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.
While you can install natural stone flooring in your bathroom that looks like stones (irregular shapes), the most common form is where the stone is cut into large tiles. 12×12 is a common size.
Natural stone is quite literally made from a natural stone. Common stones from which floor tiles are made are travertine, slate, marble, and granite.
I recommend when installing natural stone in the bathroom you go with an unpolished stone such as travertine or slate, and you avoid the highly polished stones such as marble and granite.
The reason is safety. Your bathroom is the wettest room in your house, and small puddles on highly polished stone tiles become very slippery, whereas the surfaces of the unpolished stones are a bit rough and uneven.
- They’re beautiful to look at
- They come in a variety of shades
- They feel great on bare feet
- Natural stone tiles are considerably more expensive than ceramic tile
- Because they are natural stone they are naturally porous, which is to say water will seep through them. For that reason they must be sealed, and periodically resealed. The seal is the moisture barrier that keeps the stone tiles from staining and allowing water to seep through.
I like nothing better beneath my bare feet, especially when the floor is heated from beneath, but if you go there, ensure you’re ready to reseal every 12 to 18 months.
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