Why are low maintenance bathrooms cheaper over time than higher maintenance bathrooms?
Unless you love cleaning (and some people do) you’ll want surfaces that are easier to keep clean.
- This saves either your time, or your money is you pay someone else to do your cleaning.
Do your shower tiles, flooring, and counter top need periodic resealing?
- This is a direct cost (you either buy sealant and do it yourself or you hire someone to do it).
- Or you forget to do and have bigger issues.
- The sealant wears away, water gets under where it should not, and you experience wood rot in your wall or subfloor.
- The sealant wears away, and someone spills hair dye, or Sangria, and your natural stone flooring or marble counter top becomes permanently stained.
First let me describe what are high maintenance surfaces, so by contrast you’ll understand what I mean by low maintenance.
Natural stone is naturally porous and has a rough finish. This means it both tends to accumulate dirt (in the uneven surface) and needs periodic resealing (every 12 to 18 months) which MUST be done to prevent issues (see above).
Marble is also porous and when the sealant wears away it becomes susceptible to staining.
Ceramic tile itself never needs to be resealed, but the grout lines between the tiles do. It’s the same issue with natural stone. When the grout sealant wears away, it stains easier and water can penetrate causing damage.
For countertops, show pans, and shower surrounds, there are engineered stone product (such as Swanstone) that are virtually maintenance free. No grout lines and no resealing (EVER).
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