Glass Tile / January 18, 2019 / Fleurette Theriault
Both trendy and good for the earth read on to learn why your next decorating project should involve recycled glass tiles. One of the benefits of recycled tile is that the abundance of wasted glass in landfills is put to good use leaving the land free to be utilized for more biodegradable material. (This also means that landfills dont need to be expanded to accommodate the rising amount of glass waste.) Recycled glass tile is also better for the environment because it takes take less than half the energy required to produce other forms of tile. Additionally when you move on to other decorating themes you can re-recycle your recycled tiles too! Recycled glass tile is easy to install easy to clean and looks great in any room including shower stalls bathroom and kitchen floors as well as backsplash areas.
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.
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.