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Experience with pebble floor tile like StrataStones

Posted by mdispensa (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 20, 13 at 8:47

Does anyone have experience with installing and using "StrataStones" or a similar floor tile in a bathroom.

I have a very small bathroom and would like to do the tiling myself. The sliced stone is on a 12x12 mesh and is 3/8" inch thick. Any tips on installation?

Also, how does it hold up? Would you do it again?

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RE: Experience with pebble floor tile like StrataStones

don't have it yet, but we are installing a pebble floor (uncut pebbles) in our shower. It does have to be sealed. if that matters to you!

RE: Experience with pebble floor tile like StrataStones

I prefer that the floor be pitched a bit more than the minimum 1/4" per foot.

Because floors like this can be slower draining, I recommend using a topical membrane on the shower floor.

When you set the sheets, be careful about the "sheet-to-sheet" lines showing. Dry lay them. Step back. See if you can see the 12" by 12" sheet "pattern". Sometimes it helps to peel off some of the tiles from the edges of the sheets and rotate or reset them to better enmesh the neighboring sheets together, it'll eliminate any sheet pattern.

I recommend you consider using a grout darker than the color of the tile.

Use a sanded grout.

Be careful with cleanup that you don't rake the grout out of the grout joints, or the grout lines will hold water.

RE: Experience with pebble floor tile like StrataStones

I LOVE pebble tile but every single picture I see on or elsewhere, I can always see the outline of the 12X12 mess background. As Mongo says, consider moving pebbles around on the edge. With a small area, that might be easier to do.
Here's an example of where I see the lines on the wall - not good IMO.

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