How much do recycled glass countertops cost?
Save money by combining higher-priced recycled glass countertop material with a less expensive solid surface for work areas. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kane M. of Petaluma, Fla.)
“Recycled glass countertops are in the middle to upper end of countertops we carry,” says Natasha Winnik, owner of highly rated Originate Natural Building Materials Showroom in Tucson, Ariz. The cost per square foot ranges from $51 to $113.25, depending on the brand, rarity of color and size of glass pieces, Winnik says. “Trinity Glass has the smallest size," she says. "Vetrazzo has the largest."
Chris Giegerich, owner of highly rated Absolute Kitchen & Bath Works in West Palm Beach, Fla., says Vetrazzo can cost $100 or more a square foot, compared with granite, which starts at $35 to $39, and engineered quartz, which ranges from $40 to at least $70. At the low end, laminate is $18 to $22, he says.
Winnik says some homeowners reduce remodeling costs by using recycled glass in limited areas, such as an island top, and choosing a less expensive countertop material for other work surfaces.
Granite Transformations’ recycled glass is less expensive than other brands, says Deborah Varner, co-owner of the highly rated Granite Transformations franchise in Mukilteo, Wash. It's a quarter-inch thick, compared to the usual 1.25 inches, and can usually be bonded to an existing countertop or to plywood, she says, adding that "we sell our recycled glass at about half the price of Vetrazzo or IceStone.”