Today, many types of mosaics are used for decorative and design purposes. One of them is glass mosaics. Glass mosaics used in interior and exterior architectural terms are a decorative and functional coating material. These materials, which have a wide variety of usage areas, add elegance to the areas where they are applied.
What is Glass Mosaic?
Glass mosaic is a decorative coating material. It is produced in different sizes such as 10 * 10, 13 * 13, 20 * 20 and 20 * 40 mm. The inner side of the glass mosaic is the side that sticks to the paper. It is adhered on the cement plaster on the wall in the form of glass mosaic paper plates, with the paper part facing the outside. After the coating process, the papers are cleaned by wetting.
Why are Mosaics Preferred in Designs?
Glass mosaic is preferred in many areas for different reasons. Glass mosaic usage purposes are as follows:
Glass mosaics, a decorative material, beautify the areas where they are architecturally applied.
- Glass mosaics have rich color options.
- These products, which are also used outdoors, make the exterior of buildings look nice and elegant.
- Glass mosaics are not affected by moisture and water. Therefore, it has easy usage.
- It provides insulation against cold and heat.
- It is long-lasting and does not corrode.
- It is easy to clean and does not require paint.
In Which Areas Can Glass Mosaic Be Used?
While glass mosaics can be preferred in many areas in the interior of the houses, it is also used in the exterior structures of the houses. The areas where glass mosaics are used are:
-exterior cladding in buildings
- floor covering
- swimming pools
- bathrooms and showers
- an inter-counter coating in kitchens
- corridors, entrances or halls.
Glass Mosaic Production Process
Glass mosaic raw material is scrap glass and glass paint. Scrap glasses are collected and passed through a glass sieve and cleaned of coarse dirt. The glasses cleaned of coarse dirt are put into the mill and ground for approximately 5 hours, and the removed glass is sifted in a 0.50 glass flour sieve and brought to grain size.
Then the glass flour is put in the mixer and moistened at a certain level. If the product is to be made in color, special glass paint should be added. After the glass flour is moistened, it is filled into the press silo and shaped and pressed. After the glass flour is pressed, it is given to the furnace by the pushing mechanism of the press. For about 19 or 20 minutes in a 20-meter long oven, the mind and glass powder become semi-finished.
While the glass mosaic is in the form of a semi-finished product, it is purified from broken and discarded in different sizes and thrown into the product sieve. After the start of the typesetting process, it is dried in the typesetting moulds and becomes ready.