Can Glass Tiles Be Used on Shower Floors?

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Your shower needs a workhorse of a floor. The floor needs to withstand having water poured on it several times a day while at the same time being comfortable under bare feet, safe and not slippery, easy to clean, beautiful and not too expensive to purchase or install. Glass tile can meet all these requirements, provided you are careful about the size of the tile.

Glass Tile Can Be Slippery

  • The main problem with using glass tile on the shower floor is that it can be slippery. To combat this, use tiles no larger than 2 inches square. The grout lines between the tile add texture and make it easier to keep your footing, thus making glass tile just as safe as ceramic tile or any other type of shower flooring. To be doubly safe, you might also choose tiles with a textured surface.

Glass Tile Is Beautiful

  • Translucent or transparent effects can be achieved with glass tile that are quite impossible with ceramic tile, stone, vinyl or any other kind of bathroom floor. These watery effects are particularly suitable for a water-filled area like a shower. Light can pass through glass tile, giving off a jewel-like glow.

Glass Tile Is Strong

  • Once it's set in the floor, glass tile is as strong as ceramic tile. Before it's laid, glass tile is more brittle and can break easily, so it's a good idea to buy extra tiles to allow for breakage during installation.

Glass Tile Can Be "Green"

  • Some glass tile is made from recycled glass, which makes it one of the "greenest" options out there for bathroom floors. Glass from windows and windshields that would otherwise go to the landfill is instead reused to make tiles. Unfortunately, recycled glass tiles are usually quite expensive, while new glass tiles, which are no "greener" than other materials, can be more reasonably priced.

References

  • What Do You Say to a Naked Room?; Catherine C. Crane
  • The Apartment Book; Carol Spier
  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
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