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Can I put pebble tile on shower floor?

kangkath
7 years ago
We are remodeling a bathroom - with walk in shower. We found a great looking tile - river rock pebbles - that we wanted to put on the shower floor. But our contractor says it is not recommended to put that on the shower floor. He says the floor tiles should be at least 1-1/2 inches.
Does anyone know about this? Is my contractor correct?

Comments (58)

  • PRO
    Design Connection, Inc.
    7 years ago
    The smaller pebbles are more comfortable. I have used it for a client and she loved it.
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  • armygirl1987
    7 years ago
    dclostboy- did you use their grout and what did you seal it with. The guy who did mine did an half a... job because he had never done anything like that before. I am not happy with results so might have it redone.
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    7 years ago
    I have used pebbles in many shower designs. Tips:1. Decide if you like a foot massage, then you dont want too much grout to level with the river rock; if you don't like a foot massage, the pebbles risk being drowned in grout.2. Epoxy grout is a nuisance over river rock as, as it is wiped down, it tends to dull the pebbles unless you are meticulous about cleaning them3. Drainage slopes are usually easier for river rock if you have a central drain (and particularly if you have minimal grout around the river rock), it is a little trickier for a sloping drain as the tiler has to grout between the river rock to ensure there is a flow of water to reach the drain - further the distance, more likely to puddle.
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    @armygirl, I used their grout...cost a ton, but turned out really nicely and no problem a year later. Mine has some visible seams...but that was installer inexperience with the product. It's in guest bath at beach house, so I don't have to live with daily :)
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    @dclostboy-I bought their grout also, it started because I think it was the thinset that he used and then I had him removed it but I don't think that he removed the whole thing. Now it looks grrrrrrr.
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    Thank you all for the encouragement! We went ahead - shaved pebbles, "spring mix" color. We are very happy with how the whole bathroom turned out!
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    We put pebble tile on both of our shower floors in 2007. One is great. With the other one, the pebble surfaces are sloughing off. I have sealed them with traditional tile sealer about 8 times and we still have this problem. Anyone with a similar problem and a suggestion as to how to fix it?

  • isamuel71
    4 years ago
    2durango what do you mean sloughing off
  • twodurangokids
    4 years ago

    Layers of the stone are just lifting off. It's especially severe around the drain. It almost seems like the pebbles weren't solid rocks. I thought extra sealing would stop it, but it hasn't. I wonder if an epoxy-type sealant would stop it?

  • twodurangokids
    4 years ago

    Sorry that it's hard to see, but in the second picture you can see a large flake lying on the grout in just about the middle. I can only think that it had to do with the quality the pebbles, but the store that sold them to us has gone out of business.

  • oracca
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    ErthCOVERINGS
    4 years ago
    last modified: 4 years ago

    @twodurangokids this is a very odd thing to happen to a natural stone pebble... unless you have saltwater (still unlikely to happen) or there was a polish or finish on the stone that is not suitable for water? You should try a penetrating natural stone sealer as opposed to a tile sealer... that could help.. but since it is the actual stone itself that is crumbling and shalling away it might still need to be replaced.

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    Regrettable!! A year later, the entire natural stone STINKS. The tiles do irritate my feet at times. I don't know what the tile man used for grout. It does appear sandy, and it is sealed. The pebbles are starting to stink like a urinal! My cleaning lady hates my shower....and honestly I am starting to as well. Slate tiles, and natural pebbles were a terrible design choice. They loom amazing, yet fail to function in the long run. I have had to use bi-monthly applications of Soft Scub cleanser, with bleach
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    p.s. I have to leave my shower door open, between uses. I will never use natural stone in a wet surface again!
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    4 years ago

    i object to how so many folk's showers look...that the individual squares still show as squares. bah, i'll leave the pebbles at the beach.

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    Slo what waterproofing system was used? Smells like you have water trapped under the tile. I've had pebble floors on my last two showers with no issues (ten years of pebble master baths spread over two houses)
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    My basement bath has a glass pebble floor and I find it weird looking and uncomfortable.
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    SarahBurbach do you remember where you bought that tile floor? I'm looking for colors just like that. And how are they holding up?

  • sarahburbach
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    Samantha Poole I purchased it either at lowes or Home Depot (don't remember which one) it's held up well! I love the rocks. If I was to redo it I would use the grout they now came out with that has I think epoxy? In it where it won't stain or crack as the grout has cracked some.
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    Never use natural stone, marble, or anything in a wet area. Trust me! Nightmare to clean.
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    What cleaner do you use on the pebbles? Is Method stone and tile cleaner ok?

  • sarahburbach
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    I used Clorox cleaner + bleach but had white grout so I liked using bleach... I never noticed any damage but don't take my word for it! :)
  • Cosmos
    3 years ago

    Thank you!

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    3 years ago

    Bathroom shower tile

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    We are doing a pebble floor and we can see the seams between the squares of pebbles. Is there a way to install these without seeing the lines between the squares? I can tell with some of the pictures people posted that some show the seams and others don’t.
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    3 years ago
    Yes the skill of the tile setter. Individual tiles get pulled up and hand set to conceal the joints. Real tile setters do this, the five buck a square foot guy doesn't. Nor does he waterproof properly but that wasn't your question.
  • millworkman
    3 years ago

    What ^^^^^^^^ he said..............


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    Dragonfly Design+Build
    2 years ago

    @twodurangokids @Sayra L. We have the same problem - a Solistone river rock bathroom floor that is slowly breaking apart. The rocks are not fully "formed" - the ones that crack and split look like they're still clayey in the middle (not soft, but hard caliche-like). Solistone went totally mute on what's happening - a lousy, cheap company IMHO. It seems clear the problem is poor stone, not the grout or sealer. I think it is a chemical reaction of some kind with the rock causing it, and maybe with our hard water. A soft white crystalline fuzz, maybe some kind of salt formation, forms (more like grows, hair-like) on some of the stones after sitting wet for awhile, and it's those stones that break apart over time. It also produces a urine-like smell when it's happening. Not all pebble rocks do this - we have used other pebble rock floors in showers without a problem. Those were hard, solid black basalt-like stones. Unfortunately we used it for the entire bathroom floor and are going eventually have to replace the entire floor.

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    Dragonfly Tile & Stone Works, Inc.
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    Yes Dragonfly (nice name), that is a cheap, soft stone that disintegrates over time. Bummer.

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    Hello...Pro...We are remodeling our bathroom and we are thinking of going with a Haisa Dark Marble by Solistone... my concern is they are flat smooth stones will it be slippery? And I think my second concern is I don't think I can dye my hair due to it could stain the floor flat stones.

  • Tova Ann
    last year

    We are having the same conondrim. I love this look but have heard a lot of bad things about keeping it clean


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    J Design Group - Interior Designers Miami - Modern
    last year


    This application has been on several occasions without any issues. There is a variety on the market in all shapes sizes and colors.

    J Design Group - Miami Interior Designers
    225 Malaga Ave
    Coral Gables, FL 33134
    Ph: 305-444-4611
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    BuyHomeTile.com
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    Off course you can. Your installer is only thinking on his own benefit and he/she is giving you an argument that is not 100% true. Pebbles or River Rocks are an ideal solution for shower floors. On one hand they will create a specific design concept to your shower allowing you to play with colors, textures and materials in order to design your ideal shower. On the other hand, the mesh mounted system will allow your installer to play with the slope of the shower to the drain avoiding the possibility to have puddles. At the same time, the space in between pebbles will be fill with grout, and this grout will give you extra anti-slip protection on your shower floor.

    You should visit our website https://buyhometile.com/collections/pebble-tile we have a large selection of different pebbles and river rocks, only one click away. Free Samples and Free Delivery are just some of our best competitive advantages.

    Be free to contact us directly if you have more questions: info@buyhometile.com or call 305.498.3631

  • PRO
    Dragonfly Tile & Stone Works, Inc.
    last year
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    "Only one click away". Hmmm. Buyhometile, please identify yourself. Where is your product manufactured and where is your registered business? Thank you.

  • Sharon Sybrandt
    last year

    Dragonfly - If you click on their link, you will see they are located in FL.