Mosaics: Glass, Stone, & Metal Blends


A glass, marble, and mother-of-pearl mosaic blend.
A glass, marble, and mother-of-pearl mosaic blend.

Mosaics can be intricate, detailed, colorful, artsy, and beautiful. We can order over 1,000 different mosaics, each with their own unique colors, patterns, and beauty.

Mosaics are made of stone, glass, metal, ceramic, porcelain, pebbles, or some combination thereof, and have a wide variety of patterns and colors. Many porcelain and ceramic floor and wall tiles even come with their own line of matching mosaics!

What, exactly, is a mosaic?


A beige and white glass and stone bubble mosaic
Glass and stone bubble mosaic

Within the tile industry, a mosaic is any collection of small tiles mounted on a mesh or sheet. They can form a pattern or just be a random blend of different elements. The usually one square foot sheets have interlocking edges for a seamless-looking final installation.

Where can I use mosaics?


A blue, brown, tan, and grey slate and glass mosaic
This slate and glass mosaic can only be installed in glass-friendly locations.

A mosaic can be used anywhere that it's weakest component materials can be used. For example, an all-porcelain mosaic can go almost anywhere, while a porcelain and glass mosaic is limited due to the fragility of the glass.

 

Visit the specific product pages of the materials in your mosaic to see where they can be used.

 

Glass mosaics are most commonly used on backsplashes and as borders and accents in showers. Porcelain mosaics are often used with their matching field tiles; for example, 12x12" tiles can be used on a shower wall while the matching 2x2" mosaics are used on the shower floor.

Install your Mosaic with our All-In-One Thinset & Grout!


The quickest and cleanest way to install mosaic tiles

Here's the traditional way to install mosaics: spread a layer of cement thinset on the wall or floor and squish your sheet into it. Clean up any thinset that oozes up between the mosaic pieces. Wait one or two days for the thinset to dry. After the wait, you can install your grout. If you missed any thinset, you'll have to scrape it out of your grout lines before spreading the grout, which is a messy process. After another 3 days, come back and seal your grout.

 

Now here's the new way to install mosaics: spread Integra All-In-One Grout & Thinset on your surface, squish the mosaic in, spread more on the top, then clean it off. After three days, seal it. Done! 

 

Integra eliminates thinset clean up and thinset wait time, easily shaving 1-2 days of wait time and hours of labor off your installation. Great for small projects: instead of having to get a bag of thinset (30 - 50 lbs minimum) and a separate unit of grout (at least 10 lbs of grout), which can add up to at least $40 of materials (if you get the lowest grade products), you can just get one 25 lb of Integra for $35. 

 

Learn more on our All-In-One grout page.


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