Take a green step!
Floor and wall covering options have increased in the last few years. Glass tiles are really popular these days. Recycled glass tiles have made a big entrance in the green design world.
They can be elegant, sophisticated and good for the environment. A real win-win.
Here is a comprehensive view on what glass tiles are:
Glass tiles as their name indicates are made from glass. They are mostly used in pools, spas, bathrooms, kitchen floors and walls and look great as a backsplash.
They come in a wide a variety of colors and shades: bold, vibrant, clear, opaque, milky, pearlescent, iridescent to name a few
Sizes range from 1” x 1” to 18” x18”. They have different shapes such as small round circles called “pennies”, mini, medium or large rectangles, mini, medium or large squares and sticks.
They can be sold as sheets, (mostly for mosaic), per square foot or box.
Always remember to order extra. About 10% to 20% for waste, as glass tiles are very delicate and can break or shatter when cut.
Prices vary according to the manufacturer, design and complexity of the tile. You should shop around and compare prices between manufacturers.
Installation for glass tiles is very specific. These tiles are usually installed on what we call “a crack suppression membrane” to prevent shrinking and movement, which can cause the cracking of the glass. Non-sanded grout is recommended as to avoid scratches on the surface and a special thin set should be used.