There are so many options when it comes to the type of tiling you use in your home. For an upscale look, glass is a terrific choice.
Glass tiles are made from thin pieces of glass with a translucent glaze fired onto the back. They are sold individually or as part of a predesigned mosaic pattern that is set on a mesh backing.
The tiles have an unmatched beauty as their translucence and rich color makes them one of the most attractive tiling materials you can use. They also reflect light to make your rooms look brighter and larger.
But glass tiles come with their share of challenges and much of this lies in the application. Obviously, the backing needs to be sturdy. If one of these precious tiles falls off, it is likely to shatter causing a hazard and ruining the aesthetic.
Also, because the adhesive will be visible through the tile, it has to have a clean look.
Considering these factors, one must wonder, what is the best grout for glass tile? Read on to find out the answer.
Best Grout for Glass Tile
If you are installing glass tiles in your home, epoxy grout is the way to go. Epoxy grout is made of epoxy resins combined with a filler powder. It is waterproof and resistant to stains so it will keep your glass tiling looking great for years to come. It is also very durable, so you don’t have to worry about tiles coming loose.
Epoxy is also a favorite because it doesn’t crack shrink or discolor. It’s resistant to harsh chemicals like those found in cleaning products and it is non-porous, so it doesn’t need to be sealed.
Another bonus is that epoxy comes in a wide range of colors including clear. You can choose a color that matches or complements your glass to ensure that nothing detracts from the look of the tile.
Other Tips for Installing Glass Tile
Here are some other things to note when installing glass tile:
- It is best to hire a professional to install your glass tiling. With the appearance of glass tiles being so important, any misstep could ruin the entire aesthetic.
- Glass tiles are easy to clean and a bit of dirt can be wiped off by soapy water or gentle cleaners. For best results, use a solution that’s equal parts vinegar and water. Spray on and allow to sit for 10 minutes before wiping off. Soap scum or stains can be removed with a soft cloth or brush.
- Because glass is nonporous, it does not require a sealer. The only glass tile that may need a sealer is crackle glass and matte/frosted glass. The cracks and fissures in crackle glass are susceptible to stains and bacteria. Grout can stick to frosted glass and it can be difficult to remove if the glass isn’t pre-sealed.
Now that you know the best grout for glass tiles as well as some care tips, you can look forward to getting the look you love.
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