You use your shower every day, and installing a new one costs a chunk of change. You want to choose a shower surround that you’ll like the looks of, that will be easy to clean, and that will help you protect your home from costly water damage. Check out these 6 options and see which one is right for your family!
Fiberglass is an easy, low-cost option for your shower surround. You can choose a one-piece unit that is quick and simple to install if your space is the right size, or a unit with a separate pan and backing. Keep in mind that adding separate pieces opens up the opportunity for leaks, so be sure to seal all seams carefully.
Fiberglass saves you money both on materials and installation. Its smooth surface and lack of grout also make it extra easy to clean. Overall, fiberglass is a convenient, no-fuss option for your shower.
2. Cultured Marble
Cultured marble adds a more elegant look, along with the ability to customize your shower. You can have sheets of cultured marble cut to fit the design you want for your shower, whether it’s just a basic design, or whether you want to include extra touches such as shower seats. Cultured marble is pricier than fiberglass and requires more labor to install; its selling points are its beauty and versatility.
Tile showers allow you to use more colors and patterns in your shower surround design. There’s a bounty of materials to choose from, including tiles made from glass, ceramic, marble, or even metal, and colors that range from muted to bold. Tile showers take more time and labor to install, but there are also labor-saving options such as pre-built tiles that look like intricately-designed mosaics, but are actually one-piece tiles. Installing tiles also means applying grout, which is a consideration when it comes to cleaning your shower.
Acrylic shower surrounds look very similar to fiberglass, but the material is different. Acrylic is a plastic material with a gel-coat covering and, while it is also inexpensive, it often costs a little more than fiberglass. On the other hand, acrylic is less porous than fiberglass, which makes it more resistant to staining and yellowing. Acrylic is also more flexible and crack-resistant than fiberglass, making it a little more durable. Acrylic is easy to clean and care for.
Natural stone, such as marble, granite, or travertine, is a beautiful option for your shower surround. The luster, coloring and marbling of natural stone is lovely to look at, and natural stone can also be a boost to your home’s resale value.
The downsides to stone shower surrounds are cost and maintenance. With marble, you have the option of choosing lower-cost cultured marble, which is also easier to clean and care for than natural marble. Granite showers have become more popular in recent years, but granite’s tendency to be extremely slippery when wet makes it not really the safest option for the shower. Granite is also very high-maintenance, and many unscrupulous contractors have begun to sell “fake granite” to unsuspecting homeowners, which can lead to bathroom disasters due to its porosity. Before you have “granite” installed in your bathroom, sprinkle some water on top of a piece of the stone. If the water soaks in, it’s not real granite.
The bottom line with stone showers: if you have the money in your budget, want something truly gorgeous, and don’t mind a lot of maintenance, a stone shower surround might be the one for you.
Glass is a popular material for showers. You can build your shower pan from fiberglass, acrylic or tile, and then add glass doors or even build walls around your shower using glass blocks. Glass blocks give you tremendous flexibility to make your shower walls any size and shape you want, and you can also add glass doors on or go door-free. Glass blocks, glass panels and glass doors all come in a variety of translucencies so you can choose the level of privacy you want. The reflective quality of glass can also trick the eye and make a small bathroom space look luxuriously larger.
Bonus: Wet & Forget Shower Keeps your Shower Clean with No Elbow Grease!
After you’ve installed your beautiful new shower surround, you’ll want to keep it sparkling and shining. Let Wet & Forget Shower do all the work for you! With Wet & Forget Shower, just spray and rinse, and your shower stays beautiful. Wet & Forget Shower dissolves away soap scum, shower grime and body oils with just one simple weekly application, so you can get back to enjoying your life. It’s bleach and ammonia free, so you don’t have to worry about harsh chemicals damaging your shower’s surfaces.* And the subtle vanilla essence scent smells more like you discovered a new aromatherapy candle, not like you just cleaned your shower! If you chose one of the shower surrounds with grout, don’t worry—Wet & Forget Shower’s got you covered!
- After the last shower of the day, spray all of your shower’s surfaces with Wet & Forget Shower.
- Walk away, and let Wet & Forget Shower dissolve soap scum and shower grime while you sleep!
- Rinse before next use.
- Repeat weekly.
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*As with any shower cleaner, test Wet & Forget Shower on an inconspicuous area before using it for the first time. Do not use Wet & Forget shower on natural marble.