Glass Tile / January 14, 2019 / Fealty Allaire.
The most important step in putting glass tile in a swimming pool is choosing the right installation materials. To reiterate the high rate of expansion and contraction of glass caused by temperature changes is the leading cause of cracks and damage to installed tiles. In order to compensate for this special thin-set adhesives and additives have been developed that expand and contract with the glass. The leading manufacturer of glass-specific tile adhesive systems is MAPEI and their Adesilex P10 thin-set and Keraply additive can be combined into an installation system that is specifically designed for applications where the glass tiles are completely submerged.
Their craftsmen work the glass by hand to transform each tile into a piece as unique as a snowflake. Bisazza glass tile uses the highest quality ingredients and constantly works to improve the production process to result in stronger materials with more vibrant colors. Shortcuts in production and compromises with materials result in a finished product lacking perfectly squared edges color quality and strength. To the untrained eye the product may look similar in display but it is in fact extremely inferior. Quality producers of glass tile may also apply a bevel to each of their tiles to allow for more level and consistent surfaces during installation.
Quality mosaics offer the clients designers and architects few if any limitations on their visions. Almost anything can be designed and made from quality glass tile including furniture. The best word of advice when considering glass tile is a consumer should always consult with an authorized distributor regarding the tiles suitability for the intended use. Authorized distributors spend an enormous amount of time educating their employees and they always know who to contact for installation related questions. Please contact your distributor for a list of installers who have completed formal training. Are you looking for a one of a kind way to dress up a glass block shower wall or window? If so youll want to check out the newly introduced decorative blocks with fused glass tiles added to them.
I am amazed at the number of tile contractors who claim to be experts in glass tile installations yet cannot even tell the right direction the tile should be installed! Some contractors will not admit they are unskilled and untrained at this specialty and install the tile upside down because they have never worked with "paper faced material". They later call to complain that tiles are falling out and have glass imperfections. So the first rule is to ensure the person who is installing your glass tile has attended a glass tile setting seminar such as those offered by Bisazza or Oceanside Glasstile or otherwise demonstrated glass tile installation competency.