Why You Should Use a Glass Backsplash in Your Next Kitchen or Bathroom Remodel
A remodel can be a quick and easy way to freshen up your home and keep things fun and interesting. Your home should never become a boring place that you do not enjoy being in, especially when converting your boring home to an exciting after-work oasis is only a can of paint or a few boxes of tile away. More so today than ever before, you have no reason to not freshen your house up. DIY has become even more simplified with stick on, reusable wallpapers and roll on tile backsplashes. The time to redo your kitchens and bathrooms is now. Exciting new materials are available to help minimize costs while also maximizing the look of your home. It is important to remember that any money you spend on custom glass products or on window glass replacement to make your home look nicer is more of an investment than an expense because they could help to bring in more money if you ever decide to sell your home. Help your home make a good impression on your family, friends, and on any potential home buyers by refusing to let it become dated, old, or boring.
There are many reasons to remodel your bathroom or kitchen besides doing it just to get your wife to stop begging you. As was mentioned before, it can greatly increase the value of your home and will assist in helping you to turn your home into more than just a place to live. It could also into a very smart real estate investment that could help your family buy an even nicer house, or a European vacation, in the future. One of the best and more environmentally friendly ways to upgrade your home is through using custom glass products, like a glass backsplash, in your kitchen or bathroom. The reason glass backsplashes are better for the environment than ceramic tile is because the processes required to make ceramic tiles use lots and lots of energy. Glass tile, on the other hand, is much easier not only to be made with very low energy used, but also is extremely simple to recycle and to remake into new glass tile, or into some other new glass product. Glass can be easily molded and made into new things, custom glass products can come in a wide array of shapes, sizes, and colors. Your glass backsplash can come in unlimited colors and sparkle variations and can come in different textures. Crackle glass is a very popular texture and adds some extra interest to your countertops. Glass tiles are usually a bit transparent and reflect lots of light. This allows them to make your bathroom or kitchen appear larger and brighter than any matte ceramic tile could. Glass is also more waterproof than ceramic tiles, which helps make glass more stain resistant to colored products like soaps as well as mold or mildew. However, one drawback is that glass tiles are typically slightly more expensive than ceramic tiles. But, once again, if glass tiling is going to make your kitchen or bathroom look nicer and more marketable, then it could very well be a solid investment.
Glass tiles will give you as much creative freedom as you desire between the vast array of colors and the myriad of shapes. The colors range from black and white to every color in between. Your glass tile can also have various surface designs and patterns or can have a mother-of-pearl sheen or have a matte look. They can also be made into intriguing shapes that break the mold of typical two-inch by four-inch tile that a backsplash calls to mind, or the popular subway tile pattern. The different options of glass tile colors, finishes, and shapes can combine to give you limitless options for your backsplash design.
Other ways that you can help make your home more marketable and valuable while also saving your family money each month is with window glass replacement. By replacing your existing windows with insulated glass units (IGU) you can save yourself money because instead of allowing heat, or cold, to escape through the windows, all of your conditioned air will remain in your home. Some insulated glass units can also help to heat your home in the winter by trapping the heat of the sun in your home, further warming your family. Opting for window glass replacement using insulated glass units could not only help you out by saving significant energy and qualifying you for a possible energy tax credit, but it could also help cut out most of the unwanted outside noise. New windows will also improve the appearance of your home and further enhance its value.
Whatever your reason for renovating your home may be, it may be wise to consult with a window glass replacement or custom glass products professional who can help you decide where you can cut costs and where you should invest a little. For example, if you are looking to get new windows, because of either a break, fogginess or the desire to save some money on energy expenses. You should not seek to cut costs there, instead, you should invest some money on an insulated glass window unit. The reason for this is because a lesser quality window will not last as long, retain heat and keep out unwanted noise, or be covered under a great warranty the same way that insulated glass units are. Hiring a professional could actually save you some money in the long run when it comes to installing your glass tiling. Professionals are going to know what to do and what materials are needed during the installation process. If words like “thin set” and “waterproofing membrane” leave you confused, then you will need the help of an expert to assist you during your project. Another way they might be able to help you save some money is by knowing how thick your tile will need to be based on its location. Tile flooring must be thicker than wall tiling because of the increased pressure it will have to support.