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Glass Mosaic Inlays in Florida

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How it’s Made – Installation Info:
Grout & Installation Instructions for Porcelain Glass or Ceramic Mosaic Tiles.

Below you’ll find Installation instructions and information including the different types of grout used when installing sheets of mosaic tiles made of porcelain, Glass Mosaic Inlays, and ceramics. It’s easier than you might think. Glass Tile, Ceramic tile and Porcelain tile can also add a sense of elegance to a room, pool or outdoor space that is unique and unmatched by few other home accents. This page discusses different types of mosaic tile, how a mosaic design is made and how to install a mosaic image.

There are three types of Mosaic Materials offered in this site:

Porcelain Mosaic Tile
The most frequently asked question we receive is: “What is the difference between porcelain tile and ceramic tile?” The answers are pretty simple. Porcelain tile is effectively ceramic tile. It is just made of a more refined material. All ceramic tiles are made up of clay and quartz ferrous sand materials, along with water. The only difference between porcelain tile and regular ceramic tile is that the clay used in porcelain tile is more highly refined and purified. Once the porcelain tiles are formed they are fired to high temperatures and in some cases their surfaces are glazed. Consequently, porcelain tiles are denser than a standard ceramic tile. As a result, porcelain tiles are more rugged, making them ideal for harsher applications such as flooring. Also, because of their higher density and higher fire temperature, porcelain tiles are less likely to absorb moisture (0.5%) which makes them more durable and more resistant to staining. Porcelain tiles are frequently found in floor applications, outdoor areas, and in cold weather climates where freezing can occur. With their low absorption capability they are less likely to crack in cold weather climates.

Ceramic Mosaic Tile
All ceramic tiles are made up of clay and quartz ferrous sand materials, along with water. This finished clay material is this then rolled flat. Sort of like making cookie dough! Individual shapes are cut out of the clay to form shapes and images. This form is assembled, usually by hand, painted, then fired to high temperatures and in some cases their surfaces are glazed. Ceramic tile comes in either glazed or unglazed surfaces.

Glass Mosaic Tile
Glass Mosaic Tiles Images are often made in small batches by cutting strips from a sheet of thin colored glass. Each strip is cut to form a shape and glued to a backing that makes up the image. The backing is usually paper or a fiberglass mesh. This image is then glued to a desired surface.

Installing Mosaic Tile
Sometimes tile comes attached to fiberglass mesh or paper mesh which keeps the tiles arranged in a grid. All of the Mosaic Tile Images will come with the tiles glued to a fiberglass mesh material. The individual tiles that make up the shape are glued to the mesh to make the image. The mesh is glued directly to the floor or wall to be tiled.

This is completely different from tiles that come face-mounted on a sheet of paper. Face-mounted tiles have their back sides exposed, and this is the side that is glued to the wall. The sheet of paper is not glued to the wall. After the glue is cured, the sheet of paper is misted with water and peeled off the face for the tile. Then the tile is grouted. If you need to remove paper or mesh to make loose tile, simply soak the tiles in warm water, and the tiles should fall off the paper or mesh.

Mosaic Tile and Grout. If the gap between the tiles is greater than 1/8 inch, sanded grout should be used. The sand keeps the grout from cracking and crumbling when the gaps between tiles are large. Grout should be removed from the face of tiles before it cures. Use a damp sponge with no drips. Be careful to not remove the grout from between the tiles and expose sharp edges. Do not let the grout dry out as it cures, or it will be soft and crumbly. Mist with water if needed.