Featured: Oceanside Glasstile's "Muse Prose" mosaic in Coppertone Blend with "Tessera" 1x1 mosaic in Tourmaline Iridescent.
Design: Wendy Lesueur Designs
Glass tile makes for beautiful kitchen and bath backsplashes, walls, range features, fireplaces and decorative feature strips in low-traffic floor areas.
Not all glass tile is suitable for every installation location however. Pools, spas, water features and steam showers have special manufacturing requirements. Glass tiles with metallic or painted-backs are typically not suitable for wet area use. Look for glass with infused sheens and colors that are part of the tile body.
Freeze/thaw climate regions with temperature fluctuations of thirty degrees or more dictate additional material suitability considerations.
Reading and following each manufacturer’s specific and detailed installation requirements guidelines is one of the most important factors affecting the longevity and durability of your glass tile installation. In complete immersion installations, portland cement-based mortars and grouts require an ideal “cure-time” of twenty-one days while TEC’s polymer-latex-based “Power Grout” requires only seven days.
Transparency isn't just surface deep with back-surface printed depth-enhancing colors, images and metallics which create three-dimensional visual effects. Light really appears to illuminate these tiles.
The popular transparent subway glass tiles can be set with 1/16" grout joints to accentuate a modern appearance. Imperfect or irregular tile however, dictates the necessity of a larger grout joint in order to set a visually perfect installation. 1/8" or larger grout joints equate to a more traditional appearance. Translucent or transparent glass tiles should be grouted with unsanded grout (1/16" tight-set grout joints) or acrylic-based Power Grout (any size grout joint), to avoid scratching the glass.
If you're looking for "relief" from flat, ordinary surfaces, the high-relief textural detail offered by Oceanside Glasstile's "Elevations" series offers clean lines and modern aesthetics.
Natural stones such as travertine, limestone, marble or slate are excellent compliments and mosaic partners to glass.