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Old 01-05-2018, 08:45 PM   #1
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Pebble stone shower floor fail

We completed a walk-in shower in July of 2013 using pebble stone floor called Maluku Tan. These are advertised as being harvested from the beaches of Indonesia. My question is how can something that has survived thousands of years of ocean water start deteriorating in a shower after less than five years. There are multiple stones that have shed their colored surface and exposed what appears to be manufactured material like plaster or concrete.
This installation was sealed before use and resealed 2 years in use. Not sure what to expect next.
I will post pictures as soon as I can.
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Old 01-05-2018, 09:05 PM   #2
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Craig,

I can't see your shower floor from my house, but its not unheard of for manufacturers to dye natural stones.

Got pics? Some closer, some further away.
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Old 01-05-2018, 09:19 PM   #3
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Try pictures again

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Failed to mention this shower (30 sf) is towel dried after every use and a small fan at the entrance to speed drying.The last thing I wanted to worry about was mold. Last thing I expected was the stone floor to fail.
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That first one really looks to be deteriorating. The stones look like they have a sealer on them. Other than the first one, is it possible the sealer is peeling off and exposing their true color underneath?
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I donít think so as it looks like the surface color is chipping or eroding. The total white one has totally exposed its core. That one just showed up. I canít figure out where the skin went to as I thought the drain should catch the material.
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Did you have any stones left over that you could examine? I would cut into one and see what you find.

You'll need a knife from Indonesia.
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