Glass Tile / January 20, 2019 / Morgana Faubert
Often glass tiles are translucent in appearance and any imperfection in either the setting application or the thinset is magnified. Whichever tile is being installed the substrate must be perfectly smooth using the manufacturers suggested setting materials and following their instructions exactly as written. Any "waves or grooves" in setting material are noticeable which is another reason a consumer needs to hire a contractor trained in glass tile installation. Another major quality difference between glass tiles is in the quality of the glass used during production. Oceanside Glass is famous for using recycled bottles in its production and provides consumers with a guide of how much post-consumer recycled material are used in their production and can assist with LEED accreditation. Additionally their state-of-the-art equipment for precision processing in batching changing furnaces and cooling molten glass is revolutionary.
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.
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.