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Old 07-10-2006, 12:56 PM   #1
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Vitrium Tiles?

Has anyone ever worked with Vitrium glass tiles? Our next big project is our master bathroom. I would love to have some of these tiles laid into the top of the tub surround we're building for the free standing tub.

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Old 07-10-2006, 02:24 PM   #2
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what is your question about the glass tiles installation, maintenance?
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Old 07-10-2006, 02:35 PM   #3
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My question is if anyone here has ever installed them... Since they are rather pricey I'm wondering if I should hire a professional to install them instead of risking messing them up.
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Old 07-10-2006, 05:50 PM   #4
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all glass tiles present issue with installations patience and the right mortar make all the difference in the world.
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Thanks. I'll hire a pro to handle them
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Old 07-11-2006, 01:53 PM   #6
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I am planning on using 2" x 2" Vitrium New Hope tiles as dots in a floor. Vitrium tiles are different from many other glass tiles in that the glass is transparent, but there is an opaque coating applied to the textured back of the tiles. The thinset winds up bonding to the coating, not directly to the glass.

Like many glass tile manufacturers, Vitrium has very specific installation instructions that include specific product names. It would be wise to follow them, regardless of who does the installation.
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Old 07-11-2006, 04:17 PM   #7
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Thanks for the info, Jeff. I thought that Vitrium glass tiles aren't meant for floor installations? Is there a safe way to use them as floor accents?
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Old 07-11-2006, 05:30 PM   #8
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Amelia --

I spoke with a technical person at Vitrium and he confimed that the warning against use on floors was due to fear of people slipping on the tile. The tiles are strong enough for use on floors. Since I am going to use 2" by 2" Vitrium dots among 12" x 12" porcelain, the slipping is not really going to be an issue.

I will install the dots after the rest of the floor is in, because they are going to have to be built up so that they are flush.
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Nice! What will the rest of the floor be made of?


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Old 07-12-2006, 03:51 PM   #10
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Hi Amelia, if you do hire somebody make sure they really know what they are doing and will follow the mfrs instructions. Make sure their proposal specifies exactly what they are going to do including materials tobe used. Glass tiles are tricky.
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Old 07-12-2006, 04:17 PM   #11
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The floor will be an off-white to beige marble-like 12" x 12" porcelain. The 2" x 2" dots will be pewter in color. The floor will be set on the diagonal. The effect we are going for is a "softened" cream and gray version of the classic black and white marble floor.
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Old 07-13-2006, 09:22 AM   #12
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Will do, Jim. We are in the midst of renovating an entire house, a 100 yr old Victorian. I want my master bathroom to be grand!

jdm, that floor is going to be gorgeous! Please post pics when you're done
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