How To Install Standing Pebble Tile

As the pebble tiles have become more and more popular we get less and less installation questions.  When we first started most contractors and home owners were unfamiliar with the pebble tiles and needed direction on how to install the tile.  Now there is a plethora of installation videos online as well as countless home improvement shows that have used the tile showing how easy it is to install them.  Most installers and DIYers are familiar enough with the material now to tackle it on their own and have accomplished beautiful installations.  Just take a look at our photo contest winner’s DIY project.

The one thing that can still cause some problems with installation is the Standing Pebble Tiles.  A unique twist on the pebble tiles the standing pebbles are the pebble cut in half and mounted to the mesh on the smooth cut edge, creating a more three dimensional look.

Flat vs Standing Pebble Tile

Flat vs Standing Pebble Tile

The standing pebble tiles are perfect for water features, showers, or basically any wall you want to add a little dimension and texture to.

Vivid Black Pebble Tile Standing Tub

Vivid Black Pebble Tile Standing Tub

Standing Pebble Tile Smokey Black

Standing Pebble Tile Smokey Black

Standing Spring Rain Shower

Standing Spring Rain Shower

The most common problem which occurs when installing the standing pebble tiles is that installers grout the tiles.

Example of Standing Pebble Tile Grouted

Example of Standing Pebble Tile Grouted

When in fact the standing pebble tiles are designed to be installed only with thinset and do not have to be grouted.  Using only thinset to install the standing pebbles helps in retaining the three dimensional and textured look of the tile.  This is also why they are in 4×12 pieces, so they are not too heavy to sit on the wall with just thinset.

This does not mean you can’t grout the standing pebble tiles.  Sometimes people feel more comfortable in water applications grouting the tiles, which is fine.  But if you are going to grout make sure you remove as much of the grout as possible with a wire brush. And if you are having someone install the tile for you make sure you have a precise conversation about the look you are trying to achieve so that you do not end up with the tiles grouted all the way to the top and losing the dimension.

Here are some examples of the standing pebble tile grouted while still retaining some of the three dimensional look.

Standing Spring Rain Staircase

Standing Spring Rain Staircase

Standing Vivid Black Grouted

Standing Vivid Black Grouted

We always recommend printing out the installation instructions on our website and having the installer sign off on them after you have discussed what you are trying to achieve with your installation.  If you are installing yourself and have a question, ask.  We try and answer as many questions as we can but sometimes professional installers are the best resource because of their installation experience.  We know our product really well but not necessarily your specific installation.

The next question we normally get when we tell someone the standing pebble tiles do not have to be grouted is, “won’t the thinset show through?”.  There will be a little visibility of the thinset.  But if you want to eliminate any color difference between the tile and the thinset,  there are a variety of products to dye thinset to match the pebble.  Just ask someone at your local home improvement store to guide you in the right direction.  Also you can push the tiles together a little when installing to minimize gaps.  If you have a larger gap just pull a stone off another tile and fit it into the hole.

I hope this helps explain a little bit about installing the standing pebble tiles.  Or opened a whole set of new questions!  If you have any just give us a call 1-888-848-4537 or email at info@design-4-less.com

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