The tiles in your shower can either make or break the design. The material you use will impact the look and feel of not just the shower but your entire bathroom. Before starting your shower remodel, take some time to consider different materials, and find the right one for you.
Glass tile isn’t common in showers, but it’s an excellent choice, especially in smaller spaces. The material is more expensive than porcelain or ceramic tiles and more difficult to install, but it reflects light to make the shower seem much bigger. There are also just as many colors and sizes to choose from.
Glass tile doesn’t conceal soap scum or grime, but it’s very easy to clean. Additionally, the slippery material isn’t a good idea for a wall you might grab for support. To keep the glass look without the extra cost, use glass tiles as an accent.
Porcelain or Ceramic Tiles
If you want to get creative with your shower walls, porcelain or ceramic tiles are the best choice for you. With nearly infinite selections of textures, sizes and colors, the design possibilities are endless. These tiles work well in complex designs but also look great when one, neutral color is used.
Ceramic and porcelain tiles cost more than prefabricated walls, but they give showers a more upscale aesthetic. They’re easy to keep clean because they are so resistant to staining and water, and repairing them is simple.
Acrylic and Fiberglass Panels
A prefabricated acrylic or fiberglass panel is the easiest and least expensive shower wall. They have a modern, minimalist look that can be installed in hours, so you don’t have to deal with the hassle of shower tile installation. However, they are prone to yellowing with age and are difficult to patch.
Stone tiles are the perfect choice if you’re looking for luxury, so it’s no surprise that they’re the most expensive shower material. You can choose between matte and glossy finishes and smooth or natural textures, with a variety of different stone types. Stone tiles fit well in any style of home, but they require more maintenance because they are porous.
For more information on shower materials and bathroom remodeling, contact Legacy Bath and Kitchen today.