Recycled Glass Tiles to Beautify Your Kitchen and Bathroom Decor
- 0.1 Most companies who are producing recycled glass tiles are using anywhere from 30% up to 100% post consumer waste of glass.
- 1 Recycled Glass Tiles
Most companies who are producing recycled glass tiles are using anywhere from 30% up to 100% post consumer waste of glass.
Recycled glass tiles are produced by melting down waste glass or unusable glass in a heated furnace in which the temperature will exceed over 2000 F. The molten glass is then stamped or poured into their appropriate mold, hand trimmed and even ground down to its form. The beauty of the recycled glass is that the variations in each tile are what give it the distinct characteristics.
The thing to remember about the recycled glass tiles is that about 80% of the glass tiles are transparent. This means when you are installing the glass tiles, make sure your background (area of installation) is painted white. When using your thin set (which you want to use white), you want to use a very small trowel for installation. This helps to eliminate the trowel marks that could be visible after the installation. When using a smaller trowel, you press the glass tile mosaic it will flatten down the trowel and give it a smoother, cleaner look and install.
The color choices and available sizes for recycled glass tiles are growing every year. They even have solid, matte, iridescent, and clear colors available. Most common sizes available are 1″ x 1″ usually paper faced, and 1″ x 2″ paper faced as well. Keep in mind that there are companies that offer a much wider variety of sizes available. The thing to remember or consider about paper faced products is it does make it nicer for installation, however you do need to pay close attention to the product that you receive.