Glass Tile / January 10, 2019 / Genevieve Brunelle
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 kitchen walls and susceptible to the oil retain and the stains. The walls are also exposed to the soot of the fire. Thus it is necessary to have something that can be easily cleaned and the wall to look good. Thus the tiles are used for the same purpose. They are cheap and they come in myriad designs. The tiles can be set in many forms and formats and they help the room to get added incentive. The tiles have a lot of texture that echoes the taste of the owner too. These are the reasons why the tiles are so widespread today. These decorative tiles are modern initiatives. There are many reasons why these must be a part of the household for every family. Everyone wants to be special.
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.