Glass Tile / January 23, 2019 / Genevieve Brunelle
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.
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.
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.