Glass Tile / January 18, 2019 / Fleurette Theriault
For the past five years I have witnessed an unprecedented increase in the use of glass tile mosaics in residential and commercial applications. As with many other high end popular products cheaper knock-offs have quickly flooded the market. Unsuspecting consumers purchase these attractive-looking cheap tiles only to become frustrated months later when they learn the investment in their home is not only worthless but also costly. When a glass tile installation or product fails homeowners are left with expensive tear-outs and repairs. To the end user and many untrained contractors the quality differences may seem subtle but these distinctions have a major impact on the final appearance and durability of the project.
Installing glass tile is a great way to enhance your kitchen bathroom or pool remodeling project. With such a huge variety of colors shapes and styles this type of tile makes the perfect choice for an elegant solution to any designing theme. Add in the fact that these tiles are one of the most affordable tile products on the market today and its hard not to see why its such a popular element in home design. Before beginning any glass tile grouting project the affixed tiles must have been allowed to cure for 36-48 hours. Any debris should be removed using a brush or shop vacuum. Use a wet sponge to remove any exposed thin-set that may have cured to the tiles.
Usually they are available mesh mounted on a fiberglass sheet or as field tiles such as subway 3"x6" 4"x4" 6"x6" and even 12"x12". Stained clear glass tiles are made of clear/translucent glass that are stained during its manufacturing process and then cut into multiple pieces. In this case you can see all the way through it even if it has a dark stain color and that is the reason they are not mesh-backed otherwise you would see the mesh through the glass even after installed. Instead they are mounted on clear-faced or paper-faced sheet. Plain or non-colored clear glass tiles are made of clear/translucent glass and do not have color in it. Though the word "plain" is used to describe these types of tiles they are extremely elegant and easy to work with if you want to give a special "touch" to a kitchen backsplash bathroom and shower or swimming pool.