This post is part of a series about bathroom remodeling as well part of a sub-series about bathroom flooring options. To access either of the lead posts please select one of the links below.
Natural stone makes for beautiful flooring anywhere in your home, but in the case of bathrooms I recommend home owners consider unpolished natural stone such as slate or travertine over polished stone such as granite or slate.
It’s not an issue of appearance, or cost, it’s an issue of “slippery when wet”.
Of course all bathroom floors become slippery when wet to some degree, but highly polished natural stone (marble, granite, etc) is especially prone.
If there are elderly people or small children in your home, I especially encourage home owners to consider unpolished rougher stone.
- Natural stone is beautiful to look and feels great to the touch
- Installs as easily as ceramic tiles
- Repairs as easily as ceramic tile
- Natural stone almost always costs more than ceramic tile.
- All natural stone requires sealing and periodic resealing, which is critical. Natural stone allows water to seep through it and the sealant is what keeps the water out. If the sealant is deteriorated, the stone tile is prone to staining, and even worse to allowing water to seep down to the wood subfloor.
- Very small amount of water over long durations can be devistating.
- There is also that safety issue of “slippery when wet”.
When you really want natural stone for your bathroom floor, please consider a rougher unpolished options such as travertine or slate. You may think I’m being overly cautions, but believe it or not, bathroom related injuries (some of which are slipping) account for an average of 640 emergency rooms visits EVERY DAY in the US. That’s an average of about one every 2+ minutes.
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