Glass Tile / January 14, 2019 / Annette Laforest
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.
The reason for doing this is when installing the glass tiles you do not want to see the trowel marks through the glass tiles. Another key to think about when installing the translucent tile is to make sure the surface behind the tile is white. If you have a painted kitchen and the walls are currently a dark or strong color that color could appear through the glass tile. If installing the translucent tile make sure the surface is painted white first and make sure the use of white thin set as well. The second type of glass is where the glass itself is a crystal type glass with the color backed on the back. Most 4mm or 8mm crystal type glass is clear and then the color of the tile is applied on the back of the tile giving it the color.