Glass Tile / September 8, 2018 / FifineAsselin.
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.
Whether youre looking to retile your bathroom make a crafty project or add a little pizazz to your kitchen with glass tile its all possible. Here are five different ways you can put glass tiling to work in your home: Kitchen Floors: This first place to use glass tile is possibly the most obvious: kitchen floors. There are hundreds if not thousands of different colors and styles of glass tiling. Using mosaic tiles as kitchen floors can add a punch of color and flair to your otherwise drab cooking space. Tile flooring is ideal for the kitchen because its easy to clean and is extremely durable. Kitchen Wall Backsplash: If the flooring project is too ambitious for you or you just dont want such a busy pattern you should consider using it on countertops. Glass tiling is perfect to use on the walls behind kitchen countertops.
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.
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.