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Marble slabs as shower surround

Posted by eks6426 (My Page) on
Sat, Feb 11, 12 at 23:23

Has anyone seen marble slabs done as shower surrounds? I have a standard alcove tub and love the look of marble but not loving all the grout lines that would come with doing marble tile. Is it a bad idea to do marble slabs or is it just so insanely expensive that most people don't do it?


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RE: Marble slabs as shower surround

You see this in upscale hotels all the time. granite, marble etc slabs for shower surrounds. also for flooring actually.
With stone getting cheaper, i think it should be not be that much more expensive than tile but somehow it is hard to find tradesmen who know how to do this in america.


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RE: Marble slabs as shower surround

Irrespective of the staining, etching, and scratching potential issues with marble. It's very heavy, and will need a powder coated steel ledge attached to the studs to support it if you are using an acrylic tub. A cast iron tub might be able to take the weight. Consult with the tub manufacturer. At an average of $100 a square foot, it's also not going to be inexpensive. I'd expect 4-6K for the average tub alcove, depending on quality of choice and how tall you take the slab.


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RE: Marble slabs as shower surround

I've seen numerous pictures of marble slab showers on Houzz.com. Sorry I don't have any advice on upkeep, but I must say they are absolutely gorgeous!


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RE: Marble slabs as shower surround

Shower panels are thinner than countertop material. Usually 1/2".
Some are thinner (installed on aluminum honeycomb for strength). It may even end up lighter than tile.

Here is a link that might be useful: shower stone panels


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RE: Marble slabs as shower surround

You might want to check out ForzaStone. The panels are real stone but very thin with a backing. They are much lighter than typical marble slabs. They come in large sheets so few grout lines.

www.forzastone.com


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