Glass tiles have a unique appearance unachievable with conventional tiles. The vibrancy and depth of color combined with the reflective quality of glass results in a unique and dramatic effect. Although glass tile has a history almost as long as ceramic, a recent surge in popularity has caused imitations of poorer quality to be rapidly produced all over the world. The quality control, design aesthetics, and warranties of reputable glass tile manufacturers are arguably worth the price difference.
Advantages of glass tile:
- Durability: glass mosaic tiles are suitable for both internal and external applications, as they are impervious to frost, sunlight, and water.
- Maintenance: they are easy to clean, maintain, and they never discolor.
- Versatility: they can be used in a virtually unlimited range of applications: kitchen and bathroom backsplashes and walls, showers, borders, pools and spas, and even floors.
- Options: they range in size from tiny mosaics to large format field tiles, and can be assembled to create any composition from a simple blend to an elaborate tapestry.
- Ecologically Sound: They are often leaders in the green movement, containing higher post industrial and post consumer content quantities than their ceramic counterparts
Glass tile requires an installer specifically experienced with glass because:
- Glass is more rigid than ceramic or porcelain tile, so glass tiles break more readily under the duress of substrate shifts.
- Glass mosaics come assembled in a variety of ways, each requiring a different installation method.
- Specific setting materials are required for different products based on size, transparency, scratch resistance and grout size.