Glass Tile / August 27, 2018 / FifineAsselin.
A tile backsplash is a technique in interior designing that could improve the décor of your home especially in the kitchen and bathroom area. It refers to the installation of tiles to protect your walls primarily from water splashes. However tile backsplashes are not limited to the kitchen or bathroom area. Although the main use of this technique is for protecting the walls of water splashes you can use it anywhere in your home. You may use it to refurbish your fireplace or give a new glimmering effect to your walls. There are different kinds of tile backsplashes and one of them is the glass tile backsplashes. How can this type of tile backsplash improve the décor of your home? With glass tiles you create an illusion of wider kitchen space or any space in your home. Glass tiles reflect light from the surrounding environment which make your space look brighter and wider.
OK youve decided that glass tiles are perfect for your project - so where do you go from here? What are your options? A lesser known option is to explore "art glass tiles". These are made by studio glass artists in smaller lots and are generally made specifically for a client or project. Generally these tiles can be customized specifically to a clients color texture style and size preferences and even incorporate custom designs to match other motifs in the room. For example would you like your tiles to match certain fabrics a specific paint color or type of stone? Would you like a continuous wall panel or smaller accent tiles? These are the types of variation that can be specified when ordering art glass tiles.
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.
The most important step in putting glass tile in a swimming pool is choosing the right installation materials. To reiterate the high rate of expansion and contraction of glass caused by temperature changes is the leading cause of cracks and damage to installed tiles. In order to compensate for this special thin-set adhesives and additives have been developed that expand and contract with the glass. The leading manufacturer of glass-specific tile adhesive systems is MAPEI and their Adesilex P10 thin-set and Keraply additive can be combined into an installation system that is specifically designed for applications where the glass tiles are completely submerged.