I have built a shower/steam room and it is ready for tile but I am having a
heck of a time deciding what to use. I know I want natural stone tile and
I like some limestome tiles for the fossils inside but I am concerned that
limestone is not durable enough for a shower wall. Usually I see marble for
this type of installation. (granite, I am not particularly interested in).
Is it allright to use limestone or travertine (filled) for showers or should
I focus on Marble. Of course anything I use will be sealed with appropriate
Also has anybody put a honed surface tile on a shower wall. Should I stay
with polished surface to make it easier to clean or does it really matter
I doubt my PH is very far from neutral in either direction. However, if
etching were the only concern, a honed or brushed tile surface would be
preferred as the etching would not be noticeable but a polished surface
still may be protected by the proper sealant (anyone know for sure?)
Good point though, probably couldn't use just any old cleaner but that is
true of many things. At least with porcelain, you can use just about
Anybody with specific experience with any kind of stone tile in a shower.
Limestone, marble and travertine are all made of the same thing -
calcium carbonate - so limestone should be as durable as the others.
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I would go for a nearly impermeable surface. Fossil limestones can be quite
porous, meaning they retain water after the shower, and lead to mold, algae,
and mildew. Fossil Marble can be quite good, if it is dense and smooth like
a typical marble. Honed is always going to harbor more dirt than a polished
surface. I would also avoid porous limestones such as travertine, for the
same reasons. The easiest natural tiles to clean and maintain are those that
don't *need* sealers, such as polished marble (more dense and impervious
than limestone), polished granite, and other hard stones. My personal
favorite is high quality glazed ceramic tile, which is harder than natural
marble, and comes in a huge variety of colors and patterns.
Limestone, travertine and marble are different names for the same
thing .... sort of like champagne and sparkling wine.
If you intend to use the shower (not just look at it) select a
polished and sealed stone. ... then use the appropriate cleaning
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