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One of the latest tile developments is the use of recycled tile. Green trends have been on the rise, so it is no surprise that more and more people are starting to remodel their homes using recycled materials. Recycled tile isn’t popular for just its environmentally friendly qualities. It is also known for its appealing appearance – the luminous iridescence recycled glass tiles possess.
Choosing to remodel using recycled tile is not only a smart choice for you, but also for the environment. Recycled tile lasts just as long as non-recycled tile and is just as resistant to fire, dirt, mold etc. Recycled tiles are not made with harmful chemicals, and therefore do no emit harmful pollutants into your home.
Using recycled materials cuts down waste and reduces the frequency of mining for materials such as clay. In addition to cutting waste and conserving natural resources, utilizing recycled materials also decreases energy since making a product from “waste” requires fewer steps then producing a product from raw materials.
Clear Glass Tile
These tiles are not colorless, the name simple means that once installed you can see right through the tile to the backing. Clear glass tiles have a higher gloss and shine than other types of glass tile but you do have to consider whether what will be behind them once installed will detract from their elegant appearance.
Frosted Glass Tile
These are opaque tiles that appear very flat. If the wall behind them is less than attractive they are often a better solution than their clear glass cousins in terms of overall aesthetic appeal.
Bubble Glass Tile
During the manufacturing process small (or sometimes large) air bubbles are deliberately allowed to form in the glass to give the tiles a unique and rather textured appearance.
Mainly used as an accent, this kind of glass tile mimics the look of gemstones and imparts a certain sense of elegance and opulence.
Recycled Glass Tile
Recycled glass tiles are created through a sophisticated system which combines glass and minerals to create an entirely new ceramic material with a distinctive look and feel. The body of the tile contains over 55 percent waste glass from windows, mirrors, and post-consumer glass like bottles and jars. The rest of the tile is made of nonmetallic minerals such as special clays, feldspar, sand, and silica.
Although it is made mainly of old beer and soda bottles, recycled glass tile is far from unattractive or boring. In fact, as well as being the ultimate in green tiling, recycled glass tile is also some of the most beautiful.
Glass tiles are tougher than you might imagine but, mistakes with tile glue or grout that you may be able to get away with if using ceramic or stone tiling will unfortunately be glaringly obvious (and very unattractive) when using glass tile.
Recycled glass tiles are produced by melting down waste glass or unusable glass in a heated furnace in which the temperature will exceed over 2000 F. The molten glass is then stamped or poured into their appropriate mold, hand trimmed and even ground down to its form. The beauty of recycled glass is that the variations in each tile is what gives it them their distinct characteristics. Because of the handwork involved during the manufacturing process, no two tiles are exactly alike.
Although some recycled tiles have a mosaic style to them, showing off their recycled status, they can come in a wide range of solid colors and styles. Like other environmentaly friendly products, recycled tiles can be more expensive than their traditionally manufactured counterparts. However, they are just as durable and easy to maintain.
Glass tiles can be used anywhere normal ceramic tiles would be installed. Recycled glass tiles have the benefit of being resistant to chemical and stains which makes it nice to be used in wet areas. Recycled Glass tiles can be used on floors, walls, backsplashes, countertops, tabletops and among other areas in your home.
One thing to remember about recycled glass is that about 80% of the glass tiles are transparent. This means when you are installing the glass tiles, make sure your background (area of installation) is a desirable color. Use a very small trowel for installation. This helps to eliminate the trowel marks that could be visible after the installation. The smaller the trowel the better.
The color choices and available sizes for recycled glass tiles are growing every year. They even have solid, matte, iridescent, and clear colors available. Most common sizes available are 1″ x 1″ usually paper faced, and 1″ x 2″ paper faced as well. Keep in mind that there are companies that offer a much wider variety of sizes available.
When using paper faced products, pay close attention to the product that you recieve. The most critical are the iridescent colors. From the backside of the tile, you cannot tell if it is iridescent or not. To be safe, peel a couple of the tiles to make sure that you have exactly what you ordered.
Using recycled glass tile in your home is a way to add color and beauty and also a way for you to help out our environment.
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Some Recycled Tile Manufacturers to Look For
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