There are a lot of materials out there for homeowners to choose from when it comes to backsplashes, countertops, bathroom floors, shower stalls, etc. One of the options that are becoming more and more popular is using glass tiles for the kitchen and bathroom.
Advantages of Using Glass Tiles:
Glass tiles offer an array of colors and no other product can play well with both natural and artificial lights than glass mosaic tiles. If you choose them as a backsplash in your kitchen it can offer a beautiful break to an otherwise heavy look of the granite or other ceramic tile counters. Most kitchen renovations you see do not use a full granite backsplash because it can be dark and cold, some homeowners would choose glass tiles to give an added dimension and add more color and texture to the palette.
Glass tiles can give a sophisticated modern look to a bathroom. Imagine blue and green glass mosaic tiles installed from floor to ceiling of your shower stall. You would feel like you are swimming in the ocean. Mixing ceramic tiles with glass tiles can add sparkles to an otherwise dull texture. It is a very good “ice-breaker” in design. You can use them to as accent pieces placing individual small pieces in between other types of tiles.
They are convenient to personalize and order. You can go to a tile store or order online and choose the variation of colors to use in your palette. They come individually in different sizes, or you can order a mesh of mosaic tiles in 12″x12″.
Price ranges depending on how custom-made you want your tiles to look like. Some companies sell them in individual small pieces for crafters, or if you only want to use them as accent pieces. They range from a few cents a piece to a minimum of $7-15 dollars a sheet of 12″x12″. You can easily plan how much you want to spend depending on the size of your budget and the size of your project.
Ease of installation for the most part. Installation can be cumbersome to some people, but since some tiles come in meshes or stick-on pad that you can remove as you put them on the grout, the installation has become easier over the years. It is a good choice for do-it-yourselfers or people who love to tinker with crafting tools. You can break them using glass cutters to get the shape and size you want.
Easy to clean. Just wipe with damp washcloth or if you are in the shower, spray them with glass solutions and you will have a clean shiny look.
Easy to replace, if you have a piece that is lose or broken, you can easily remove that piece and put another one. This is especially those small mosaic pieces that you can keep a handful for future repairs.
Durability. As a backsplash- you can only hurt it if you intentionally throw things on it. If you think about it, glass tiles are used in pools, where people would normally step on them, so in that aspect they are tough and durable. They are smooth on your feet when you use them as shower flooring. Do not use them for your kitchen counters though because they can easily get dinged with heavy pans, utensils, and knives.
So next time you are looking into renovating your kitchen and bathroom, think of glass tiles- they can add beauty, luster, and shine to your home!