Glass Tile / January 10, 2019 / Annette Laforest
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.
What that means is glass expands and contracts at a greater rate than other materials someone might use in their pool e.g. ceramic or stone. Since the tile is adhered to the bottom of the pool while its expanding and contracting it can easily crack and break if the cement its laid into doesnt stretch with it. Therefore the question often heard from customers is "How do I install glass tile in my pool without having to repair the broken tiles year after year?" The answer has not always been an easy one. However with advances in technology and contractors growing experience installing glass tile we are now able to provide customers with the right recommendations so that their pool installation experiences minimal problems.
There normally is not a concern with seeing the mesh backing through this tile. The same precautions still need to be taken into consideration for installation as well. The last thing to take into consideration is the grout. To play it safe the best grout to use is either an un sanded grout or specialty grout. The reason you will wand an un sanded grout is there is no sand particles in the unsanded grout. Sand particles found in sanded grout can possibly scratch the surface of the glass. The specialty grouts do not have any sand particles in them including the epoxy grout and urethane grouts. Home owners who want to make their kitchen pools or bathrooms look good often consider using glass tile. However these tiles can be quite pricey and can end up costing a person more when it comes to construction and renovation projects.