While there is no guarantee that glass tile mosaics will not crack once installed, the tile industry's own thermal shock standards are an indication of a tile's durability and resistance to environmental conditions.
Test Data Lacking
An interior designer that I am working with on a project was told by Oceanside Glass Tiles that their glass tile mosaics are "approved for use in swimming pools." I asked the interior designer who "approved" the tiles for use in swimming pools, their marketing department? I requested that she obtain their product test results to guarantee that their tiles have been tested to be in compliance with the tile industry's Standards - ANSI A137.2 Resistance to Thermal Shock.
Here are the specifications and test results that the interior designer received from Oceanside Glass Tile.
The application matrix provided by the Oceanside Glass Tile marketing department recommends many product lines for use in swimming pools.
Scrolling Down to the Test Results
The tests results matrix is CONSPICUOUSLY MISSING a "thermal shock" column that would indicate compliance with ANSI A-137.2 - 2013.
Doesn't that pique your curiosity as to why it was not included ?
To ensure that they survive in swimming pool or spa conditions INSIST that your glass tiles AT LEAST meet the tile industry's very own ANSI A137.2 - 2013 Thermal Shock Standards !
Paolo Benedetti, SWD Aquatic Artist, Watershape Consultant, Expert Witness, International Construction Management
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