Tao Beach Glass Tiles
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Tao Beach Glass Tile
The mixture of polished and frosted glass creates a sleek and attractive design to any room. The combination of the blend of polished and frosted glass in pastel shades of blue, green and white creates a beautiful modern and contemporary backdrop. The mesh backing not only simplifies installation, it also allows the tiles to be separated which adds to their design flexibility.
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Glass Tile is applicable for interior or exterior applications, in dry or wet areas. Our glass tiles are good for wall use in residential and commercial application.INSTALLATION
These instructions are meant to be a guide for most installations, under normal conditions. You can find further instructions best to practice in the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) 09300 Handbook for specific installation types.
Verify all products before installation for any damage or defects such as chipped edges, scratched surfaces. Confirm the caliber and dye-lot shade, all packaging is clearly marked with shade (overall color tone) and caliber (allowable size variation). It is not recommended to mix dye lots or calibers.
Always use appropriate personal protective safety equipment when handling, drilling, cutting or grinding glass tile, such as (but not limited to); eye, ear and hand protection. CUTTING
Use a glass cutter (score and snap) with a new diamond wheel for best results when cutting our glass material. Wetting the diamond wheel with oil before cutting will produce the smoothest cuts. In some cases it may be possible to use a wet-saw with a new, continuous rim diamond blade specifically designed for cutting glass. Do not use "turbo" or other notched blades designed for use with porcelain or ceramic as the teeth can cause a coarse cut, resulting in a heavily chipped edge.
To cut angels without a wet saw or grinder drill a small hole at the apex of the angel prior to cutting. In most cases, this will allow the use of a score & snap cutter and avoid small cracks that can happen at the angle.
Cut edges and corners will be sharp. Always be sure to smooth cut edges manually with a diamond hand pad or ceramic dressing stone.DRILLING
If possible, drill holes before installing the tile. Drilling from both sides can ensure a cleaner finish if the hole will be visible after installation. Using a new diamond coring bit (for large holes) or spade bit (for small holes) with a diamond tip made for glass drilling which will give the best results. Lubricating the bit and tile surface with a continuous spray of oil/water mix will prolong the life of bits and provide a better-finished edge. When possible, the use of a jig will ensure precise placement of holes to be drilled.When drilling holes for anchoring bolts, plumbing or any other dissimilar material always ensure a minimum of 1/8" (3mm) clearance around the item is provided to avoid cracking due to disparate expansion and contraction rates or stress transfer. INSTALLATION
When setting glass tiles and mosaics we recommend the use of polymer or latex modified thin set or medium bed mortar compliant with ANSI standard A118.4 and is recommended using white thin set for light colors and grey thin set for dark brown, gray and black glass. Always follow setting material manufacturer's instructions.
Strip mosaic formats should be planned with an offset pattern to ensure the integrity of the random look. Regulard lines can appear if each sheet is not offset from the directly adjacent courses.
3/16" or 1/4" square-notch trowel should be used when installing our glass material and ridges should be smoothed down with the flat side of the trowel prior to fixing the tiles in the mortar bed. Tiles larger than 3"x3" (69x59mm) should be "back-buttered" with a thin continuous layer of the thin set applied with a thin continuous layer of the thin set applied with the flat side of the trowel.DRYING TIME
Glass tiles are non-porous: the moisture in the setting materials cannot migrate through the glass and must evaporate slowly through the joints. All setting materials, even rapidest mortars need a longer time to cure. Allow thin-set mortar to dry completely for a minimum of 48 hours prior to grouting or otherwise interfering with the fresh installation.GROUTING
Non-sanded grout that is latex or polymer modified and compliant with A118.4 should be used for our glass material. If sanded grout must be used for technical or aesthetic reasons, gentle application of grout with a soft rubber float is recommended to minimize the possibility of surface scratching. A "mock-up" or testing installation should be executed to ensure results are acceptable. Epoxy grouts or adhesives should not be used.
After grouting wipe of excess surface grout with a slightly damp sponge - do not over wash . After initial wash has been allowed to haze, wipe once with minimal pressure at a 45-degree angle to joints and rinse sponge after wiping once with each side. Any remaining haze can be buffed off with a dry towel or cheese-cloth after grout surface has dried sufficiently.
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