Glass Tile / January 15, 2019 / Morgana Faubert
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.
You may be wondering what is a fused glass tile blocks where can it be used and what designs are available. Read on to learn more. What are fused glass tile blocks? How are they made? This product combines the beauty of decorative glass art with the strength structure and security of blocks. These tiles are individually hand crafted by glass artisans. The tiles are made by fusing layers of colored and clear glass in a kiln at a temperature greater than 1400 degrees. Since the tiles use real colored glass they wont fade or delaminate like inexpensive units. The tiles are available in 73 transparent 46 opaque and custom dichroic and iridescent colors. Once the tiles are made they are fused to the glass blocks in any type of custom design. For centuries glass has been a featured material in mosaic media to decorate and articulate a building.