Glass Tile / January 17, 2019 / Odette Pinneau
A sponge dipped in soapy water does the trick of removing the dirt away. As long as the installation process is done perfectly your glass tile backsplashes can last a lifetime. Perhaps the right time has come to begin that remodeling plan you have been thinking since last year. Thus start planning now. Call your designer and ask for quotation in renovating your home with this particular backsplash. Clear Glass Tile is one of the most popular tiles among homeowners and interior designers who are working on a kitchen backsplash bathroom or swimming pool project. Because clear glass tiles are translucent - you can see through they have a shiny and rich look that opens unlimited possibilities in terms of design.
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.
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.