Glass tile is a beautiful showcase tile. Used in kitchens and baths, glass tile extenuates modern appliances and fixtures with a gorgeous reflective essence that reverberates throughout a kitchen or bathroom remodeling home renovation. Sparkling clean colors that elude a transparency of cleanliness and hint at open spaces, glass tiles can add a distinct look to your bathroom or kitchen glass tile project. Best of all, it’s easier than you think and can be done in juts three easy steps.
Materials A good tile supply warehouse can point you in the right direction when selecting proper materials for installing glass tile. Tile supplies that come from the large home improvement centers like Lowe’s and Home Depot, tend to be half rate at best, and you’re certainly not going to get the help you need when selecting materials.
A quality white thinset is used in dry applications to adhere glass tile to its substrate. For wet applications, glass tile should be adhered with a white polymer modified thinset. Many brand names exist such as MAPEI, All Set, TEC and many, many more. Always ask a sales associate which white thinset is best for your glass tile, substrate and applications.
As well as materials, basic tile hand tools are required such as a notched trowel, sponge float, clean buckets, sponges, level and many other tile hand tools. Cutting tools are also needed like a wet tile saw and grinder.
Prep Work Before beginning any tile job, preparation of the work area is necessary. Proper cementious substrates should be applied to wet areas. Proper paint prime should be added to drywall substrates prior to installing the glass tile.
A good layout is key to success. Before you even set the first tile, a simple plan should be sketched out on paper first. Transfer the tile layout to the wall using pencils and chalk lines. Make certain each line is level, square and evenly placed between spaces prior to installing any glass tile.
Installation After your layout is good to go, begin by mixing the proper amount of white thinset in a clean bucket with enough water to create a toothpaste like consistency. Next, used a 3/8″ notched trowel to spread on enough thinset to cover a row or two, being careful not to cover up any of the layout. Begin attaching tile by firmly pressing them in place, working your way up as you go along. Cut pieces as you need them until complete. Allow to dry overnight. Mix another batch of tile grout and spread into the grooves with the float trowel. Wipe away the excess until dry, and then enjoy your new glass tile.