Glass tile beautifies any space, making this material more and more appealing. Glass tile has been a hot trend for a while, and we generally see it in kitchen backsplashes and bathroom showers, but homeowners everywhere are starting to incorporate glass tile in fun, new ways in every room of the house. Don’t be afraid to get creative with color and placement, and remember that nothing is off limits if you really love the way it looks.
Characteristics of Glass Tile
Glass tile has many wonderful features that make it a great material for a variety of projects from both a visual and practical standpoints. Glass tiles are built to be shatter-resistant, not to mention strong and long lasting. As glass tiles don’t absorb water, they’re popular in areas with high humidity like bathrooms and kitchen backsplashes. Since glass tile surfaces aren’t highly porous, they are very easy to clean.
Glass Tile Installation
One reason why glass tile is so popular is how they reflect and refract light. It’s the characteristic that draws many people to use glass tile. Using ordinary grout with glass tile installations can interfere with the reflection and refraction processes. Tiles Unlimited recommends Dimension grout for optimal glass tile installations.
Dimension grout is designed for use with glass tile but more importantly, the results are stunning. It contains micro glass beads and translucent binders that both reflect and refract light. This creates a unique three-dimensional effect within glass tile installations. Your tile installer will love it because it’s ready-to-use and requires no sealing, saving you both time and money.
It is also recommended that you use thin-set designed for use with glass tile such as Mapei Adesilex P10, saw blades designed to cut glass tile as well as an installer who has experience in installing glass tile.
Dimension grout (left) vs. ordinary grout (right)So Many Choices
From mosaics to subway tile, every color you can imagine, glass tile choices are almost limitless. Popular trends combine glass tile with other materials such as natural stone, metal and even materials like pearl. A wide choice of sizes and finishes are also available including the very popular crackled finish. No longer confined to the backsplash, glass tiles are being used for feature walls, borders and even residential floors.
Besides kitchen and bathrooms, living rooms area great place to incorporate glass tile. Consider using glass tile as a fireplace surround or go bold and use it on a feature wall. In bedrooms, glass tile can be used to create a glass wall behind your bed or use as a border around the room or at chair rail height.
Tiles Unlimited carries a wide range of glass tile in several dozen styles and numerous colors. Let our expert Tile Consultants help you incorporate glass tile in your home today. Whether you’re looking for glass tile or something else, you’ll find inspiration for your tile project here.