There are many ways to decorate your home’s floors and walls. You can use a variety of materials, colors and styles. With more and more designs and synthetic materials entering the market, you can make your home as unique and personal as you want.
One of the more recent ideas home designers have begun to incorporate into their remodeling projects is pebbled tiles. These tiles are versatile, waterproof, durable, and most importantly, stylish. They can be used on a variety of surfaces and in a wide range of locations. Whether you’re looking to add some color and creativity to your kitchen counter, backsplash, or shower floor, or if you just want a change from that boring patio or swimming pool deck, pebbled-tiles are the solution.
Pebbled tiles are great to use regardless of whether you live in a large, urban city like New York, or a smaller city like Warren, Michigan. Either way, pebbled tiles can be a great addition to your home both outdoors and in.
What Are They?
Similar to the idea of mosaic tiles, pebbled tiles are hand-picked and smooth to the touch. The pebbles usually come from Bali or other nearby Indonesian islands, and are firmly attached to a wire mesh backing. They can be made of slate, sandstone, marble, quartzite or other types of stone. The tiles can come in a single color scheme or any of a number of colors mixes.
Pebbled tiles are great for use as a backsplash in your kitchen or bathroom, or as part of a pattern along a dining room wall. For ideas and pictures visit the Natural Stone Outlet.
How Much Do They Cost?
The cost of pebbled tiles range from about $4.50 - $12 per square foot, depending on the type of cut, style, and texture.
In addition to standard flat tiles, pebbled-tiles are also available in standing form. Strips of pebbles, stacked vertically, can be laid like bricks to line an existing wall. These are ideal for accent walls, back-splashes, fireplaces and more, and provide a beautiful, striking look, with a natural feel and no seam lines.
Like other tiles, pebbled-tiles can be either glazed or unglazed. The glazed tiles are professionally treated with a special stone sealer, which, aside for protecting the pebbles, also brings out their natural colors and leaves an attractive shine. Once sealed, the tiles require minimal maintenance, and can be cleaned with household detergent if needed.
Where Should I Install Them?
The most common area on which pebbled-tiles are installed is the shower floor, providing a slip-resistant, aesthetically pleasing surface. However, when installing bathroom or shower floors, a plumber may have to be consulted to help make sure the area is waterproof and no leaks will occur.
Contact a local tile installer and ask if he’s familiar with pebbled tiles. If so, he should be able to recommend the best type of tile for your home that fits your taste. Also, since tiles often break when being cut, it’s a good idea to order 10% extra tile, which can also be stored for future repairs.
Look around until you find the right tile for your needs. With so many choices, the right pebbled tile will find you and be a welcome addition to any part of your home.
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