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Old 02-21-2018, 08:09 PM   #1
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Travertine wet area

Customer looking at a filled and honed travertine from Home Depot for the walls of their shower. The pan will be a porcelain tile matching the rest of the floor (curbless shower)

Any horror stories with this material in a shower? I don't want to use slate (not real comfortable with white marble either) in a shower, but have not personally had trouble with travertine. Hydroban board shower.
I've got some 511 penetrating sealer from miracle sealants.
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It takes more maintenance to keep a stone tile clean. Acidic cleaners work well on ceramic and porcelain but can't be used on stone. So it takes a lot more elbow grease with mild cleaners to keep the stone clean. If you let the soap film get out of hand, it's very hard to clean. I've installed hundreds of stone showers but I wouldn't want the maintenance that goes along with stone. My showers are ceramic.
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Bad idea. The quality of the stone at HD is usually bottom of the barrel. Lots of maintenance. There are so many porcelain tile "travertine" look-a-like's that there is no reason to use the real stone. Less headaches and extreme longevity!!!
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If that's what the customer wants . . .

Honed travertine can be maintained. I recommend all tile showers be hand dried with a towel after use. If that's done the travertine will work.
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I agree that white marbles and most limestone are a bad choice for shower or wet areas. .Travertine can work depending on the type of travertine..But maintenance and installation is the key

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