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I can’t imagine that there is anyone left who hasn’t seen or at least heard of glass tiles on the backsplash of a kitchen…
…or glass tiles on the walls of a bathroom…
When a new client asks about flooring materials for their kitchen or bathroom, if they seem to be open to thinking a little left of the box, I’ll mention glass. Most of the time I’ve gotten a deer-in-the-headlights-look as they imagine shattering, scratching, chipping, falling through to the floor below and general functionless chaos. If that’s just what you were thinking, I can assure you that glass is as functional as it is beautiful.
Most of the time, when we talk about glass floors, we’re referring to glass tile or glass block as opposed to sheet glass…. although some famous commercial applications like Toronto’s CN Tower Observation Deck at 1,135 feet off the ground
is made up of many VERY thick sheets of tempered glass on which one can stand and look wayyyyy dowwwwwwn, unless one is a vertigo sufferer like me!
You can find glass floors in shopping malls or other public buildings
or even residential spaces where the floors act as skylights for the levels below without access to natural light, or simply an added “cool” factor.
Because glass is impervious to water and doesn’t expand or contract with the weather it can be successfully used outdoors on terraces to let light in to the rooms below, as in this stunning, Greenwhich Village townhouse terrace. My apartment in NYC never looked like this!
My own experience with glass flooring, was this textured glass tile that I used on the floor in my former showroom.
It was durable, withstanding commercial traffic and appliance/cabinet installations, it can have radiant heating installed beneath and it comes in a huge variety of colors, textures and patterns. The only thing I discovered, was that like regular tile floors, if the grout color used is too light, even if it’s sealed, eventually the sealer will wear off and the grout will start to look grubby. Not a chic look!
But for a contemporary interior, a glass floor will give you function and cool! But be warned Über Cool usually comes with a price tag to match, and this is going to be a substantial cost. But if you’re looking for high impact, it’s worth the expense.
Is there a room in your home that you would opt for a glass tile floor?