You might be bored with your traditional tiled shower with easily dirtied grout lines. For your shower remodeling project, you may want to consider replacing your old tiles. Fortunately, there are smart gout-free alternatives. In this post, South Shore Dream Bath shares five tile shower alternatives.
1. Laminated shower and bathtub wall panels
Laminated wall panels were introduced in the US in 2018. They are thick panels that are identical to laminate flooring. The laminated shower walls have a hybrid polymer sealant squeezed in between the panels. The sealant is not visible and it makes the panels waterproof. They are usually offered by contractors with a lifetime guarantee.
2. Acrylic Shower Walls
Acrylic shower walls and bases are durable and cost-effective. Acrylic is usually mass-produced, making it inexpensive and easily obtained. The material is lighter compared to other hard alternatives. They are simple to install, saving you time and money. Acrylic shower walls are also easy to clean and maintain.
3. Printed PVC
Another smart alternative is digitally printed PVC panels. The thick PVC shower wall panels are popular with style-focused homeowners. They are glued over the moisture-resistant green board of your shower. In addition, they come in a wide range of shower accessories, making them a fun addition to your shower enclosures.
4. Marble and Granite Slabs
Marble and granite slabs are a classic choice. They are known to be sturdy, though a bit more expensive than the other alternatives. Marble and granite slabs can also lose their sheen over time if you have hard water. They are also high maintenance as they need to be polished regularly.
5. Metal Panels
If you’re feeling adventurous, a metal shower wall made of stainless steel, copper, and barn tin can be your tile alternative. They are known to be eye-catching and unique. However, the material is not ensured to be waterproof.