Remodeling a bathroom can be a daunting task, accompanied by a number of design decisions related to efficient use of space and aesthetic preference. One big decision that’s a part of most bathroom renovations is whether to install a tile shower or a prefabricated shower. Both have pros and cons, which we’ve outlined below.
Tile Shower Pros
Most prominently, tile is a great shower option because of its design versatility. Tile showers are made onsite, meaning individual tiles are brought to a site and a shower is made from scratch. Tiles are available in a number of colors and materials (ceramic, stone, etc.), which offers an almost infinite number of design options. Tile showers are literally made piece by piece, and therefore can be constructed to fit a bathroom of any shape or size.
More so than prefabricated showers, tile showers can also create a seamless transition between a shower and the rest of a bathroom. A popular style often implemented is a tile shower with glass doors, in which tile continues along an entire bathroom wall. Unlike prefabricated showers that create a distinct barrier between bathroom and shower, tile showers often create a much more polished and thoughtful look.
Tile Shower Cons
Tile showers do tend to be more expensive than prefabricated showers and take longer to install. Although relatively easy to clean, mold and mildew buildup on the grout that separates tiles can become difficult to clean over time. Homeowners may find that they need to hire professional cleaners to take care of this buildup, resulting in additional costs.
Although the actual tiles used to make tile showers offer tremendous design versatility, tile showers are usually made to be a stand-alone shower or a walk-in shower, unlike the shower/bath combo offered by a prefabricated shower. In some ways this could be an advantage because the shower is easier to get in and out of, making it safer for homeowners.
Prefabricated Shower Pros
Prefabricated showers are made from fiberglass or acrylic and usually arrive as a single unit or in pieces that are quickly installed. They have little to no seams and therefore don’t present the eventual challenge of mold or mildew buildup overtime.
Another upside of prefabricated showers is their affordability. They tend to be less expensive than tile showers and offer a bath/shower combination, which is an efficient use of often limited bathroom space.
Prefabricated Shower Cons
Interestingly, although prefabricated showers usually arrive in one or a few pieces, which allows for easy installation, this characteristic can also cause problems. When choosing a prefabricated shower, homeowners should be sure that if the shower arrives in one piece it can fit through the bathroom door.
Compared to tile showers prefabricated showers offer little design versatility. Although they’re an efficient use of space, which is helpful in smaller bathrooms, they usually lack the detail and thoughtfulness of tile showers. If you do have a larger bathroom a tile shower can be a great option, because you may still have room for a standalone tub. However, if efficient use of space is your priority, a prefabricated shower may be a better choice.
Here at Floor Coverings International we look forward to helping you create the bathroom of your dreams.
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