
make a selection.
Scratching is another thing to con- splashes is important.Let your customers
sider.“Scratch hardness”is a measure of know that choosing a compatible clean-
This GIB looks at a number of import- the material’s scratch resistance.In other ing solution will ensure the products last.
ant durability properties. For each prop- words, to what degree will it be affected
erty, it includes an overview of factors in permanently, whether by deformity or learn More
some technical detail,and gives examples fracture? Materials for countertop ap-
The Assessing the Durability of Dec-
of where a glass product might encounter plications should have been subjected orative Glass GIB was created by the
such a situation.It also suggests test meth- to appropriate ASTM test methods, or GANA Decorative Division. To learn
ods that can measure material or product to the Mohs Scratch Hardness Test.
more about the wide range of dura-
bility properties associated with dec-
orative glass, be sure to download the
Finally, the types of cleaning products complete GIB. This and all the GANA
durability against each consideration.
For instance,you may know that acid cleanlineSS
will corrode glass if left unaddressed.
In your own refrigerator, you may have used on countertops and backsplashes Glass Information Bulletins are avail-
products such as tomato sauce,lemons, should be carefully considered. Sol- able via instant download and free of
soft drinks and even vinegar. While vent-resistance describes the degree a charge.Visit glasswebsite.com/publica-
most people appreciate a tidy kitchen solvent will dissolve another material. tions to learn more. n
space, glass corrosion is a negative im- Materials such as sealants and
What is Mohs Hardness Scale?
S a r a N e i s w a n g e r is
the account executive of
the Glass Association of
North America (GANA) in
The Mohs Hardness Scale is a test for identifying mineral specimens.
The test compares the resistance of a mineral to being scratched by ten
reference minerals. According to geology.com, “the test is useful because
most specimens of a given mineral are very close to the same hardness.
This makes hardness a reliable diagnostic property for most minerals.”
USGlass, Metal & Glazing | February 2017