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Swimming Pools and Pebble Tile

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Having an in ground pools can range from the very modest to the most luxurious and can be built to various shapes and/or sizes. Usually basic inground pools normally range from $20,000–$40,000. Most inground pool contractors and installers suggests features that have made them more feasible, useful, robust and more eye-catching.

Over the last few years, inground swimming pool construction has been continuing to progress, and since then, numerous pool contractors have been starting to endorse pebble finishes. The common trend is to decorate the walls of a pool with stone tile and the bottom with pebble tile for an exquisite look. Using pebble tiles for the bottom part of a swimming pool can produce a beach-like appearance.

Pebble tile is a natural construction material that uses various small pebbles that are generally larger than normal-sized gravel and smaller than cobblestone. They are well-known for their resilience. They are great materials when used for outdoor projects even when continuously exposed to the elements. With high-quality pebble tiles, you have an extensive choice of colors and pebble size.

Smaller size pebbles of 1 to 3 inches diameter are what experts recommend due the greater level of comfort of the small pebbles over the larger ones. The soles of your feet soften from the water as you use the pool over long periods of time and this can cause pain or discomfort if you have large odd shaped stones which are typical of most of our competitors.  Some people use them both inside and outside to turn a standard pool into a remarkable, luxurious swimming pool.

There are many things to contemplate when thinking of inground pools, such as the various materials and installation techniques used in making one. Disturbances in weather and variations in seasonal temperatures affect when a pool can be installed and how long the project will take.

Most pool contractors advise in contacting an expert because inground pool installation is not only very challenging but it needs expert skill and technique, as well as cutting edge machinery. Also, many difficulties can occur, due to structural anomalies, if the pool is poorly planned and built, which can lead to costly repairs.

In planning and building an inground pool, one should take into consideration the occurrence of underground wires or cables, since they affect the pool”s location. So, it is important to dig a hole where there are no underground wires or cables. After removing the dirt, wires and cables for the water pump, water filter, and underwater lighting are installed. After the installation of the wires and cables, the wall or frame structures a re installed next, and then, a liner is put in if you are making use of vinyl (PVC) liners.

If you want a natural yet luxurious natural look for your pool, you should consider pebble tiles, because not only are they resilient and elegant, but are cost effective.

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Safety for seniors and kids then think Pebble Tile Bathroom

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
The average bathroom floor gets spilled on with shampoo and other toiletries almost on a daily basis. Around the toilet area, well you might find another type of spill on your bathroom floor, especially if you have young boys, OMG.  The tiles used near your toilet should be durable since it needs to be regularly cleaned with disinfectants. Otherwise, it could become a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi which could harm your health.

If your bathroom has a carpet lying around, it could add to the risk of you getting sick because they are impossible to clean and disinfect, and they rot when they constantly get wet. Because of that, don’t have second thoughts of whether or not you should dispose your carpet when it has reached the point of rotting. I mean seriously, there is a whole show about that, Hoarders!

When homeowners hear the term “bathroom remodeling”, they usually think that it would be a time-consuming and costly project, because just the task of replacing bathroom tiles can be messy. However, making your bathroom the ideal “comfort room” should always be top priority.

A tight budget means choosing tiling materials that are not only less expensive but are long lasting. There are a lot of alternatives to choose from besides bathroom carpeting. In fact, if you still want to have the non-slip characteristic of a bathroom carpet, but want a more classy appeal, you should opt for installing pebble stone tiles.

Nothing matches the soothing effect of water on stone. Natural pebble tiles create a theatrical effect on any bathroom. They imitate a relaxing tropical isl and scene right inside your bath space so that every bath time would be a spa-like experience. But the most-pleasing experience you might want to try is getting a foot massage every time you walk barefoot on them. Pebble tiles are made of hand-selected Balinese pebbles of even thickness that are attached to a mesh backing. They can be applied on shower floorings, shower pan flooring, walls, backsplashes, and many others. There are various pebble sizes and also a wide selection of colors and patterns that are available like white, tan, pink, pastel, quartz, sand, black, and every other shade in between. All of them are durable, non-slip, easy to clean, and very versatile. If you like to keep your pebble tiled bathroom as pristine as possible, all you need would be soap and water and scrub the dirt of.

After knowing the advantages of choosing pebble tiles over other types of tiling material for your bathroom, the next thing that would come into your mind would be the cost for installation and who to call for it. Actually, with this kind of tiles , you can do the installation by yourself. You do not need tiling specialists to do the job for you. Moreover, you are free to create your own patterns since they simply interlock and appear seamless on your bathroom walls and floors. Their naturally rich texture has opened up so many opportunities for today”s world of interior design.

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How To Install Pebble Tile for Showers

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

If you are ready to make pebble tile shower magic happen then take note of some of these basic tips below.

1 ) Mask the Drain and Edges. Use easily removed painter’s tape to give protection to the drain before starting the tile work. Also place tape around the shower stall just above the height of where the tile will sit to offer protection to the shower surround.

2) Apply the Thinset. Start in a back corner of the shower and spread thinset on the shower floor with the flat edge of a .25″ x .25″ square-notched spade. Then use the nicked edge of the spade to form ridges in the material holding the spade at roughly a 45-degree angle. Cover an area identical to about 3 sheets of the pebble tile.

3) Set the 1st Pebble Tile Sheet. Press the 1st sheet of pebble tile into the thinset, butting the sheet as near as feasible to the walls. Apply a little pressure to the sheet of tiles to settle it in the thinset.

4) Continue Tiling. Continue to spread thinset and add sheets of tile to the floor, aligning the sheets to interlock. Mix thinset as needed. If there is not room for a full sheet, remove stones as needed from the sheet and put aside, then trim the mesh backing with a knife or scissors and set the leftover portion of the sheet as usual. Also use this method to set the tile around the drain. Optionally for a perfectly straight look a wet tile saw can be used to easily cut the pebbles. It helps to turn the sheet upside down during this process.

5) Tap the Pebble Tile in Place. On top of the tile, place a straight, flat board that covers many tiles and carefully tap it with a mallet to thoroughly set the tile and make sure the pebbles are all at the same height.

6) Seal the Pebble Tile. Natural stone pebble tiles must be sealed before grouting. Check the instructions of your selected sealer and be certain to seal the pebble tile before grouting to make grout removal easier in step 8.

7) Apply the Grout. Spread grout across the tile employing a grout float. Hold the float at a 45-degree angle, working the grout into the areas between the stones.

8) Clean the Tile. Taking care not to drag grout up from between the pebbles, wipe away the haze with a wet sponge. Wash the sponge frequently to keep it clean. Let the grout cure completely according to the package instructions. Employ a clean material to wipe any remaining haziness from the surface of the pebbles.

9) Seal the pebbles and grout. It is important to re-seal the pebbles along with the grout to prevent against mildew and stains. This will also ensure easy cleaning of the pebble tile for years to come with any mild household detergent. For the best results, implement the instructions for the explicit sealer used.

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Pebble Tile are growing in Popularity for Bathrooms & Showers

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
The inspiration for pebble tiles came from Indonesia and a really amazing zen -spa -stunning bathroom in an insaneley beautiful Bali villa. Now stateside, it is interesting to see one of the most common uses of pebble tile is in showers and bathrooms. Mostly people use river rock tile as either their shower pan or their bathroom floor but it is also used on walls, vanities and more.

Pebble tile is very popular for floors because the river stones are hand selected to ensure a consistent height that is very comfortable to walk on. People with pebble tile stone floors love the feeling of the pebbles on their bare feet every day and say it feels like a shiatsu massage.

Another reason pebble tile is popular for bathrooms and inside showers is that it is not at all slippery when wet. The pebbles and grout provide a lot of friction and are great for walking on in wet areas.

Many types of pebble tile are available including natural pebble tile, glazed, mini, sliced and even mosaic flat tile. All of these types are perfectly suited to be used in a bathroom or shower pan. Even the glazed which have a slick wet look will not be slippery when they are actually wet.

Pebble tile is available in colors to match any decor. Pebble Tile Shop manufactures the worlds largest selection of pebble tile so you will be sure to find something to match your color scheme. Popular colors are white, tan, black,green and dark ocean but we also have reds, brown, mixed colors and many, many more!

Showers and floors however is not the only place you can use pebble tile in your bathroom! We have seen people do their entire floor and walls to create a borderless  bathroom which is just a shower without a shower door and a drain on one side of the bathroom. We have also had people use pebble tile to create a unique looking backsplash behind their vanity mirrors. We have even had customers use our mosaic tile or sliced pebble tile as their counter top!

People love how pebble tile interlocks seamlessly so that you cannot see where one tile begins and another tile ends. It is the unique interlocking pattern that we provide which allows this to work. Many other manufacturers of pebble tile use a different interlocking system that will easily show where the tiles have been interlocked.

Because of how easy it is to install pebble tile and the way the mesh backing bends to conform to curved surfaces it can really be used anywhere you imagine it! Showers and bathrooms are popular places to use our pebble tile but by far are not the only places! Let your imagination run wild and see how pebble tile can change any room or outside area of your home into a luxurious area filled with natural beauty!

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All About Pebble Tile Floors

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Ever wonder what tile would look great on your floor?  Picking a tile for a floor can be a time consuming task.  What color to choose? What type of tile?  What size?  All of these decisions can be overwhelming.  Well let’s stop to look at an option that you may not have thought of yet, a pebble tile floor.

Pebble tile is a natural product so it works great on floors.  Many people use it in bathrooms or kitchens, although it can be used in just about any room in the house.  Many people love to install pebble tile outside the home as well.  A pebble tile floor is durable, easy to keep clean, and gives a natural look to a room or space.  What types of pebble tile can be used on a floor?

The majority of people will tell you that any type of pebble tile you choose will be great on a floor.  However there are a few preferences to consider when choosing a pebble tile floor.  The first to consider is the feel of the flooring.  Many people love traditional (natural or glazed) pebble tile because they like the feel of it beneath their feet.  Like a ‘massage’ on your feet some have said.  Check out this pebble tile floor using our traditional pebble tiles:

Polished White Pebble Tile Flooring

We often get asked the question “Is this comfortable to walk on”  While we think the answer is yes, there are some who prefer a more flat feel on their feet.  For those customers, we recommend sliced pebble tile like the ones shown here:

Sliced Green Pebble Tile Profile

Many people also want to consider the look of the pebble tile they will install on the floor.  This is why we offer glazed and natural products.  After you install your pebble tile floor, whether you choose glazed or natural you will need to seal it to keep it looking great.  This will enhance the look of your pebble tile floor and keep it looking great for years to come.

Pebble tile is such a great option for so many projects but one of our favorites has to be the pebble tile floor.  It not only looks and feels amazing but it is eco friendly, easy to install, easy to care for, and super durable.  You just can’t go wrong when you choose to install a pebble tile floor!

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Bathroom Pebble Floor Tiles

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Bathroom pebble floor tiles are so popular these days.  There are so many ways to use them.  Some people will tile their entire bathroom floor with it while others will put it under a tub or on a shower floor.  There are a few types of bathroom pebble stone tile.  For some the right choice for their project is traditional pebble bathroom floor tile like these:

White Pebble Tile Bathroom Flooring
This pebble bathroom floor has a natural look and is like walking on the beach but in your bathroom.  Some people prefer a more flat look for their pebble stone bathroom tile so they opt for a sliced tile like this:

Sliced Tan and White Pebble Tile

While this look is a very popular pebble bathroom floor tile, there is yet another choice.  Stone mosaic is also a flat option for those looking for bathroom pebble stone tiles.  These mosaic stone tiles install the same but have a very unique look to them.
Glazed Bali Black Mosaic Tile

When choosing a pebble floor for your bathroom you can choose either glazed, polished, or a natural finished to your stone.  You will want to seal any finish you go with off to get a long lasting bathroom pebble stone tile that will keep nicely for years to come.

Some tips when looking at pebble bathroom floor tiles?  First tip is get a sample!  Compare them to each other, put them in the space, and walk on them.  This helps not only with choosing the right color but also the type of bathroom pebble stone tile (sliced, natural, or mosaic)  The nice thing about pebble tile is it looks great in almost any environment and since it is natural looking it matches all colors and shades of furniture or wall colors.  It is really an easy choice when looking for tile, pebble bathroom floor tiles are the way to go!

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Pebble Tile Flooring

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

A house needs to be aesthetically pleasing on the inside and out. From the ornaments, to the walls, ceilings and floors, every part of your living place should complement each other and be as comfortable and attractive as possible. Houses that have floors that are in good condition are visually pleasing and invite a feeling of calm regardless how few other decorative elements are within the room. Floors that are poorly kept, full of stains, and are chipped make rooms look unsightly despite how grand the theme of your house is.

Ceramic tiling is a popular option if you are planning to remodel your floor. They are easy to clean and come in a huge selection of patterns and colors. However, they are quite fragile and become slippery when wet, thereby increasing the chance of accidents taking place. They are also very common and so can give your house that Track Home feel. If you are going to go in that direction, there are some very unique and more durable versions of ceramic, porcelain tiles. These are much more distinctive and durable and as such a more viable option.

Another option you might have in mind is to use hardwood tiling materials. Because of its naturally beautiful finish and timeless look, a lot of homeowners are using this type of tile. On the downside, hardwood floors are subject to fading, do not hold moisture, and can easily be scratched. If you have pets, it isn’t advisable to use this kind of tile. Ask anyone who has  kids or pets who has had hardwood ( typically engineered) for any time and they will express regret.

There is no truly indestructible tile, even natural stone; so it is up to you to decide what type of tile fits your needs. You must always keep in mind that for every condition, there is a different type of tile that is suitable for the job. Nonetheless, there is one type of tile that has the qualities of durability, versatility, and style in one.

Pebble tiles have long been used as floor tiling since the time of the ancient Greeks. They are so durable that even under extreme duress they survive. In fact there are ruins of homes with pebble floors  which still stand today. The ease in pebble tile installation is also worth appreciating since a homeowner does not need professional skills and expensive materials. In fact, it is up to the homeowner”s imagination on how he would like to install them. Most of all, the greatest quality it possesses is the comfort it gives to the person walking barefoot on it. Unlike ceramic glazed tiles and hardwood, the pebble tiles mimic a light foot massage with its natural texture. With or without grout, pebbles are properly sorted so that homeowners are assured that the thickness is consistent enough to create a level surface. It”s as if you”re getting a free spa treatment just by walking across the room.

Java pebble tile shower-Design-4-Less

Java Pebble Tile Shower Spa

As much as spas are concerned, pebble tile floors create a relaxing, tropical hotel appeal, once they are installed. The islands of Indonesia, where the largest supply of river pebble stones come from, benefit from the export of world-class pebble stone tiles. However, some people think that environmental destruction is an issue to be concerned with. This is definitely not true. More legal jobs are actually created and the stones are collected from shallow bedrock in the mountains so there is no negative environmental effects.

So if you are looking for a very durable and unique flooring material that will also enhance the interior design of your home then consider pebble tile.

Amber Pebble Tile Master Bath

Stunning master bath using Amber Pebble Tile

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