Glass Flooring

[an error occurred while processing this directive] Glass Flooring?! Well, you can forget about the clear glass blocks that you may be used to seeing. Today, glass tiles can be used in the home and are available in a wider variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Not as popular as other types of tile, glass tiles are very delicate and requires a soft hand during installation. Additionally, they are more expensive than other types of floor tile.

Glass tiles are frequently used in commercial buildings and outdoors. They come in several shapes and textures. Both inside the home and in commercial settings, glass tiles can make quite a statement. They are striking and can be customized to make any room brighter and more colorful.

Flooring Fact


Glass Flooring is best left to the professionals - I guarrantee it will cost less in the long run!

Duribility

Glass tiles, while not as durable as other types of tile, can still last a long time. They weather the elements well and are resistant to water and dirt.

Suitability

Glass flooring is fairly simple to maintain. It is smooth and non-porous. Because of its versatility and its resistance to moisture, it is most often used in bathrooms, kitchens and pool areas. It is bacteria and allergen resistant.

Glass tile will get slippery when wet. Therefore, it is best to apply a non-slip sealant after installation.

Do-It-Yourself

This is not a do-it-yourself job. Glass flooring is very tricky to install. Installation requires a delicate hand because they are easily breakable. Additionally, glass tiles can be quite soft. This is why you need a contractor to install it. If you do try to install glass tiles, you may find that the job is beyond your abilities. If this happens, and you have to call in a contractor in the middle of the job, it will end up costing you more in the long run.

Here are some questions you should ask when interviewing potential contractors:

1. How long will installation take

2. What is the proper way to care for the tiles

3. Is there a warranty on the work

4. What to do if the tiles become damaged

Maintenance

Glass tiles require more maintenance than other types of floor tiles. They mark easily and show finger, hand and footprints readily. You may find yourself cleaning more often than you had imagined. To clean glass tile, you should sweep thoroughly and often. Clean the floor with a special cleaner designed especially for glass. Avoid walking on a glass floor barefoot.

Advantages/Disadvantages of Glass Flooring

Advantages
  • Reasonably durable
  • Looks very good
  • Moisture, allergen and bacteria resistant
Disadvantages
  • Hard and cold underfoot
  • Expensive
  • Requires professional installation
  • Needs non-slip sealant

Alternatively, use one of the following tile types:-
Mosaic Tile;
Terracotta Tile;
Ceramic Floor Tile;
Glass Flooring;
Porcelain Floor Tile ; and
Metal Flooring.