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    What is different about glass tile installation?

    We have picked out a killer 1" mosaic glass tile for our waterline. I have heard that there is something different about glass tile installation, and that if not done properly, it can be a disaster. My PB has not left me filled with confidence, so I am all over TFP to educate myself. I feel like I have to watch every step of the build like a hawk...
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    Re: What is different about glass tile installation? is a great tile forum. Few professional tile installers here so they might give you a better explanation than we could guess at.
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    Re: What is different about glass tile installation?

    Glass tile manufacturers will spec a type of mortar to be used with their tile. This recommendation (requirement?) needs to be followed as glass behaves (expands/contracts) differently than porcelain. Cutting glass tile is different, too. Glass tile is expensive, you really need a tile man versed in glass tile to get a top notch job. The mechanics of setting it are the same, but the materials and methods differ enough that you can get the disasters youíve heard about if they donít know how to handle the differences.
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