Glass Tile / January 21, 2019 / Odette Pinneau.
No matter what type of wall you have in your home you can decorate it with recycled glass wall tiles. Add a splash of color to your living room spice up your kitchen or breathe some new life into the master bedroom. The skys the limit when it comes to all the things you can do with tile. Just open your mind and prepare to see an amazing transformation. There are so many different sizes colors and shapes of tiles currently available the only trouble youll have is picking out which type you like best. Recycled tile is especially beautiful because every time you look at it youll remember that youre helping the environment. The mixture of recycled glass can also result in a beautiful iridescent look depending on the style that you buy. Recycled glass tile is a very strong building material that is easy to clean impervious to water and is also heat/thaw resistant.
The first type of tile is a translucent glass. A translucent glass is a type of tile that you could actually hold up and see right through it. The most common types of glass that is translucent is a recycled glass or an oval penny round or brick type of tile. Majority of translucent glass tiles are paper faced. The reason that most of these are paper faced is because the mesh backing can be seen through the glass tile. When installing this type of glass tile you want to use a small notch trowel when spreading your mastic on the installation surface. After spreading the mastic you will want to flatten down or knock down the trowel marks.
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.
The reason for doing this is when installing the glass tiles you do not want to see the trowel marks through the glass tiles. Another key to think about when installing the translucent tile is to make sure the surface behind the tile is white. If you have a painted kitchen and the walls are currently a dark or strong color that color could appear through the glass tile. If installing the translucent tile make sure the surface is painted white first and make sure the use of white thin set as well. The second type of glass is where the glass itself is a crystal type glass with the color backed on the back. Most 4mm or 8mm crystal type glass is clear and then the color of the tile is applied on the back of the tile giving it the color.