The Use of Glass Subway Tiles in Your Kitchen Design

The use of subway tiles for your kitchen design has become very popular today. The original type of material was the ceramic subway tile. Subway tile originates as early as the 1900′s when a rectangle shaped tile was used in the subway systems of New York.

This simple design aspect gained popularity over the years and is a widely used design idea in many tile projects. Offered in an array of colors and finishes, ceramic tile subway could be used as either a contemporary feel or even a country feel depending on the decor of the rest of the house.

Since the late 1990′s glass tile has been a popular choice for consumers and builders alike. The choice of glass subway tile has risen because of the brilliance in color that it offers. The coloring is more vibrant than that of ceramic. When light, whether it be sunlight or interior lighting, the reflection of color and clarity is what the consumer likes.

The Glass Subway Tiles and be used indoors and outdoors, kitchen backsplashes, shower walls and even in a pool setting. The installation of glass tiles has some do it yourselfer’s concerned. Cutting glass is not as simple as cutting ceramic, however with a wet saw it cuts that concern in half. Using a wet saw will give you the clean cut you need for installation. The best thing to do is when installing the tile in a subway pattern, make sure after you cut the tile to ease the cut edge with a very fine grit sand paper or steel wool. After you cut and ease the cut edge, on the exposed ends of your design turn the cut edge to the inside so you have a factory edge on all exposed ends.

The home and garden shows have made glass tile very popular and more and more consumers are trending towards the use of glass in their designs. The traditional 3″ x 6″ size has been the mainstay, however manufacturers are introducing new sizes regularly. A new size of 4″ x 12″ will add the design flair you might be looking for in your design!