Trouble Picking Shower Pan Material
We are redoing our master shower (having someone redo it, anyways) and are trying to pick what material to use for the shower floor. Originally when we went tile shopping, we loved all the natural stone options (primarily marble), but after some research it sounds like this is high maintenance. Outside of the marble tile floors, we didn't really find anything we loved for tiling the floor of the shower with (we may still tile part of bathroom floor with marble, but not the actual shower floor). Ceramic and porcelain options are limited for small floor tiles needed in shower everywhere I've looked - mostly just white squares, hexagons, circles.
Now I'm thinking I should go with cultured marble for the floor. From what I hear, it is easy to maintain and should last a long time (no grout lines, leaking, etc). However, will cultured marble suffer from discoloring that marble tiles suffer from in shower floor when wet? For example, most people say the cheaper marble tiles have iron deposits which lead to rusting / yellowing of the tiles when they get wet. If this kind of thing may also happen with cultured marble, it sounds like it could still be an issue (just no grout line molding to deal with).
Ideally we would get a marble basketweave tile floor, but I don't think it's practical in the shower. We've only seen one or two basketweave options in porcelain / ceramic and they don't look anywhere near as good (although the ceramic carrara wall tile is a good substitute for the actual carrara). I think next to that, a cultured marble floor can look clean and fairly modern and have low maintenance, as long as it doesnt discolor due to same issues marble tile has.