Glass Tile / January 10, 2019 / Fealty Allaire.
Choosing the right grout color to match your glass tile is essential to preventing blemishes and imperfections from being easily spotted. Because of the reflective surfaces on these tiles grout can disrupt the refraction of light easily catching the eye and revealing blemishes in the tiles. A suitable match is one that is similar in color to the tiles color. Mixing grout is as simple as making pancake batter. Use a paddle bit and a ½" drill to mix non-sanded grout into a five gallon bucket stirring in water slowly. Once the mix has achieved the consistency of pancake batter the grout will be mixed to perfection. Add more water or more grout as needed to thin or thicken the grout mix.
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.
Glass tiles have a higher rate of heat expansion which means that these glass tile backsplashes can withstand heat more than porcelain or ceramic tiles do. If you have a fireplace that you use often during the coldest days of the year giving it an image overhaul by installing a decorative tile backsplash is worth the money. Impress your friends and relatives with the newest design that is available in your local tile retailer Show off your backyard pool. Owning a pool is awesome where you can dispel the heat during summer seasons. However with the plain white or blue (or the combination of both colors) ensemble of your pool sometimes you wish your pool look livelier than its current appearance. vWith this newest trend on glass tile backsplashes give your backyard pool a face-lift and astonish your visitors when you hold a pool party or simple gatherings with your friends.
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.