Glass Tile / January 24, 2019 / Karlotta Boule
For the past five years I have witnessed an unprecedented increase in the use of glass tile mosaics in residential and commercial applications. As with many other high end popular products cheaper knock-offs have quickly flooded the market. Unsuspecting consumers purchase these attractive-looking cheap tiles only to become frustrated months later when they learn the investment in their home is not only worthless but also costly. When a glass tile installation or product fails homeowners are left with expensive tear-outs and repairs. To the end user and many untrained contractors the quality differences may seem subtle but these distinctions have a major impact on the final appearance and durability of the project.
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.
Clean water is the key to finishing the job quickly and thoroughly. Once the tiles have been cleaned check for any voids or pits and fill them in as needed. Use the sponge and clean water to wipe away any remaining grout. Allow to dry for a few hours and then use a dry cheese cloth to clean the remaining grout residue. After the glass tile has dried for 48 hours its ready for use! Glass tile is not only beautiful to look at its also quite versatile. The Romans were known to use mosaic tiles all over their empire to create a feeling of home and to add religious pictorial and decorative significance to rooms of their homes. So if youd like to do as the Romans did get yourself some tiles.