Aquatic Technology Pool & Spa, "Creating Water as Art."™

Aquatic Technology Pool & Spa, "Creating Water as Art."™
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Monday, March 31, 2014

Swimming Pool Glass Tile Expert Cracking Wine Country

Another game of "blame the installer."

The bottom of the totem pole

The poor tile installer is always at the end of the pecking order.  And the recycled glass tile mosaic manufacturers know that these people have the fewest resources to defend their case.

Business Ethics?

As long as a recycled glass tile mosaic manufacturer continues to produce products that cannot withstand temperature gradients (thermal shock), their glass tiles will continue to crack.

Once the tiles are installed, they can blame an improper installation.  

But what if the same tiles are left unmounted in a tupperware pan in the swimming pool?  What if those same tiles crack, though they are unmounted?  Can't blame the installer.... hmmm.

Cracked Glass Tiles

Show me any 2 year old installation of glass tile mosaics made with recycled content, and I'll be able to locate cracked tiles.  
Click on the image to view the cracking in these 4x4 glass tile mosaics.  They are from the same recycled glass tile manufacturer as the small 1x1 tiles in the image below.

Yet, there are countless installations of glass tile mosaics that contain nothing but virgin materials, that are in a pristine condition.  Hmmm...

Buying recycled might be savy, but buying Virgin is smarter !

Purchasing glass tile mosaics that contain recycled content may be trendy and hip.  But chipping out broken glass tile mosaics is far from glamorous.  All of those broken glass tiles end up in the landfill anyway, along with the mortar bed, thinset and grout.... not to mention the time, agony and money.  Those glass tiles cannot be recycled again with all of those contaminates.  How is that GREEN?

Inherent manufacturing flaws, broken edges and surface imperfections - any may contribute to cracking.  Click on the image to enlarge it and to view the random cracking up close.

Therefore, virgin materials of the first quality are actually more environmentally savy.  They are destined to remain in their installed state for years, staying out of the landfill.

Paolo Benedetti - Aquatic Artist 
"Creating water as art."™ 
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