Natural stone is suitable for every part of the house- with the right application and maintenance.
A bathroom is a place where a lot of humidity and water can get infiltrated in the walls and flooring. For that reason, it is important to choose a stone with low porosity or with the right finish or sealant. Some finishes also help to protect the stone, although they need to be taken into account for security reasons.
Most limestones and marbles are porous stones, so it is necessary to apply treatment, such as a proper finish or a correct sealant. When it comes to granites, it is different: granites don’t have porous, so it is the perfect stone to apply anywhere, especially in bathrooms and countertops.
Natural stone is porous: even though you can apply finishes or sealants to try and minimize water absorption, it needs to be maintained and sealed again so it doesn’t create mould or fungi.
Stone is slippery: the best finish to protect the stone from humidity is polished- but, with this finish, natural stone gets extremely slippery. In a bathroom, you want to avoid slippery materials, so, even though you can use this finish only on the walls and apply a sealant on the floor, it is not recommended.
Maintenance: you want to avoid using detergents or cleaning agents that might damage or discolour the stone. Some aggressive detergents might create an irritation on the stone, while others might pass moisture into the stone surface and stain it.
Stone is cold: most types of stone are cold materials that tend to cool down space where they are applied. Thus, natural stone is a great heat conductor so you can apply heated flooring so that your bathroom is always warm and cosy.
Reinforcement on the flooring: no matter the thickness of the stone, it is important to reinforce the subfloor underneath the stone tile before it is installed.
Although porous natural stones are not recommended for bathrooms, they can be applied with the required elements: sealants, maintenance, and proper finishing.
These are some of our suggestions:
Pele de Tigre is a marble from Portugal with a white color, fine to medium grain, a distinct irregular dark blue veins and a relatively high degree of hardness. Some variations occur in characteristics such as vein intensity and pattern, color and structure.
Estremoz Lagoa is a marble of Portugal with a white, grayish and blue color, thin to medium and brownish veins. It has a relatively high degree of hardness, is widely available and is suitable for coating, interior decoration, medium to high traffic pavements, coatings and other stones.
Estremoz White is a marble from Portugal with a white color, fine to medium grain and brownish veins. It has a relatively high degree of hardness, is widely available and is suited for cladding, interior decoration, medium to high traffic flooring, coverings and other stonework.
Ruivina is a marble from Portugal with a grey color, dark blue tone, medium grain and distinct veins. It also has some white shaded zones and a relatively high degree of hardness.
Moleanos is a Portuguese limestone with light beige coloured background and a slight greyish tonality, with thin to medium grain and disperse brownish fine spots.
With a medium hardness, it’s frequently used for cladding, pavements, interior decor, street furniture and other stoneworks.
Atlantic Blue is a limestone from Portugal with a blue homogeneous color and thin grain. It has some dark blue dots, lighter and darker areas and, sometimes, a distinct dark blue vein.
Hard Blue is a limestone from Portugal with a blue homogeneous color and thin grain. It has some dark blue dots, lighter and darker areas and, sometimes, a distinct dark blue vein.
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