Natural Products: Recycled Glass
Apollo Recycled Glass is a manmade material, using crushed glass and glass crystals in combination with powdered quartz and resin binders and dyes to create solid sections of non-porous engineered stone.
A stunning material, Apollo Recycled Glass gives a unique depth of texture, refracting light throughout the glass surface crystals. Crushed and powdered glass fragments beneath each crystal offer a glistening dimension unseen in any other kind of surface.
This page looks into the traits and properties to help you make an informed decision when choosing an Apollo Recycled Glass worktop.
Properties of Quartz Worktops
The glass chips used in Apollo Recycled Glass are coloured during the manufacturing process, and will vary between variants of the surface. The actual size of these chips can be up to five times the size of those found in Quartz, though sizes, shapes and density will vary between samples.
When draining grooves are machined into a Recycled Glass worktop, these will typically not be as finely polished as the main surface. This can mean they appear comparatively duller.
The crushed Quartzite used in Apollo Recycled Glass worktops may in some lighting appear to have a granular texture. This can change based on viewing angle, and may make pieces from the same batch appear mismatched if placed at different angles.
Colours within Apollo Recycled Glass worktops are quality controlled. Apollo Recycled Glass styles typically have a mottled and speckled background, and chips may have a subtle or more vivid appearance depending on depth of the crystal, and concentration of crushed glass beneath.
Slab Size Limitations
Typical slab sizes for Quartz are 3m x 1.4m. This may mean that some designs require linear jointing for both surfaces and upstands. Corners will typically involve 2 sections to prevent the risk of breakage in transport.
Corners & Material Cost
Designs which include non-right angled corners may incur additional material cost, due to the wastage of material. Where worktops with irregular shaping need to be produced, the cost is calculated based on the long edge.
Care & Maintenance
Apollo Recycled Glass worktops are non-porous, and easy to maintain. They are naturally stain and heat resistant and do not require sealing. Concrete colours have a matt finish and are more difficult to maintain.
pictured: Blue Star – Scale measurement, samples under different lighting and installation with corner joint