Glass Tile / January 21, 2019 / Genevieve Brunelle
Using colorful glass tiles as a backsplash can really accentuate your cabinets and provide and easy to clean surface for the walls of your kitchen--a place that is notorious for getting splashed and stained. Bathrooms: Glass tile is gorgeous in bathrooms. Using cool blue/green colors against white fixtures can have an incredibly pleasing effect on the eye. You can opt to tile the entire wall space or just the areas around the tub and sink. Whatever you decide its guaranteed to look phenomenal. Living Rooms: Using tile on the walls in places besides the bathroom and kitchen has really started to take off over the last few years. Glass tiling as a wall covering looks ultra modern and hip. Generally people have just tried it on accent walls and then chose a coordinating paint color to go with it but if youre feeling ambitious (and the rooms size warrants it) just go ahead and add glass tiles to the whole room.
The reason so much more grout is removed than when grouting conventional tile is because light refracts better through the glass tile when the sides of the tiles are exposed to the light. Work 3x3 spaces for about ½ hour or until the grout begins to dry then sponge off the grout. Bring several buckets of clean water and a sponge to the work area before you begin. Soak up some water into the sponge and gently wipe away the excess grout that is adhered to the tile. Smooth the grout lines with the sponge using one continuous swipe. Flip the sponge over and swipe more grout from the tiles until it becomes full of grout. Rinse the sponge in a clean bucket of water and repeat.
Most quality manufacturers sponsor minimum of two-day seminars to ensure a finished look that will last decades rather than months. A Phoenix Arizona based company recently conducted two-day seminars bringing Alex Arcaro of Bisazza to their Scottsdale showroom to teach contractors the fine art of glass tile installation. The benefit of a "paper faced glass tile" is that it allows for an efficient method of installation and is used by quality glass tile manufacturers. When installing a paper faced material 100% of the glass tile is bonded to the substrate which has tremendous benefits especially if it is being used in wet area applications.