Glass Tile / August 29, 2018 / FifineAsselin
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.
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.
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.