Proper Thinset for Mosaic Glass Tile on Backsplash

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Either handmade or commercially produced--and available in a broad spectrum of colors, textures and motifs--mosaic glass tiles can spice up a kitchen's backsplash and its overall look. Selecting the proper modified thinset mortar is paramount to the longevity and quality of glass tile mosaic kitchen backsplashes.

Laticrete Glass Tile Adhesive

  • Specifically formulated for use with glass mosaic tiles--polymer-modified, non-sag and conveniently one-step--Laticrete's Glass Tile Adhesive product may just fit the bill for the do-it-yourselfer. The product's benefits include an ultra white finish--important for transparent mosaics--as well as antimicrobial properties, minimal shrinkage and a smooth, creamy consistency. Laticrete offers two warranties for this product.

Custom Building Products' VersaBond Flex

  • Polymer-modified and suited (although not specifically) for use with glass mosaic tiles, Custom Building Products' VersaBond Flex offers high flexibility and adhesion. Available in white (for translucent and/or clear mosaics), VersaBond Flex also comes with a homeowner warranty and contributes to LEED certification, for the environmentally-conscious do-it-yourselfer.

Custom Building Products' Omnigrip

  • Custom Building Products' Omnigrip is a good choice for mosaic installation, offering minimal shrinkage and sagging, and a strong bond, to glass mosaic tiles. Like other Custom products, Omingrip comes with a homeowner warranty and contributes to LEED certification. It comes in a 1- or 3-1/2 gallon bucket (unlike traditional thinsets that come in bags that are often messy).

Tec: Super Flex Premium Latex Modified Thinset Mortar

  • Tec company's Super Flex Premium thinset mortar is formulated specifically for bonding to porcelain tile and it works well with glass mosaics. Available in white, Super Flex offers high polymer solids content and a special "adhesion promoter," both of which add to the strength of the bond.

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