Glass Tile / January 11, 2019 / Genevieve Brunelle
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.
When you do buy discontinued glass tile for you construction and renovation projects make sure you buy more that what you need. This allows for the possibility of breakages and for you to have replacement tiles available for future use should you need to repair some of them when needed. Another reason why you can get great deals stocks from certain suppliers is because they get these tiles at very low prices from the manufacturers. They then sell these tiles at a slight mark-up of what their purchase price is to get these sold off fast and to get most of the people who want them is to buy from them instead of from their competitors. If you want tile made of glass that are environmentally friendly you should try recycled glass.
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.