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Old 11-08-2017, 05:04 PM   #1
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What Products To Use For River Stone Shower Floor?


A customer is requesting river stone in the shower, I've never done river stone let alone in a shower floor.
I've been using Schluter's shower systems but have never used for flat river stone. I've read some issues with them sinking into the foam board and is definitely not recommended for there system.
So what system is best for this river stone?

Any help would be appreciated thanks.
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Old 11-08-2017, 05:11 PM   #2
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PM Tech Dawg, he has a few with pics on here
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PM Tech Dawg, he has a few with pics on here
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holy **** that's some creative work. thanks.
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I wouldn't worry about a point load pushing your rock down and sinking into the schluter base. the thinset base acts in unison and ties everything together but I'm not sure how a 500 pound person would effect it.

if you are really concerned, try an extra layer of kerdi or a layer of Ditra XL.

I've installed sliced river rock on schluter bases before
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We have done quite a few river stone shower floors on Schluter bases. No issues that I'm aware of regarding the size of the stone and the foam tray.

My biggest recommendation is to strip all the stones off the backing before you get started. It takes a long time to lay out all the sheets in the way that results in the best look where you can't see lines between sheets.

Then you have to transfer measurements from the shower and mark and cut all the sheets and get them back to where they were.

Just spend 20 minutes ripping pebbles off and tossing them in a bucket. Spread thinset, and place stones as fast as you can. Make sure and get them right side up. It may or may not be faster, but it's a hell of a lot easier and looks better when you're done.
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Most important advice I can offer is to use flat cut stones only. I have "heard" stories of people ripping their shower floors out and rebuilding them because they didn't like standing on rounded stones.

My own house has flat stones over a Schluter foam base. Zero issues, but I am the heavy one at 165#'s. Also I am a firm believer in Laticrete epoxy grout, and break a full mix into what I desire with a kitchen scale. It will add strength to the stones, or so I believe.

I somewhat agree with xtrememtbbiker above, but instead of completely stripping the sheets, just rotate all the edges and fill in around them. by picking apart an extra sheet or two. If you don't the lines won't show until you put grout down, at which time it will be obvious. Just make sure the lines are removed by adding more randomness.
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I read a bit more into the stone and seems the rounded style is what sinks in the foam like a gold ball.

Think I'll be ok if I pick all the nice big stones like mentioned.

Doing a curb sounds like a deferent story....
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I read a bit more into the stone and seems the rounded style is what sinks in the foam like a gold ball.

Think I'll be ok if I pick all the nice big stones like mentioned.

Doing a curb sounds like a deferent story....
I'd agree with extrememtnbiker that the lines between sheets tend to be visible. Detaching them solves the problem, even if you do it partially, along the edges.

The depth of the grout makes a huge difference visually with the end results. What we've done is do a quick mockup with dry grout powder to show how different it looks with high or low grout.

Also, as was mentioned, the round type can be uncomfortable on bare feet. The flatter version of the product is less likely to cause pain underfoot!!

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