How to Install a Pebble Tile Floor

A pebble tile floor will not only add beauty to your kitchen or bathroom, but will also offer a unique look and feel to your home. Pebble tiles can be purchased in a variety of colors and designs that you can integrate to match the color and theme of your home interior. Pebble tiles also add a unique outdoor feel to any bathroom or home kitchen and are considered an ideal flooring material for any type of home.

Accurate measurement is critical to a successful installation procedure. Pebble tiles come in 12-by-12 inch squares. It is best to measure the floor area before initial installation.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Pebble tiles
  • Measuring tape
  • Thin set mortar
  • Stiff brush
  • Grout
  • Trowel
  • Stone treatment (impregnator and stone shine is recommended)
  • Sealer (optional) 
  • Sponge

Step 1 – Measure the Floor Area

Use a measuring tape to measure the floor area on the intended place of installation. This will give you an estimation of the total amount of pebble tile squares that you need to buy. Remember to buy more tiles than what is usually intended. This is to ensure that you have spare pebble tiles in the event of damage during the installation procedure. This will also be helpful on tight spots or awkward corners where you will need to cut off pieces of tiles to fill small spaces.

Step 2 – Apply Mortar to the Floor Surface

Use a trowel to apply the thin set mortar. Apply the mortar in small sections of 2 feet by 2 feet and set the first square of pebble tiles in place. Make sure to interlock the first piece with the second piece of tile. Tap the pebble tiles firmly to ensure the tiles are set into the mortar.

Repeat the above procedure to cover the entire floor. Let the mortar dry completely.

Step 3 – Apply Stone Treatment

Apply a single coat of stone impregnator and stone shine to help protect the finish. Use a paint brush to briskly apply the impregnator and shine treatment to the floor tiles. Let it dry overnight.

Step 4 – Apply Grout

Mix an adequate batch of grout to fill in the spaces between the stone tiles. Grout can come in several colors to match the color of your pebble floor tile. Work the grout in between the crevices and let dry for 30 minutes. Use a stiff bristled brush to remove excess grout. Use a wet sponge to remove excess grout from the stones. Let the grout completely dry overnight.

This procedure is optional, as others may prefer a more natural look. The benefit of pebble tiles is that you may prefer to add grout to achieve a unique appearance, but it can look equally good without grout. It will all depend on the style that you are trying to achieve.

Step 5 – Seal the Pebble Tile

Apply pebble sealer using a paint brush to add a glossy appearance to your pebble floor. You may choose not to add sealer in order to achieve a bare, natural look.

Pebble tiles are a worthy addition to improve and enhance the appearance of your kitchen or bathroom floor. The wide variety of stone tiles available makes them ideal decorating themes to improve the beauty and design of your home.