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Tile Trends: GIO Looks at Glass Tiles for Commercial Design

Glass tiles offer unique looks and unmatched shine compared with other materials for walls. Glass tile may even occasionally be used for floors in limited application for borders and accents. Glass tiles play with light like no other tile can. The reflected light can give the appearance of water, and that is just one reason glass tiles are a popular surfacing choice for bathrooms, swimming pools, and spas. While it may seem that glass tiles are delicate, they are actually tough enough to withstand the elements, making them suitable for adorning outdoor fountains, benches, and freestanding art installations in many climates and settings.

Beyond their beauty, glass tiles offer other advantages. They are resistant to mildew, allergens, and stains. These properties result in surfaces that are relatively simple to clean and maintain. What’s not love about glass tile?

GIO Tile offers a carefully curated selection of glass tile collections developed expressly for your commercial design projects. Here’s a look at our selections.

Vitro is a thoroughly modern line offered in an array of shimmering colors and is available as field tile or mini brick mosaics in both bright and frosted finishes.

Vitro wall tile

 

Our Crystal Glass collection is available in a range of earthen hues and is offered in random or stacked linear mosaics, brick mosaics, and 3″ x 12″ field tiles.

Crystal Glass by GIO

Stainless, Glass & Stone is the ideal blend of luster and land. These linear blend mosaics in a mixture of glass, stone, and stainless steel are available in eight stunning color palettes.

Stainless, glass and stone mosaics

This most modern take on Stained Glass is offered in both stacked and linear mosaics in seven gorgeous colorways.

Stained Glass mosaics

Go square or linear with this Stone & Glass mosaic collection in a range of colors inspired by nature.

Glass & Stone

The luminous glass of our Vein Glass collection is presented in eight cool color blends with chic striations that add in-vogue elegance to walls.

Vein-Glass

GIO is your gateway to beautifully designed, strategically selected collections of floor and wall tile sure to fit your demanding specification requirements and unique style. We look forward to working with you!

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What’s In For Outside Design

As an alternative to natural stone and concrete, porcelain pavers are a big trend in outdoor design. Though porcelain tile options have long been available for outdoor use, these thick, high-tech pavers are made from the highest grade porcelain and are specifically designed for easy installation over a variety of foundations, including grass, sand, gravel, and standard mortar installations. Their precision sizing and uniformity make for easier and faster installation, plus they may be lighter in weight compared to natural stone.

Gio_Thick 1.0 Quartz Silver 24x24 Rectified

 

GIO_Thick 1.0 Installed over grass and gravel.

GIO_Thick 1.0 laid over grass and gravel

 

In addition to the easy and flexible installation, porcelain pavers are incredibly durable and easy to maintain.

  • The color will not fade in harsh sunlight or the most abusive weather.
  • The very dense surface allows for minimal moisture absorption, making them 100% frost resistant (they won’t freeze and crack in very cold weather).
  • They are impermeable, which means that de-icing salts can be used without damaging them.
  • They do not require sealing and are naturally resistant to stains and the growth of mold and moss.
  • Porcelain pavers are extremely easy to clean with a hose and standard household cleaners and, if necessary, low pressure washing systems.
  • Unlike concrete and stone, porcelain pavers have no efflorescence (a crystalline deposit of salts often seen on the surface that occurs when water leaves behind salt deposits).

Porcelain Pavers are also slip-resistant. Slip resistance is an important safety feature in outdoor environments, and even more so when it comes to areas prone to slipperiness, such as walkways near irrigation systems and swimming pool patios. Many natural stones won’t be slip-resistant unless a special finish is applied as a separate step after installation.

GIO is proud to offer a beautiful line of the highest quality porcelain pavers that are designed to withstand the most challenging of commercial environments. GIO_Thick 1.0 is a collection of 12mm thick pavers available in an extensive range of looks suit any design scheme. While we introduced this series a few years ago, we have recently added even more on-trend looks to the lineup. Here’s a look!

Natural Stone Looks

Natural stone looks include Limestone, Marble, Slate, and Flagstone in 24″ x 24″ rectified field tile and Sandstone in 18″ x 36″ rectified.

Concrete Looks

Our concrete paver lookalikes are available in four hues, 24″ x24″ rectified.

Quartz Looks

The quartz looks are available in four hues, two in 18″ x 36″ and two in 24″ x 24″. All are rectified.

Wood Looks

And last, but not least, the wood looks are available in a range of seven colors and sizes include 24″ x 24″, a6″ x32″ and 12″ x 48″, all rectified.

 

GIO_Thick 1.0 Special Accessories

Special accessories for our porcelain pavers include coping/stair treads, coping/stair tread corners, grip stair treads, pool grids, pool grid corners. Pedestal supports for raised laying are available in multiple heights (raised laying facilitates ease of care and maintenance for wiring and piping systems).

 

Questions About Porcelain Pavers?

Reach out to us anytime — we’re here for you!

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Hex Appeal: GIO Looks at Six-Sided Tile Style

Geometric shapes in interior design are a hot trend, and it’s no stretch to proclaim that the six-sided honeycomb-like hexagon has become the queen bee of all shapes, especially when it comes to ceramic tile. There’s something about the hex shape that designers love. In fact, there’s something about hexagons that most everyone loves. Here’s a look at some of the reasons and at how GIO Tile’s collections answer to the trend.

Orderliness

The precision and uniformity of the shapes slot together perfectly, appealing to the eye as well as our desire for symmetry. Quite simply, we are hardwired to organize chaos into order; thus, the symmetry of hex shapes satisfies those innate yearnings we may not even be aware of.

Back to Nature

snowflake, raft bubbles, turtle shell

The hexagon appears in nature over and over again, and is often referred to as “nature’s most perfect shape.”  Aside from the honeycomb, we have snowflakes, soap bubble rafts, and turtle shells, just to name a few. Hexagonal patterns are prevalent in nature due to their efficiency. In a hexagonal grid, each line is as short as it can possibly be if a large area is to be filled with the fewest number of hexagons. For bees, this means making honeycombs that hold the most amount of honey while using the least amount of wax.  For the same reasons the hexagon is found so often in nature, it’s a great surfacing solution because it covers the area better than any other shape.

Retro Appeal

When it comes to tile, hex shapes are not new; the classic pattern has been gracing bathroom floors and walls since the 19th century. The design of the small, one-inch tiles could be rather plain in all white or could contain a complex pattern of different colors and designs. Skilled tile setters often incorporated creative mosaic patterns ranging from simple to quite complex. If you have a vintage home, you will likely want to turn to a look that is in keeping with the home’s age, and small hex tiles will do just that. While the vintage shape has a quality that transcends time, it’s the new twists given to the standard that could be just the answer for turning a boring space into something special.

Hex_Frame

Offering the popular look of concrete this new hex tile line is a powerhouse tile collection! Play with five chic neutrals to create sassy, classy surfaces.

GIO Hex_Frame, Graphite 7x8 Hexagon Framed Decor
GIO Hex_Frame, Graphite 7×8 Hexagon Framed Decor

Hex_AG

Six sides in five colors to shape your modern design in hexagonal style!

Hex_AG by GIO porcelain tile in Dark Grey, White Argento-
GIO Hex_AG, Dark Grey, White, and Argento 9 7/16”x10 7/8” Hexagon.

Hex_Leonis

Bring rays of delight to floors and walls with this customizably cool collection of hexagonal porcelain tiles, offered in four versatile hues.

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GIO Hex_Leonis, Blue 7 x 8

Marmi_Trend

Lush interpretations of beloved marbles featuring sexy hexes as well as 3D linear decos, and more– elegant and edgy for both floors or walls.

GIO Marmi_Trend, Statuary Hex Field Tile
GIO Marmi_Trend, Statuary Hex Field Tile

Geometry Hex

Go modern or retro with this classic porcelain tile offered in a range of urban colors.

Geometry Hex Collection, 2x2 Arctic White Unglazed & Black Unglazed
Geometry Hex Collection, 2×2 Arctic White Unglazed & Black Unglazed

Pietra Marmi

Mesh mounted natural marble mosaics, available in a range of polished and honed shapes, including the beloved hex.

GIO Pietra Marmi, Verona Polished Hexagon Mosaic
GIO Pietra Marmi, Verona Polished Hexagon Mosaic

 

 

Whether you are going for a truly authentic, vintage feel or looking for a more modern take on the classic hex, GIO offers a range of hexagonal tile options to transform your commercial designs. Here at GIO, we not only know tile, but we also deeply understand the needs of interior designers, architects, and commercial product specifiers. Turn to us for the latest solutions in architectural surfacing for your projects. We’re here to work with you!