Glass tile is a common backsplash material in kitchens and bathrooms throughout Kennett Square. These backsplashes create pizzazz in the room while protecting the walls from splashing water or food splatters.
Today, glass tile is making its way back to being a versatile and beautiful flooring product as well, which can be laid throughout the home, most commonly in bathrooms. Learn about the pros and cons of glass tile flooring from our team at Floor Coverings International Brandywine Valley.
What to Know About Glass Tile
Glass tile consists of squares and rectangles of glass. It is available as individual pieces, or combined together with a paper backing that can be removed. Sizes for glass tile can come as small as 1/2 x 1/2 inch to larger pieces. They can also come in an arrangement of colors and designs that can allow you to place them in incredible geometric patterns and even as murals in your bathroom area. One of the most popular trends today is to cover the entire floor and walls with the same glass tile to add a striking, uniform appearance to the room.
Pros to Glass Tile Flooring
Your imagination can truly run wild when it comes to laying down the glass tile in unique patterns. So you can create a one-of-a-kind bathroom in the home. One of the top advantages to glass tile is that it is stain resistant and easy to clean. All you have to do is wipe it down with regular soap and water.
Since glass tile is non-porous, you don’t have to worry about mildew or mold growth. This makes the tile perfect for bathroom spaces that have high levels of moisture and humidity. The tile can even resist damage from chemicals, unlike natural stone tiles like travertine, slate or marble. Also, glass tile is a green product. It takes less energy to create glass tile than to fabricate other types of tile materials.
Cons to Glass Tile Flooring
Since it is glass, it will be slippery when wet. Watch your step or lay bathmats in places where there may be standing water, such as by the shower door or tub when a person steps out after bathing. You also need to be careful of scratches and breakage. Glass tile is durable, yet if a heavy object is dropped on the surface, it can damage the tiles and be difficult to replace.
Another disadvantage is that glass tiles can be expensive to purchase and difficult to install. If installed incorrectly, the adhesive used to adhere the tiles to the floor may be seen through the glass surface.
Flooring-Approved Glass Tiles
Glass tile used for backsplashes should not be used for flooring materials. There are specific flooring tiles that have gained approval from the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) organization. So ensure you purchase the glass tile that has been made for flooring. Then you can create the bathroom space of your dreams that will feel like a luxury retreat.
If you are interested in new tile for your bathroom, or any room in the home, contact Floor Coverings International Brandywine Valley for a free in-home design consultation.
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