Glass Tile / January 23, 2019 / Fleurette Theriault
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.
Quality mosaics offer the clients designers and architects few if any limitations on their visions. Almost anything can be designed and made from quality glass tile including furniture. The best word of advice when considering glass tile is a consumer should always consult with an authorized distributor regarding the tiles suitability for the intended use. Authorized distributors spend an enormous amount of time educating their employees and they always know who to contact for installation related questions. Please contact your distributor for a list of installers who have completed formal training. Are you looking for a one of a kind way to dress up a glass block shower wall or window? If so youll want to check out the newly introduced decorative blocks with fused glass tiles added to them.
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.