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Practicality of slate shower surround

Posted by msdeborahd (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 16, 11 at 15:52

Hi, new to this forum; will be building soon and am considering slate as my shower surround. I saw it recently on a HGTV episode and while it looks really pretty, I'm wondering how practical it might be over the long haul. Does anyone have experience with it? TIA.

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RE: Practicality of slate shower surround

We used slate in our master bath and love it. We've had it installed on the floor and in the shower now for about 2 years without any issues. We were warned by the pro's about it as it's not considered to be the best material for a shower but we really didn't want faux slate looking ceramic or porcelain. We followed the advise to invest in good tile and recommended sealers which are not cheap but so far it's done very well. With a slate shower there is going to be maintenance such as sealing from time to time but for us it's worth it. It's a beautiful space and we enjoy it very much.

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