Glass Tile / January 11, 2019 / Odette Pinneau
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.
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.
Most quality manufacturers sponsor minimum of two-day seminars to ensure a finished look that will last decades rather than months. A Phoenix Arizona based company recently conducted two-day seminars bringing Alex Arcaro of Bisazza to their Scottsdale showroom to teach contractors the fine art of glass tile installation. The benefit of a "paper faced glass tile" is that it allows for an efficient method of installation and is used by quality glass tile manufacturers. When installing a paper faced material 100% of the glass tile is bonded to the substrate which has tremendous benefits especially if it is being used in wet area applications.