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Installing a Glass Tile Backsplash

A Convenient Procedure for Installing a Glass Tile Backsplash

If you are looking for tips on installing glass tile backsplashes, this article is just what you are looking for. Read to get a basic overview of the installation, to brighten up your kitchen decor.
DecorDezine Staff
Last Updated: Dec 09, 2017
Glass tile backsplashes are currently a very popular choice, when it comes to renovating kitchen decor. Glass as a material is versatile in its use and has a wide range of uses. A colored pattern of glass tiles, makes for a beautiful kitchen backsplash. In this article, I discuss its installation.

These backsplashes offer better resistance to mold due to their non-porous nature. The reflectiveness of glass also helps in making the room appear brighter. The overall ambiance of your kitchen will certainly get a boost, with a backsplash. There is no need to hire a handyman for the job, as you can easily install it on your own.

Fitting a Glass Tile Backsplash

Kitchen walls are prone to get wet and ruined by stains and mold growth. Installing a backsplash on these walls can effectively protect them, while improving the aesthetics of your kitchen. Installing them is quite a simple and straightforward job, which can be completed within a few hours, if you have the right tools and materials at hand. Let me list the tools and materials, that you will require to get the job done. Here is what you will need:
  • ⅜" V-shaped trowel
  • Razor knife
  • Saw
  • White thinset mortar/Mastic adhesive
  • Glass Tile Mosaic
  • Sponge Swab
  • Grout
Most of this stuff will be available at your neighborhood hardware store. Measure the dimensions of the kitchen walls, that are to be covered with the backsplash, which will give you an idea about the dimensions of the glass tile mosaic sheets, that you'll need. You can have a lot of choice for glass tile patterns and colors. You don't need to know how to cut backsplashes, as they are stuck on sheets of paper (usually on the side of the tiles facing outside). During installation, you just have to remove them from the sheet.

The first part is setting up the wall, on which you plan to install the tiles. Clean the wall properly and check out whether the tile mosaic can cover the whole wall adequately. For the tiles to stick on the wall, you need to apply the thinset mortar on the wall. Mix the mortar properly and keep it ready for application. You could also use a mastic adhesive, instead of the thinset mortar, to stick the tiles.

Using the razor knife, cut the glass tile mosaic sheet, with the requisite dimensions. To cover the edges, you may need to cut pieces of tiles, with the tile saw. Prepare the tile pattern for installation.

Using the V-shaped trowel, apply the mortar evenly on the wall. Cover the entire area of the wall and take care that no voids remain in between. Then, press the glass tile sheet down, on the thinset mortar until it sticks firmly. Let the tiles set in the mortar for an hour.

After the tiles have set in, wet the paper cover with a sponge. Once its wet, the mosaic paper sheet will easily peel off, leaving the tiles firmly set on the wall. Let it stay that way, for a day. Then, you can apply grout to fill in the spaces between the tiles. Clean off any grout stains that form over the tiles and let the wall cure for some time. With that, your backsplash is ready.

Installing such a backsplash gives an instant makeover to your kitchen. Such small enhancements go a long way in improving the aesthetics of your home interior.