Monday, 9 June 2008

Natural Pebble Tiles - Is it That Easy to Install?

Natural pebble tiles are special stone tiles built of natural river or sea pebbles which are being manually grouped together and glued onto a fixed size mesh backing in order to create a totally seamless natural stone tile effect. In the last few years these natural stone tiles have gained immense popularity especially for remodeling kitchens, baths and patios.

These panels are being used by many home-makers for various interior and exterior remodeling and other purposes including: bathroom floors, shower walls, kitchen floors, countertops, patios, flooring and wall covering. These easy do-it-yourself tiles are becoming more and more popular these days due to the fact that they open numerous remodeling opportunities while no unique knowledge is required in order to use them.

After your first successful installation you'll be able to install these tiles on other surfaces at home or in the office much faster and more efficiently.

Let's see how it works. Installing these natural pebble tiles whether in the inside or the outside requires no outstanding abilities or expensive tools / materials. These basic inexpensive materials include: scissors, grout, sponge, thinset mortar, trowel, grout float, sealer and paint brush.

First you need to take the sealer and brush it over the stones before you begin on tiling, in the second step you need to cover the surface with thinset by using the trowel and apply the rock tiles next to each other, in the last step you need to fill the space between the stones by using grout, let it dry for 24hrs, then take a wet sponge and remove the excess grout of the surface of the stones.

What makes these products so popular? Here is a quick overview: 1) Comes in various colors and shapes that can easily fit almost any surface and room setting 2) Easily adjusted to almost any surface size especially when it comes to tiling around taps and small narrow areas 3) Easy to be cleaned and maintained.

If you plan on remodeling by using natural pebble tiles, here are some valuable tips that can help you: 1) most recommended grout is sanded grout - it is suitable for both internal and external use. 2) make sure the surface you are about to tile is flat, clean, dry and free of contaminants. 3) When you prepare the grout avoid adding too much water in the initial mix. That additional water can result in weak grout that can flake.

Natural pebble tiles provide endless opportunities for both the inner and external surfaces due to the fact that they come in various shades, hues and sizes; they are easy to be used and relatively inexpensive as compared with other alternatives.

Get creative! - Learn more about how you can easily decorate any surface at home or in the office with Natural Pebble Tiles

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