Many of the beautiful kitchens seen in design magazines photos now feature glass tile backsplashes. Installation is as easy as traditional tiles, but there are some special instructions to follow when working with glass tile.
Special Note: If this is your first time working on a tiling project, click on this link for learning how to install a kitchen backsplash. Be sure to attend the 11 am Tiling Clinic every Saturday morning at your local Home Depot store for more tips and tricks of the trade.
Once you have measured the square footage needed for the backsplash, add 10% to complete the design. Your sales associate can help you calculate the amount needed.
Special Blade for Cutting Glass Tiles
When cutting glass tiles, you will need to use a glass cutting blade and a rubbing stone to smooth out the rough edges. Be careful – the glass surface scratches easily and the edges can cut you! (This blade can also be used to cut other tiles.)
Suggested Products for Setting Glass Tiles
1. Setting the tile can be easy using SimpleMat for mortarless installations. This works for small areas and when using glass tiles as an accent.
2. If you prefer using a mortar – as my tile specialist recommends - select a white thin-set mortar - gray is okay too. NOTE: Other color mortars may detract from the beauty of the glass.
3. You can also use a Glass Tile Thin-Set Mortar kit.
Special Tips for Grouting Glass Tiles
1. Use only a non-sanded grout to avoid scratching the glass tile.
2. My tile specialist also recommends using the “thinner” rubber grout float for beginner DIYers. You will have more ability to push the grout and the float is lighter in weight and more flexible to use.
3. Use a soft cloth (like an old bath towel) or cheese cloth to polish and buff your glass tiles. The grout haze will be gone and the end result is a shiny new backsplash!
Please keep us posted on your tiling projects – especially those with glass tiles – and we LOVE to see your photos. Happy tiling!
I just wanted to add a few things to the informative and concise items that Designingwoman already stated in her post regarding backsplashes.
When you are using polymer-based thin-set mortars (the powdery stuff usually in 50 lbs. bags) on walls, the ONLY product that will work for vertical surface applications in our stores is Custom Building Products Granite and Marble Thin-Set Premium Mortar. Any other of Custom's products in the bags will fail for wall applications (Versabond, Flexbond, etc.) The Granite and Marble thin-set works great for large projects, like a shower surround, regardless if its ceramic, natural stone or porcelain tile. It guarantees no slag/ or slip on your wall projects to ensure proper spacing is there for when the tile dries and the grout is ready to put down on them.
Premixed Thin-Set mortars and Mastics work great for smaller jobs like backsplashes and like Designingwoman stated on her post earlier, the Glass Tile Thin-Set Mortar and SimpleMat tile setting mats are really the way to go for smaller kitchen and bathroom wall and counter installations!
Also, consider using the new line of Epoxy commercial grout that we now sell in our aisles. The 2 part epoxy is durable enough to withstand any food splatters in the kitchen and any hard water stains in the bathroom that you and your family dish out on it. My favorite part is not that it doesn't sag when installed compared to other commercial epoxy grouts out there, or that it has a consistent color with each batch (powder based grouts can sometimes be inconsistent with their coloring), but its that you NEVER have to seal and maintain the grout, the epoxy in the grout does the job for you! I did a more in-depth post of this great product a while back, here is the link and picture of my favorite new grout....
Wish me luck. I'm going to use the glass tile sheets to install glass tile around a mirror in the guest bathroom of our new house. Just looking for something to add a little pop.
The guys at our Depot said they would give me a mini-workshop so that's where I'm starting this weekend.
Thank you for your comment and welcome to the community! Our weekly in-store tile classes are really the best way to find the answers to all your tile install questions by doing it hands-on. When I teach my classes, I always let the person attending the class ask what specific projects they are working on, as there are extra steps sometimes from wall to floor tile and vice versa. If you ever have any specific questions or you'd like for us to see your new tile around the mirror in your guest bathroom, please feel free to share them by posting your pictures on our how-to community.
We are all here to help!
Have a great day!
Great topic! Home Depot offers a line of innovative glass tile backsplashes from Mosaic Loft. http://www.mosaicloft.com
95 designs are now available on the Home Depot website: http://bit.ly/aZxTq1
And just this week Home Depot launched a Custom Mosaic design tool where customers can create and fit their own designs. This is the first time Home Depot has offered completely customizable products, and enables customers to design their own mosaic, and then order immediately on the website for immediate fabrication and shipping. http://mosaicloft.homedepot.com
Some recent designs include:
Hello Mosaic Loft and welcome to The Community! Thank you for sharing your beautiful line of innovative glass tile backsplashes. I can’t decide which of these two I love more!
Two great choices. Both are 3/8" vitreous glass tile - suitable for indoors or outdoors, wet or dry, freeze and thaw. A versatile material, good for just about anywhere.
I was intrigued that your tiles can be used outdoors and can survive freeze / thaw cycles. I read in your installation guide that if your mosaic is exposed to a considerable amount of moisture, weather and/or submerged in water (such as with a pool or tub application), you recommended that an anti-fracture, waterproofing membrane be applied before proceeding with the mosaic installation.
I spoke with my vendors who said that the freeze / thaw is generally not an issue with the tile available at the store (glass tiles or glass and stone tiles). Our tiles are not recommended for use in a pool application because of the chlorine and other chemicals (shock treatment, salt water, etc.). A glass that is colored all the way through would be best for a pool application.
Thanks for sharing this great new product. (I still cannot decide whether I like the Almond Branch more than the Daisy Pendant!)
A membrane is only necessary in the most extreme applications, and is more about assuring the substrate doesn't get exposed to the elements and cause damage to the tile layer. As long as the tile is "vitreous" (meaning non-porous) it holds up very well through freeze-thaw cycles. This is because it doesn't absorb water. A non-vitreous tile such as a tile with a layer of coloring on the back, can absorb water that when it freezes expands and breaks apart the material.
All of MosaicLoft's tile at The Home Depot is vitreous and therefore is fine for outdoor wet/dry freeze/thaw installation.
Happy mosaic tiling!
Hello MosaicLoft! Thanks for the update. I have never tiled outside before but you are giving me some great new ideas. I recently attended a large regional flower show which featured numerous outdoor living vignettes. There were several displays that featured glass tile in outdoor applications - and they were beautiful!
I have usually used unique landscape pavers and various decorative stone for my displays, but I am looking forward to incorporating glass into my summer designs.
Peace, love, and glass tiles!
In addition to the the Glass Cutting Blade(SKU# 593447) and Rubbing Stone (SKU# 290440) that are listed in this blog, a Glass Tile Nipper (SKU# 867683) works really well when needing to cut shapes in glass tile. Simply use the nipper like scissors to trim glass tile to fit around pipes, cabinets and walls or create eye-catching glass mosaics. Be sure to wear protective eyewear when cutting glass, either with a blade or with nippers.