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The use of subway tiles for your kitchen design has become very popular today. The original type of material was the ceramic subway tile. Subway tile originates as early as the 1900′s when a rectangle shaped tile was used in the subway systems of New York.
This simple design aspect gained popularity over the years and is a widely used design idea in many tile projects. Offered in an array of colors and finishes, ceramic tile subway could be used as either a contemporary feel or even a country feel depending on the decor of the rest of the house.
Since the late 1990′s glass tile has been a popular choice for consumers and builders alike. The choice of glass subway tile has risen because of the brilliance in color that it offers. The coloring is more vibrant than that of ceramic. When light, whether it be sunlight or interior lighting, the reflection of color and clarity is what the consumer likes.
The Glass Subway Tiles and be used indoors and outdoors, kitchen backsplashes, shower walls and even in a pool setting. The installation of glass tiles has some do it yourselfer’s concerned. Cutting glass is not as simple as cutting ceramic, however with a wet saw it cuts that concern in half. Using a wet saw will give you the clean cut you need for installation. The best thing to do is when installing the tile in a subway pattern, make sure after you cut the tile to ease the cut edge with a very fine grit sand paper or steel wool. After you cut and ease the cut edge, on the exposed ends of your design turn the cut edge to the inside so you have a factory edge on all exposed ends.
The home and garden shows have made glass tile very popular and more and more consumers are trending towards the use of glass in their designs. The traditional 3″ x 6″ size has been the mainstay, however manufacturers are introducing new sizes regularly. A new size of 4″ x 12″ will add the design flair you might be looking for in your design! We have an even newer design of 6″ x 12″ as well to check out!
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A very common question when selecting glass for a kitchen backsplash is whether it needs to be mesh backing or paper faced? This can be an easy answer or it can be a complex answer. There are two different types of glass tile that will get either one or the other.
The first type of tile is a translucent glass. A translucent glass is a type of tile that you could actually hold up and see right thru it. The most common types of glass that is translucent is a recycled glass or an oval, penny round or brick type of tile. Majority of translucent glass tiles are paper faced. The reason that most of these are paper faced is because the mesh backing can be seen through the glass tile.
When installing this type of glass tile, you want to use a small notch trowel when spreading your mastic on the installation surface. After spreading the mastic, you will want to flatten down or knock down the trowel marks. The reason for doing this is when installing the glass tiles, you do not want to see the trowel marks through the glass tiles.
Another key to think about when installing the translucent tile is to make sure the surface behind the tile is white. If you have a painted kitchen and the walls are currently a dark or strong color, that color could appear thru the glass tile. If installing the translucent tile make sure the surface is painted white first and make sure the use of white thin set as well.
The second type of glass is where the glass itself is a crystal type glass with the color backed on the back. Most 4mm or 8mm crystal type glass is clear and then the color of the tile is applied on the back of the tile giving it the color. There normally is not a concern with seeing the mesh backing thru this tile. The same precautions still need to be taken into consideration for installation as well.
The last thing to take into consideration is the grout. To play it safe the best grout to use is either an un sanded grout or specialty grout. The reason you will wand an un sanded grout is there is no sand particles in the unsanded grout. Sand particles found in sanded grout can possibly scratch the surface of the glass. The specialty grouts do not have any sand particles in them including the epoxy grout and urethane grouts.
Always check with the supplier if there are any questions pertaining to the choice of tile for the project at hand.
There have been a lot of questions about paper faced glass tiles. Most glass tile manufacturers that make a transparent glass will build the mosaic on what is called a paper faced kraft paper. When glass became popular about 4-5 years ago the mesh backing is what was used. Mesh backing was fine for the ceramic or stone mosaics, but when applied to the glass tiles and then installed, you still could see the mesh backing through the tile.
Now, like I mentioned a lot of glass tile companies use the kraft paper faced product which is applied to the FRONT of the glass tile. You would install the mosaic with the kraft paper out (facing you) and once the thinset has dried you take a wet sponge and wet the kraft paper.
When you are wetting the paper, it does not have to be soaked, just take the wet sponge and cover the kraft paper with the water and let it set for a few minutes. If the paper seems to dry out, keep getting it wet. Once the glue is deactivated it will peel off with ease. If it is not peeling off with ease, then the paper is not wet enough.
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