Glass Tiles 101
Glass Tiles 101?
Glass tiles are becoming a very popular material for home decorating, often being used in bathrooms and kitchens instead of standard ceramic tiles. They have a shine and beauty that simply isn't found in other types of tile, and can create a very stylish and attractive look. They are considered to be a high-end tile product, which although they are more expensive as a rule than ceramic tile, can add a lot of value to your home. The beauty alone is generally considered enough of a reason to pay the higher cost.
Glass Tile Advantages?
Glass tiles do not absorb moisture, which makes them a good choice for the bathroom. They do not become stained, and can be easily cleaned. They are available in many different styles and sizes, and an almost endless array of colors. They have a very distinctive look, as individual glass tiles each have a distinctive style all their own. They are also a type of tile that do-it-yourself homeowners can install with little trouble.
How to Prepare Surfaces for Glass Tile???
Make sure the surface is level, and clean it from any types of loose materials, dirt or oils. Chalk lines that are measured and level in each direction should be used to insure a straight installation of the tiles. Take particular care when preparing the surface for clear glass tiles, since although they do have a solid color backing, surface discolorations and imperfections can show through the tiles in some situations.
Applying the Tile?
Following the manufacturer's instructions, a white "thin set" will be applied to the wall using a notched trowel. Work in areas that can be completed within fifteen minutes, and apply a smooth layer. If you are using tile sheets, apply the first sheet, aligning it with the markings, and then using a wooden block, tap it with a hammer to level it. If you are using individual tiles, you will have to properly align each tile. Continue until all tile sheets or tiles have been installed. Then, check for any damaged or chipped tiles and replace them if necessary.
Finishing the Installation?
After allowing the tile to cure for at least twenty-four hours, the grout can be applied. First, dampen the tile surface with a sponge to make the grout easier to remove from the tile surface. Then use a rubber float to work the grout into the tile spaces. Remove the excess with the rubber float, and allow the grout to set for about twenty minutes. A damp sponge can then be used to clean the excess grout off of the faces of the glass tile. The grout will need to set and cure for at least twenty-four hours. After it has completely set and cured, you can use a dry towel to wipe the surface clean of any residual grout haze. Then you will need to apply a grout sealer, following the manufacturer's instructions, to protect the grout from absorbing moisture. Your beautiful glass tile surface will now be functional and ready to use and admire.