Considering Granite in the Shower?
No doubt about it, granite in the shower is elegant and beautiful. It will likely improve the overall look of your bathroom and increase the value of your home. However, before hiring a contractor to complete the job, there are a few things to consider before your first granite enclosed shower.
Can Granite Withstand All the Water?
Natural stone materials have been used in baths and spas for centuries. In terms of modern bath design, the use for granite is not limited to countertops and floors. The elegance of natural stone like granite makes it a popular choice. When properly sealed, it can withstand daily showering for several years.
Also, because it can withstand ingredients of personal cleaners like shampoo and body wash, granite may fare better than other natural stones such as marble.
Like most rooms in our home, a few simple routines can help keep granite for the shower looking its best.
With any shower area, there is soap/calcium build up. Using a clear glycerin bar soap instead of regular soap will cut down on after-shower residue. The residue caused with regular soaps is usually due in part to the additional fat, lye, and animal by-products they contain. In either case, using a squeegee after showering will help keep walls looking their best.
If you have a shower with a door, a helpful trick is to leave the door open to allow the steam of the shower to escape. Steam build-up will create mold and mildew if it cannot leave the shower area.
For best results, hiring a professional to polish the stone every two to five years will keep it looking its best. For interim sealing, spray and wipe sealers for homeowners are available.
Most homeowners agree that the upkeep of granite in the shower is worth the extra effort.