Glass Tile / January 5, 2019 / Karlotta Boule
A tile backsplash is a technique in interior designing that could improve the décor of your home especially in the kitchen and bathroom area. It refers to the installation of tiles to protect your walls primarily from water splashes. However tile backsplashes are not limited to the kitchen or bathroom area. Although the main use of this technique is for protecting the walls of water splashes you can use it anywhere in your home. You may use it to refurbish your fireplace or give a new glimmering effect to your walls. There are different kinds of tile backsplashes and one of them is the glass tile backsplashes. How can this type of tile backsplash improve the décor of your home? With glass tiles you create an illusion of wider kitchen space or any space in your home. Glass tiles reflect light from the surrounding environment which make your space look brighter and wider.
The reason for doing this is when installing the glass tiles you do not want to see the trowel marks through the glass tiles. Another key to think about when installing the translucent tile is to make sure the surface behind the tile is white. If you have a painted kitchen and the walls are currently a dark or strong color that color could appear through the glass tile. If installing the translucent tile make sure the surface is painted white first and make sure the use of white thin set as well. The second type of glass is where the glass itself is a crystal type glass with the color backed on the back. Most 4mm or 8mm crystal type glass is clear and then the color of the tile is applied on the back of the tile giving it the color.
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.