4. Anywhere You Want It
A glass backsplash can really brighten up the area around the kitchen sink, and the surface is durable and easy to clean, making it ideal for use in the kitchen and bathroom. Actually, glass tiles can be used to decorate bedrooms, dining rooms or any room in the house. They can be used to highlight vanities, counters, tabletops, shower stalls, cabinets and custom closets.
Before getting too deeply invested into the project, decide whether you will be installing the backsplash or hiring a professional contractor to do the work. Do research before hiring any contractors. Look at reviews, licenses, costs, warranties and quality of the work and materials that will be used. If you decide to install the tiles yourself, be patient and prepared.
3. DIY Backsplash
If you have decided to self-install the new backsplash, remember that some tile styles are easier to install than others. For instance, mosaic tiles may come with a sticky mesh backing that is used to piece the design together. In general, glass and ceramic tiles have similar installations procedures, using mortar and a flat-edge trowel. If you are using a sticky mesh net to lay out the pattern, follow the directions to apply the tiles and backing properly.
Start by gathering horizontal and vertical measurements and planning out the tile layout. Don’t forget to add 1/8” for the grout lines. Prepare the area to be tiled. Apply any necessary painter’s tape to protect other surfaces.
After gathering all the materials, tools and calculations, prepare and apply thin-set mortar. Follow the directions to mix to the proper consistency and give the mortar time to set, probably about 10 minutes. Experts say to apply it with steady, even strokes and cover about two square feet at a time. The mortar can remain pliable for up to 45 minutes. Make sure your lines stay straight and level when laying out the tiles.
Clean the tiles of excess mortar as you apply them with firm, even pressure. Allow all adhesives to properly cure and follow the manufacturer’s directions for applying the grout. For detailed steps on building a glass mosaic backsplash, refer to DIY home repair experts, such as Loew’s or Home Depot.
2. Maintaining Tiles
Ideal for a busy chef or anyone dealing with an overcrowded bathroom, these durable glass tiles require little maintenance and are resistant to stains, mold, and mildew. The glass material isn’t easily scratched or damaged. Therefore, keeping glass tiles looking good is not complicated.
When cleaning the glass backsplash, avoid abrasive fabrics and gritty cleaners. Use a soft cloth with water and soap or a household sponge used with ordinary multi-purpose kitchen cleaner. Some people use vinegar in a spray bottle to kill bacteria and clean residue from glass tiles.
1. The Glass Wall
We have discussed the benefits and beauty of glass mosaic backsplashes, but why stop there? If you are in love in with your new backsplash, think about lighting up a room with an entire wall. Shower walls can become a decorative canvas and rooms lacking in light are usually brighter with the addition of a luminescence glass wall.
Tiling a wall can add depth and color to a room. The focus is the design, making some walls an ideal place to build a custom mosaic designs in a room that does not have the space for added decorations. Give a classic edge to any room with an elegant glass mosaic focal point.
Before you begin any home improvement project, make sure you have expert advice, but don’t stop there. Visit home improvement stores to feel the texture of different tiles and get a real-time visual on the different colors. If you have the time, inclination and desire, applying a backsplash is not ranked as a difficult task, but the job still requires fundamental skills, time and the ability to follow directions.
“Featured Image: All Rights Reserved Kitchen Backsplash by Dru Bloomfield – At Home in Scottsdale“