Pebble tiles can be used to transform a drab, exterior concrete surface into a luxurious space for outdoor entertaining. The tiles come in "mats" that connect together for ease of installation. Pebble tiles are available in a wide variety of styles, from modern, dark and uniformly coloured to multicoloured country styles that resemble a gentle stream bed. So, you can find a style to complement virtually any home decor. In addition to updating concrete patios, you can add pebble tiles to concrete steps, outdoor barbecues and even patio fireplaces.
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Things you need
- Pebble tile mats
- Tile nippers
- Thinset tile mortar
- Notched trowel
- Penetrating stone sealant
- Sealant applicator sponge
- Grout float
- Bristle brush
- Tile sponge
- Bucket of water
Lay out the pebble tile mats over the patio. Trim any mats that require trimming to fit. Use tile nippers to cut them to size.
Remove the tiles from the patio surface one at a time, and recreate the layout nearby so that you will know what tile goes where on the patio when it comes time to set them into the thinset mortar.
Spread an even layer of thinset mortar over the patio surface with a notched trowel. Spread it in a back and forth motion to ensure an even coat.
Lay the pebble tile mats over the mortar in their proper places on the patio. Press the mats gently into the mortar with your hands. Allow the thinset to dry for 48 hours.
Apply a penetrating stone sealant to the tiled surface with an applicator sponge. Allow the sealant to dry for 24 hours or as directed on your specific sealant container.
Add grout to the grout float, and drag it across the tile mats to fill in all of the joints between the pebbles and the mats. Allow the grout to dry for approximately 30 minutes.
Brush the grout from the surface of the pebbles with a bristle brush.
Wash the surface of the tiles with a dampened tile sponge until it wrings out clean. Allow the grout to dry for 72 hours.
Apply a final coat of penetrating stone sealant with an applicator sponge. Allow the sealant to dry for 24 hours, or as directed, before using the patio.
Tips and warnings
- For an added decorative touch, select a contrasting colour of pebble tiles for the border of the patio.
- Wear eye and hand protection when installing pebble tiles.
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