Things to Consider When Buying Glass Flooring Tile

There is a reason glass tile is growing in popularity: they add a dimension of creativity to any room. Glass is loved for its range of engineered finishes, colors, and sizes. This material can be used in many applications, from commercial spaces to residential. Glass tiles offer a wonderful chance to express your individuality, which is something you can't do with a typical surface. 

There are several special considerations when buying glass that will be used for flooring. Take a look at the top three:

Finish

The room you are installing your glass tile floor will help guide your decision to what finish is best for your space. If you are installing glass tile in a commercial kitchen, outdoor patio or pool area, restaurant, or entryway, you are going to want to consider a finish that is textured, to avoid a "slippery when wet" surface. Also, small scratches or imperfections that may occur over time are hidden with a textured tile. Smooth tiles, however, are perfect for surfaces that are not heavily trafficked or wall applicaitons.

Otherwise, your tiles may not hold up very well against heavy foot traffic. Along these lines, glass tiles for flooring applications will have a non-slip coating on them, so be sure you are purchasing tiles that have been sand-blasted, or have another non-slip treatment. Many glass floor installers will choose smaller tiles for a non-slip effect, because this application will use more grout, which is naturally slip-resistant.

Color and Design

Your options are limitless when it comes to glass tile. Dark hues like black, brown, and gray offer a natural ambiance, while lighter and vibrant yellows, reds, and peach provide a pop to any room.

Size

Get the proper size of glass tile for your floor in order to enjoy your floor for longer. Bigger tiles are easier to install, whereas smaller tiles give an intricate finish. It's really up to you as to the route you want to go! Either way, inspect the tiles to make sure the tiles have no chips or dents. After you purchase your tile, check the manufacturer's directions for installation - each size and type will require different grout, underlayment, and the like.

More Resources:

HGTV, "A Touch of Glass for Your Kitchen Design

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