Glass Tile / January 23, 2019 / Genevieve Brunelle.
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.
The first type of tile is a translucent glass. A translucent glass is a type of tile that you could actually hold up and see right through it. The most common types of glass that is translucent is a recycled glass or an oval penny round or brick type of tile. Majority of translucent glass tiles are paper faced. The reason that most of these are paper faced is because the mesh backing can be seen through the glass tile. When installing this type of glass tile you want to use a small notch trowel when spreading your mastic on the installation surface. After spreading the mastic you will want to flatten down or knock down the trowel marks.
Using colorful glass tiles as a backsplash can really accentuate your cabinets and provide and easy to clean surface for the walls of your kitchen--a place that is notorious for getting splashed and stained. Bathrooms: Glass tile is gorgeous in bathrooms. Using cool blue/green colors against white fixtures can have an incredibly pleasing effect on the eye. You can opt to tile the entire wall space or just the areas around the tub and sink. Whatever you decide its guaranteed to look phenomenal. Living Rooms: Using tile on the walls in places besides the bathroom and kitchen has really started to take off over the last few years. Glass tiling as a wall covering looks ultra modern and hip. Generally people have just tried it on accent walls and then chose a coordinating paint color to go with it but if youre feeling ambitious (and the rooms size warrants it) just go ahead and add glass tiles to the whole room.
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.