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Marble and granite have become popular in showers because they are considered to be beautiful.
They are after all a form of natural stone.
I however wish to draw a distinction between unpolished stone (slate, travertine, etc) and polished stone (marble and granite) and point out some of what I consider to be the serious disadvantages of installing marble or granite in your shower.
- Quite seriously I do not believe there are any
- If you want natural stone, go with an unpolished variety
- First and foremost, it is hard if not impossible to make granite or marble NOT be slippery, and since the bathroom is the single most accident prone room in your home, why would you tempt fate and make it any worse.
- The fact that granite and marble are highly polished natural stone sometimes lead people to believe they do not need to be resealed or resealed as often.
- The polish is NOT a sealant coat. It is merely a highly porous material (as all natural stone is) that has been highly polished.
- The maintenance requirements for granite and marble (resealing every 12 to 18 months) does not go away because you are using a polished stone rather than an unpolished stone.
- In spite of the fact that the actual temperate of granite vs slate is actually the same, highly polished stone surfaces always feel colder (I’m not sure why).
This is just one person’s opinion, but my conclusion is when you want the look and feel of natural stone in your shower (and who wouldn’t) install a unpolished stone such as slate or travertine.
It feels better to the touch, but more importantly, it is a less accident prone surface.
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