Glass floors are gaining popularity day by day. The reasons are many.
Properties of a glass floor
The reflective properties of glass make it an excellent choice for floors. Glass floors make the most out of natural sunlight, making the room look brighter and bigger. Many a time, it is not possible to break down existing structures and change direction of rooms so as to accommodate more sunlight. In such cases, it is a better idea to change flooring from a light absorbing surface to a surface that reflects light. This makes the room brighter and enhances the mood. Glass floors are used in commercial and domestic interiors to increase light flow and the view from above or below the floor is loved by visitors.
Glass tiles are far more water-resistant than ceramic,wood or linoleum floors. Glass floor tiles are resistant to heat,water, stains and other chemicals. Glass floor tiles are available in different shapes. They are available in different thicknesses and have a wide range of finishes, colors and textures.
Many people doubt the strength and durability of glass floor tiles. They wonder whether the glass floor tiles will support weight, are scratch-free etc. Glass floor tiles shatter only when they are subjected to sudden impacts. There are glass floor tiles that are floor rated for high traffic areas and high impact areas. So you may choose the ones that suit your requirement.
Glass floors can be used in the bathroom, living room, study and in the upper floors to give a view of the floors below.
Types of glass floors
These are hollow glass blocks are used together with a steel or aluminum frame.
This type is used to get a strong base in areas of high traffic like malls and other commercial complexes. Such type of glass flooring used in busy areas is strengthened and very safe.
Glass floor blocks
These are used to provide light to a room when lit from below. They are often installed in 4-foot by 4-foot panels.
Glass laminate panels
These are used for flooring. They are textured. This eliminates slippage and also hides scratches.They are made with layers of tempered glass. They are available in different colors, are transparent and can be illuminated from below. They can be used in high traffic areas.
Glass floor tiles
These floor tiles made of glass, are applied to a base like porcelain tiles. Glass floor reflect light back from a floor thereby making good use of existing light in a room. They have a rough and cloudy texture that hide scratches and have anti-slip properties.
Types of glass floor tiles
Fused glass floor tiles
They are translucent. They are textured, to provide anti-scratching and anti-slip properties.
Smalti glass floor tiles
These are made from a paste mixture of silica, metal and metal oxides. They have a rough and cloudy texture that hides scratches. It also provides the floor an anti-slip protection.
Sintered glass floor tiles
These are made with a die filled with glass powder and heated until it melts together.
Cast glass floor tiles
These are made by putting pieces of glass together in a mold and melting them.
Care for glass tiles
Glass tiles must be swept clean of dirt and sand. They must be mopped well, else the dirt and grit may etch marks on the floor finish over time.
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