Still have a question? Check out our FAQ’s about Trend mosaics.

  • FAQ install mosaic

    Q: Can you install mosaic directly on plywood, wood, metal or drywall?
    A: Yes, but you must select the proper adhesive and you must use a primer on your drywall.

    Q: Can you install mosaic on an exterior facade?
    A: Absolutely, without a problem.

    Q: Can we use mosaic to surface a swimming pool in a very cold climate?
    A: Yes, but you should never remove the water during the winter. Use a cover and some inflatables on the surface to avoid having the water turn into ice. Rubber tires could do the trick. You should not empty the pool because the water not only acts as good thermal insulation but also as an important counter balance to the pressure of the surrounding terrain. You should lower the level of the water of about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15cm) below the skimmers so that you can empty the pipes connected to the filters. Then maintain a constant water level.

    Q: Is TREND mosaic resistant to freezing temperatures? 
    A: Absolutely. You can use TREND Mosaic and have confidence that everything will be ok.

    Q: Is mosaic slippery?
    A: No. With all the grout lines, the mosaic passes all the requirements for a non-slippery surface. It is important to check the local requirements that may vary from area to area.

    Q: Can I cut myself using TREND’s mosaic?
    A: No. Each individual mosaic piece has beveled edges. 

    Q: Can I use TREND mosaic in Sauna, Hammam and Turkish bath applications? 
    A: Yes, absolutely. 

    Q: Can I install mosaic inside a fireplace?
    A: No. You cannot install mosaic inside. You can, however, install TREND mosaic on the exterior of the fireplace.

    Q: Is glass mosaic flammable?
    A: No, glass mosaic is a non-combustible, non-flammable surface. It is rated Class Zero.

    Q: Will my mosaic change color over time?
    A: No, TREND’s Mosaic is a full-body colored mosaic and will not change color over time. 

    Q: Can you assure me that the mosaic ordered is exactly like the sample I have seen to select my material?
    A: Glass mosaic has natural variations due not only to the recycled glass used but also to other factors. The glass will have the same principal tone of the sample, but there could be variations. To be sure you can request a sample of the current production batch.

    Q: If I have ordered material today, can you assure me the same tone if I order another amount in few months? 
    A: If the batch used for your first order is still available, then you will receive the same tone. If the batch has changed, then you will receive a mosaic that may be slightly different. Each batch has its own consistent shade.

    Q: Can I install glass mosaic on an existing surface?
    A: Yes you can, but you must pay attention to few important things.
    a) The existing surface must be well attached to the subfloor; otherwise you will have to remove it.
    b) Use an abrasive to roughen the existing surface so you can level it with adhesive.
    c) Level the roughened surface with the proper material, max 1/5” (5mm).
    Now you can install your mosaic. 

    Q: What adhesive should I use to install TREND’s mosaic?
    A: There are plenty of adhesives that are acceptable for glass mosaic installations. First select the adhesive that will work with the local conditions (exterior/interior temperature). Select an adhesive manufacturer that could provide you with a warranty on the installation. Select the proper adhesive based on the substrate. TREND recommends using adhesives from Mapei or Laticrete. 

    Q: What kind of grout should I use?
    A: In the majority of applications you can use a sanded cement-based grout. TREND recommends the use of an epoxy grout when superior mechanical or chemical resistance is necessary.

  • FAQ cleaning mosaic

    Q: What can I use to clean my mosaic surface?
    A: You can use any kind of commercially available detergent. We recommend the use of a detergent designed for glass surfaces.

    Q: What should I use to clean my mosaic in a pool after the installation?
    A: Follow the instructions of the manufacturer of the adhesive and grout you purchased. 

    Q: if I use a detergent or a liquid product commonly used to clean household floors, can I damage my mosaic?
    A: No, your Trend Mosaic is both stain resistant and chemical resistant. You can use any kind of detergent available, with a preference for those that are specifically for glass surfaces.

    Q: How can I remove hard water stains or calcium stains?
    A: You can remove these stains easily using a mixture of water and Hydrochloric Acid with 3% alcohol; an alternative is using warm water, vinegar and salt, or using product specifically marketed for this kind of stain.

    Q: Can I use an epoxy grout for a swimming pool installation?
    A: Yes you can, but pay special attention to the temperature and movement of the substrate.

    Q: If I use an epoxy grout can I avoid the waterproofing of the pool?
    A: Absolutely not. Waterproofing is essential and it must be performed by a specialist or under the direction of a professional.

    Q: When can I add water to the pool after the mosaic installation?
    A: Always follow the directions of the adhesive manufacturer. It is prudent to wait a minimum of 20 days after the installation before adding water.

    Q: Is Trend’s Mosaic resistant to the chemicals commonly used in pools?
    A: Absolutely.

    Q: Can I scratch my mosaic when I clean it?
    A: No, Trend’s mosaic is scratch resistant.  

    Q: Is the mosaic scratch resistant only on its surface?
    A: Trend’s mosaic are resistant to superficial and deep abrasion since they are molded glass.

    Q: How long will my mosaic last?
    A: In principle your mosaic will last forever.  In reality, of course, it all depends on the kind of installation and the degree of stress inflicted on the surface.

    Q: Can I use Mosaic in a Hair salon, considering all the chemical products used in that environment?
    A: Absolutely yes. Your Trend Mosaic is resistant to chemicals, even the very aggressive chemicals used in a Hair Salon.

    Q: Can My mosaic be damaged by salt water or by proximity to a salt-water environment?
    A: This is not a problem. Your Mosaic is perfect for a salt-water environment. 

    Q: How should I handle the mosaic before the installation?
    A: The material should be stored in a DRY INDOOR ENVIRONMENT up until the time of the installation. You should not leave your mosaic outdoors before the installation.

    Q: What should I do if there is a difference in thickness between two materials I am installing?
    A: Use the proper trowel to make up the difference by applying a thicker layer of adhesive. Alternatively, install the thinner of the two materials on a substrate, to make both materials equally thick.

    Q: How do I cut a piece of glass mosaic?
    A: Mosaic pliers are the proper tool. You can also use a diamond blade or a tile cutter with diamond blade. Just trace a line on the paper, plastic or on the surface of the mosaic and then use the diamond blade to perform the cut.

    Q: Is the iridescence of Shining only a surface treatment? Is it resistant?
    A: The iridescence of Shining is resistant over time, since the coating is applied and bonded to the surface while the glass is in a molten state.

Install mosaic

Every installation begins with the unpacking of the mosaics. It is advisable to verify the condition of each sheet of mosaic contained in the boxes before beginning to lay, and it is good practice to keep the material to be laid at the same temperature as the surroundings in which the work is being carried out.

The starting point is then identified and marked on the wall where the mosaic sheets are to be laid. Mark the guidelines at right angles to each other corresponding to the multiples of the sheets of mosaics previously measured. It is customary to mark squares for 3 x 3 sheets. Of course, in the case of installing...


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