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Unread 09-18-2008, 01:59 PM   #1
Allyn B
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Slate Shower

I will have to say I found this forum a year or so ago and have done research w/ it on my last projects! So thank you for all the help you have supplied in the past.
We have recently purchased my next project (our new house) and I want to put slate tiles in the shower. Lurking around online, I have seen yes’ and no’s as far as
Installing a complete slate shower. Most of the no’s involved the type or quality of slate. I am fortunate enough to have a friend that has some leftover slate from his
house project a couple of years ago. His slate has been on his kitchen floor for almost 3 yrs. There has been no spalding, cracking, dusting or any problems what so ever.
He said it was very high grade, expensive slate… roughly 4.99 a tile I believe… With this little bit of info, does it sound like a good idea to use this in my shower?
It will be a seldom used guest shower. If I seal it well after install….. what do the pro’s think?
Thanks for your insight!
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Unread 09-18-2008, 02:17 PM   #2
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That might be some good stone, Allyn.

Tell you what. Put a piece or so in a bucket of water and let it soak for a couple days. Then pull it out and wipe it off with a towel to see what happens. The bad stuff, like some Chinese and a lot of the east Indian slate you've read about here, will begin to dissolve and turn to mud. That you'll not want in your shower.

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Unread 09-18-2008, 02:31 PM   #3
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Thanks Mike,
I was perusing after posting, and I saw the bucket trick. I am heading out to pick up the tiles tonight, before he changes his mind about me using them! I will drop one in a bucket once I am home.

Thanks again!
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Unread 09-18-2008, 03:44 PM   #4
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I personally have never seen the problem that many have experienced. However, doing the bucket test is a good way to know what will happen.

You will want to make sure you use a good high quality sealer on the stone and also know that there will be a little more cleaning and up keep required with slate in the shower.
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