Glass Tile / January 11, 2019 / Astrid Hachee.
No matter what type of wall you have in your home you can decorate it with recycled glass wall tiles. Add a splash of color to your living room spice up your kitchen or breathe some new life into the master bedroom. The skys the limit when it comes to all the things you can do with tile. Just open your mind and prepare to see an amazing transformation. There are so many different sizes colors and shapes of tiles currently available the only trouble youll have is picking out which type you like best. Recycled tile is especially beautiful because every time you look at it youll remember that youre helping the environment. The mixture of recycled glass can also result in a beautiful iridescent look depending on the style that you buy. Recycled glass tile is a very strong building material that is easy to clean impervious to water and is also heat/thaw resistant.
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 reason so much more grout is removed than when grouting conventional tile is because light refracts better through the glass tile when the sides of the tiles are exposed to the light. Work 3x3 spaces for about ½ hour or until the grout begins to dry then sponge off the grout. Bring several buckets of clean water and a sponge to the work area before you begin. Soak up some water into the sponge and gently wipe away the excess grout that is adhered to the tile. Smooth the grout lines with the sponge using one continuous swipe. Flip the sponge over and swipe more grout from the tiles until it becomes full of grout. Rinse the sponge in a clean bucket of water and repeat.
In this method colors are added to the top or bottom of the glass. Fused glass tiles are characterized with a translucent area and a layer of opaque color visible through the tile. These tiles are further treated with an etching or other coating for aesthetics or abrasion. Sintered tile is a variety made by pressing glass powder into dies and then heated until the particles fuse. The color is either added into the powder or added topically after cooling. Unlike smalti tiles sintered tiles tend to have a uniform look. This milky and scratch-resistant finish makes it versatile. Cast tile is made by inserting chunks of glass into a mold which gives it a layered look.