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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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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:

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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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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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