Saturday, December 16, 2006

Recycled Glass Tile

I absolutely LOVE glass tile in homes. It has come a very long way from where it was just a few years ago. Your options are endless and the looks are out of this world gorgeous. Specifying glass tile for a client always get my heart rate up. Not only is it an exciting accent for your home but you'll also find it to be a great conversational piece. You can apply glass tile to a backsplash, the face of a bar, the face of your stairs, a large wall....the options are endless. If you are considering tiling anywhere in your home, please read this before you start. This is not only a beautiful way to accent your home but it is environmentally friendly too. Let me know what you think of this.
HGTVPro has a great video series. This is taken from one of their Interior Finishing series...enjoy

Bathroom and kitchen designs are often the centerpieces of today's homes. Colors, fixtures, lighting, style, and comfort are all critical elements of these often used spaces. For builders hoping to incorporate a unique design while being environmentally responsible, recycled glass tiles can provide the best of both worlds.
While community recycling programs and curbside collection have helped increase the amount of recycling in America today, as much as 70% of all glass still ends up in landfills. Because of the durable nature of glass, it doesn't break down over time in landfills. To reduce landfill waste, recycled glass is used to make "glassphalt" for road surfaces, backfill, and stormwater drainage systems. It's also used to make fiberglass insulation, reflective paint, and decorative tiles. These decorative glass tiles are ideal for builders and homeowners looking for a beautiful, colorful touch and a natural beauty. The translucent surface offers a look not found in other, more common types of tile.
Recycled glass tiles are produced by melting down waste glass in furnaces heated to a temperature exceeding 2000?F. The molten glass is then stamped into shape, hand trimmed, and ground to its finished form. This sort of workmanship gives each tile both a professional finish and a hand-crafted appeal.
The benefits to homeowners who choose recycled glass tile for their backsplash, bathroom floor, or other prominent area of the home are two-fold. First, recycled glass tile is a good way to keep glass products from building up in landfills. In addition to helping conserve the environment, homeowners getting a unique product that adds style to their home. Glass tiles come in a variety of colors and finishes, both matte and glossy, and are a durable way of decorating surfaces. They are easy to take care of too—you can use glass cleaner to care for them.
Glass tiles can be used anywhere normal ceramic tiles would be installed, and they have the added benefit of being resistant to chemicals and stains, which makes them good for areas that are prone to getting wet. They can be installed on floors, walls, countertops, tabletops, among other locations, and they can be used outdoors as well as indoors. Installing glass tiles requires a little more care than installing standard opaque ceramic tiles, and builders should be well aware of these differences to make sure their trades get it right the first time. Here are a few things to think about when installing recycled glass tiles.
In general, recycled glass tile will take more time to install, and greater care must be given to the tiles before they are secured in place.
After applying the coat of thin set, it's important to knock down and smooth the comb marks. If not, these marks will be visible through the glass and will create an unattractive appearance.
When smoothing the thin set, make sure that an even layer of adhesive remains that's deep enough to secure and support the tile.
Using recycled glass tile in a home can be a colorful way for builders to show their commitment to conserving the environment while adding a unique look and feel to their living space.

All of the photos shown on this feature are from Oceanside Glass Tile Company's website.

Located in Carlsbad, California, Oceanside Glasstile has been producing and selling luxury glass tiles since 1992. Our founders began with a vision of integrating creativity with a healthy respect for the art glass tradition. Over a decade later, the passion for turning recycled bottles and raw sand into beautiful and functional glass tile is stronger than ever. The current glass tile operation employs over 220 people and uses 1000 tons of recycled glass each year! In fact, some Oceanside Glasstile products are made of up to 85 percent recycled glass.
The wide array of glass tile created by Oceanside Glasstile can be used in all tile applications. Whether you're designing custom glass tile counters, laying a durable glass tile floor, or putting in a unique tile pool, Oceanside Glasstile has the perfect solution. With a product offering that includes mosaic glass tile and innovative glass tile designs, Oceanside Glasstile is available in more than 300 retail tile showrooms throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Western Europe and Japan.