Glass Tile / January 4, 2019 / Odette Pinneau
A tile backsplash is a technique in interior designing that could improve the décor of your home especially in the kitchen and bathroom area. It refers to the installation of tiles to protect your walls primarily from water splashes. However tile backsplashes are not limited to the kitchen or bathroom area. Although the main use of this technique is for protecting the walls of water splashes you can use it anywhere in your home. You may use it to refurbish your fireplace or give a new glimmering effect to your walls. There are different kinds of tile backsplashes and one of them is the glass tile backsplashes. How can this type of tile backsplash improve the décor of your home? With glass tiles you create an illusion of wider kitchen space or any space in your home. Glass tiles reflect light from the surrounding environment which make your space look brighter and wider.
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.
There normally is not a concern with seeing the mesh backing through this tile. The same precautions still need to be taken into consideration for installation as well. The last thing to take into consideration is the grout. To play it safe the best grout to use is either an un sanded grout or specialty grout. The reason you will wand an un sanded grout is there is no sand particles in the unsanded grout. Sand particles found in sanded grout can possibly scratch the surface of the glass. The specialty grouts do not have any sand particles in them including the epoxy grout and urethane grouts. Home owners who want to make their kitchen pools or bathrooms look good often consider using glass tile. However these tiles can be quite pricey and can end up costing a person more when it comes to construction and renovation projects.