Glass Mosaic Tiles: To Use or Not To Use?
Glass mosaic tiles add colour, zest, and fun to bathrooms and other spaces. Glass tiles has become hugely popular for mosaic creations, although it can be quite costly. Regardless, many people love to integrate even just a few glass mosaics into a tiling project. Doing so creates a truly attractive and unique look. Below are some of the benefits and disadvantages of using glass mosaics.
PROS of Using Glass Mosaic Tiles
Glass mosaic tile is one of the most lavish and luxurious materials on the market. With its gorgeous reflective surface, it will add value and appeal. They come in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes – meaning that they are versatile enough to go not only in the kitchen or bathroom but any space in your home that needs a make over, even your pool or fireplace! The reflective nature of the tile will provide a luminous finish to the room delivering not only an interesting feature but also added brightness to what can otherwise be a dull space.
It also has a nonporous surface that’s resistant to stains, mould, mildew and chemical damage. And in the case of soap scum in the bathroom, a simple solution of vinegar and water will leave them clean and shining in minutes.
Mosaic tiles come in mosaic tile sheets often fixed to fiberglass mesh sheets, which holds all the tiles in place making it much easier to lay than individual mosaic tiles. However, it’s still important to take extra care when laying mosaic tile sheets as they can be difficult to manage sometimes.
CONS of Using Glass Mosaic Tiles
Considerable expertise is required to install glass mosaic tiles. The grouting process demands perfection. Installation is a slow and laborious process. More intricate designs will require even more time and expertise. A less-than-perfect job will show clearly through the tiles due to their transparency.
Glass is also naturally slippery when wet. If using mosaic glass tiles for flooring in the bathroom or in an area that will get wet or face humid conditions, it is important to treat the surface with a non-slip sealer.
Although there are some negatives for using glass mosaic tiles, there are also many positives. If used in a bathroom, kitchen, laundry, wet room, fireplace or pool area as a wall feature, glass mosaic tiles can create a truly beautiful and unique feature. You can use glass mosaic tiles as a large wall feature of a just a feature strip to compliment your floor and wall tiles beautifully. The choices are endless! See your local Tile Wizards store for available colours and sizes.