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Old 01-11-2018, 02:20 PM   #1
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Travertine is a shower?

I have read a lot of posts about putting travertine on shower walls but nothing about putting it on the shower floor. Is it suitable for installation on a shower floor? The tiles I am going to use on the wall are 18" square. I know these will not work on a sloped shower floor. Could I cut these into something like a 4" square and use them? Thanks
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4" is the absolute maximum for a shower floor. Having said that, Travertine...either on the floor or walls is prone to discoloration, due to mineral content and the fact that it tends to be a bit more porous, which can trap soap scum, skin and etc. I recommend you look for a good porcelain tile that obviates those problems and CAN look very much like travertine....

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FWIW, while it could be quite slippery, it is possible to install large tile on a shower pan, but only if you are exceptionally careful and skilled. Most shower pans tend to be more rounded, like a bowl, without a distinct line separating the four quadrants. But, if you make it literally four flat planes that are effectively 'folded' on the junctions between them, a flat tile will fit. Some of the manufactured foam pans are constructed that way. This means you need a grout joint along that 'fold' from the corner to the drain. They can work much easier if you are using a linear drain and a single slope, but the warning on available friction still stands.

FOr practical purposes, you need a smaller tile for both minimizing lippage and to have those extra grout joints that afford some additional grip when standing there and not slipping on the wet tile.

Natural stone on a shower pan (and sometimes even on the walls) can be problematic.
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