Glass tile colors and blends are ideal for walls and floors and are most frequently used as mosaic tile, kitchen backsplash tile, shower tile, pool tile and they make a great floor tile. Glass tile is well-suited for any use including any indoor or outdoor tile installation.
Glass tile is renowned for its versatility. Because it is impervious to the effects of moisture, glass tile is a popular addition to bathroom areas and spa locations in commercial settings as well as residential ones. Glass tile can be used as a wall tile to cover surfaces entirely, or as flourishes and trim pieces. They can be used for shower stall floors, and as creative centerpieces to a room in the form of murals or as unique layouts that mix colored glass tiles in a mosaic pattern. They can also be used in outdoor settings, like in pools or courtyards, and even as mosaic patterns on external walls.
Because glass tile is non-permeable, it is highly suitable for a surface which needs to resist moisture. Additionally, glass tile is frost proof as well as being heat, fire, and UV resistant as well. They also resist sudden temperature changes. In many ways, the addition of glass
tile to an outdoor surface is one of the best means of protecting the overall
structure of a property. Because they contain glass, these tiles can also be more susceptible to chipping and cracking than ceramic tiles. They can disintegrate if they are not installed correctly, if placed in an area where they are exposed to sudden & extreme temperature change, or if they come in violent contact with hard metal objects. Always check with the manufacturer for specifications before you install.
Read the QA below for additional information:
How is glass tile colored?
Glass tiles can be colored in a couple of ways. In the first process, the pigments are mixed in with the molten glass, allowing the color to entirely permeate the body of the tile. The second process involves a layer of pigment which is fused to the surface of the tile during the firing process. Either way, glass tile will not fade, while remaining to be moisture-proof.
Is the color of glass tile uniform?
There is a general uniformity from batch to batch in terms of dominant color. But there are shade variations to be expected between your sample and your order batch.
How is glass tile manufactured?
Production methods, combined with color, size and shape, determine a tile’s look and feel. For people buying for a surface application, creating a mosaic, or generally curious about how things are made, the main production methods are outlined below. There are four main types of glass tile: smalti, fused, sintered, and cast. In addition, there are two prominent glass surface
treatments for these tiles: slumping and etching
Can I use glass tile outside?
Glass tiles, like windows, work well outdoors. They are non-absorbent and have a very high tolerance to freeze/ thaw conditions. They are also very resistant to acid rain and the fading caused by ultraviolet rays and chemicals. Like any glass, they should be installed away from places of violent or sharp impact. All sizes of glass tiles may be used outdoors. Mosaics are often used in pool and fountains, where they can be shaped around the objects they cover. Large glass tile may be used in walls and floors, provided they are not exposed to high impact and meet slip resistance criteria for floors.
Can I use glass tile on floors?
They can but be sure that the tile is indicated for floors, with adequate slip resistance built into the tile. The manufacturer will specify floor-rated tiles.
What’s the best way of cleaning glass tile?
Glass tile is a very low-maintenance surface. It is stain-resistant and can be cleared of everyday household grime with the wipe of a damp cloth. In the case of limestone or calcium build-up, a solution of water and hydrochloric acid will clear tougher materials from the surface of glass tile.
How long does glass tile last?
Glass tile is a very durable material with few limitations as far as wear. With regular cleaning, your glass tile can last as long as your entire property.
Please note that the information on this page is a general summary of industry-accepted standards and tips regarding natural stone considerations, applications and care. We have compiled this information to help you in your stone selection and care. MGSI is not involved in geological testing and has no formal proof of the information presented in the article and relies on industry wide information and standards. MGSI will not be responsible for any direct or indirect claims and damages, resulting from the improper application and/or interpretation of this information. Please note that natural stone varies substantially. Ask your stone specialist what works best for your project