Glass Tile / January 8, 2019 / Morgana Faubert
Quality mosaics offer the clients designers and architects few if any limitations on their visions. Almost anything can be designed and made from quality glass tile including furniture. The best word of advice when considering glass tile is a consumer should always consult with an authorized distributor regarding the tiles suitability for the intended use. Authorized distributors spend an enormous amount of time educating their employees and they always know who to contact for installation related questions. Please contact your distributor for a list of installers who have completed formal training. Are you looking for a one of a kind way to dress up a glass block shower wall or window? If so youll want to check out the newly introduced decorative blocks with fused glass tiles added to them.
In addition there are two other eminent glass surface treatments for these tiles: slumping and etching. Smalti tile is type of tile which is an opaque glass. It has been in use from ancient times. "Smalti" is an Italian word and refers to a glass paste. Smalti is made by mixing molten glass with metal oxides for color. Translucent Smalti is a popular variant of smalti glass tile. It looks like stained glass with uniform colors. Byzantine Glass is another smalti variant made from thinner slabs of glass. Metallic Smalti is a swirl of a copper-bearing mineral added into the molten glass before it is pressed. Gold Smalti are made by applying a gold leaf and a thin layer of blown glass. Fused Tile is manufactured using the fusion method. In this type a flat glass is cut into tiles shapes and then fired in a furnace. The clear glass will show the tile until treated with a color.
Most quality manufacturers sponsor minimum of two-day seminars to ensure a finished look that will last decades rather than months. A Phoenix Arizona based company recently conducted two-day seminars bringing Alex Arcaro of Bisazza to their Scottsdale showroom to teach contractors the fine art of glass tile installation. The benefit of a "paper faced glass tile" is that it allows for an efficient method of installation and is used by quality glass tile manufacturers. When installing a paper faced material 100% of the glass tile is bonded to the substrate which has tremendous benefits especially if it is being used in wet area applications.