Glass Tile / January 9, 2019 / Karlotta Boule
A sponge dipped in soapy water does the trick of removing the dirt away. As long as the installation process is done perfectly your glass tile backsplashes can last a lifetime. Perhaps the right time has come to begin that remodeling plan you have been thinking since last year. Thus start planning now. Call your designer and ask for quotation in renovating your home with this particular backsplash. Clear Glass Tile is one of the most popular tiles among homeowners and interior designers who are working on a kitchen backsplash bathroom or swimming pool project. Because clear glass tiles are translucent - you can see through they have a shiny and rich look that opens unlimited possibilities in terms of design.
Although the definition of clear/translucent glass is "allowing light to pass through partially or diffusely" it doesnt mean that all clear glass tiles are transparent in a way that you can see for example an object or your hand behind it. Clear glass is the material used to make these tiles but they can have color or not. There are basically three types of clear glass tiles: back colored stained and plain or non-colored. Back colored clear glass mosaic tiles are by far the most popular in the market. The tiles are made of clear/translucent glass usually from 4mm to 8mm thick and they receive a coating/painting on the back during manufacturing which is what gives the color to the tile.
In addition there are two other eminent glass surface treatments for these tiles: slumping and etching. Smalti tile is type of tile which is an opaque glass. It has been in use from ancient times. "Smalti" is an Italian word and refers to a glass paste. Smalti is made by mixing molten glass with metal oxides for color. Translucent Smalti is a popular variant of smalti glass tile. It looks like stained glass with uniform colors. Byzantine Glass is another smalti variant made from thinner slabs of glass. Metallic Smalti is a swirl of a copper-bearing mineral added into the molten glass before it is pressed. Gold Smalti are made by applying a gold leaf and a thin layer of blown glass. Fused Tile is manufactured using the fusion method. In this type a flat glass is cut into tiles shapes and then fired in a furnace. The clear glass will show the tile until treated with a color.