IceStone Countertops: Recycled Glass and Concrete

January 29th, 2010 by Cathy Rust Leave a reply »

Recycled glass countertops are gaining popularity in home design, and if you’ve seen them you understand why. From solid glass countertops that evoke images of the ocean or Georgian Bay, to spectacular counters of glass chips embedded in concrete, recycled glass countertops are nothing short of stunning. IceStone is available in Ontario (there are two other kinds of recycled glass countertops, Bio-Glass and Vertrazzo, but neither are commonly available here yet).

IceStone

IceStone

IceStone is made in Brooklyn, New York. The glass used is either post-consumer (think Perrier bottles and Skye Vodka bottles), or post-industrial glass depending on the colour of the recycled glass countertops  you want.
A few facts about IceStone:

  • It’s available in 29 different colours,
  • Cost varies on style chosen, but a rough guide is between $80-$160/square foot installation,
  • Care: It requires sealing once every 12-18 months because it is a cement product,
  • If sealed properly, it will not stain easily,
  • It does not chip easily,
  • The product is a mixture of 80% recycled glass and 20% concrete (no fillers in the concrete). It’s made by binding the recycled glass in tinted concrete (to match or complement the glass chips) and polished to a high gloss. Recycled glass countertops can be honed, if you prefer,
  • Lifespan: the same as natural stone if installed and cared for properly,
  • End of lifespan: IceStone can be crushed and used to make paving materials and other similar items.
  • It’s received the C2C Gold certification from MBDC an independent third party certification design firm,
  • Shipping method: to Canada, shipping is usually done by truck.
  • One final note: if your contractor has never worked with IceStone before, ask your vendor to recommend an installer who is already familiar with the product.

Where to buy:

Moscone Marble and Granite
8830 Jane Street
Vaughn, ONT L4K 2M9
Telephone: (905) 856 8400
Fax: (905) 761 9522
Email: info@mosconetile.com

Ultra Stone Inc.
21 Kenview Blvd., Unit #20
Brampton, ON L6T 5G7
Telephone: (905) 789 1900
Fax: (905) 789 1997

CB Marble Craft LTD.
17 Airview Rd.
Toronto, ON M9W 4P1
Telephone: (416) 741 1585
Fax: (416) 741 6373
Email: cbmarble@bellnet.ca

EcoInhabit: Earth Inspired Living
121 Old Highway #26
Meaford, ONT N4L 1W7
Telephone: (519) 538 0777
Fax: (519) 538 0778
Web: www.ecoinhabit.com

Sustain 
8 Crescent Rd Unit B2
Huntsville, ON P1H 0B3
Telephone: (705) 787 0326
Fax: (705) 787 7326
Email: info@sustainmuskoka.ca
Web: www.sustainmuskoka.ca

 

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8 comments

  1. Cathy Rust says:

    Hello,
    You could contact IceStone directly to see about importing the product:
    http://icestoneusa.com/customer-service/customer-service/#customer-service

  2. Dewald Swart says:

    I can see that they look stunning. How would we go about importing them to South Africa?

  3. countertops says:

    Good and honest write up. As a company that has worked with the product I would definately agree with the last comment that you want to make sure you are working with a company that has used the product before. It is different enough of a product that requires a learning curve in terms of fabrication techniques. Not just another stone product although you use the same tooling.

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