This post is part of a series about bathroom remodeling as well as part of a sub-series about showers. To access either of the lead posts please select the link below.
I know of no one who dislikes the look and feel of natural stone in their shower. Due to the characteristics of natural stone, the colors are uneven and the surface is slightly rough to the touch.
Why we like this
My best guess is the following:
- The rough surface avoids shine or glare, which has an “artificial” look and feel.
- The rough feel just plain feels good on our skin. Bare feet, torso, hands, etc.
- Even though we are not exactly “in nature” when we’re in a natural stone shower, it has that feel.
The specific finishes that look and feel like that are the porous non polished surfaces, specifically slate and travertine. They have the characteristics listed above precisely BECAUSE they are not polished.
- Beautiful to look at
- Beautiful to the touch
- Installation is no more or less difficult than any other form of tile.
- Natural stone tiles are more expensive than ceramic tiles, sometimes significantly so.
- One of the most high maintenance surfaces.
- Because natural stone is porous, they absorb water.’
- By definition showers are wet and the last thing you want is the walls and floor of your shower absorbing water.
- For this reason natural stone MUST be sealed and periodically resealed.
- Failing to reseal natural stone at regular intervals (every 12 to 18 months) can lead to permanent staining, or even worse, future water damage as water seeps through the grout and the stone itself.
When you’re planning to enjoy your remodel for years to come AND understand the necessity of resealing every 12 to 18 months, by all means, install natural stone. You’ll love it!
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