Using Pebble Tile in the Bathroom

by Rachel Laurendeau on November 8, 2012

Pebble tile flooring offers a beautiful natural look and feel and can be used for a wide range of applications both indoors and out. Indoors, it is mainly seen in bathrooms. It looks wonderful either as a shower floor, bathroom floor or even as a backsplash.

What is pebble tile?
Pebble tiles generally come in 12” X 12” interlocking sheets, with each sheet covered in natural stones which are bonded to a mesh backing. When properly installed, there should be no visible seems between the sheets.

What are some of the pros and cons of pebble flooring?
• Naturally withstand water (the stones are collected from beaches, after all), making them particularly good for bathroom applications.
• Available in a wide range of colors and textures, they can work with any type of decor from rustic to contemporary and are extremely versatile.
• Excellent way to add a touch of nature to any space.
• The feel and texture of natural pebble underfoot is unmatched; it’s a bit like having a foot massage every time you walk on it. Personally, I love the feeling but it’s not for everyone. Try it out barefoot in a showroom or take a sample home and walk on it before committing to pebble. If you prefer an even surface, you can opt for sliced pebble, which offers a flat surface and similar look.
• Polished pebbles can be very slippery. This finish is not recommended for showers or bathroom floors.

How-To Tips
*This is not a tutorial. For tutorials or installation instructions, check with your tile’s manufacturer.

According to the DIY Network, installing your own pebble flooring is a moderately difficult do-it-yourself project. If you don’t know your way around a trowel or you don’t know the difference between Thinset and grout, you should probably leave this one up to a bathroom remodeling professional. However, if you have reasonable amount of DIY experience, you should be able to tick off “installing pebble tiles” from your home improvement checklist.

  • Lay out the pattern of the pebble sheets before you adhere them into place. The stones will fit together like puzzles.
  • If there are any gaps along the edges of your tiling area, use some loose pebbles and place them in the empty spaces.
  • Seal the pebbles and grout at the end of installation to protect against mold and mildew and to make the surface easier to clean.

If you would like to know more about having a pebble tile installed in your home call your local home improvement expert or bathroom remodeling contractor.

Resource: DIY Network and Select Floors

Related: Bathroom Flooring Options

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