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Installing A Glass Tile Backsplash

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Installing A Glass Tile Backsplash

Installing A Glass Tile Backsplash

For our new kitchen, we opted for a 3 “x 6” horizontal glass subway tile for a clean, modern look. Let’s see how to install a quality glass subway tile backsplash that will last for years.

Drywall Repair: When we talk about how to install a tiled floor, we need to discuss the substrate material. It is important to have a solid base for your new tile. If you’ve removed old tiles, you will likely need to repair some areas of the drywall that were severed when the tile grout was removed. Make sure the entire surface is firm. You don’t want the wall to bend as this will cause your mortar (and possibly your tiles) to crack.

Installing A Glass Tile Backsplash

Installing A Glass Tile Backsplash

Extensions for control cabinets:

We are talking about installing a backsplash for glass tiles. Why do we need extensions for control cabinets? Your new tile has a thickness … so you will need to adjust the electrical boxes when installing the tile for the first time. Extensions are available at any hardware store for a dollar or two and can be installed in minutes. If you want to save a few bucks and install it yourself, you’ll need to turn off the sockets and switches before installing. You should also check with your local building department prior to installation to make sure these are allowed by your local code.

Priming the Wall: Whenever I offer advice on installing a backsplash for glass tile, I always mention the need to prime the wall. If you choose a translucent glass tile, you need to prepare the wall in white before installing it. This provides additional protection against the leakage of marks or old paint. The thinset mortar should cover the entire area behind the tile, but there is a chance a small stain will be missed. And if a stain is missing, it is best to have a white wall behind the translucent tile. This is just an added quality step that I picked from one of my plumber friends when I was discussing the details of installing a glass tile backsplash.

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