How to install glass tile backsplashes

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Installation of glass tile backsplashes can be a great do-it-yourself project, even for homeowners who...

Installation of glass tile backsplashes can be a great do-it-yourself project, even for homeowners who don't consider themselves handy. With proper planning, the installation of a backsplash can be quick and of minimal difficulty.

Planning

After selecting your tile, you'll want to plan the layout. First, decide where you wish to have a backsplash. Will you be placing the backsplash behind the oven area of your kitchen only or along the entire wall between your counters and cabinets.

Once that decision is made, you'll want to measure from the top of your counter to the bottom of your cabinet in all areas designated for installation of the glass tile backsplashes. Once that's done, decide on a layout. If you're varying the type of tile at all, plan how to lay out the different sections. Plan how many of each tile will be needed in each area and whether or not some tiles will need cutting.

Mounting

Now it's time to mount your tiles onto the wall. Spread a thin layer of tile mortar across a small enough section of wall that you can set the tile without the mortar drying. It takes several minutes for the mortar to set before you can spread it on the wall. Once it's ready, you'll want to spread it over a two-foot span. When it's on the wall, you'll have about 45 minutes to work before it dries.

When you start laying the tile into the mortar, use 1/8-inch spacers between each tile to allow for expansion and contraction. This is especially important behind your oven, where the tiles will be exposed to more extreme temperatures. In Atlanta, you'll want to properly use these spacers throughout the kitchen project due to the extreme summer temperatures.

If necessary, cut tiles to size and polish. Once the tile is applied, you'll need to grout it with sandless grout.

If the project sounds like it's beyond your capabilities, look for Atlanta home remodeling professionals to complete your project.

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