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Jun 04

Stockett Staff

Exploring Natural Stone Options for Your Bathroom

by Stockett Staff

Exploring Natural Stone Options for Your Bathroom

Discover the different types of natural stone for bathroom countertops, sinks, flooring, and tiles.

There’s no denying that natural stone makes a beautiful addition to bathrooms. Natural stone countertops, sinks, flooring, and shower tiles are heat resistant, relatively easy to maintain, and come in a variety of colors and textures. Clearly, natural stone offers many benefits, but are natural stone bathrooms a practical choice?

Natural stone has a reputation of being more high maintenance and easy to damage than synthetic materials. Natural stone is also vulnerable to staining and more expensive than other materials. Additionally, you may need extra support under your bathroom floor if you plan to install a large slab of stone.

Tips for Maintaining a Natural Stone Bathroom

Despite its drawbacks, natural stone offers unmatched beauty that you’d be hard-pressed to find among man-made materials. No two slabs of natural stone are alike because of nature’s diversity. However, you must pre-treat natural stone tiles and slabs and seal them regularly in order to maintain their beauty and prevent mildew growth. Pre-sealing natural stone protects it from water, oxygen, soap, shampoo, and cleaning products.

Integrating a good drainage design into a natural stone shower can prevent standing water from accumulating and help curb mildew growth. A powerful ventilation system can also dry out your shower before mildew and mold have a chance to grow. Using the right polish on natural stone surfaces in your bathroom can help prevent mildew growth as well.

Polish creates a protective shield that repels water and bath and body products. You can apply an additional layer of honed or brushed polish to make the surface of natural stone more safe and comfortable. It’s important to reseal natural stone surfaces in your bathroom about once per year.

Avoid using harsh chemicals to clean your natural stone bathroom. A bucket of warm water, mild soap, and a non-abrasive synthetic scrub brush are enough to keep natural stone bathroom surfaces clean.

Types of Natural Stone

There are many different types of natural stone to choose from, including the following:

  • Marble: Marble gives your bathroom an elegant appearance. It boasts aesthetic appeal and veining that you won’t find in other types of natural stone. However, marble is the most expensive natural stone option and it is also the most susceptible to stains, etching, and damage. Marble is vulnerable to acidic materials.

  • Limestone: Limestone is prized for its unique, light color. Like marble, limestone is vulnerable to acidic materials. Limestone is also porous, which makes it susceptible to staining.

  • Slate: Slate is perfectly suited to countertops because it naturally splits into broad, thin layers. Slate is available in green, black, or gray and has a textured, organic-looking surface. Slate is extremely durable, but you should seal it to prevent staining.

  • Granite: Granite is highly durable and resistant to bacteria, making it a popular material for bathrooms. With sealant, granite is also highly resistant to staining. Granite comes in a variety of colors. Less prevalent colors of granite tend to be more expensive.

  • Sandstone: Sandstone is a beautiful natural stone with a distinctive look and feel. Sandstone is reminiscent of beach or desert sand. It is durable and can last for decades if it is properly cared for. Sandstone must be sealed to prevent staining.

  • Soapstone: Soapstone is a dense, non-porous stone that doesn’t need to be sealed. Soapstone is great for bathrooms because liquids can’t penetrate it and very little maintenance is required. Soapstone has a smooth, soft texture and a light gray color. It is highly resistant to heat and isn’t affected by acids. The downside of soapstone is that it is highly susceptible to dents and scratches because it is so soft.

To determine which type of natural stone is right for your bathroom, consider various factors, including the look you’re going for, how much time and effort you’re willing to spend maintaining the stone, and what kind of environment the stone will experience. While you don’t need to earn a degree in geology to pick the proper natural stone for your bathroom, it is helpful to research your options and learn about each type of stone to make an educated decision.

Natural Stone Tiles and Slabs in Phoenix and Scottsdale

Create the bathroom of your dreams with the help of Stockett Tile & Granite Company in Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona. Natural stone certainly isn’t the cheapest material available, but it is hard to beat its beauty and appeal. Call us at 623.344.8400 or contact us online to request an estimate or learn more about our services and the materials we work with.