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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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River Rock Tile

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

River pebble tile or river rock tile is a versatile tile that can be used in many different spaces.  Pebble tile is commonly used in anything from bathrooms to fountains to kitchens.  River pebble tile can spruce up a shower or make a walkway shine.  The uses for pebble tile go on and on.

So why are so many people these days using pebble tile for their project?

The first reason is that it is beautiful.  River pebble tile looks great in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and the like.  It gives a natural feel to a space.  River pebble tile comes in many colors to match a room or area perfectly.  There are different types of river pebble tile to make your project gorgeous.  For instance, if you are tiling a fountain you might choose a standing pebble tile.  If you are tiling a walkway, you may prefer a mosaic pebble tile.  In a bathroom you might decide to put in a sliced pebble tile.  The choices of the different types of river pebble tile make it a great option to choose for just about any tiling project.

Another reason people are using pebble tile is that it is a natural product that is durable.  River pebble tiles are not man made.  They come from nature.  This makes them durable.  Once you seal your pebble tile you can clean it, walk on it,or even do jumping jacks on it and you won’t do any harm to it.  River pebble tiles are a great option for our eco friendly consumers. There are no factories creating our pebbles, they come straight from nature which makes them strong and durable.

The last reason why many people are using river pebble tile is because it is budget friendly.  River pebble is reasonably priced even though you would never know it to walk into a space where it is installed.  A space that has river pebble tile installed looks like it cost a ton of money to make, but it doesn’t have to.

Whatever your reason for using pebble tile in your next project, we think it is a great one! River pebble tile is versatile, beautiful, natural, and budget friendly.  So go ahead and check out our selection here: http://naturalstoneoutlet.com/pebble-tile

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