The Pros and Cons of Glass Tile

This popular tile can be picky about where it's installed, but in the right location it's a real show stopper.
By: Karin Beuerlein
The_Pros_and_Cons_of_Glass_bathrk_1

The_Pros_and_Cons_of_Glass_bathrk_1

Glass tiles come in many show stopping varieties and colors. "There's nothing prettier," says Dave Gobis, executive director of the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation. "But glass is a very picky product — it's extremely particular in how it's installed. It is not a do-it-yourself project."

Be prepared to pay top dollar for someone with expertise to install your purchase. "Glass installation is a specialty," Gobis says. Beware of general contractors who claim they can do the job.

Some glass is suitable for residential floor traffic; make sure yours is rated for that use before you have it installed. The main obstacle to a glass floor — or any installation other than as an accent piece — is the price.

Install Yourself? No
Best Use: Decorative accent, backsplashes
Pros: Beauty, variety
Cons: Expense, difficulty of installation
Price Range: $7–$30 and up per square foot

Keep Reading

Next Up

The Pros and Cons of Vinyl Tile

Thanks to new embossing techniques, this affordable, durable flooring classic can masquerade as tile and hardwood.

The Pros and Cons of Porcelain Tile

This all-purpose tile is durable, reasonably priced and comes in a wide array of colors and textures.

Glass Tile Backsplash Ideas

Explore glass tile backsplash ideas, and prepare to install an attractive and efficient backsplash in your kitchen.

Kitchen Update: Add a Glass Tile Backsplash

Adding a high-end glass tile backsplash is a lot easier than you may think, and it makes a tremendous difference in your kitchen's style.

How to Create A Colorful Glass Tile Backsplash

Create a custom kitchen backsplash with inexpensive glass tiles and marbles. This colorful, geometric design will give your kitchen a bright, fresh look.

Bathroom Cleaning Secrets From the Pros

Try this expert advice from hotel managers on keeping bathrooms clean.

Turn an Old Tent Into an Amazing Playroom

Upcycle an old tent into a bug-free play zone.

On TV

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.