If you want to recognize an employee, athlete, or outstanding individual, the best way to do it is by offering up an award. They are inexpensive and show recognition to those that have worked hard either for you, or to accomplish a certain goal. One common material used in designing awards is glass. They have a nice look to them and are easy to engrave, but like any other material they aren’t perfect. Here are the benefits and disadvantages to using glass awards.
The first benefit is that they are cost effective. Glass is relatively cheap, and so mass producing awards out of glass is a good way to save some money. If you’re on a budget, they can be a good alternative to crystal or metal awards without having to go to something as fake feeling as plastic.
Another advantage is the fact that they feel really professional. Plastic awards just feel dull and fake, which may make a person think that you don’t respect their achievements as much and the award is meaningless. Glass on the other hand shows that the award is professionally made and means something.
Glass awards also look really nice. There’s a reason that they are produced so often. As stated previously, they look professional. It’s also possible to engrave directly in the glass, allowing you to put in a logo, quote, or even some personal sentiment about the individual receiving the award.
The biggest fault with glass awards is that they are often fragile. Awards are meant to last a long time, and picking out a material that breaks easily does not ensure that the award will be around for years to come. However, when precaution is taken and human error doesn’t cause them to break, they do outlast other materials and won’t look worn down in a couple years. As a little tip, use a heavy base with glass awards to keep them balanced so that they don’t tip over easily.
Glass awards can also be pretty hefty, especially if you’re offering up a large trophy. This isn’t a big downfall, but it makes mounting them a little more difficult than awards made of cheaper materials. If you’re going with a slim design, then the weight won’t be a big factor, but you do raise the risk of breakage since slimmer designs are less durable.