Marble tile has been the subject of hot debate this weekend for me. No other article I have written on this subject (marble tile) or any subject for that matter has had so much chatter and debate so fast. What is it about Marble that everyone loves so much? Is it the characteristics of the stone itself? The ease of milling and installing it in unique ways? Maybe it's genetic and for thousands of years we have as humans loved the look and touch of Marble.
Recently this Ideabook (Why Marble Might Be Wrong for Your Bathroom) of mine was featured on Houzz and I have been blown away at all the views this pretty stone has stirred up.
People either love it or hate it.
Some say for sure it's a must, and others say "No" never again. Who's right?
Who here has marble in their shower? I don't. We have built many great shower with marble but for my money a glass tile or a porcelain seams a safer bet.
With marble being a softer stone I have been thinking that a traditional shower pan with an excellent weeping system might be better in fact that a more topical approach. I was discussing my views with a client in California who is building a steam shower and will be using Hot Mop. I told him about the use of Ditra Drain that wwe have recently started to incorporate and he asked why not do the entire shower floor with Ditra Drain.
This comment has got me thinking.
Would a hot mop shower floor covered with Ditra Drain and then a 1.5" - 2" dry-pack actually dry out faster than one done with say Ardex 8+9, Kerdi, Noble Seal, Hydro Ban and the like? Along this line of thinking which is more likely to show better?
I wonder..... hhnmmmm
I have a little test box outside my back door made from slate tile and Grani Rapid from Mapei. The thin-set alone holds water with the stone. For days and days. I wonder how close it is to being waterproof.
Walking past this box and the comment from my client in Malibu Beach has got me thinking - Are we truly building a better shower floor with the newer systems or is a hybrid approach even better? I thought I would put this out there and see what the masses think. We don't dive much into the nitty gritty over there and talk more about the design. I'd like to hash this out here - get our man Jim on the job and see what the rest of you think.