Bold Bathrooms

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Bathrooms have 3 major requirements, durability, waterproofing and drainage. This is why bathrooms tend to contain stone or ceramic tiles and metal finishes. These materials are easiest to maintain and the best to use when wanting a waterproof bathroom.

 

Picking between these and more non conventional materials is entirely up to the individual. But if you are looking to add that extra luxury factor to your bathroom, then stone is your best choice. But what stone should you use? Maybe this blog will help with your decision.

 

Stone can be cut into tiles, pavers or blocks and depending on your design and what you are wanting the stone for, can mean your requirements maybe different. Tiles can range in size but will always be around 12-20mm thick. While Pavers, same as tiles, can be cut into any size will be a lot thicker, being around 30-45mm thick. Blocks are a different story. Blocks can be cut into any size, depending on requirements, but you have no guarantee of what the stone pattern will be until someone starts caving the stone block.

 
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Now with the technical stuff, that you will either consider before or after selecting your stone, out of the way let us discuss your stone choices.

MARBLE

Lets start with the most impressive stone to use in a bathroom, Marble. If you want to show off your bathroom and make it its own, then Marble is what you need. Marble is interesting, its tracks and veins adding depth, variety and style to a bathroom. No two pieces of Marble are the same, even if using a book matching technique you will still find differences from one side to the other. Its just how Marble is designed.

But is Marble good for a bathroom. Yes, Marble is a great stone to use in a bathroom, it can be finished to create different uses. Marble can be polished for walling and honed for not slip flooring. These finishes easily guide water over their surface and into a drainage area. However anyone thinking of using Marble must remember, its beauty has a price. If you are wanting to place Marble in a bathroom that is used ferociously then maybe look into a stronger stone. Marble can scratch and after some wear can become fragile. So placing Marble in a show or guest bathroom is usually best.

Marble: 
– Waterproof: YES
– Durable: YES
– Scratch Proof: NO
– Different Finishes: YES
– Easy Drainage: VERY EASY

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LIMESTONE

Limestone is next. Used more for outdoor or high traffic areas, Limestone is strong, tough and durable. Limestone comes in a whole range of colours and strengths, as well as a huge variety of seals. Depending on the Limestone you choose will mean its strength and colour will be different, but limestone is one of the strongest stones to buy and its uniform colour highlights this strength. In its natural state limestone is highly porous so sealing needs to occur if placed in a bathroom space. Becoming more popular every year for its soft look and colour choice its hard for limestone not to match any bathroom needs or designs.

However if unsealed Limestone can cause a great amount of problems. Limestone can stain and being so porous can lead to rot if laid on top of a wooden structure. Therefore it is always highly recommended to seal and choose an appropriate finish for Limestone before being laid.

Limestone: 
– Waterproof: Once sealed YES
– Durable: YES
– Scratch Proof: YES
– Different Finishes: YES
– Easy Drainage: EASY

TRAVERTINE

Travertine is rising to its Limestone master with popularity. Travertine is a form of Limestone however how it is formed is its biggest difference. Travertine is formed by hot springs compacting sand and dirt into stone. This means, like limestone, it can be porous but just as durable. Travertine comes in a selection of colours, usually natural creams, brown, beiges and silvers based on where it was formed. But the best thing about travertine is how you ask for it cut. Being created by hot springs means you can cut the stone two ways, vein cut and normal cut. The difference in the cut could be the main attraction for your bathroom.

Travertine does need to be sealed and deciding its cut is very important when deciding what is going on with your bathroom. You might be wanting something interesting like Marble and you could pick a vein cut Travertine. Its prominent veins guiding you through the bathroom. You may want a uniformed coloured bathroom and a normal cut is exactly what you require. There are so many options with Travertine its easy to see how its popularity is growing.

Travertine: 
– Waterproof: Once sealed YES
– Durable: YES
– Scratch Proof: YES
– Different Finishes: YES
– Easy Drainage: EASY 

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BLUESTONE

 

Wanting something a little darker but still keeping with that sleek bathroom style. Bluestone maybe something to look into. Strong like Limestone and Travertine but coloured in dark greys, blacks, and blues, bluestone can make a statement when walking into a bathroom. Its dark tones suit any wall features, especially if creating a room with light walls and dark flooring. A big plus is Bluestone is easy to shape due to its volcanic origin and sometimes has tan or white marking which provides the stone more character when chosen for a bathroom.

However Bluestone has the same curse as Marble. It can scratch and can wear down overtime if not sealed and finished correctly for where it is being laid. That does not mean the stone is soft, its dark colour can just highlight scratches enough for them to be easily seen. Bluestone, being so dark though, can match any grout used to finish the bathroom. White, cream, brown, black all look impressive and can make a feature of themselves when matched with Bluestone.

Bluestone: 
– Waterproof: YES
– Durable: YES
– Scratch Proof: NO
– Different Finishes: YES
– Easy Drainage: VERY EASY

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SANDSTONE

 

“Created by layers of densely packed sand”, you know what I am talking about, Sandstone. Sandstone is one of the softer stones on the market but choosing the right type of Sandstone for you needs can change everything when working on your design. Sandstone is colourful and full of earthy, natural tones. From brown, oranges, reds, blues, the choices are endless and so too are the patterns they come in. Pick a lovely Sandstone with a wave pattern can look magnificent with white finishing and steel features.

But Sandstone is not very durable and is therefore very high maintenance. Sandstone usually requiring two seals a year and regular checks for degrading stone. It is also more porous than Limestone and therefore can soak up and absorb almost all liquids. This can lead to warping if not checked and sometime discolouration. If choosing Sandstone make sure you check all its attributes before just deciding on its colour values.

Sandstone: 
– Waterproof: Once sealed YES
– Durable: Once sealed YES
– Scratch Proof: NO
– Different Finishes: YES
– Easy Drainage: Once sealed, EASY 

 

 

Stone is an interesting material. You may find that the information here maybe different from what someone else says but that depends on the stone product itself. There maybe a Limestone that has properties of a Sandstone but is still in the Limestone category. This doesn’t mean they fall under all the Limestone qualities mentioned. This is a guild to help you think of things maybe you did not know.

 

Your choice in stone type, style, design and cut can vary and with the ability to custom cut, carve and order means that each of these stone types have different possibilities when used in a bathroom setting. Your choices are endless.

 

Macrostone has a huge range of stone and can custom order if a specific stone is required BUT it is your choice to decide what is right for you and your home.

 

 

06/10/16