Glass pebble tile backsplash brings a luxurious and creative look to any exterior and interior section of a home. It can be used to decorate shower walls and floorings, kitchen walls, counters, swimming pools, countertops, patios and any other areas where you want to add some creative touches. The tile is made from a group of natural stones that are highly polished, arranged and glued on a mesh background and sealed. It can add color and liven up sections of your home with these easy to install glass pebble tile backsplash. Below are a few installation tips.
- Installation process is the same as when you are installing ceramic tiles. Determine the area where you want to install the glass pebble tile backsplash. Get exact measurements of the area so you can calculate how many tiles you will need.
- Browse the selection of glass pebble tiles from the home improvement store. Select a design and color that will go with the interior of the area you are remodeling. Purchase all the other tools and equipment you will need to set the tiles. The staff at the store will be able to help you get the materials that you will need.
- Sort your tiles. There will be some variations of color which occurs when using natural stones. It will be a good idea to layout the tiles side by side to simulate the area that will be covered. You will then have a good idea of how the tiles will look at the backsplash when the tiles are installed.
- Apply thin set to a small area to prevent the rest from drying out before you finish setting the first tile. Make sure that you apply a thin and level coating of thin set. Use the notched edge of the trowel to scrape the layer of thin set to prepare it for the tile.
- Press a glass pebble tile into the thin set, starting at the bottom of the backsplash and working your way across and up. Press the tile firmly but not too much that the tile will sink into the thin set. Use a rubber mallet or your hand to press the tile firmly and evenly. Use a plastic knife to add thin set to uneven areas.
- If the glass pebble tile has interlocking sides, place the next tile as close to the first one as possible. Otherwise use spacers between the tiles. Apply thin set to the next section and start laying the tiles again. Continue until the backsplash is covered and wait until the thin set has dried.
- For extra protection and shine, apply tile sealant to the tiles. Allow the first coat to dry before applying a second coat. Follow the instructions on how to properly seal the tiles.
- Apply grout between the tiles with your fingers. This will allow you to work faster as the varying heights of the pebbles on the tile may actually hinder you when you use a grout float. Have a pail of warm water and sponge ready to wipe off excess grout before it dries. Squeeze most of the water from the sponge before wiping excess grout.
- Allow the grout to dry before you apply grout sealant to protect it against moisture seepage. Finish it off with another coat of tile sealant.
Always wear protective gloves when working as the chemicals in the thin set, grout and tile and grout sealant may cause harm to your skin. You can vary the design and create a more professional by adding a thin border of complementary glass pebble tile to accent the edge of the backsplash.