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Glass Tile

Glass tile is finding its way into a wide variety of applications from mosaics, to borders, to accents, to medallions, to the main field tile for floors and walls. It's also no longer just in swimming pools but now appearing in baths, kitchens, and other living spaces. It's uniqueness projects the image of handcrafted work and is associated by most people with luxury.

While porcelain and ceramic tile has its color and texture on its surface, glass tile uses its transparent or translucent qualities to provide depth of both color and texture. Indeed, some of the color and appearance of texture may in fact come from the surface beneath the tiles. Furthermore, while ceramic tile may absorb moisture, glass tile is not porous, and with the right grout can provide a true moisture barrier.

When selecting glass tile, be sure to study the manufacturer's information on variation and installation. Although mass produced, In most cases, each tile is still a unique creation, so make sure the variations acceptable to the manufacturer are also acceptable to you. Also, there are some differences in how to attach glass tiles because of their

transparency as well as the lack of pores in the material (an issue when selecting the mastic as well as ensuring that the mounting surface does not swell with humidity, which could crack the tiles). Lastly, for the ecologically minded, you may want to consider tiles made from recycled glass.

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