How to choose between ceramic and glass mosaics

Appiani’s ceramic mosaics have unique features that set them apart from glass mosaics. In addition to their beauty and flexibility, the tiles’ flat, perpendicular sides and their slightly rounded glazed surface guarantee perfect adhesion during installation, for long-lasting and ever stunning projects and decorations.

 

Mosaics

Comparison

Mosaics

CERAMIC MOSAICS

  • GRIP: Maximum contact surface for adhesion.  Mortar can be spread over the entire tile.  Setting material adheres completely, forming a single body with the tile surface.  Will not lose adhesion over time
  • JOINT FILLING: Fills the entire joint perfectly because the spaces are even and wide. The grout is compact, ensuring the chips hold underwater and do not break off
  • SIDES AND THICKNESS: Perpendicular sides - Slightly rounded glazed surface - Maximum mechanical hold due to the “spike” effect provided by the grout - Excellent resistance to side impact
  • WARPAGE: Even surface - Pleasant to touch
  • TRANSPARENCY: Fully matt glaze - High color stability over time
  • CLEANING AND HYGIENE: Flat, even surface - Easy to clean glaze, for utmost hygiene 

VITREOUS GLASS MOSAICS

  • GRIP:Limited surface contact for glue adhesion.  Vinyl glue residue on the back of the glass chip makes adhesion difficult.  Glass surface repels adhesive.  Risk of the chip breaking away over time.
  • JOINT FILLING: Difficulty in filling the entire joint due to small, uneven spaces. The grout tends to partially erode if submerged in water where algae forms, with tiles possibly detaching.
  • SIDES AND THICKNESS: Slanted sides thrust the joint outwards.  Minimum lateral hold of the joint. Considerable reduction in mechanical hold
  • WARPAGE: Uneven surface - Unpleasant to touch
  • TRANSPARENCY: Loss of radiance - Low color definition
  • CLEANING AND HYGIENE: Dirt takes hold on the uneven surface, making it difficult to clean and unhygienic