Glass Tile / January 19, 2019 / Odette Pinneau
Installing glass tile is a great way to enhance your kitchen bathroom or pool remodeling project. With such a huge variety of colors shapes and styles this type of tile makes the perfect choice for an elegant solution to any designing theme. Add in the fact that these tiles are one of the most affordable tile products on the market today and its hard not to see why its such a popular element in home design. Before beginning any glass tile grouting project the affixed tiles must have been allowed to cure for 36-48 hours. Any debris should be removed using a brush or shop vacuum. Use a wet sponge to remove any exposed thin-set that may have cured to the tiles.
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.
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.