Glass Tile / January 11, 2019 / Astrid Auclair
Mosaics: If youre more artistically inclined than the average glass tiling fan than you should consider crafting a tile mosaic. A mosaic can be a wall installation or a table top piece or even a separate art creation that you can hand on a wall somewhere in your home or give as a gift to someone. A popular thing to do over the last few years has been to make mosaic patio tables. Its fairly simple to do and all youll need is some grout and your favorite tiles. A very common question when selecting glass for a kitchen backsplash is whether it needs to be mesh backing or paper faced? This can be an easy answer or it can be a complex answer. There are two different types of glass tile that will get either one or the other.
Often glass tiles are translucent in appearance and any imperfection in either the setting application or the thinset is magnified. Whichever tile is being installed the substrate must be perfectly smooth using the manufacturers suggested setting materials and following their instructions exactly as written. Any "waves or grooves" in setting material are noticeable which is another reason a consumer needs to hire a contractor trained in glass tile installation. Another major quality difference between glass tiles is in the quality of the glass used during production. Oceanside Glass is famous for using recycled bottles in its production and provides consumers with a guide of how much post-consumer recycled material are used in their production and can assist with LEED accreditation. Additionally their state-of-the-art equipment for precision processing in batching changing furnaces and cooling molten glass is revolutionary.
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.