The Benefits and Drawbacks of Glass Tiles

Glass TilesAs with most things in life, glass tiles have their advantages, as well as disadvantages. However, when it comes to these types of tiles, it may be a new topic for those who want to own homes, or build with tiles for the first time. It’s important to consider all of the factors involved in choosing to work with, or forgo, glass tiles.

Firstly, glass tiles come in different types, patterns, and colours, which mean consumers, have many options to choose from when it comes to aesthetics. Homeowners and designers can easily express their creativity and find the tile that best suits their taste and preference.

Another advantage glass tiles have is that they are water tight. Permeation by water, as in the case of ceramic tiles, is very marginal in the case of glass tiles. This means that they will retain their glossy appearance for a long period of time, and that you homeowners can worry less about mould and mildew, which may be the cause of respiratory problems. It also means that glass tiles are suitable for kitchen and bathroom surfaces, where water is usually in abundance.

Durability is another advantage to consider with glass tiles. Due to the fact that they are extremely watertight, they usually have a long lifespan compared to their ceramic counterparts. They also do not decay; this means that you get the value of the money you paid by having minimal repair or replacement costs. They are also very resistant to cracks, which mean that they stay attractive for a longer period of time, adding to the value of your home.

Glass tiles also use less energy to manufacture, when compared to their ceramic counterparts. For instance, a glass tile takes roughly half of the amount of energy needed to create a ceramic tile. There is also an option of recycled glass tiles, for any consumers interested in environmentally friendly products. They are also very easily cleaned. However, though very resistant to stains, it does not mean that they cannot get dirty, but on the plus side, they can be easily cleaned, further adding peace of mind to the homeowners, knowing that they won’t have to replace the tiles often.

Though glass tiles have many advantages, it is also important to note that they also have disadvantages. The first of them is their cost, as they are expensive, especially compared to ceramic tiles. For instance, having repeated patterns may cost up to $100 per square meter, meaning homeowners would have to invest a substantial amount of money for a good-looking pattern.

Another drawback is the difficulty of installation. Installing glass tiles requires specialized labour, which also contributes to the cost, as homeowners will require more money for the installation. They can also be very slippery, due to their smooth surface, which can make them unsuitable for floor surfaces that are prone to spills, especially in bathrooms or kitchens.

As you can see, when debating the option of glass tiles, it is important to consider the pros and cons. Take note of your situation and surroundings to help determine if they would be a good purchase. Considering each factor carefully before choosing any tiles is crucial, specifically when considering glass ones.

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Here Are Key Take- Outs When it Comes to Feature Tiles in Bathrooms:

  • Use feature tiles to make a statement or in a more functional sense highlight a specific area of a bathroom.
  • Don’t forget feature floors! Your statement can be horizontal, in which case a clean and simple wall tile is the perfect complement.
  • Feature tiles comes in different shapes and sizes – try ideas with different shapes, textures and sizes.
  • Watch out for feature creep. Feature tiles are just one potential hero to have in your bathroom. Don’t overdo it by adding a feature bath, feature fittings, feature lighting and so on as they’ll cancel each other out.
  • Be wary of using a complex tile in a small space – it could be too overwhelming or busy for an enclosed area.