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Old 12-28-2017, 11:30 PM   #1
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Slate shower

Have a return customer that really wants to use slate in their shower. I'll be using hydroban board.

I'm not worried about the substrate or leaks, but concerned about the slate. I had a very similar stone in my own shower for many years with no problems at all. Was rough slate too, and I did not take any extra care in regards to maintenance.

Mostly I worry about rust, efflorescence, and deterioration of the slate. Any way to test this, soak a few pieces? Leave some out in the weather? It rains here more days than not...

Anyone else used similar material in a shower? Were there problems?

Link is to the floor I did for them a couple years ago. They would love to use that same material.
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Old 12-29-2017, 09:06 AM   #2
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I wouldn't do it, John. Send them links to some of the marble shower threads on this forum. The same or worse applies to slate.
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Old 12-29-2017, 09:27 AM   #3
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There are so many porcelain tile look-alike's out there to choose from. Slate is a no-go in a wet environment. And don't try the customer waiver of responsibility to you. They don't hold up in court.
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Old 12-29-2017, 09:30 AM   #4
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My experience is 50/50. Vermont slate holds up pretty good. We have done outdoor work with that in WI.
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Old 12-29-2017, 11:18 AM   #5
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Thanks for the responses

To be honest I had pretty well talked them out of it in our first meeting, And for all the reasons above. I just wanted to get some more input.

I'm currently looking for a slate look porcelain. I've got a few links with my current suppliers, will bring in some samples.

ive used slate in wet environments a few times with good results but I've seen some of the threads on this forum where there has been problems and it's pretty ugly.
I think it's got a lot to do with the particular type of slate. Some are softer/more flaky than others. The ones I have used have been very solid. Hard to scratch even. Pretty hard to be sure without just installing it as a "test" 😂

"Rolling the dice" or "50/50" were about what I said in my meeting with them. They understand and willing to go with something else.

I just wanted to get some more input to be sure I wasn't just being overly cautious and leading them away from slate without good reason.

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I've used the following in a couple small areas (50 square feet total) and am happy with it:

https://www.edimax.it/collections/sl...color/?lang=en

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That's a porcelain tile? If so that looks real nice. Was there a distributor you went through to get it? This customer isn't overly concerned about cost, I mean I'm sure there is a limit but extra shipping costs aren't likely an issue.

I am in Canada though, so that may add to the fun..
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Yep, it's porcelain. One of my local tile shops stocks it, imported from Italy, so I don't know anything about distribution. My only idea would be to google 'edimax slaty canada.'

The only caveat about it is that it has these 'reverse conic edges' which means there's a back bevel on the edges to help with achieving small grout joints. If you're drylaying it and smack the edges of two tiles together, it can chip easily, because of the back bevel. But the tiles I got were very flat and very precisely rectified, I had no trouble laying 12x24s with a 50% overlap and an 1/8" grout joint.

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