Q & A
Q - We are quite interested in White 3X6 Subway tiles for a kitchen reno. Do you have examples where we can see the installed tiles?
A - Please check out our gallery often, as we post installation shots provided by our satisfied customers.
Q - Can you confirm that the tile is slightly see thru - so is it best to install on what type of surface? Example, a lighter color? Concrete? Some surfaces not recommended?
A - The tile is not see through, but depending on the color there is the possibility that a dark substrate or adhesive may mirror to the surface and make it look dull or darker.
As with all glass tiles, we recommend setting with WHITE polymer modified thinset. It is very important to apply the thinset with a notched trowel and strike the notches with the flat side of the trowel to prevent shadowing.
We are very fond of Mapei Granirapid for best installation practices:
Surface preparation is very important. The substrate must be rigid and free of defects, joints, cracks, etc.
Substrates should always be checked for suitability. For example, plywood is not considered a suitable substrate because it is not stable when exposed to moisture. Please refer to the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) for the most authoritative information at http://www.tcnatile.com/
Q - Do you have any other recommendations?
A - A crack suppression membrane is recommended. It has great additional properties such as reducing sound transmission and preventing moisture from transferring below the tile. We prefer the peel-and-stick type for quick installation.
Q - Is there a special grout recommended? A color?
A - We are very fond of the urethane grouts such as Dimension Rapidcure by Bostik http://www.bostik.com/us/Bostik-products/21601 It cures hard, does not require a sealer and has small glass beads that complement your glass tiles perfectly.
We prefer grout colors that match the color of the tile. Contrasting grout colors are great to emphasize an installation pattern, but they can also highlight installation imperfections, such as a wavy substrate or crooked walls.
Q - I am assuming you need a glass cutting saw?
A - A standard wet saw used for cutting ceramic tiles works fine, but the blade needs to be glass-specific. A ceramic tile blade will chip the tile and possibly remove some glaze. Montolit makes the best blades for glass: http://www.montolit.com/diamond-blade-glass-cpv/
Q - Is the tile suitable to use near a stove or other heated surfaces?
A - Yes the tile will should be fine near a stove. It is a good practice to avoid direct heat, as thermal shock will break glass.
Q - Your glass tiles are 4 mm thick. I see other glass tiles that are 8 mm thick. Why the difference?
A- Glass tiles come in a variety of thicknesses, ranging from 3 mm to 10 mm and even more. The thickness of the glass tile varies depending on the intended use and size of the tile. For wall application, 3 or 4mm glass is fine. Consider that most windows are made from 3mm thick glass.
Although the extra glass thickness makes the tile stronger, it also increases the product weight and transportation costs.
Other applications, such as glass floor tiles are made 8-10mm thick because the tiles tend to be much larger (12" x 12" and up).
Another reason to make glass tiles thicker would be for decorative reasons, such as creating more separation between a front facing pattern or texture and the back colored glaze.