Glass tiles are perfect for kitchen backsplashes, bathroom walls, and pool floorings. They are soft to the touch, with a smooth, organic edge. If you're looking for something different to natural stone tiles in your home, glass tiles can be an intriguing alternative.
Whether you use glass subway tiles or glass mosaic tiles, a glass backsplash will softly illuminate your kitchen or bathroom. Here at Marble Systems, we offer an extensive selection of modern glass mosaics and tiles.
Glass Tile Usage
One of the main benefits of glass tiles is their functionality and versatility. Pools, fireplaces, walls, floors, and kitchen backsplashes are only a few places around the home where they work well. Additionally, they can be installed in patterns to add a stylish allure to any interior.
For a bold layout with a modern design, glass tiles offer a sophisticated and eye-catching look. They are particularly ideal for small rooms, as they mirror light and create a bright, spacious atmosphere. Their translucent, bright colors make them perfect for contemporary kitchen backsplashes.
We recommend installing them in areas of the house with a lot of moisture, like kitchens, bathrooms, or pools. Glass is particularly waterproof, with an absorbency rate of 0%. In contrast, ceramic has an absorbency rate of 0.5–3%. Consequently, glass tiles can be slippery, so we recommend using a non-slip sealant on surfaces.
Glass is a bit pricier than ceramic. If you're on a budget, we suggest mixing glass with other cheaper materials. You can decorate eye-catchy areas with glass tiles and install other sorts of inexpensive tiles for the wider areas. Blending can also be a solution.
Although you might think glass comes only in a clear and glossy finish, we offer thousands of variations in other finishes. We also offer mosaic forms. From reflective to opaque to matte, we have every option available to choose the perfect fit for your home:
- The Antique Mirror Collection is inspired by the historic Venetian art of making mirrors out of plates. This collection includes rich, artfully aged tile patterns that deliver an antique look with a modern style.
- The Coastal Glass Collection includes interlocking tiles in a mixture of matte and gloss coatings. The mosaics are available in seven soft, natural tones and six metallic shades. This collection is not suitable for submerged areas, like pools or fountains.
- The Oceanside Glass Collection includes a mixture of glass mosaics and pebbles, ideal for shower walls.
- The Sorbetto Glass Collection includes thin rectangular tiles made of stone and glass. They work well as shower walls.
If you enjoy DIY projects, you can even paint the surface behind the transparent tiles for a unique, customized look. The choices are endless.
Glass tiles are unbelievably resilient to cracks and breaks. But glass is still glass. If you are planning to install them by yourself, you must be extra careful.
Grouting requires more precision than other types of floor tiles. Since glass is clear and transparent, the adhesive may show up easily. If you attempt to install them yourself, it may be difficult to accomplish a professional-looking outcome. Therefore, you may consider hiring a professional for installation. If you choose a professional installer, make sure they have experience in glass tiles.
Since showers come in a variety of sizes and designs, the tiles may require special cuts. A professional installer may be needed to adjust and cut the tiles.
Just like ceramic tile, we suggest buying at least 10% extra floor tile than needed. If any damage happens, you can easily replace your tiles.
If you’re on a tight budget, we suggest using a combination of glass and ceramic. A popular design is to make the majority of the backsplash out of ceramic and use glass tiles as an accent.
Make sure to be careful cleaning glass. If the tiles are rubbed with abrasive materials, they can get scrapes. Unlike natural stone, you can’t easily fix scratches on glass. Replacing part of a glass tile backsplash may be burdensome.
Nevertheless, glass tiles are hygienic and easy to clean. They are mildew-resistant, making them ideal if anyone in your household has allergies. Gunk and dashes are easy to rub out glass floor tiles with a little soapy water or versatile cleaner. Mold does not easily grow on glass.