Caesarstone (quartz) for shower surround?

contraptionDecember 18, 2008

Has anyone seen or used Caesarstone (or Zodiac, or any other quartz solid surface material) for a shower surround?

If so, I'm wondering:

- what was the wall substrate?

- what did you do to waterproof the seams and pan?

- who did you get to fabricate/install it?

- any budgetary estimates (like $/sqft)?

- how did it come out and would you do it again?

My wife and I doing a major "warm modern" rebuild and are considering the "Apple Martini" (green) Caesarstone for a double shower surround.

Thanks!

Bruce

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advertguy2

The final season of Holmes on Homes did one. I believe the episode was called "Blind Faith". The normal countertop guy seemed to be the guy that did it. I believe it was installed over Kerdi. See if you can find the episode online or on TV.

Dan

    Bookmark   December 18, 2008 at 1:29PM
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gary1227

We've installed Caesarstone "pebble" as an accent in our new shower surround. The bulk of the shower is a "marble look" glazed ceramic tile with Carrara marble trim and the grey stone along the top of the shower surround is the Caesarstone. The cost per square foot was the same as if fabricating for a counter top. I believe we paid about $75sqft installed for those pieces. Quite expensive to do an entire shower but nice to use as an accent, shower seat or shelf.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2008 at 7:53PM
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tom999

Check around, many quartz mfg offer their products in a 1cm (actually 1.2cm) specifically for shower surrounds. We have done 100's of them. Also you can find engineered marble products which also work well in shower/tub applications.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2008 at 11:24PM
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contraption

Thanks all, sounds like this has been done before with good success. Our general contractor is concerned about the waterproofing part - specifically, who will provide the warranty for it - the quartz installer or someone else who hot mops or otherwise installs the underlying water barrier.

Maybe I can find an installer that can do the whole thing...

Thx!

    Bookmark   December 20, 2008 at 12:19AM
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leszek_bell_blackberry_net

Dixie Marble @ Granite Inc. fabricates one-piece shower pans with a new technology that allows to slope any type of quartz product to a drain hole.
The new product is designed to work with schluter waterproof system.
THe company also provides installation service.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2011 at 6:58AM
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dixiemarble_bellnet_ca

Dixie Marble & Granite Inc.
1300 A Eglinton Ave East
Mississauga, Ontario
L4W 1K8
Tel: 905-238-5893
Fax:905-239-5948
web: dixiemarble.com
e-mail: dixiemarble@bellnet.ca

    Bookmark   March 15, 2011 at 7:06AM
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bhill1013

Basically for waterproofing for the shower surround your contractor needs to have the shower pan hot mopped, install 2 layers of 15lbs rolled felt, scratch and brown the walls, let dry for 3-4 days and then apply a liquid moisture barrier membrane (LATICRETE - HYDROBAN) over the floated walls and floor. Install the quartz panels and use a color matching silicone for the seams.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 6:58PM
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bhill1013

Basically for waterproofing for the shower surround your contractor needs to have the shower pan hot mopped, install 2 layers of 15lbs rolled felt, scratch and brown the walls, let dry for 3-4 days and then apply a liquid moisture barrier membrane (LATICRETE - HYDROBAN) over the floated walls and floor. Install the quartz panels and use a color matching silicone for the seams.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 1:38AM
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