Glass Tile Backsplash

Glass tiles have recently gained traction as far as popularity is concerned due to the reduced costs in manufacturing the material and new technologies that allow for glass to be recycled. Glass comes in a wide variety of finishes to boot, with each one having its own distinct feel. These include tumbled, iridescent, frosted, clear and stained. Note that special considerations have to be made when installing glass tiles for backsplashes. For instance, mesh-backed glass mosaic tiles are always easier to plaster. Loose mosaic tiles and paper face-mounted tiles require more care during installation. Here you will learn the basics of glass tile backsplash.

Glass Tile Backsplash Types

Glass Tile BacksplashClear glass tile is one of the more commonly used tiles among homeowners and interior designers. These are perfect kitchen backsplash, bathroom or swimming pool projects. Since clear glass tiles are translucent, you are able to see the shine and particles underneath. This creates endless possibilities for designs. Do not be afraid to use glass tile backsplash if the shine is too much or is not your style. These glass tiles like many other materials are manufactured in a large variety of colors. To eliminate the glossiness, you can pick softer/quieter colors, which will eliminate some of the shine without losing the overall glass appearance.

There are basically three types of clear glass tiles: back colored, stained, and plain or non-colored.

Back Colored Glass Tile Backsplash – Back colored glass tile backsplash are by far the most popular in the market. These tiles are made of clear/translucent glass usually about 4mm to 8mm thick. They receive a coating and painting on the back during manufacturing that gives the color to the tile. They are available mesh mounted on a fiberglass sheet or as field tiles such as subway 3″x6″, 4″x4″, 6″x6″, and even 12″x12″.

Glass Tile Backsplash KitchenStained Glass Tiles Backsplash – These are made of clear/translucent glass that are stained during its manufacturing process and then cut into multiple pieces. In this case, you can see all the way through it even if it has a dark stained color. That is the reason why these tiles are not mesh-backed. Instead, they are mounted on clear-faced or paper-faced sheets. Stained glass tiles are the most rich and complex looking tiles available.


Plain Glass Tile Backsplash or Non-Colored Glass Tile Backsplash
– These tiles are made of clear/translucent glass tiles and do not have color in it. Though the word “plain” is used to describe these types of tiles, they are extremely elegant and easy to work. These will add a new dimension to your kitchen, swimming pool, bathroom, etc… Since it is colorless and are transparent, they match any color from granite counter tops to kitchen cabinets and easily blend into the environment.

Glass Tile Backsplash Installation

Stained and plain clear glass tile backsplashes require more attention when installing. Because you can see what is on the other side of the tile, you may end up seeing the path made by the trowel when the installer was butting the wall. Craftsmanship is the key; extra care and attention is needed to installing these tiles. Because of this, it is recommended to use a white adhesive such as mastic and also buttering the back of the tiles. Make sure to press the tiles firmly against the wall with a grout float and eliminate any air bubbles after each piece has been placed. This way you may correct the problem before the adhesive dries.

Lastly, this type of material is very fragile and will require a lot more patience. Care must be taken into installing each piece as it can be prone to cracking, much more so than the other more durable materials like natural stone and ceramic. Although this type of glass tiles takes more time to install, glass tile backsplash and its extravagant appearance is completely worth it.

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