Glass Tile / January 17, 2019 / Genevieve Brunelle
What that means is glass expands and contracts at a greater rate than other materials someone might use in their pool e.g. ceramic or stone. Since the tile is adhered to the bottom of the pool while its expanding and contracting it can easily crack and break if the cement its laid into doesnt stretch with it. Therefore the question often heard from customers is "How do I install glass tile in my pool without having to repair the broken tiles year after year?" The answer has not always been an easy one. However with advances in technology and contractors growing experience installing glass tile we are now able to provide customers with the right recommendations so that their pool installation experiences minimal problems.
The most important step in putting glass tile in a swimming pool is choosing the right installation materials. To reiterate the high rate of expansion and contraction of glass caused by temperature changes is the leading cause of cracks and damage to installed tiles. In order to compensate for this special thin-set adhesives and additives have been developed that expand and contract with the glass. The leading manufacturer of glass-specific tile adhesive systems is MAPEI and their Adesilex P10 thin-set and Keraply additive can be combined into an installation system that is specifically designed for applications where the glass tiles are completely submerged.
Usually they are available mesh mounted on a fiberglass sheet or as field tiles such as subway 3"x6" 4"x4" 6"x6" and even 12"x12". Stained clear glass tiles are made of clear/translucent glass that are stained during its manufacturing process and then cut into multiple pieces. In this case you can see all the way through it even if it has a dark stain color and that is the reason they are not mesh-backed otherwise you would see the mesh through the glass even after installed. Instead they are mounted on clear-faced or paper-faced sheet. Plain or non-colored clear glass tiles are made of clear/translucent glass and do not have color in it. Though the word "plain" is used to describe these types of tiles they are extremely elegant and easy to work with if you want to give a special "touch" to a kitchen backsplash bathroom and shower or swimming pool.