Glass Tile / January 11, 2019 / Astrid Auclair
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.
Consumers need to consider that many mesh backed material use poor quality glue to bond the tile to the mesh. When the mesh side is installed to the surface the mesh acts as a barrier between the tile and substrate. If the glue subsequently breaks down or the bond fails the tile can then easily loosen and fall out because little of the tile surface is actually bonded to the substrate. This failure can begin almost immediately or can take up to a few years after all installation warranties have expired. With Chinese produced glass tile my experience has shown the glue used to bond the tile to the mesh is lower in quality than the glue used in higher quality products produced in Europe or quality US manufacturers.