Glass Tiles have been used for many years, yet they are increasingly gaining in popularity today. And it is no wonder- there is an infinite amount of choices to suite any creative design! The colours, sizes, unique shapes and textures allow for added flexibility for any design application.
What Are The Benefits of Glass Tiles?
Versatility – Glass tile is one of the most versatile of all tiles, and recently they’ve gained more popularity in home use, such as back splashes and commercial use, such as spas and swimming pools.
Easy Maintenance – Glass Tiles are immune to water, frost proof, resistant to discoloration, stains, colour fading, or any damage caused by external chemicals. They are very easy to clean, and will never loose their beautiful shine.
Endless Choices – Glass Tiles are probably the most varied types of tiles. They range in colors, thickness, shapes, sizes and textures; including translucent, iridescent, opaque, glazed, metallic, clear, mosaic, porous… the possibilities are endless!
Affordability – Glass Tiles are a perfect choice for the budget-conscious customer, as they cost significantly less than porcelain, metal or stone. However, they definitely do not look cheap! Glass tiles, will provide a beautiful and stylish finish to any space without a large investment.
Style – While currently Glass Tile is very popular in kitchens or bathrooms, it is quickly becoming the first choice of many interior designers. It will seamlessly combine with other design elements, such as stone or porcelain to create a stylish accent in your home or business!
Glass Tile Installation Process:
One Step Method (thin-set and grout)
This method is most commonly used where the glass tiles have paper-face mounted mosaics.
1. A special liquid latex thin-set mortar is mixed with coloured sanded grout, instead of standard thin-set mortar, and is spread on the substrate.
2. Then, an additional thin-set mortar is applied to the backs of the actual glass tile sheets.
3. The glass tile sheets should are placed into the freshly applied thin-set mortar, and knocked into place with a rubber grout float.
4. After the tiles have reached their initial setting, the paper-facing is carefully removed.
5. Once the glass tiles are firmly set in place, the coloured mortar is used to put the finishing touches to the joints where the tiles meet to fill in any imperfections.
Two Step Method (Conventional)
1. For glass tiles that are mesh-mounted or paper face mounted, the white, latex fortified this-set mortar is spread onto the substrate, and flattened.
2. Then, additional thin-set mortar is applied to the backs of the tiles.
3. Next, the tiles are carefully set into place and knocked with a rubber grout float. (For tiles that are paper-faced the paper is removed at the initial setting of the tiles)
4. Once the tiles have been set into place, a standard grouting a finishing procedure can take place.
Glass tile applications are like works of art. Working with glass tiles is different from installing typical ceramic or porcelain tiles and requires patience and concentration in order to achieve a beautiful installation Also, glass tile installation requires good quality mortar and mortar spreading techniques, consistent and precise tile application. At Mila Tiles our certified installers understand all the nuances of working with glass, and use special professional techniques which will ensure top-quality results!
Note: Select your application carefully! If Glass Tiles are installed in environments that demand rugged finishes, tiles may become cracked or shipped or broken if they come in hard contact with metal objects. Always discuss the intended usage for the space with Mila Tiles Installer who will ensure to review manufacturer’s specifications carefully and will recommend the finish which is right for you.