*Illuminate with Glass Floor Tiles

December 5, 2010

Though glass has been used as floor tiles since the Roman times, it was only in the last decades when innovation and technology made it the newest trend in design, even for residential homes.  The peculiarity of glass against other materials is the ability to reflect or absorb light.  Glass blocks were previously more popular among industrial and commercial establishments as flooring in the upper levels to provide illumination to the lower levels.  It can also be used as walls in areas where the sun’s light can pass through.

Glass tiles can also be used as kitchen backsplash or wall mosaics in bathrooms, definitely adding more brightness and color to any setting.  While an entire area can be installed with glass tiles or glass blocks, some find it more convenient or creative by letting it serve as accent to ceramics, wood, stone, or concrete.

Recently, glass floors have also been made similar to laminate flooring.  These are typically made from sandwiched tempered glass and come in various sizes, colors, and designs.  Glass laminate tiles are durable enough to be installed in high traffic areas — though most are texturized to minimize slippage.

Glass tiles are susceptible to cracking and as such, requires the installation of professionals.  These are set upon a crack suppression membrane with a flexible adhesive.  When the tiles are laid, it is important there are no air pockets trapped under the tiles.  This will weaken the installation and crack the glass when walked on.

Since glass is slippery, especially when wet, there are various ways to mitigate slippage.  Aside from adding texture to the surface, glass floor tiles are also installed in small sizes which increases the grout lines to make the surface more rough.  Other than texture, choose a glass tile with a floor-rating as this can withstand more weight thus will not crack easily under heavy traffic.

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