The natural appearance and feel of ledgestone tile produces a stunning statement in today’s bathrooms. Ledgestone tile, also called piled stone, comes in many shapes, sizes, colors and stone types. It will come at a cost — both in funding and upkeep. Before you select ledgestone for your bathroom, below are a few things to know.
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The basics: Ledgestone or piled stone tile is generally made from natural stone — typically slate or quartz — pre-cut to thin, rectangular bits at several heights. When installed, the stone wall has a dramatic texture that produces an immediate focus in baths.
Cost: $7 to $14 per square foot, on average
Size: Most ledgestone bits arrive in 6-by-20-inch or 6-by-24-inch bits, which are composed of four rows of stone glued together.
Stone is also sold in loose bits, too. Most frequently the stone is 3/4 to 1 inch thick, but a few larger stone comes in bits 2 to 5 inches thick.
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Benefits: Ledgestone has excellent feel, and works well in a variety of fashions. Most baths with ledgestone use it on one feature wall, although occasionally it is installed throughout the space. Many homeowners decide to add downlighting and clean these walls with light to emphasize the texture and shadows that the ledgestone creates.
Disadvantages: Since it is made from natural stone, most ledgestone is very heavy and may damage finished bits (mirrors, fixtures, fittings) on your bathroom during setup. Butting up ledgestone against a mirror is risky, since there’s no easy fix if the mirror is damaged.
Security ought to be regarded too, particularly in households with children or seniors. Falling against those rough surfaces at a shower will surely hurt more than with a smooth wall.
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Maintenance: If you’re a clean freak, a ledgestone wall probably isn’t your best option.
The various degrees, textures and cracks may take some time to stay clean. You’ll want to have in the habit of washing the walls with water after every shower.
Personally, I think this tile is best left to guest rooms or on focal points outside the bathtub, as in this picture.
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If you want easier cleaning, ensure your ledgestone is sealed well and grouted after setup to fill in any voids between the rocks. It is also possible to start looking for a horizontal tile layout like this one, which has a comparable depth and illusion of feel to ledgestone, but is far easier to keep clean.
Sustainability: because most pieces of ledgestone are made from waste from production sites, it may be an ecofriendly option.
But, keep in mind that any stone not locally sourced or sourced from a site with bad credibility will reduce its sustainable price.
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If you design a ledgestone shower, do not forget that you’ll want to install a bathtub glass panel. Ensure that your installer leaves a small station in the stone to slide in. Leaving out a couple of rows of stone above the glass top can make this simpler.
Ledgestone surrounding mirrors makes for a wonderful focus, but you’ll want to make sure the edge of the stone and mirror are totally clean. Following the installation, you’ll have the ability to find the reflection of the back of the stone, and it will not be fun if you’re stuck with a filthy view.