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The pros and cons of glass mosaic tile

Glass mosaic tiles are a designer’s favoured choice of material and are used extensively as kitchen tiles, bathrooms flooring tiles, pool tiles and as mosaic flooring designs in living spaces. Glass mosaic tiles are often compared to other mosaic tiles such as ceramic and stone tiles. Their use and application is associated with both pros and cons. Read further for more information on the advantages and disadvantages of glass mosaic tiles.

Pros

Glass mosaic tiles support the widest range of designs and visual effects. They are available in myriad colours at tile stores and can be combined to create the most imaginative designs. Glass has a luminous quality since it reflects light. This can make the room appear more cheerful, brighter and spacious. Glass mosaic tiles are resistant to stains, chemical damage, mildew and mould. They retain their colour and appearance if not subjected to rough handling and associated damage. Cleaning and maintenance is fairly simple. They only require the surface to be wiped down with a soft cloth and a mild soap. The manufacturing process of glass consumes about half the energy consumed for ceramic tiles. This reduced energy consumption makes them a comparatively eco-friendly choice.

Cons

Glass can get scratches easily and should not be used where it is likely to be prone to damage. Scratches affect the reflective qualities and mar the visual appearance of the tiles. Sudden impacts can even cause shattering and chipping of glass. Once damaged, it is difficult to fix and will need to be replaced in part. This entails acquiring the matching tile supplies and paying for re-installation. Glass mosaic tiles are considerably costlier than their stone or ceramic counterparts. Installation of glass mosaic tiles is a highly skilled job. The neatness of cutting and grouting contribute to the visual appearance. The small size of glass tiles needs careful precision while cutting. Frosted glasses can chip easily and add to wasted tiles. Poor workmanship stands out conspicuously in glass mosaic tiles. Installation time is longer, particularly if intricate and elaborate designs have been used. This affects the duration for which the room may not be available and increases costs. Glass mosaic tiles can create brilliant visuals. Ensure skilled installation and follow careful handling and maintenance.

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