Q: Porcelain slate tiles are more high-end than real slate tiles?
Wow... I was just reading an earlier question about porcelain tiles that look like slate. Fake slate is more expensive or high-end than real slate??? I would have assumed that the real stone is more expensive. ...Is there another type of stone that is used in those spa-type showers, rather than slate? The nice spa/hotel showers seem to use a real stone and not porcelain. And, I don't think they are marble.
A: Stone tiles
Besides slate, i have seen travertine used in bathrooms.
However, it is a "softer" stone like slate. I dont typically recommend slate or travertine in showers unless the homeowner is comfortable with the routine maintenance these materials required. Stone tiles, depending on type and texture, will need regular cleaning and re-sealing. For some, this maintenance is a tradeoff for the look they are after. For others, the keep-up work required is a turn-off.
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