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Bathroom renovations can be an expensive affair, and homeowners often look for ways to reduce costs. One of the most effective ways you could reduce costs is to choose shower wall panels over traditional ceramic tiles. This buyer’s guide to shower wall panels will introduce you to the different types of shower panels, the materials they are made of, and how they compare to ceramic bathroom tiles.
Shower wall panels are interlocking waterproof sheets that come in a variety of materials and finishes. While shower wall panels were originally introduced as a means to secure shower heads and hide plumbing pipes, they have now become a much more important part of bathroom renovation.
Modern shower wall panels are used to give the walls around your shower and your tub walls a sophisticated finish, and are quickly gaining popularity as an alternative to waterproof ceramic tiles.
Some shower wall panels can even be mounted on tiles that were installed earlier just as long as the tiles are level.
While shower wall panels are made of a variety of materials, we’d advise you to buy panels made of PVC backed composite, high pressure laminate with MDF cores, acrylic or high grade fibre.
Shower wall panels are available in a variety of custom sizes as well, so you can cover the top and side trim, corner shelves, back wall trim and everything on the wall surrounding your shower all the way to the ground.
Here are some of the popular finishes that shower wall panels come in. However, keep in mind the color palette and design elements that you have incorporated in the rest of your bathroom while making a choice. You wouldn’t want only your bathing area to stick out.
Shower wall panels that mimic natural stone finishes such as granite, marble and stone tiles are an all time favorite. While these panels may replicate the look of natural stone, they are a lot easier to maintain and clean, as well as install.
Gloss finish shower wall panels are best suited for those who want a shiny looking shower area. You can choose gloss finish shower wall panels in a variety of colors, so rest assured that there are no dearth of choices.
The subway tile finish gives shower wall panels a polished tile look, replete with faux grout lines. This is ideal for those who want the classic tiles shower area look and feel.
The wavy tile finish comes in tiles similar to the subway tile finish, with the same kind of faux grout lines. The only difference is that wavy finish, which you can have running either horizontally or vertically along the walls in your shower area.
Those you want a more sombre looking shower area can choose matte finish shower wall panels. Available in a wide range of colors, the matte finish is achieved by lightly sanding the panels and finishing them with a coat of permanent sealant.
Most off-the-shelf shower wall panels are easy to install, and come with installation instructions, trims and a sealant when you buy them. This saves you money on labor.
Well, let’s look at some of the pros and cons of both.
While shower panel walls work for modern, contemporary designs, traditional looking bathrooms will look a lot more elegant with ceramic tiles.
Well, there you have it. We’ve given you the low-down on what to expect if you’re in the market for shower wall panels. Choose what works best for you based on the design of your bathroom, the kind of fixtures you’re going to install and your budget.
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