Glass Tile / August 29, 2018 / FifineAsselin
Glass tiles have a higher rate of heat expansion which means that these glass tile backsplashes can withstand heat more than porcelain or ceramic tiles do. If you have a fireplace that you use often during the coldest days of the year giving it an image overhaul by installing a decorative tile backsplash is worth the money. Impress your friends and relatives with the newest design that is available in your local tile retailer Show off your backyard pool. Owning a pool is awesome where you can dispel the heat during summer seasons. However with the plain white or blue (or the combination of both colors) ensemble of your pool sometimes you wish your pool look livelier than its current appearance. vWith this newest trend on glass tile backsplashes give your backyard pool a face-lift and astonish your visitors when you hold a pool party or simple gatherings with your friends.
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.