Glass Tile / January 24, 2019 / Karlotta Boule
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.
Whether youre looking to retile your bathroom make a crafty project or add a little pizazz to your kitchen with glass tile its all possible. Here are five different ways you can put glass tiling to work in your home: Kitchen Floors: This first place to use glass tile is possibly the most obvious: kitchen floors. There are hundreds if not thousands of different colors and styles of glass tiling. Using mosaic tiles as kitchen floors can add a punch of color and flair to your otherwise drab cooking space. Tile flooring is ideal for the kitchen because its easy to clean and is extremely durable. Kitchen Wall Backsplash: If the flooring project is too ambitious for you or you just dont want such a busy pattern you should consider using it on countertops. Glass tiling is perfect to use on the walls behind kitchen countertops.
The reason so much more grout is removed than when grouting conventional tile is because light refracts better through the glass tile when the sides of the tiles are exposed to the light. Work 3x3 spaces for about ½ hour or until the grout begins to dry then sponge off the grout. Bring several buckets of clean water and a sponge to the work area before you begin. Soak up some water into the sponge and gently wipe away the excess grout that is adhered to the tile. Smooth the grout lines with the sponge using one continuous swipe. Flip the sponge over and swipe more grout from the tiles until it becomes full of grout. Rinse the sponge in a clean bucket of water and repeat.