Glass Tile / January 24, 2019 / Astrid Auclair
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.
When you do buy discontinued glass tile for you construction and renovation projects make sure you buy more that what you need. This allows for the possibility of breakages and for you to have replacement tiles available for future use should you need to repair some of them when needed. Another reason why you can get great deals stocks from certain suppliers is because they get these tiles at very low prices from the manufacturers. They then sell these tiles at a slight mark-up of what their purchase price is to get these sold off fast and to get most of the people who want them is to buy from them instead of from their competitors. If you want tile made of glass that are environmentally friendly you should try recycled glass.
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.