Exposed brick in a walk-in shower… Good idea or bad?
We’re about to start digging on a new custom home here in town. This one will be pretty tricked out and one of the themes we have going is the use of interior brick (kitchen backsplash, fireplace surround, mudroom floor, etc). We are planning on using General Shale’s Thin Brick or a similar product for the afore-mentioned applications, but we have some concerns about the walk-in shower.
Now…. we always do our showers using the Wedi pre-formed pans and backer board. We seal all of the seams using the Wedi-brand polyurethane sealant and have NEVER….EVER… had any of our showers leak.
My thought is to set the Thin Brick like I would normally set tile (using thinset mortar w/ a 1/4″ or 3/8″ notched trowel), seal them with a high end stone sealer, grout between the brick, and seal everything again.
The house will be tied into city water and we plan on installing a water softener. Thus, I think we’ll be able to keep spotting and calcium staining to a minimum.
What do you guys think? Other than keeping it clean, do any of you foresee any problems?