Many folks remodeling their shower don’t know about the various materials available for shower walls. Today, we’d like to review the options out there and recommend what we think is best.
1. Glass Tile
Glass tiles are exactly what they sound like, they are translucent tiles that give an extra shine to your bathroom. They come in small tiles that when added together in a pattern will create the base for your wall.
Pros: Beautiful, Shiny, Unique
Cons: Expensive, Brittle, Easily Damaged
2. Stone Tile
Stone tile is tiling that looks like a natural marbling. It is similar to granite in appearance. They are also installed one-by-one in your wall.
Pros: Strong, Natural Texture
Cons: Expensive, Easily Stained, Hard to Clean
Ceramic tiles tend to be a bit larger than glass or stone tiles, making your shower wall look a little different than traditional tile. Ceramic is similar to porcelain, so the same material that a toilet is made out of. It is a very classic shower look.
Cons: Dated Styling, Complex/Involved Installation
Acrylic material is cut in one large piece to fit your shower wall per corner. Acrylic is a sheet installation process for shower walls, not tiles. It creates a glossy finish with many different prints.
Pros: Slip-Resistant, Mold-Resistant, Variety of Color & Texture Options, Inexpensive, Easy Installation
Con: Nothing Notable
We recommend acrylic as the best shower wall material. Acrylic is the best system to use for shower walls because it is the safest, least high maintenance, and easy to install, meaning your shower could be done in as little as one day. Acrylic is one of the most durable materials used in the shower construction industry, and for good reason. It is guaranteed not to chip, peel, crack or fade over time, and it is highly resistant to mildew or mold.
West Shore Home prefers using acrylic material for our showers because we think it is definitely the best for you, your home, and your wallet. We offer different styles and textures that can make your shower match your vision. In addition, our showers can be made with customizable, ADA-compliant safety features such as low or no barrier entry, built-in seating options, and grab bars. Most importantly, our acrylic shower inserts come with a lifetime warranty.